Youth ruled the runway on the closing day of shows under the tents at LG Fashion Week, with presentations from local fashion students followed by a trio of emerging Canadian talents who first gained widespread attention of their design skills on the small screen.

After a runway presentation from the School of Fashion at Toronto’s Ryerson University on Friday, Evan Biddell, Lucian Matis and Carlie Wong — contestants from the inaugural season of Project Runway Canada — each brought their unique yet disparate visions for fall/winter fashions to the catwalk.

Spring may just be underway, but the recently wrapped LG Fashion Week featuring fall/winter 2009-10 collections steered largely clear of showcasing solely basic black and neutral separates that tend to be standard for the chillier seasons.

Instead, the colour palette was a veritable feast for the eyes, flush with a wide array of rich hues and flashy metallics for a wide spectrum of looks for day and night, from cutting-edge sportswear to elegant eveningwear.

Jewel tones — notably emerald, turquoise and ruby red — were among the more widely used colours, particularly as standalone tops and dresses.

But designers didn’t shy away from cranking up the colour quotient or even combining multiple hues into one garment, with such eye-popping shades like lemongrass, fuschia, electric blue and marigold yellow factoring into the mix.