This season, like most fashion buyers, we were at home “virtual” reviewing the collections on our computer. This Fashion Week, less than half the fashion houses were there, and events were held outside in the Tuilleries Garden, under cover from the wind and rain.
The vibe in Paris matched the rainy, foreboding weather. Our colleague at Mode DEVERNOIS in Paris said: "It is too quiet”.
We really wanted to be there in person because Paris is the city of fashion. It has the tradition and people behind the scenes to produce PK’s DEVERNOIS ready -to wear, which we tailor to the body in-house.
Let us show you what we are wearing on our October “virtual” buying trip to Paris using the Fall/Winter 2020 Collection which has just arrived in-store!
Long heat-insulating multicolor winter coat. Paired with a Burgundy faux-fur bucket hat and matching suede gloves.
On a buying trip we like to try on just about every style, work with the model, think about how the clothes feel on the body, and what we need from them this season
Python print with athletic leisure jacket and blood orange detailing
Our style of life is completely different now. It’s a more intimate relationship with what we wear because we don’t see so many people. We want to feel comfortable. For us, ”classy and comfortable” go hand-in -hand, and this applies to women of all ages.
Cashmere cardigan over champagne silk chemise paired with a cream trousers and a multi-patterned scarf
We are outdoors more.The varying shades of sunlit blue are chic and the silhouette is easy.
Long navy winter coat over sky-blue cashmere sweater. Accessorized with a chic floral navy scarf.
Paris is our dream destination. The French style is always fluid and feminine. And as a fashion business during this transient time, we need to head for higher ground to survive. Paris is haute.
We all have certain colors that define our lives - grays, blacks and charcoals might make us sad-but they work as companion colors.You need them to create others which are more joyful.
Winter puffer vest over zig-zag buttoned up turtle neck sweater Paired with ruby red gloves and lipstick!
Au Revoir Paris!
The last day of Paris Fashion Week, the music is up, people are exhausted and the champagne is for all. But that’s not it, of course, for Paris Fashion Week is about the friendships forged, people from all over the world, Paris becomes a village of like minded people .
Although this marks the end of our fashion show...
Take a fashionable tour of this Fall’s finest collectibles. Feel free to touch and wear the art work...
The Blank Canvas
At PK we enjoy a blank canvas…when it’s time to dress; a minimal styling approach.
The Theory of Color
Fall season’s palette from Barcelona and Munich is decidedly festive.
Salzburg-based 2-in-1 Schneiders Coat
Salzburg-based Schneiders is dedicated to one thing and one thing only:
Crafting the perfect everlasting outerwear (and they nailed it!). This Fall’s dream is this 2 piece timeless coat/jacket. We hope you love this piece as much as we do.
Layering style technique
Layering like a professional artist requires experimentation... Play with different prints - a cotton shirt from Berlin is a great place to start and play around with a cashmere sweater overlay from Naples.
Finally, enjoy a real art piece recently added to the PK in store art collection. The painting on canvas celebrates a 60’s style and fashion icon driving a Fiat Cinquecento; a much loved car which is also an icon of Italian style. The painting has a big, happy retro mood which combines fashion with the art and style of an era.
Toronto is re-emerging and PK is excited about the prospect of welcoming back our customers.We hope you enjoy our summer-focused photos.
Our Favorite Summer Look
On the 30th anniversary of Pretty Woman PK celebrates summer dresses we’ve chosen for movement, with fabrics free of constriction:cotton blends, linens-all breathable and wrinkle-resistant - an added benefit at outdoor events.
Streamlined silhouettes continue to reign supreme at outdoor events. Minimize skin on show - which tends to raise eyebrows - by shielding shoulders beneath a lightweight pashmina from Bordeaux or a shawl or bolero jacket. Hats are de rigeur, pack hair pins to protect from high winds, pigeons or if like Vivian Ward, your horse comes in first.
Wedding Guest Dresses
Favor soft fabrics,Italian or French, and keep the bride sweet by asking in advance if there’s a color code you should copy.Stay clear of brash tones and black.
Weddings are great-but they can be long.Choose layers that can be re-worked throughout the day-shedding a shawl for example.
NEVER A JUMPSUIT
There’s always one who refuses to wear a dress, no matter the occasion. But ditching the dress code doesn’t mean all codes go out the window. If wearing a dress isn't you then go for a statement two-piece paired with some fun accessories.
Colors stimulate our brains in different ways and the way we incorporate certain colors in our daily lives says a lot about who we are. If you're someone who appreciates color, and loves to incorporate bright colors into your wardrobe collection, opt for a chic top from Milan, Naples or Dusseldorf!
Pair this colorful Margittes top with some color-popping accessories for a more glamorous look!
Compensate with a striking accent and with today’s eyes on the neck - show yours some love with these necklaces from our men in Milan.
Make a Personal Shopping Appointment or simply drop by to browse-due to limited space in store availability (these days) please wait at the entrance for a PK associate to welcome you inside.
The fear about the coronavirus has the whole world in its grip. Here along Bloor Street, and in the Manulife Centre, shops have reduced their hours and changed their methods of operation. Here at Petra Karthaus, we are doing the same:
Our first priority is the health and safety of our guests and employees. We have increased our cleaning practices and disinfected the store; there's a lot more hand-washing going on; and we are careful to maintain our social distances.
Manulife has removed the tables in the food court areas - takeout is still available. Unfortunately, EATALY has closed its restaurants but its food markets remain open.
Petra Karthaus has postponed in-store events until further notice.
Shopping by Appointment and Facetime/Whatsapp
If you would like to shop by appointment please call or send an email and we will arrange a time for you to visit us for a private shopping experience. We also help our customers shop using Facetime or Whatsapp - we'll model and you choose! - and of course we can email you photos. Check us out on Instagram where we will be posting more than usual-and if you see items you like-we would gladly deliver to you!
What's important now is to remember that we are all in this together.
+ Stay in touch. Call people you know and make sure they're okay during this period of self-isolation.
+ Help out your elderly family members and neighbors by offering to run errands for them.
And if you feel that in these trying times you could use a little retail therapy, then drop by Petra Karthaus. Better still, give us a call, and arrange a private appointment to visit.
This is not the first crisis we'll weather together, and it won't be the last. But together we will get through anything.
Sincerely, Dorothea Merritt and the Petra Karthaus team