All the highlights from Toronto Fashion Week Day 1
Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2019 kicked off on Tuesday with a starry designer lineup (and a few mega stars in the front row). The Fall 2019 shows brought back the ability to shop the runways and also added something new: Shows held both at Yorkville Village and at chic nearby venues, including the ROM. The Kit editor-in-chief Laura deCarufel hit the circuit and reported back on her nine favourite things from Day 1.
Best response to the Polar Vortex: This Mikhael Kale jacket
When you realize mid-binge that you’re out of chips, this is your perfect pairing for the convenience store slog.
Most rousing presentation: Wuxly’s dance battle
Outerwear brand Wuxly showed its jackets, vests and puffer minis in an ice-skating dance-off, sure to be a memorable moment from Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2019. Result: When fashion meets fun, everyone wins.
Boldest statement: From Carly Stojsic, self-proclaimed “canna-evangelist”
“Cannabis is the new tech industry,” said trend forecaster Carly Stojsic during a chat with Donna Bishop, host of the Fashion Talks podcast. “The new cannabis life is Greta Constantine and Gucci — not patchouli and granola. The business potential is unparalleled.” Stojsic even suggested that high fashion brands like LVMH would jump into the cannabis space.
Most surprisingly covetable piece: This bubble wrap cape
David Dixon created a Bübl fashion collection in partnership with Osteoporosis Canada, which featured bubble wrap woven throughout the pieces. This glam cape guarantees that you could sweep into Canoe and score a prime table.
Item to put on your Valentine’s Day wish list: A handcrafted Alan Anderson charm bracelet
Better yet, buy one of these statement pieces for yourself. (You also clearly need a wind machine.)
Buzziest area: Backstage beauty
“Backstage” hair and makeup moved front and centre to Yorkville Village’s atrium for Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2019. Redken hair artists worked on models and influencers amid the hum of a hundred hair dryers.
Most welcome reference: Kiki de Montparnasse’s sleep masks
These sexy masks may not be practical for long-haul flights, but they’ll definitely garner you a ticket to the mile high club. Or, you know, use them when you’ve run out of BB cream.
Best excuse to order the Venti today: This standout Mikhael Kale look
A 10 p.m. start time for Mikhael Kale’s Fall 2019 show didn’t stop the city’s most stylish from coming out to support one of the country’s brightest design talents. This look was a standout: the sweetness of buttercup yellow tulle paired with a latex halter. Call it meets the dungeon.
Most dazzling front-row star: Tessa Virtue at David Dixon
Tessa Virtue, the champion skater and former Kit cover star, hit up the David Dixon Bübl fashion show. Happy to report that her posture is Olympian in its perfection.
Laura deCarufel is the editor-in-chief of The Kit, based in Toronto. She writes about women and style. Reach her on email at or follow her on Twitter: @Laura_deCarufel