Ten Things to Know From Day 1 of WMCFW

  1. It did not – contrary to popular belief – rain and therefore the street style photographers and peacocks were in full force. Among our favourites, Chris Smart, Mauricio Calero, and our very own, Daniel Kim. Check out our street style gallery here.
  2. Mikhael Kale sent out a less is more, and more is less, aesthetic down the runway that was heavy on the floral appliqués, cutouts and overall a psychedelic take on Spring 16. Sylvia Mantella sat front row with her very own “SYLVIA” jacket custom-made by Mikhael himself.
  3. There’s a 3-D printer inside the tents thanks to Microsoft, so if you’re feeling inspired by the runway you can spend your time designing (and printing) your own accessories at their booth.
  4. Lots of sequins and mesh was the name of the game at Matthew Gallagher – we thought it quite glam of him as he moves more and more towards show-stopping evening wear. Not our favourite collection of his but there were some hits like a bubblegum pink peplum top with matching flares.
  5. Preloved turns twenty years old this year and they celebrated by showcasing a fun, hippie-meets-California-rocker-girl collection. We loved the patchwork denim. Happy 20th, ladies!
  6. Martine, from Hockey Wives, hit the Preloved runway in a patchwork jumpsuit and the designer guest front row started screaming, literally. Can we say faux pas?
  7. Cadillac Fairview has set up at 360 photo booth (yes, if you’re thinking red carpet mani cam, you’re on the right track) for guests to take aerial 360 shots of their WMCFW outfits. NB: No one has yet to Snap from inside the sphere whilst getting their outfit CT scan.
  8. If you’re backstage, Maybelline and Essie have enlisted some of Toronto’s top bakery and sweat delights in a collaborative effort to keep models and guests happy. Be sure to try some of the exclusive Essie x Lola’s Cloud organic cotton candy and snap a pic for IG tagging @lolascloud @essiecanada.
  9. Redken is back once again this year as the official hair sponsor of World MasterCard Fashion Week with lead stylist Jorge Joao at the helm. We loved his greasy slicked back ponytail with fuchsia pink slime for Mikhael Kale’s beauty look – it was candy-pop love.
  10. Last, but certainly not least, Sid Neigum showed an amazing collection, truly displaying his evolution as a fashion designer and rising talent. His usual tropes like laser cutting and drapery were present. He introduced metallics, which gave the collection more depth. The overall mood was dark and stormy with a rare recording from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks playing in the background.

Photo credit: George Pimentel / Getty Images