“In love” was the mood set by Stephan Caras during the presentation of his SS18 show at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week. The theme, highlighted by the outline of a neon pink heart, pertained to two different things; the love of fashion and a love for women.

Pretty Women

Dubbed “the designer who loves women,” Stephan Caras has been celebrating a woman’s natural femininity for decades through his designs. This [spring] season was, of course, no different. With the help of his son, Kyriakos, the two created a collection that was equal parts girly, sophisticated and edgy.

The modern woman wants options to suit her every mood; she wants to feel girly but also put together, she wants to feel sexy but elegant and she likes a dark lipstick just as much as a good updo. This is where Caras comes in—extravagant eveningwear that’s fabric and texture-rich is the house’s specialty and caters exactly to this sort of versatility.

She Walks in Beauty

A nude flounce sleeve romper opened the show and was followed up with two of the most beautiful jumpsuits I have ever seen. The first was a deep v black sheer tinsel number with [what appeared to be] ostrich feather trim and a ruffled train. The other was white with pink floral appliqué and ruffles starting just below the knee. Be still my heart.

With solid roots in the barely-there trend, the collection was much more than sheer or semi-sheer fabrics. These were merely a base for all the ‘extraness’ that comes with wearing a tutu as a shirt or rocking a gown tied with tons of little ribbons. It worked though.

For the Love of…

What made things even more romantic was their coupling with Renaissance fashion tropes like high collar necklines and corset detailing.  The likeness of which was contrasted with daring two-piece sets that wrapped the body perfectly exposing the leg and midriff. All proof of this cohesive versatility that women have and that Stephan—and his son—understand. Anyone can make a semitransparent blush dress with floral embroidery but what really sets it apart? Hopefully, it’s the love of your craft, the love of your subject and the love of their fluidity.