Toronto's semi-annual showcase of style got off to an eclectic start on Monday as Korhani Home marked the launch of the newly minted World MasterCard Fashion Week.

The Canadian home decor brand married the eccentric and whimsical with its presentation of designs fashioned entirely of rugs, channelling such disparate influences as the Far East, Victorian era-luxe and punk rock chic.

From flowing capes to flared dresses, studded trenches, hooded capes and collared minis, boldly-patterned shag, silk, nylon and tapestry rugs featuring everything from florals to houndstooth dotted the elaborate creations.

Adding to the offbeat nature of the runway presentation was the striking juxtaposition of models sporting colourful streaked coifs cradling piglets as they strutted on the runway.


Rug-fashioned designs and piglets marked the start of fashion week. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

A taste of the theatrical also coloured the opening of Holt Renfrew, as a solo male tap dancer shuffled and strutted the length of the runway. 

The luxury retailer delivered its usual mix of homegrown talents highlighting the diversity of the Canadian design community, including Denis Merotto and Line Knitwear.

Toronto-based label Smythe featured its range of tailored outerwear with slim-fit blazers and sleek overcoats awash in basic black along with rich red hues. Lida Baday delivered her classic mix of staples with dual-tone dresses, peplum jackets and sleek pencil skirts.

Both Judith and Charles and Mackage adorned slick outerwear with fur embellishments from tufts of fabric dotting coat fronts to shearling collared bombers and voluminous parkas.

A capsule of Twenty Cluny's creations featured body-hugging dresses, including shimmering and matte sequinned numbers and a more demure pinstripe creation with lace sleeves. Boldly patterned jackets and textured capes were among the offerings from Jeremy Laing.

The opening night festivities were set to conclude with Pavoni, a luxury fashion house co-founded by Montrealers Gianni Falcone and Mike Derderian, which has outfitted stars like Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert.

Fashion Week runs until Friday.