Top 3 Picks: Toronto Men’s Fashion Week #TOMFW16

Top 3 Picks TOMFW16

Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (#TOMFW16) presented runway shows February 24th – 26th in downtown Toronto for its fourth season. Many of the regular designers were there with the addition of some first timers.

In this #stmCOVERED I take a look at some of my favourite looks from the runway based on five different categories. If you are into playful prints, sleek tailoring or just want to see which looks had the best styling, these are my personal picks.

Tailored Gents:
Every man needs a few good tailored pieces in his wardrobe. Whether you are going to strike a deal or out to celebrate, these three suiting options will be your best friends fashion wise.

Tailored TOMFW16

– Finezza@finezza_au_nom_de_lhomme
This velvety chocolate paisley jacket is begging to be taken to a dinner party. That bow tie and those contrast pants have dapper written all over them.

2 – Jaan Choxi @jaanchoxi
A touch of military. A dash of rock and roll. Some 70’s sex and the perfect buttons. This designer knows his client and gives them exactly what they want.

3 – Dalla@houseofdalla
You can never go wrong with a plain black suit. This red carpet ready two piece needs to be in my closet, although I might swap out the fringe and boots for a tie and dress shoes.


Playful  Prints:
The right print paired with the right garment can be a killer combination. These three designers packed punch with their chosen prints.

Best Prints

1 – Joao Paulo Guedes @jpguedes_
Possibly one of the princes of prints, Guedes is known for presenting signature prints each season. Strong and bold, they tell a story in line with the silhouette.

2 -L’Momo @lmomo_ca
While the collection did not feature the print vastly it was a nice addiction. The elbow details took it to the next level. Black and white never fails.

3 – Christopher Bates @cbatesmenswear
Bates makes camo chic on this cardigan. Note the slanted pocked and regal collar.


Outerwear Adventures:
I want my outwear to last a few seasons, if not stay with me for years. Three totally different looks, each of these have staying power with just enough fashion forward in them to be commented on.

Outerwear TOMFW16

1 – Christopher Bates @cbatesmenswear
Black wins my heart every time. Touches of leather add texture and dimension. Instant classic.

2 – Finezza @finezza_au_nom_de_lhomme
Double breasted with a thick character collar presented in what I am calling midnight emerald green. Probably my favourite of the three.

3 – Hip and Bone @hipandbone
Sexy bad boy biker meets city sleek with this leather jacket.


Casual Street:
What you throw on outside of the day job is up to you. Casual city street wear is your chance to express yourself and wear what you want. You’ll be mixing and matching these three looks until last call.

Street Style Casual TOMFW16

1 – Tuck Shop Trading Co. @tuckshopco
Whether you are headed to the cabin or out for a jaunt around town, this look is comprised of the essentials and makes good use of colour. Leather shoulders on the vest make for just the right amount of luxe appeal.

2 – 3.Paradis @3paradis
Cannot get enough of this red on red. It’s just done right, right down to the zipper on the players jacket. Each piece is strong enough to stand on its own but combine to create a memorable look.

3 – Kenneth Barlis @realKennethBarlis
The over sized check on the casual tailored jacket does all the talking here. Great use of neutrals for a very natural and seasonless look.


Best Styling:
On the runway a great outfit is made even better with aid of the finishing touches. Styling is the art of making sure the whole story or character is created and the lifestyle is celebrated. These three looks were finished brilliantly

Best Styling

1 – Caffery Van Horne @cafferyvanhorne
He’s going somewhere. I have always been a fan of grey, black and wine tones. The fringe adds playful movement to the overall suited look while the shades and shoes scream confidence and power.

2 – Finezza @finezza_au_nom_de_lhomme
It’s about balance with this one. The pops of red were all in the right place showing us how a simple brown jacket can transition from conservative to dapper creative. The bow tie mimicking the pants was well executed.

3 – Hendrixroe @Hendrixroe
Too cool for school. The accessory game here is on point. The over sized bag and scarf are mature and bold, while the off white sneakers and sunshine mirror shades ask, “What are you looking at?”

Congratulations to all of the designers who landed in my Top 3 Picks of Toronto Men’s Fashion Week this season.  Want to get to know Canadian designers and other industry insiders better? Find my collection of interviews by clicking here.

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Post Photos: Shayne Gray

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