Toronto Fashion Week: Travis Taddeo SS14

Travis Taddeo, a veteran of the Canadian fashion world, is known for his minimalistic lines and use of silk, jersey and leather. Though Taddeo was clearly inspired by sleepwear this spring, he definitely didn’t press snooze on the collection. Rolling out of bed and getting ready for the day has never looked so easy, alluring, and luxurious. Women’s ensembles seem to suggest the look of grabbing a boyfriend’s dress shirt, throwing on his backwards cap, and heading out the door. Men’s looks layer leggings with gym shorts, or stylize the bedtime look with a more tailored pant. 

Most apparent to us is Taddeo’s typical and deft colour blocking. He romances us by pairing light, asymmetrical fabrics, luxurious layers, and seductive sheers along with contrary but convincing quilting, thick jerseys and pops of leather. More appropriate for Canada’s chillier springs, Taddeo includes the more considerable pieces to add dimension and warmth.  

Taddeo’s softer shapes can be used off the runway by mixing and matching with young professionals’ more formal and structured work attire. Don Taddeo’s billowy dress shirt tucked into a more structured black pencil skirt, or his oversized quilted tee with a slim, black dress pant, a feminine statement necklace, and a basic pump to turn the look from cool kid to YP wear. 

Taddeo generally doesn’t stray from his signature monochromatic black and white, but when he does, he stays on trend with Spring 2014’s most favourable color: a pale, placid blue overshadowed with a hint of violet tulip. This seems to be a much paler and more delicate hue than the shade of blue that Taddeo used last spring.  

Adding peek-a-boo cut-outs to sweeping layers, and adventurously low backs to boxier fits, gives us a sensuously soft, youthful and laid back semblance. 

Overall, Taddeo’s ‘pajama’ tailoring, streetwear presence and subtle suggestiveness really has us dreaming … whoever said that young professionals never sleep?

Looking for more World MasterCard Fashion Week coverage? Find our favourite streetstyle looks from opening day here, Mackage SS14 runway here