Day 2 of the shOws featured some very unwelcomed guests: buckets upon buckets of snow. “Lousy Smarch weather“, as they say. Dedicated showgoers like myself trudged on regardless, dead-set on seeing some fresh Canadian talent and maybe scope out some well-dressed model babes. Not everyone felt the same, judging by the noticeably sparse studio space. This bode well for me and my reliably crappy camera phone, as I snapped an endless succession of blurry-faced but impeccably-dressed beauties, my line of sight unobstructed by stray sock buns or fashionably large hats.
Claim to fame: Has worked for Jenni Kayne, Stella McCartney, and lingerie label The Lake & Stars. Selected as 1 of 10 in the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator Class 3.0.
Alma Mater: Parsons the New School for Design in NYC
Brand aesthetic: Innovative minimalism that explores dichotomies between feminine and masculine, classic and modern.
FW14 Motifs: Pastel pink on tomato red, zipped and detachable ruffles, mohair skirt sets, flounced hems, “pink armour”, mossy prints, squid ink-dyed fabrics, lazer-cut cotton, double-layered mesh.
FW14 Inspiration: Nature with a modern twist.
Photos via The Fashionisto
Claim to fame: Has worked for Ralph Lauren, Hermés, and Kenzo. Won first prize in menswear at the prestigious Festival des Jeunes Stylistes de Hyères. Selected as a finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2011. Recently nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Menswear Designer of The Year Award.
Alma Mater: Ryerson University
Brand aesthetic: Street casual using bespoke techniques.
FW14 Motifs: Japanese-inspired belted coats, unisex power suits, skater shorts layered on top of too-long trousers, Peruvian alpaca sweaters, belted vests, relaxed tailoring
FW14 Inspiration: Discrete luxury