After catching a glimpse of Mikael D's glittering gowns backstage—with their delicate lace, intricate beading and 3D rosebuds—I couldn't wait to take my front row seat in the dimly lit Fermenting Cellar in Toronto's Distillery District. When I arrived a couple hours before showtime, backstage was buzzing with hair, makeup and nail crews swarming around the models—all arrived from the World MasterCard Fashion Week tents a short drive away. Dozens of people were gathered around the dresses hung on racks, steaming the ball gowns into perfection. Friday's runway show was my first in-person experience of the haute couture-level dresses designed by Canadian Mikael Derderian, formerly of Pavoni. Having dressed celebrities such as Britney Spears and Mariah Carey, his creations are no small potatoes. My favourite design was second from last—a lavender confection with floral details, knee-length pencil skirt and huge bustle. Another showstopper finished off the collection: a white wedding gown with beaded lace top. To complete the look, M.A.C Cosmetics makeup artist Jane McKay designed a shimmering golden eyeshadow (M.A.C Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Amber Lights layered with Honey Lust, $18 each) applied up to the crease of the lid, simple black liner patted along the lash line (M.A.C Cosmetics Fluidline in Blacktrack, $19) and faux lashes that were elongated at the centre for a wide-eyed doll effect. Though the makeup look was created by Jane, it was executed by M.A.C Cosmetics trainer Ricky Boudreau after Jane tripped and broke her leg during a routine makeup test. Finally, lead hairstylist Paul Pereira used OSiS+ products to build the over-sized updo. The theme was "deconstructed chic," he says. "We wanted to take a modern twist on a classic '60s style. Once I saw the clothes, I wanted to embrace the high glamour, but in a more relaxed way." To create texture, he rubbed OSiS+ Dust It Flex mattifying powder into the hair to add grip, spritzed OSiS+ Session Label Salt Spray through the strands, and backcombed the heck out of it. The just-rolled-out-of-bed-after-a-night-on-the-red-carpet hair was the ideal juxtaposition to Mikael D's flawless designs.