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Toronto Fashion Week: Holt Renfrew kicks things off by opening its show up to international designers

Toronto Fashion Week: Holt Renfrew kicks things off by opening its show up to international designers
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Toronto Fashion Week runs from October 22 to 26, in a large—and stylishly appointed—tent at David Pecaut Square. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. It’s time to forget about the chilly weather and imagine what life (or at least fashion) will be like in spring/summer 2013.

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Holt Renfrew presented pieces by a raft of high-end designers

IN A SENTENCE The posh department store continued its tradition of opening World Mastercard Fashion Week (colloquially known as Toronto Fashion Week) with a lush display of the luxury brands it carries.

THE SCENE As usual, the guest list contained plenty of society stalwarts, like model Stacey McKenzie (who we heard asked to be moved from her seat at the end of the front row to somewhere more central), Suzanne Rogers and her frequent fashion week date Glen Dixon, Dan Levy (in town to play host for the Target-branded media lounge), Love It Or List It’s Hilary Farr and designer Kirk Pickersgill.

THE COLLECTION In seasons past, Holt Renfrew focused solely on Canadian designers for its show, but this year it opted to showcase a bigger slice of their offerings. A whopping 67 looks rolled down the runway, from the likes of fashion powerhouses Celine, Prada, Jil Sander, Burberry, Tom Ford, Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Lanvin, as well as Canadians Lida Baday, Jeremy Laing, Twenty Cluny and Smythe.

BEST PIECES The men’s Kenzo varsity jacket was a hit amongst the male editors in the audience, but the emerald green crushed velvet Gucci gown and the white Tom Ford gown with a cape (the same one Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Oscars) were the most awe inspiring.

Holt Renfrew presents: Holt Renfrew Furs
Holt Renfrew presents: Stella McCartney
Holt Renfrew presents: Jenny Packham
Holt Renfrew presents: Marni
Holt Renfrew presents: Armani
Holt Renfrew presents: Acne
Holt Renfrew presents: Dsquared2
Toronto Fashion Week: Holt Renfrew kicks things off by opening its show up to international designers
Holt Renfrew presents: Theyskens’ Theory
Holt Renfrew presents: Fendi
Holt Renfrew presents: Gucci
Holt Renfrew presents: Wayne Clark
Holt Renfrew presents: Dolce and Gabbana
Holt Renfrew presents: Etro
Holt Renfrew presents: Marc Jacobs
Holt Renfrew presents: Paul Smith
Holt Renfrew presents: Burberry Prorsum
Holt Renfrew presents: A.L.C.
Holt Renfrew presents: Rag and Bone
Holt Renfrew presents: Carven
Holt Renfrew presents: Kenzo
Holt Renfrew presents: Yves Saint Laurent
Holt Renfrew presents: Roberto Cavalli
Toronto Fashion Week: Holt Renfrew kicks things off by opening its show up to international designers
Holt Renfrew presents: Yves Saint Laurent
Holt Renfrew presents: Burberry
Holt Renfrew presents: Peter Pilotto
Holt Renfrew presents: Céline
Holt Renfrew presents: Canada Goose, Dries Van Noten
Holt Renfrew presents: McQ
Holt Renfrew presents: Acne
Holt Renfrew presents: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Holt Renfrew presents: Alexander Wang
Holt Renfrew presents: Naeem Khan
Holt Renfrew presents: Tom Ford
Holt Renfrew presents: Lanvin
Holt Renfrew presents: Jil Sander
Holt Renfrew presents: Lida Baday
Holt Renfrew presents: Prada
Holt Renfrew presents: Canada Goose, 3x1
Holt Renfrew presents: Jeremy Laing
Holt Renfrew presents: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Holt Renfrew presents: Victoria by Victoria Beckham
Holt Renfrew presents: Smythe
Holt Renfrew presents: Pavoni
Holt Renfrew presents: Wayne Clark
Holt Renfrew presents: Gucci
Holt Renfrew presents: Dries Van Noten
Holt Renfrew presents: Altuzarra
Holt Renfrew presents: Prada
Holt Renfrew presents: Alexander Wang
Holt Renfrew presents: Helmut Lang
Holt Renfrew presents: Diane von Furstenberg
Holt Renfrew presents: BLK Denim
Holt Renfrew presents: Twenty Cluny
Holt Renfrew presents: Victoria Beckham
Holt Renfrew presents: Burberry
Holt Renfrew presents: Gucci
Holt Renfrew presents: Jil Sander
Holt Renfrew presents: Fendi
Holt Renfrew presents: Alexander McQueen
Holt Renfrew presents: Moncler, Alexander McQueen
Holt Renfrew presents: Isabel Marant
Holt Renfrew presents: MSGM
Holt Renfrew presents: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Holt Renfrew presents: Judith and Charles
Holt Renfrew presents: Dolce and Gabbana
Holt Renfrew presents: Burberry London

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