Toronto Fashion Week: Kiki de Montparnasse Show
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Kiki de Montparnasse fashion show during Toronto fashion week. It was very exciting.
I attended Toronto fashion week last year in September. That was my first time attending any fashion week ever. I have always loved fashion and as a young girl, I remember spending hours watching the Fashion TV channel and watching the shows. When my sister moved to Paris to attend university, I would beg her to go stand outside the shows and take photos for me. She never did as she was far too busy with school, but she did collect magazines for me. Growing up in Namibia, the only magazines on the shelves that talked a bit about fashion were Seventeen and Teen Magazine (I think that’s what it was called). There was no Vogue or Elle.
I now live in Toronto in Canada because I’m studying at a university here. When I heard there was a Toronto Fashion Week, I was delighted. Especially because you can actually buy tickets to go and attend the shows. Currently, tickets are around 45$ and up per show. This show only had one row on either side of the runway so I guess you could say that everyone was seated front row.
Kiki de Montparnasse’s Instagram account biography reads, ‘New York lifestyle brand, crafted and designed to be worn in and beyond the bedroom’. The brand offers luxury lingerie but also athleisure and ready-to-wear pieces. They have a beautiful Instagram account and the website is nice. The one thing I really wanted to see was an about page or something to tell me a little bit about the history of the brand.
So what did I wear?
It was fashion week BUT it was also mightily cold here in Toronto! I wore a black leather jacket from Dynamite on top of a white shirt from H&M. Underneath the shirt I wore a black spaghetti top (this was just to get a bit of warmth). As for my legs, I wore a yellow pleated skirt from Zara. My tights are from Nordstrom. If I hadn’t been wearing them my legs surely would’ve frozen. The shoes are Commes des Garçons PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers.
Flared Yellow Skirt from Zara (Couldn’t find it in this colour but I found a similar skirt here)
Tights from Nordstrom (Here)
Commes des Garçons PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers (Here)
A Closer Look
The was the first season that Kiki de Montparnasse was presenting a collection at Toronto Fashion Week. The show was held in the Yorkville Parking Garage. It was my first time attending a show in a parking garage. Apart from the area where we were seated and where the runway was, we were surrounded by parked cars. The woman I sat next to was telling me she’d attended shows in the parking garage before and she loved it.
At one point during the show, we could hear loud honking which was distracting. It was an interesting juxtaposition though, the models in lingerie against all the cement and columns of the parking garage. The collection was small as was the audience, but it worked because it felt like a very intimate experience. It was a lingerie show after all and generally one wears lingerie during the more intimate moments of life.
In terms of the casting of the models who walked the show, there was some diversity but there is room for improvement. Toronto is an incredibly diverse city and from what I observed, the audience attending the show was also diverse. That’s why I think it’s important to have the women modelling the collection also be diverse and representative of the city.
I was definitely intrigued by the collection and my curiosity had me browsing their website as soon as I got home. Seeing as Valentine’s day is coming up, I’ve picked out some of their pieces I would like to share with you. Perhaps you’ll find something you like and want to buy ❤︎.
Photography by Catherine Li-Abrams