Designers of all kinds will debut their Spring/Summer 2016 lines starting this Monday, October 19th in David Pecaut Square at the second round of Toronto Fashion Week 2015. The biannual event occurs once in March, for Fall/Winter lines, and again in the fall for Spring/Summer collections. After some very enjoyable research, I have rounded up what I believe to be the most exciting designers to check out this week. Some are Canadian born and bred, others were born and left, diversifying their characteristic styles to include international inspirations. And some, like South Korea's Hong Kiyoung, are making their Canadian debut this year. All designers, although distinctly unique in their approach, are linked together by their modern, tailored designs and forward-thinking constructions. They can all appeal to the Urbanite, who exudes enough confidence and attitude to rock pieces that will stand out on even the most crowded streets. Look out for on-trend futurism, sharp cuts, and dramatic materials that will bring an unexpected edge to your spring wish-list.
DEAN DAVIDSON - Access Show, Tuesday @ 3PM
Canadian-born Dean Davidson's timeless jewellery designs have put him on the cusp of household-name status. His work centres around the use of flawless contrasts between materials or lines that work together to make bold statements. Dean's huge success is evident in his pieces making appearances in magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, as well as on the eyes, ears, collars, and wrists of celebrity elite. His designs evoke a clean versatility, allowing the wearer to incorporate them into any facet of their lives. Their contrasts of masculine and feminine reflect the interconnectedness of urban design and will excite any jewellery fiend looking to find their next every-day piece.
VANDAL - Red: Emerging Designer Showcase, Friday @ 3PM
Seneca graduate Ronald Tam created Vandal, a Toronto street-wear brand in 2014 in the hopes of fusing urban aesthetics with traditional tailoring from his native Hong Kong. The result is a smoothly amalgamated mix of whimsy and precision, featuring fun to wear prints and modern designs for next-level, futuristic city-dwellers. Playful in their structure and embracing the unorthodox through experimental colors and patterns, Vandal's collections embody the multiplicity of urban life.
ASHTIANI – Studio, Thursday @ 5PM
Prepare to be charmed by Ashtiani’s space-age translations of femininity. Designer Golnaz Ashtiani, based in Toronto and the UK, first debuted her namesake line in Canada in 2011 to massive critical acclaim. Since then, her works have been featured in major magazines as essentials for the modern woman. With soft styling and confident construction, Ashtiani’s pieces fit perfectly within the concrete jungle.
MIKHAEL KALE – Runway, Monday @ 6PM
As the show’s opener, Mikael Kale needs no introduction. His clean-cut and airy designs, exemplified in the windows and cut-outs of his S/S 2015 collection, earned him the award for Womenswear Designer of the Year by the Canadian Fashion Association. Born in Canada, Kale honed his talent for extraordinary craftsmanship and eye-catching materials at Central Saint Martins and through apprenticeships with designers such as Antonio Marras before creating his own line in 2007. His futuristic designs have been embraced around the world, making his S/S 2016 show an absolute must-see.
SID NEIGUM – Runway, Monday @ 9PM
Born in Alberta and educated at FIT in New York, Sid Neigum’s first collection of post-apocalyptic dressing debuted in 2011. Since then, his designs have been applauded for their stellar draping and unique materials that distinguish them as a step-above the mainstream futuristic grunge style. Neigum’s pieces are characterized by their technical construction, as the designer frequently cites the Japanese art of Oragami and mathematical patterns such as the Fibonacci sequence, as conceptual bases for his work. One might think that these inspirations could result in some seriously structured pieces, but rather than being stifled by these elements, Neigum’s designs emerge with a cool and effortless urban flair.
HONG KIYOUNG – Runway, Thursday @ 9PM
International up-and-comer Hong Kiyoung will be making his Toronto Fashion Week debut this fall. The experimental designer is based in Seoul, South Korea, but has been expanding into the North American market slowly since the label’s creation in 2009. Kiyoung is famous at home for his luxury streetwear, heartily embraced and lusted after by urban fashion plates. Evidence of the designer’s raw talent is apparent in his use of exciting colour palettes and sharp lines, along with his ability to balance these elements with another essential factor in streetwear: comfort. His pieces never stray far from being wearable, making them engaging and accessible to city slickers looking to embrace the newest trend.
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