Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Designers Channel Wide Range of Style Influences on Day 3 Fashion Week: Spanning Style Spectrum on Day 3 of Fashion Week

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Designers Channel Wide Range of Style Influences on Day 3 Fashion Week: Spanning Style Spectrum on Day 3 of Fashion Week

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TORONTO - The diversity of homegrown talent isn't just distinguished by the creations featured on the runway but the widely disparate influences designers channel for their unique looks.

From futuristic fashion to retro revamps, the swinging 60s and modern-day rodeo, on Day 3 of Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week on Wednesday, designers dipped into their vast creative wells and found no shortage of fashionable inspirations.

Joe Fresh: The affordable apparel brand delved back in the rich catalogue of 60s-era fashion with a fall-winter collection which drew inspiration from styles that defined the decade.

Joe Fresh brought its signature bright hues and rich jewel tones to a vast spectrum of designs including fitted motorcycle jackets, swing coats, elegant skirts, shimmering minis and slender pencil skirts that coloured the collection.

Neoprene V-neck pullovers and draped back colour-blocked dresses were among the more overtly 60-inspired styles, but the line generally evoked a more contemporary feel with its spin on the classics.

Strong patterns defined the collection with colourful abstract patterns featured on menswear-inspired blazers and trousers, and an abundance of boldly graphic houndstooth embellishing shirts, dresses, trousers and heels. There was ample use of fur accenting coat sleeves and trimming jackets.

Looks for men were decidedly prim, with dapper tuxedo-style shirts, turtlenecks and pea coats alongside boldly patterned houndstooth shirts and trousers for the more daring fashion fans.

Kitten heels and towering patent high boots were among the footwear offerings, which featured bold splashes of Joe Fresh's signature fiery orange hue colouring the soles.

Melissa Nepton: From slinky separates to cosy coats and chunky knits, Melissa Nepton covered her bases with an expansive collection of contemporary creations for fall and winter.

The Montreal-based designer took to the runway with her latest collection, dubbed Eolia, which featured stark contrasts in colour, pattern and structure of garments bathed in warm neutrals and creamy pastels.

Colour blocking was in abundance from tank-style jumpsuits to cigarette-slim leather pants. The collection also featured a striking array of sensual sheer separates fashioned from delicate silk chiffon.

Nepton's strengths were in the elaborate embellishments distinguishing her myriad outerwear looks, with voluminous cowl collars, draped sleeves and fanciful ruffles.

Bustle: The sportswear label saddled up in Stampede-inspired style for their latest twist on modern menswear.

Husband and wife duo Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow brought their signature playful approach down to the rodeo-inspired runway, complete with a chuckwagon and bales of hay marking the entrance to the catwalk.

Befitting Western-themed wear, there was a fair share of denim from lighter-wash chambray shirts to dark-coloured indigo jackets and jeans. …

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