Fashion veterans

The fashion industry is always looking for the next big thing. It moves at a breakneck speed; from production to the game of designer musical chairs. Trends are transient. Practically nothing – and no one – stays around for too long. To quote Project Runway, one day you’re in, and the next day, you’re out.

But, something should be said about those individuals who have made an impact over years – if not decades – and remained relevant. They’re sold around the world, have been worn by the rich and famous, and are proof that the red carpet isn’t only for those with ateliers based out of Paris or Milan.

Known for his quiet elegance, David Dixon has always been recognized for his sophisticated touch, designing an array of day-to-evening looks. In the business for over 20 years, Dixon was inspired by an original watercolor painting (depicting a woman walking on a beach facing an open horizon empowered by the summer sunshine) by renowned Women’s College Hospital surgeon, Dr. John Semple, for his spring collection.

As the models glided down the runway, the series of dresses and gowns in a palate of white, light blue, coral pink, buttercup and acid yellow seemed to both drape and float on the body. Done in a variety of silks (organza, chiffon, crepe faille, wool) and beaded and embroidered lace, they are designed for special occasions, but no one would complain about taking one on a stroll to the grocery store.

In contrast to Dixon’s collection, Farley Chatto served up the flash and the fabulous for his 30th anniversary retrospective collection. Having dressed the likes of Drake and SJP, fur has always been a part of his fashion vocabulary (not to mention silk, chiffon, lace and leather).

Titled P&P (Pride and Paparazzi), his fall line looks back at Chatto’s best-selling silhouettes while showcasing some of his latest pieces already being shown to his private clientele in Asia, Russia and the Middle East. Throw on a mink guipure lace dress, a cross mink and silver fox fish scale coat, or a man’s gold printed crocodile disco tuxedo – these designs make a statement.

After decades in the industry, these fashion veterans aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

(Photos courtesy TW Toronto Women’s Fashion Week Facebook)

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Steven Carver
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