Day two: Rain, rain, go away…

The torrential rain on Tuesday didn’t wash away the fashion crowd, who arrived ready for round two. And while Burberry umbrellas bounced about outside the Muzik building, the fashion forecast inside was favourable.

In need of a mini-makeover before I could face the masses, I popped into the FASHION Magazine Beauty Bar for a free buff and polish by 10 Spot Nail Bar and a makeup touch-up by L’Oréal Paris. A 10-minute breathe-and-reboot session on the comfy EQ3 chairs helped soothe my tired old soles. Now, back to business for this gloss ‘n’ go gal…

4 p.m. Arthur Mendonça
Toronto’s fashion darling drew a big crowd and didn’t disappoint. Lots of tunics, frocks and skirts made their way down the runway in everything from cream to cocoa. Mendonça pumped up the volume with his adorable bubble hems and messy ballerina-style buns. FASHION oohed over the metallic and navy bustier dress with a red patent belt. The show-stopper was, fittingly, the last look down the runway: a white viscose jersey dress with dolman sleeves and a cowl back. Very modern-day goddess.

5 p.m. Dean Horn
The mini was definitely on Horn’s menu du printemps, which has inspired me to resume my Pilates lessons ASAP. The floaty chiffon tank dresses are perfect for layering, which was also a big trend on the international runways of Paris and Milan. FASHION thought the minimal makeup (read: flushed cheeks, and a light bubble gum stain on the lips) was the perfect coupling for the collection.

6 p.m. Juma
Young, modern and sophisticated is the Juma gal. The collection highlighted slim tailoring mixed with voluminous pieces in silvery beige, crisp whites, copper and deep blue. FASHION was green with athletic envy for the jersey hooded top and bubble skirt (to up our street-chic cred), but thought the multicoloured print that appeared on several looks got lost in translation.

8 p.m. David Dixon
A packed house watched as Dixon showed his latest collection, titled Reunion: clean silhouettes, unique fabrications and a simple colour palette. While some of the shapes were a tad formulaic, no one can deny that Dixon is a master of cocktail chic. Eyelets with metal sequins and hand-beaded embellishments were woven throughout the collection. FASHION had a fabulous ’50s flashback when the graphic black and white duster coat appeared on the runway, but the piéce de résistance was the strapless floor-length gown with a shirred silk tulle skirt.

View a slideshow of the day’s shows.

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