Holt Renfrew shows us how to turn up the heat this winter! (Hint: it involves Burberry!)

Written by: Michael Jodha

The Holt Renfrew runway didn’t just kick off Toronto Fashion Week Spring 2013 Collections. It threw some mean punches, picked us up and body slammed us into Toronto Fashion Week!

With the crowd already bopping in their seats to the Scissor Sisters’ “Let’s Have a Kiki,” dreaming of the return of summer, they were treated to a surprise as Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew changed the rules. Instead of featuring their spring 2013 collection, they opted to show off the latest and greatest in new designs within their current fall/winter offering.

The change was rapidly accepted by all the moment everyone realized how good it looked to be wrapped up in a warm coat!

It was a full collection of long coats, short jackets, turtlenecks, gloves, boots, scarves, hats, suits, dresses and jumpsuits that proved Holt Renfrew knew exactly how to survive a Canadian winter in style.

“I liked the range that they showed,” says Raj Thandi of fashion website Pink Chai Style. “I really liked the layering of the different textures and the fabrics. What really spoke to me were the caplets and the capes, and the very Victorian pieces. They were very feminine.

“And I liked the poplin pieces. That was really nice to see the trend is sticking around.”

But it wasn’t just women’s wear that was getting all the attention. The men’s fashions were getting “oohs” and “ahhs” too.

“I really loved the men’s puffer jackets. Seasonally, they were more what’s in trend right now… but the men’s puffer jackets with the fur and the vests were really nice,” Thandi added.

With stiff competition in Holt Renfrew selection of designers (imagine a battle ring with the likes of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Prada and Victoria Beckham all thrown in together!) it was definitely Tom Ford’s white, full-length cape dress that drew the biggest gasps from the audience. It was beautiful and elegant, and the cape was a perfect addition to keep you warm without throwing on a jacket.

But for heavy duty snowfalls, Burberry’s long black coat for women and short, leather jacket for men offered the best solution to brave the cold and still look smoking hot!

The Canadian retailer also made sure to feature some homegrown designers as well, and highlighted some gorgeous pieces from labels Lida Baday, Smythe, Twenty Cluny and even Pavoni.

It may not have been the summer clothes we were expecting, but it was definitely a collection that could turn up the heat in ways we didn’t think were possible!

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