Toronto Fashion Week: Soia & Kyo F/W 2012

The lights dimmed, the music sounded and the winter wear began making its way down the catwalk. Soia & Kyo, a young brand out of Montreal, has become known for its tailored, unique outerwear in Canada. This year’s Fall/Winter collection didn’t stray too far from that concept, offering beautifully made wool, down and leather jackets and coats, each intricately detailed and utterly wearable. That last feature seems to be Soia & Kyo’s greatest endeavor; capturing what Canadians need and want in their Winter lives. A mix between stylish and warm, this collection is not composed of your typical bulk, but fitted and layered, with just the right pop of fur or colour. Designer Ilan Elfassy didn’t stop at coats of course, amplifying each look with Winter’s greatest accessories, like chic fur hats, knitted scarves, leather gloves and oversized sunglasses. Bringing more of a Fall season connection to the catwalk, the collection also featured bundled blankets in place of totes; picnic-ing on Labour Day? Don’t mind if I do.

While the tones of the collection were generally demure, with army green, camel and heather gray taking precedence, stand-outs were found in two mustard jackets and one red coat/dress combo (pictured below). This point proving once more, that the focus of Soia & Kyo’s clothing is versatility. These are the types of coats you’ll wear through several Canadian winters, and patrons shouldn’t worry about trends that come and go, because styles, colours and cuts like these, will surely not go out of style.

At a time in the year when all we can think about is unloading our warm coats and kicking off those waterproof boots, Ilan Elfassy of Soia & Kyo definitely made all us audience members remember why Canada’s snowy months are truly magical. If not for the impeccable tailoring, quirky accessories or chunky wool dresses – it’s always comforting and encouraging to know that you’re supporting a Canadian brand that actually gets us. Refreshing, and cozy…all at once.
Find a Soia & Kyo location here.

Spotted: Stacey McKenzie (Canada's Next Top Model judge) - Can't miss her...red boa.

Just hanging out amidst the chaos ...in a nutshell.

Runway photos courtesy of thestar.com / Others by Kaylee Paré

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2 thoughts on “Toronto Fashion Week: Soia & Kyo F/W 2012

  1. HI

    Let me just say that in 2009, as I shopped endlessly for the perfect winter coat, the end result was a S&K down filled parka added to my winter wardrobe. I FIENDED this jacket until this year, which is a solid run for any wardrobe item. It seems they’ve come a long way with the wool jackets… I’m not sure I can even choose which one is my fave!

    Watched some snippets of TFW on eTalk (#imsocanadian), and saw Stacey M at S&K; I wasn’t paying attention to her though, because I was trying to find you in the background ;)

    Can’t wait to see your review on RUDSAK! Miss you my little Toronto fashion diva <3

  2. A well-written article Fashionista and a great photo of you.
    Some really nice winter outfits with the exception of that skyscraper-like hat………I mean are their doors big enough!
    By the way………………..where was Bonzo?

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