Wednesday, October 22, 2014


By Lynda Castonguay

WMCFW - Day 2

Melissa Nepton SS 2015 (Photo by George Pimentel / Getty Images)

Minnie Mouse

She has a vivacious body, a killer smile and very recognizable ears and style. She has homes in Florida, California and Paris. She’s a jet setter and a go getter. Despite her unparalleled success, she is gracious and welcoming. She is selfless, compassionate and cares very deeply to make you smile. She is not your modern day Hollywood Starlet. She is more. She is Minnie Mouse.

To highlight Minnie’s fashion transformation throughout the years, Disney Consumer Products asked the six finalists from the Mercedes-Benz StartUp to create a look inspired by our girl, Minnie. 

There to direct the evening were the Beckerman sisters. Entrusted with the best task any Disney enthusiast could ever ask for, the sisters showed Minnie Mouse around Toronto and filmed the whole adorable thing. Lucky for us, Minnie extended her stay in Toronto to attend tonight’s presentation *cue the gasps and giddiness.

Each piece was an interesting attempt, but someone had to win the monetary prize. The hostesses with the mostesses crowned Sid Neigum prince of this night. Out of small black Minnie Mouse head cut-outs, Sid created an origami little black dress - a classic dress for a classic lady. 

Photos courtesy of WMCFW (Click to enlarge)

Thomas Balint

Who: Menswear designer with an underground and European flare.

What: Stoic, mute, misunderstood, troubled and guarded were the men in black, white, and pops of rusty red; ripped, used and worn in raw silk, jacquard and knits; slouchy t’s, stretched necklines, stand collars, both fitted and slouchy pants, unconventional center front button positioning.

Why: The designer took inspiration from his tailor grandparents and brought their aesthetic and designs forward for a collection of escapism. 

Thomas Balint SS 2015 (Photos by George Pimentel / Getty Images)

Photos by George Pimentel / Getty Images


Who: Lead by the trendiest lawyers you will ever meet, Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow, a favourite of celebrities, laymen and everyone in between. They are unforgettable.

What: A versatile wardrobe in a Grecian colour-scape, shades of mint, beige and white for a dapper man in hot weather. A full spectrum of blues, bermuda shorts, fitted trousers, harem joggers, Grecian tile prints, solid stripes, contrast collars and cuffs, slick parts and coiffed hair.

Why: Bustle created a versatile wardrobe for their laid back and adventurous Bustle man with loud and clear hints of Americano and Mykonos, Greece.

Bustle SS 2015 (Photos by George Pimentel / Getty Images)

Photos by George Pimentel / Getty Images

Melissa Nepton

Who: A Montreal based womenswear label leading the pack since 2009 and one who never ceases to amaze.

What: A serene and tranquil woman in pale peach, mint, and cream hues, Arizonian printed dresses, flared lines, dropped armholes, rectangular cut outs, tennis shorts, laser cutting, pilled textured fabric, sheer panels, tapestry, raglan sleeves, stylized yokes, elastic and pleated waistbands, pleated pants, and a tire tread pattern.

Why: Not by good chance, but by good insight, she competently blended 1920’s modesty with sporty aestheticism resulting in a dynamic, strong yet serene and feathery collection.

Melissa Nepton SS 2015 (Photos by George Pimentel / Getty Images)

Photos by George Pimentel / Getty Images


Who: They need no introduction.

What: The collections came out in four waves. First was Parisian simplicity and effortlessness, simple lines and cuts, studious blouses, collarless coats, low waisterd trousers and skinny belts in black and white.

The second was chic athleticism, outdoorsy with quilted jackets, hoods, country plaids and Canadian layering in a range of grey, black, red, pink and blue.

Target SS 2015 (Photos by George Pimentel / Getty Images)

Next was their partnership with TOMS with only a select few looks, most notable, a grey fleece shawl. And then, lastly, out came the apres-ski looks with cozy knits, hoodies, and a red and black lumberjack check jacket - true Canadian wear in true Canadian winter colours.

Why: A department store of this magnitude provides fashion on such a massive scale that they need to cover the whole gamut of customers and tastes and provide what is current and relevant at a price point that is attainable to many.

Today’s Trends: Black, white and cream are still going strong. It seems to be the palette of the season.

Target SS 2015 (Photos by George Pimentel / Getty Images)

Photos by George Pimentel / Getty Images

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