Fashion Week featured sexy, sleek and suave

Photos by Keith Beaty/Torstar News Service


Actress Catherine O’Hara models a Thien Le gown in the Heart Truth fashion show, a Heart and Stroke Foundation initiative.

The glamour quotient of L’Oréal Fashion Week got an ample boost earlier this week from collections boasting elegant, intricate, body-hugging dresses and gowns and sleek, suave, manicured tailored shirts and suits befitting mysterious, sexy sophisticated characters torn from the pages of a spy caper.

Black dominated the colour palette of a large proportion of pieces on display, but rich tones like amethyst and indigo also found their way in the mix.

But when it came to the Heart Truth fashion show, it was red that reigned the runway as celebrity models strutted their stuff in fiery creations all in the name of heart health awareness.

Joeffer Coac: The designer drew inspiration from his After Hours collection from the ’60s film Belle de Jour, whose premise surrounds a wealthy bored housewife who ends up working as a high-end call girl.

“The whole collection is a lot more darker and moodier and it’s sort of the mixture of classic with sexier and edgier,” Caoc said.

Dresses in aubergine electric print and velvet receive the delicate fold treatment, creating fluid, sensual silhouettes.

BustlE: The minute the U.S. dollar bills were scattered along the runway, the stage was set for a showcase of high-end sophistication — and the men’s leisurewear line delivered.

Model Stacey McKenzie of Canada’s Next Top Model fame served as card dealer at a makeshift high roller table positioned at the opening of the runway.

Shawn Hewson, one-half of Bustle’s design duo, said the label always tends to do a theme reflective of a sport or aspirational activity. This time around, casino was the name of the game.

“It’s kind of like a real sort of French baccarat, high rollers room type of inspiration, not like stag parties at the MGM Grand,’’ he said.

Sleek black-on-black pinstriping and satin striped screen panelling offered a contemporary take on a familiar pattern style.

Black piping added delicate detailing on pants and coat collars.

heart truth: The worlds of film, television, media, music and sports converged on the unlikely platform of a fashion catwalk as notable Canadian women slipped out of their comfort zones and into designer creations to promote heart health awareness.

Fashion Television’s Jeanne Beker, five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks and CTV news anchor Sandie Rinaldo were among the 20 celebrity models who walked the runway in red dresses crafted by notable design talents from across the country.

The Heart Truth fashion show is the marquee event of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s recently launched campaign aimed at bolstering awareness of heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death for women in Canada.

Beker kicked things off in a dazzling fire-engine red strapless number by Joeffer Coc, followed by Entertainment Tonight Canada host Cheryl Hickey in a Path McDonagh creation featuring a heart cutout on the back.

Closing out the show was actress-writer Catherine O’Hara in a sweeping Thien Le gown, who recovered with aplomb after taking an unfortunate fall on the runway.

Lucian Matis: Black re-emerged as the classic go-to colour of style and sophistication, dominating the colour palette in the works of the Toronto-based designer and Project Runway Canada runner-up. A succession of accented coats with fur accents later gave way to an elaborate array of body-hugging dresses and gowns oozing with sensual sophistication.

Today’s shows

Today is the final day of runway shows at L’Oréal Fashion Week. They are:

  • Double Feature: Sar Coutour by Sarah Nicol and Farley Chatto, 2 p.m.

  • TATSUAKI, 3 p.m.

  • Zoran Dobric, 4 p.m.

  • Nada Yousif, 5 p.m.

  • GSUS, 6 p.m.

  • Paul Hardy, 7 p.m.

  • RUDSAK, 8 p.m.

  • Franke by Kendra Francis, 8:30 p.m.

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