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Anoraks and Asian inspiration: See 12 new looks from Toronto Fashion Week

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Arthur Mendonça: When the Toronto-based womenswear designer made his debut at Toronto Fashion Week a decade ago, he was inspired by the beach cultures of Ibiza and Rio. For his 10th-anniversary collection, which strutted down the catwalk before a capacity crowd on Thursday night, Mendonça‘s inspiration was Asia – an indication of just how far Mendonça has travelled in the intervening years.

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As evidenced by his spring 2013 collection of precision tailored suits...

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and sexy bustier-style dresses made from such sumptuous fabrics as silken wool and crepe de chine, Mendonça has journeyed from wunderkind to master fashion craftsman – a star now fixed in the Canadian fashion firmament.

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Asia is a region Mendonça frequently travels to, allowing him to immerse himself in Oriental design. Backstage he said he is fascinated by kimono dressing, as well as obi sashes. “I love the clean lines and the simplicity.”

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Tout ça change, tout c’est la meme chose: Mendonça opened his first show 10 years ago with a sophisticated jumpsuit and 10 years later he closes his anniversary collection with the same. This latest one, done in all-over graphic print silk and paired with a one-button boyfriend jacket, is edgy and sexy; a classic reborn.

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Empowering women with chic and elegant clothes that enhance the inherent curves of the female figure, Mendonça has a weakness for floor-length gowns. His latest is this full-on glamour number, a wrap gown with a thigh-high front slit made of cellular brocade viscose. Very va-va-voom.

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Soïa & Kyo: Streamlined, nipped-waist silhouettes have been the calling card of the Montreal-based Canadian outerwear brand since its founding in 2004 as a hip, young sister line to Mackage. But for spring 2013, head designer Ilan Elfassy (brother of Mackage founder, Eran) has loosened things up.

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His beautifully styled show on Thursday night showcased weekend-wear pieces for men and women that included the hooded anorak, next season’s It jacket.

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Sitting long and lean on the body and sporting a fresh new palette of colours which include mint, coral and elegant ivory, Elfassy’s updated anorak represented a new direction for the brand: “’It’s fresh and colourful but it’s still to show the silhouette,” he said after the show.

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Besides the anorak, the collection presented leather bombers with scalloped hems and slanted side-zippers which enhanced the body-conscious cut.

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Added to the delightful mix were suede jackets in such eye-popping hues as fuchsia and navy blue.

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Light, casual jackets for men also shone in the Soïa & Kyo spotlight. Featuring the brand’s signature detailing and bursting with colour, this is outerwear guaranteed to shine, no matter what the weather.

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