Toronto Fashion Week took David Pecaut Square by storm this past week, bringing Canada’s most fashionable to the downtown core. Hosting runway shows for the country’s most established and best emerging designers, the shows informed us what to wear, both sartorially and beauty-wise. Hair and makeup artists at Picadilly translated the brand’s minimalist designs into an equally bare yet sophisticated look. Picadilly’s slicked back bobs with nude-based eyes and lips turned out to be a trend for AW16, appearing on the neutral clad models at Vandal Goods and paired with the dramatic South Asian inspired silhouettes at Neya Couture. Battling the neutral nudes was a shade we are more accustomed to seeing in Autumn and Winter. Giving the runways a more sophisticated punk look, Bordeauxs appeared on the runways of some of our favourite Canadian designers: Ellie Mae, Paola Gamero, and UNTTLD. A huge supporter of Canadian design and manufacturing, UNTTLD has been taking the world by storm as of late (and taking the Canadian fashion industry with them). Winners of the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up contest and TFW’s Star Wars fashion competition, the Montreal duo’s power suit-inspired outfits still have an element of costume dramatics, which necessitated the equally dramatic lip. Battling both the previous trends, Mikhael Kale and Helder Diego reinterpreted dark grunge with free flowing bed head. Partnered with makeup that looked to be leftover from last night, the beauty at these runway shows matched the tattered sweaters and torn tights that look to be taken out of the wardrobe of an angst ridden teen in the 90’s. Despite grunge’s beginnings as a counter-culture, it looks to be the epitome of cool in upcoming seasons and is no longer an outlier. Now in need a new symbol for individuality, we turn to the always surprising Hayley Elsaesser. Her over the top, neon graphic prints were paired with equally shocking bleached blondes and teals in teased out bouffants. While the founder and designer can usually be found in her signature impactful makeup in an array of hues, her models paired their 50’s inspired cuts with luminous skin and a simple pink lip, which we’re more accustomed to seeing in spring than autumn. The designer not only stepped outside the norms outlined in AW16 trends, she stepped outside of the realm of traditional beauty, with male and female models who were older, racially diverse, plus sized, and that middle of the road sized model (whose between plus-sized and size two stature has been talked about so much as of late). Overall, we did see a few common themes, as we're bound to when looking at a group of 30 plus creatives. While mostly in line with the trends previously seen in London, Milan, Paris, and New York, there were those few individuals that made Toronto Fashion Week as diverse as the city that hosted it. By Lindsay Cooper Banner image shows a model wearing Hayley Hayley Elsaesser's AW16 collection at Toronto Fashion Week. Photo courtesy of George Pimentel (Getty Images).