As Toronto’s fashion fans clamour to see and be seen at World MasterCard Fashion Week, it’s easy to get lost in the glamour. With more menswear being shown each season, designers offer gay men many looks to peruse and choose from. However, fall is months away, and if your closet is suffering from fashion boredom, take heart: Canadian designers have lots of hot spring looks that will add pep to your strut right now.
Shoe fanatics, including Madonna, Lady Miss Kier and Whoopi Goldberg, love Fluevog on their feet. John Fluevog’s shop on Queen St W in Toronto has been an alternative-fashion clubhouse since it opened. His work caught the attention of ultra-fashionable Opus Hotels, and in spring 2010, a partnership resulted in the exclusive Opus Hotel Brandenburg design. For spring 2012 boots were the rage, and Fluevog’s Headliner March (named for Fredric March, who won the 1932 Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,) are bang-on classics (pictured at left). Hurry, though — many styles sell out and are never repeated. $335. Available: Fluevog, 242 Queen St W. fluevog.com
This Montreal designer and Mercedes-Benz Start Up finalist is once again showing at World MasterCard Fashion Week. In his stellar spring collection for men, Travis Taddeo rejigged the everyday with his staple leather shorts and pants paired with sheer-drama tops. The best piece was this feathered sleeveless top, which Taddeo created because he liked the combination of the feathers with the fabric. Flight top, $330. Leather shorts, $250. Available: shop.travistaddeo.com
Philip Sparks for Danier
The announcement that Toronto’s Philip Sparks was partnering with Danier created massive buzz. The resultant designs combine Danier’s style with Sparks’ downtown yet rustic flair. The line includes wallets, shoulder bags, a camera bag and this briefcase that converts into a knapsack. $349. Available: Danier, Yorkdale Mall. danier.com
Over the past couple of seasons, Christopher Bates’ menswear label has made great strides, even with heterosexual men, who love his lipstick-kiss dress shirt. Bates wants to dress you up with his unique take on modern casual. He sexes up the dress shirt and black stretch jeans combo with a more fitted and monochromatic look. Bates, who studied in Italy, puts his Desperado scorpion mark on every piece for an extra level of badass. Ironman dress shirt, $189. Desperado jeans, $239. Available: Christopher Bates Studio. christopherbates.com