One of the most notable women’s collections we have seen thus far during Toronto Fashion Week is NARCES, the Toronto-based womenswear line that specializes in after-five and evening wear. Designer Nikki Wirthensohn’s charming point of view on womenswear is gratifyingly graceful, but the collection’s flamboyant details have left us almost a little too enchanted while Canada’s freezing climate is fast approaching.
In between the chaste white monocromatics of the collection, pretty pastels floated down the runway in canary yellows, mint greens and peachy pink hues, making a case for summer elegance.
A main consideration for the season lies in the devoré and doily-styled lace fabrics that seem to decorate almost every look, but Wirthensohn sporadically cut down on the delightful distractions with a handful of modern and streamline shapes that wondrously complement curves. The designer used flower appliques and pearl favoring embellishments while working them into flirty silhouettes.
Floor-gazing gowns added an extra-dramatic effect to the predominantly girly collection. Wirthensohn’s influence on her mother’s tailor work for Victor Edelstein, a designer for the British Royal Family, is obvious, but the admirably adorned summer frocks were executed with a flamboyant elegance to consummately coincide with a modern woman’s realities.