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Fashionable fusions on Day 5 as Fashion Week winds down in Toronto

TORONTO - It was a veritable fashion fusion under the tents at David Pecaut Square as Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week drew to a close on Friday. The fall-winter collections featured on the final day of the semi-annual style showcase featured playful pairings of pretty patterns, intricate fabrics and vibrant colours.

Rad by Rad Hourani: It was a unique homecoming for Montreal-raised Rad Hourani, who marked his first time showing on a Canadian runway with a collection of spare, utilitarian looks.

The Jordan-born designer, who launched his namesake label in Paris, marked the fifth anniversary of his line, with a short black and white film, "Five Years of Rad Hourani."

Bare-faced, androgynous models sporting slicked back 'dos and leather knapsacks took to the runway in the Canadian-made collection comprised mainly of outerwear offerings in black and earthy green shades. The looks largely blended military-inspired touches with unisex silhouettes with some unconventional accents like angular cutouts on necklines and shirt hems.

The richly-textured hooded and collared coats featured ample leather accents, from subtle trims to full-scale sleeves on garments. Rounding out the collection were slim-fit trousers, including sleek leather pants and athletic striping on leggings.

Joeffer Caoc: Joeffer Caoc brought his eye for elegance to sophisticated range of structured separates and dresses as the womenswear designer unveiled his fall-winter collection, dubbed "Remix."

The ultra-feminine collection featured a vibrant mix of contrasting patterns and textures, many of which were layered and worn in tandem. Leather trim and panels were featured on sleeved jersey tops along with fitted, multi-coloured tweed blazers and skirts, while sheer accents trimmed the sleeves and hems of shimmering sequinned tops.

Travis Taddeo: With a palette of "smoky tones" and "hot flashes of red," Travis Taddeo sought to tap into social consciousness with a fall-winter collection stocked with tough, chic looks.

The Calgary native, now based in Montreal, said in his liner notes that his "Doomed Generation" line drew inspiration from "current world events and the growing turmoil surrounding us." But the resulting creations featured a feminine yet edgy range of separates for the urban woman in such materials as silk, jersey, fur, wool and leather.

There was a definitive mix of hard and soft with asymmetrical dresses, sheaths, rayon racerbacks, sheer tanks and tunics, alongside metallic pocketed pullovers, fox fur-trimmed jackets, bombers, panel-patterned leggings and leather joggers.

Arthur Mendonca: The kohl-rimmed eyes, slicked-back ponytails and bowler hats sported by the models were the perfect pairing for the edgy yet elegant looks unveiled by Arthur Mendonca.

There was a toughness tinged with femininity in the fall-winter collection from the Toronto-based designer, which boasted arguably the boldest colour palette of the week, with a range awash in pink, plum, teal, mustard and caramel hues.

Leather was one of Mendonca's main fabrications of choice, deftly used in a series of sleek sheaths, slick dresses, pleated skirts, biker jackets and trench coats.

Marrying materials in contrasting fabrics and colours was another common theme, most notably pretty lace patterning and colourful silk paisley brocades which richly adorned strapless and sleeved sheaths. Double-breasted coats, mock-neck sweaters and variations on trousers from boot cut to wide leg to cigarette-slim pants rounded out the collection.

Day 5 also featured presentations from Saniya Khan and the charitable fashion showcase Dare to Wear Love.


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