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Toronto Fashion Week 2014: The Top Tweets, Street Style & Trends From Day 3

Mar 20, 2014 at 11:15 AM Chime in now

Toronto Fashion Week 2014: The Top Tweets, Street Style & Trends From Day 3

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Day 3 of World MasterCard Fashion Week, and we were left with one question: do you think Canada's designer heavyweights regularly get together for a beverage to talk trends? Because based on their shows last night, we saw some definite similarities.

Christopher Bates kicked off the eve with a runway show devoted to all things "man." The wares were well-tailored and, according to a press release, inspired by Oscar Wilde's famous character Dorian Gray. The result is a line laden with grey and white hues with the occasional pop of tartan. We also noticed (and loved) the way he paired navy and black, something people don't do nearly enough. Standout pieces were a grey sweater with white detailing and Bates's use of suspenders.

Next up was Outclass, another Canadian-made menswear designer; this was the line's runway debut. Outdoorsy and athletic, the collection was full of items any dude could use to tackle this country's coldest elements: down vests, bomber jackets, layers. What we loved most about the line was the colour. This was one of the brightest collections of the night -- the focus being on mustard yellow, blue and red plaid.

Klaxon Howl scored the night's menswear hat-trick with a collection for gents that was decidedly dapper with a hint of army fatigue. There were military jackets and vests as well as another appearance by suspenders; paper boy caps were the shows's top accessory. The hues used were among the season's mainstays -- black, grey and beige.

Moving on to wares designed for both genders was the showing from G-Sus -- an up-and-coming line that's slightly edgy; the clothes moved to their own beat. There were pops of prints and bright colours (green and red made another TFW showing) as well as oversized scarves (an item that popped up on runways on Day 2, too). For women, sheer layers were paired with leather. It was a collection of clothes that would be perfect for a Saturday or Sunday brunch.

Oversized everything was a theme that dominated the runway of Pink Tartan. From scarves (yep, more of them!) to sweaters and skirts, Kimberly Newport-Mimran is predicting larger than life items to be a fall/winter hit. True to the company's name, plaid was her pattern of choice (red and black or blue and black). Fur hoods -- almost snoods -- were a standout accessory; we now covet the collection's fur stoll.

Joe Fresh -- the always anticipated show (people have gotten into fights over seating arrangements) -- was up next. This year, unlike others, Joe Mimran did not disappoint. With the recent news the brand will be expanding, with some 120 new international stores, this was the collection we've been wanting to see from the retailer for at least two seasons. Gone is a focus on stripes, in is a predominance of sumptuous fabrics like faux fur and pleather. Many of the colours are classic Joe, black and white with hits of orange, but the designs are unique and 100 per cent Canadian. It's a collection that will be wearable from fall to winter; it's also easily layerable.

To close the eve, the focus was on real leather wares from Montreal-based Mackage (if you don't have one of their coats, invest in one -- you won't be disappointed). Models walked down the leaf-ladden runway wearing everything from leather pants and skirts -- long or short -- to long jackets. Fur trim and collars made a reappearance as did the mixing and matching of black and blue. So did the infamous fall crop top design -- this time bare midriffs were sandwiched between high-waisted leather skirts and shiny almost-bandeaus. The looks were all topped off with wide-brimmed hats (an accessory that appeared on several runways on Tuesday).

Check out some of our favourite Twitter musings and street style shots from day 3 of Toronto Fashion Week. And come back tomorrow to see highlights from some of Canada's biggest sartorial heavyweights (who are showing their wares on day 4): Farley Chatto, Bustle and Rudsak.

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