TORONTO — Travis Taddeo, a young veteran designer of the Canadian fashion world— showed a casual, focused, ready-to-wear, athletics-inspired collection on Tuesday night during Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week. Known for his use of silks, jerseys, leathers and minimalistic lines, Taddeo gave us urbane facile at its finest.
Taddeo seamlessly featured both menswear and womenswear by characterizing a cohesive mix of textures within his collection of jerseys, leather separates, cotton pieces and sheer silk panels. The most apparent is his typical use of colour blocking, for instance— his signature monochromatic black and white is paired with creams, soft greys, light taupes and stays on trend with Spring/Summer 2014's most favourable color: a delicate, placid, denim-like blue.
Women’s ensembles suggested an easy feminine boyfriend look that paired a form-fitting, loose-fit jersey dress with an oversized shirt tied around the waist and a baseball cap. The men’s ensembles showcased an athletic, street-chic look by layering leggings with gym shorts; paired with a loose-fit tank, open button-up and a snap-back baseball cap to top it off.
Yes, a load of baseball caps and drawstring pants hit the runway this season but what was most appealing about Taddeo’s collection was his use of simplistic, intricate attention to detail when it came to his almost unisex collection. For instance, the crowd loved the cotton and silk jersey dresses with sexy cutout details, quilted fabric on men’s trousers, slouchy leather shorts, and sexy ruched dresses toward the end of the show.
With Canada’s chilly yet mild spring days, Taddeo romances us with the perfect balance of fabrics we can have fun mix and matching, for instance: by pairing light, asymmetrical fabrics, seductive sheers, and luxurious layers with quilted jerseys and pops of leather— you’re set from a mild spring day to a breezy spring night. His SS’14 collection includes considerable pieces that add dimension and warmth; ideal for Canada’s unpredictable, bipolar weather.