Not many Canadian designers can pack a show on the last day of (official) Toronto Fashion Week quite like Arthur Mendonça. Back on the scene after taking a brief hiatus, his fall collection (his second since his runway return) showcased his greatest strengths: body skimming sheath dresses, skinny leather trousers and hits of high shine, courtesy this time around of a glossy fuchsia trench coat. Stylist (and FASHION’s main man) George Antonopoulos balanced the ‘60s vibe with jaunty bowler hats, cool architectural jewellery courtesy of Dean Davidson and latex leggings. But what do you really need come fall? A Betty Draper–approved white frock with full skirt, a pair of paisley print cropped trousers and any of the acid green pieces. For cocktails, shake things up with a candy foil metallic lace dress, while big time black tie affairs call for Mendonça’s floor-sweeping strapless silk and patent stunner.
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