Article by Anthony O’Dell
Last August, the 1st edition of TOMFW (Toronto Men’s Fashion Week) popped seemingly out of thin air and descended upon Toronto in a matter of weeks. As only the 8th Menswear week in the world following established hubs such as Paris and London as well as smaller events in Los Angeles and Vancouver, the city was abuzz as everyone was wondering what was about to unfold. With plenty of highs and lows along the way, the second edition brings couple of questions left to be answered.
1. Will high-end sportswear end the reign of the classic suit, as we know it?
From headlining designers such as Sons of Odin & Christopher Bates to up and comers like Rani Kim and Jose Duran, there was not a menswear suit in sight this past TOM. The styles drifted from Sons of Odin’s progressive streetwear inspired looks to Christopher Bates more accessible view of menswear and everything in between. With such a melting pot of aesthetics and designers moving in this direction, they’re clearly having a great impact on menswear as a whole. While initially thought of as a sweeping trend, this might be the season where casual wear firmly entrenches itself as an equally important part of a man’s wardrobe. With prep, streetwear, & Goth all having underlining influences, it may be time for the fashion world to accept that sweaters and chinos are here to stay.
Jose Duran Christopher Bates
2. Which 2nd season designer will emerge from the pack?
This season provides several designers from the inaugural season with an opportunity to show a full runway show as opposed to presenting as part of New Lab or the Emerging Menswear Designer Award. The first season had designers such as Rank by Rani Kim and Joao Paulo Guedes present strong collections as they competed as finalists for the EMDA award. Joao Paulo Guedes went on to win the award, while Rani Kim presented a stellar collection at WMCFW. Both designers from the inaugural TOM New Lab are returning this time with a full runway presentation. With such a breadth of new talent, we’re eager to see what they have in store for the new season.
Sons of Odin Diodati by Luca Galardo