Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Elegant Eveningwear, Luxe Leather and a Twister Sister on Day 3 of Fashion Week

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Elegant Eveningwear, Luxe Leather and a Twister Sister on Day 3 of Fashion Week

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From eveningwear to Twisted Sister at Fashion Week

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TORONTO - A fresh approach to 1970s style, colourful twists on outerwear and the presence of a Twisted Sister were among the notable Day 3 highlights from Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week.

Here's a closer look at the latest in spring-summer styles from homegrown brands unveiled on Wednesday.

EMBELLISHED EVENINGWEAR AT NARCES

Narces designer Nikki Wirthensohn drew on elements of retro style and a fashion icon of the era in her latest assortment of eveningwear attire.

"Usually the underlying inspiration for the line since the start has been mid-century; so, those structured gowns from the 50s and 60s have generally been our backbone when it comes to design," she said in an earlier interview.

"But this season, we're really trying to bring in the '70s, and one of the icons we're actually inspired by is Bianca Jagger.

"I see her as '70s but as an interesting '70s because she, again, wasn't so constricted, confined. She was so confident and she had elements, but with her own take on it. So we're trying to have similar elements within our line."

Narces brought opulence with intricate embellishments that were featured throughout the line of ladylike looks, steeped in metallics, creams, whites and soft pastels, including lace bodices, feathered fringe skirts and form-flattering bustier-style dresses.

Wirthensohn closed out the showcase with the debut of the label's bridal line, with a collection of dramatically detailed gowns designed to double as special occasion dresses, including those with fishtail hems, ruching and pleating.

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NEW LINE, NEW STORE FOR MACKAGE

The weeks leading up to the unveiling of Mackage's latest collection proved to be as eventful as the show itself with the label's launch of its inaugural Canadian store at Carrefour Laval in Quebec.

"It's been on our list for a long time. It's just we really were developing the international market on the wholesale side," said co-creative director Eran Elfassy.

"A turbulent time in Canadian retailer wasn't a deterrent for the Montreal-based outerwear and accessories brand to proceed with launching its first Canadian storefront.

"I think that the fact that we sell something people need in Canada it's not as worrisome as if we were doing summer dresses," said co-creative director Elisa Dahan. …

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