Once again Toronto’s fashion kids came out to network, mingle, and play. Getting back into the party-throwing swing of things, The Room hosted an exclusive soiree that welcomed Rodarte designers, Kate and Laura Mulleavy to Toronto. 

The bash was thrown to preview their Fall/Winter line, which will be available at The Bay’s upscale offering in autumn.

As we perused their latest collection, there were particular pieces which caught our overwhelmed eye. As per usual, Nicholas Kirkwood’s Rodarte collaborations yield whimsically fantastic footwear; Kirkwood’s chunky sand layer heels added grounding to the sisters’ delicate, homespun reverie.

A little more commercial than previous works, the sisters gave us wearability while still maintaining their trademark charm. Standouts for us included ruffly dresses worked in orangey, rust-coloured lace; a double-breasted, powder blue blazer with an uncharacteristic emphasis on classic tailoring; as well as a flouncy, garnet red dress in a textile which was inspired by, and created in collaboration with, Australian Aboriginal artists. Fashion nerds will note that this collection has garnered its fair share of controversy –– but nonetheless, it’s beautiful in the flesh.

We spotted Canada’s own answer to the sister-designer duo, Chloe and Parris Gordon, dressed in the luminously ethereal, cool-kid line, Chloe Comme Parris. We also saw accessories designer Lara Vincent, womenswear designer Jeremy Laing, iwantigot blogger Anita Clarke (looking ever bright in neon), and DIScONNECT fashion film festival winner, Adam Levett.

~ Natasha Hunt, pictured with Kate and Laura Mulleavy