Runway seen in Gould Streetstyle

Illustration by Jacqueline Marcelo

As you may have noticed from the leaves on the ground and the rapidly decreasing temperature, winter is coming. Despite the imminent threat of frostbite, students who frequent the catwalk of Ryerson seem to have held onto their fashion sense to keep them snug during these harsh times. After roaming the streets of our artsy campus, a specific style becomes noticeable across the masses of studentsRyerson’s own spin on the fall/winter 2016 ready-to-wear trends.

The Choker

Photo by Natalie Nguyen.

Photo by Natalie Nguyen.

Balmain’s catwalk this season showed extravagant belt-like chokers that maximized toughness and glamour. Photography major Rebecca Bentolila sports a simplistic twist on this chic fall trend, maximizing her comfort for the school sphere. After all, who wants to be sitting on the TTC, desperately wishing but unable to rest on the wall and take a nap because of a gorgeous but gigantic piece of leather? Adding this piece to her outfit, Rebecca shows off a laidback yet fashionable version in a unique way, complete with a lace-up top just like Balmain’s own pairing.

The Cape       

Photo by Natalie Nguyen

Photo by Natalie Nguyen

Fourth-year food and nutrition student Noura Hersh struts the streets with her own vibrant, patterned version of this season’s brooding cape. Despite their stunning, witchy aesthetic (just what we wish we looked like in the fall), the capes seen at Armani don’t provide a lot of insulation from the elements. Featuring sleeves and an adorable hood, Noura’s cape protects her head from the rain that plagues Toronto frequently throughout the transition from fall to winter. She’ll never need an umbrella with this sweet substitute.

The Platform Shoe

Photo by Natalie Nguyen.

Photo by Natalie Nguyen.

Marc Jacobs’s platform shoe, although a welcome reinvention of the ‘70s, is not particularly practical  for the fast-paced life of a university student. However, Ryerson student Doras’ platform shoes ensure her safety and walking speed are at an appropriate level. Doras makes the look her own by selecting a starry-patterned leather pair that tie together her edgy style.

The Leather Jacket

Photo by Natalie Nguyen.

Photo by Natalie Nguyen.

Laura, a freshman in professional communications, keeps cozy with an ever-classic leather jacket, an ode to the slick leather jackets seen at Dior and Proenza Schouler on the FW16 runways. Mobility is essential to the Rye-time speedwalk, making Laura’s shorter leather coat an asset. On top of it all, the leather jacket is water-resistant, meaning she can still look stylish while keeping dry.

Fall and winter may be seasons of bone-chilling cold and inescapable downpours, but don’t let that stop you from showing off your fashion sense on the Gould Street catwalk.