This year's FashionCAN allowed Canadian designers to present their Spring/Summer 2017 collections after the unfortunate news broke that Toronto Fashion Week had lost its funding. On October 16th and 17th, designers by the likes of Mikhael Kale, Paul Hardy, and Greta Constantine showed their collections at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, who partnered up with The Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) to make the event happen.
The collections ranged from edgy street wear to bright, bold patterns and modern, monochrome palettes. Despite the diversity of the collections, there were a few trends that designers did seem to agree on: lipstick. Whether it was coral, classic red, blue, black or even gold, if there's one thing we can learn from FashionCAN, it's that lipstick is the best way to play up your look this season.
Bold eye makeup in all its forms was also spotted on Toronto runway's, along with a few recognizable hairstyle trends that were re-invented for Spring/Summer 2017. Read on for a break down of FashionCAN's top hair and makeup trends!
FASHIONCAN: THE TOP HAIR AND MAKEUP TRENDS
While lips of many shades were spotted on Toronto's runways, it was the dark and mysterious pout that reigned. At Daniel Christian Tang, models lips were contoured using two different shades of burgundy. The darker shade was placed on the outer corners of the mouth and blended inwards, while the lighter shade was placed in the centre of the mouth. Meanwhile, Paul Hardy took a different approach to burgundy lipstick, placing a glossy formula of the vampy shade only in the centre of the mouth, leaving the outer corners of the lips bare.
Designers for Mackage strayed away from burgundy lipstick all together, swapping it for a glossy black lip that complimented cool winter tones and fur coats.
PASTEL EYE MAKEUP
A far cry from the dark, vampy lipsticks of autumn, Stephan Caras had models showcase pastel eyeshadow that matched their blue, pink and yellow floral embellished spring dresses. The eyes were left bare of any mascara or liner, and doused with pastel pink and blue shadow that was applied all over the lids and up to the brow bone. If you're going for a bright and bold look like this one, ditch the liners and mascaras to avoid a harsh look.
At Greta Constantine, models showed off feminine ruffles, sequin gowns and coloured faux fur fit for a queen. The looks were paired with pin-straight, flat-ironed locks and a heavy dose of navy blue eyeliner that bordered both the upper and lower lids. To take this look from runway to real life, place a small dot of shimmery white shadow in the inner corners of your eyes after applying navy liner on your upper lids and lower lash line. Leave the rest of your face bare, with the exception of a peach coloured blush that will give you a natural-looking flush.
Jennifer Torosian took a more subtle approach to blue liner, placing a bright shade on the outer corners of the eyes, and leaving the rest of the eye – and skin – bare.
The 'wet' hair look has quickly become one of the lazy girl's favourite ways to style hair this season. All it takes is a little bit of gel and requires absolutely no drying effort! At UNTTLD, models wore their hair slicked to the back of their head proving that the 'wet' hair trend is here to stay.
Meanwhile, hairstylists at Daniel Christian Tang took a different approach to the trend, slicking one large strand of hair near the forehead to the back of models heads, while letting strands on the side of the head brush against the ears. To do this, simply use a fine tooth comb covered in gel to comb one large section of hair near your forehead backwards. Let hair around your face brush against your ears, then use the same comb and gel to brush the hair around your face in a downward motion, applying enough gel to keep that 'wet' look up until you reach your ears.
Yes, gold lipstick is quickly becoming a major (and seriously statement-making) beauty trend. The metallic look has been spotted on multiple Fall/Winter 2016/17 runways, and was most recently spotted on L'Oreal muse Barbara Palvin during Paris Fashion Week. Now, at FashionCAN, designer Christopher Paunil had models take the runway wearing an edgy, metallic gold pout that contrasted against feminine fuchsia gowns.
Let's be honest – French braids are nothing new. The past few seasons have introduced us to multiple variations of the classic hairstyle, including boxer braids, crown braids, and inverted braids. And in a simple, yet successful attempt to re-invent the French braid, hairstylists at Maison Marie Saint Pierre started the braids in the centre of models heads and worked their way outwards. This technique isn't too far off from a traditional set of French braids, the only difference is you need to start in the centre of your head and move across the head and downwards as you normally would.
MINIMAL EYE MAKEUP
While most beauty trends are defined by what is put on models faces, there was one trend that came in minimal doses on Toronto's runways. Amidst pastel shadow and blue liner, designers like Mikhael Kale and Mackage opted out of eye makeup all together. While makeup artists at Mikhael Kale left models dewy skin completely bare, models at Mackage let their dark lips take centre stage, leaving no room for eye makeup.
Which trend will you try this season?