02 April 2015

WMCFW DAY 2: Helder Diego, Narces, Vawk, Melissa Nepton, David Dixon

I was very much looking forward to day two of World MasterCard Fashion Week (WMCFW). Mainly due the celebration of 20 years of David Dixon and I was kind of intrigued by VAWK's Subway collaboration. Fashion goers, despite Mother Nature's stubbornness for colder weather conditions, were adored in white and pastel colours, seemed to boldly say one thing: spring has sprung.


Didn't get a chance to see the Helder Diego collection. But here are my picks based on photos I've seen.


Narces has become well known for her after-five, evening and wedding wear. For fall 2015, Nikki Wirthensohn set out into metallics, inspired by modern Japanese art processes using liquid metals and explored the use of mesh layering and cutouts. Bold but with class. Longer lengths, body hugging pieces were shown. Of course, the classic fit-flare silhouette was also not forgotten about. I especially liked how she accessorized with PANDORA Spring 2015 jewelry. They complement the pieces very well - a perfect pairing for girlie vibes that make a statement.


"Vawk has been brought to you by Subway.” Yup, I didn't know what to think of that. It's very interesting to see how creatives in the city fund their work. Not judging by any means, I respect the excitement. Vawk sent a Subway-themed four-piece collection down the catwalk. Eat fresh. Dress fresh? Hah.

Anyway, the overall Vawk collection were heavy in circular colour blocking, 70s-inspired flowing pants, and a colour palette of fuschia, cherry red, monochromatic black and white, and camel. Sunny Fong, the designer, spiced up his pieces with metallic sequins and large circular buttons across the chest. It got everyone excited when the show wrapped up with a surprise appearance by Canadian modelling legend, Stacey McKenzie.


Montreal designer Melissa Nepton presented a strong show, featuring oversized fashion-forward vests, and peplum ankles. True to the typical Melissa Nepton aesthetic, the entire collection was very well put together with a palette full of neutrals with a few shades of orange mixed into it. Her mastery of knitwear is evident, and the cuffs of her pants felt 70s-inspired without trying too hard. Tribal with some animal prints were a huge reoccurrence as well as pillow-like vests. The third act of her show featured a series of peach and grey sportswear-inspired looks which were incredibly wearable.


Last, but not least, the shows closed with a fashion week veteran. David Dixon’s 20th anniversary show was everything you’d expect from this amazing designer. Kudos to his heart-warming pre-show video! His elegant creations played heavily on contrast, with ruffles against leather body corsets; armour-like vinyl against whimsical fur; and heavy gunmetal chain accessories paired with flowing black evening gowns. It was definitely a modern day Joan of Arc. "I am not afraid, I was born to do this." Very edgy.

Photography by Che Rosales

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