Canada’s Top Emerging Designers Present in Toronto
It makes me so happy to see up-and-coming creatives achieving success, and being rewarded for their hard work and commitment. At Toronto’s recent World MasterCard Fashion Week, two of Canada’s top emerging designers, Matière Noire and Malorie Urbanovitch, presented their collections as part of their prize for winning the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Start Up competition. Past awardees include DUY Collection and Martin Lim.
For the presentation, Matière Noire’s designer, Cécile Raizonville, stuck with a mostly black colour palette and ran with a reinvention of some more traditional Amish and Inuit details. Particularly popular was her use of a moon motif, which was printed on a few pieces throughout the collection. She said:
I paid close attention to details and comfort; it’s really all about simplicity and humility. You will see reinvented details from the Amish neckline and straight cuts as well as Inuit-inspired belts and colour palettes.
Malorie Urbanovitch, on the other hand, introduced a range of classic pieces and some gorgeous oversized coats. The Edmonton-based designer also repeated oversized, metallic pins in a few of the designs, giving some of the more classic pieces a little bit of an edge. She said:
My emphasis is always on fabric and comfort, and how a garment feels to wear. My newest collection for the Fall 2014 season is inspired by how the material moves and feels on the body. This collection is all cashmere, llama, alpaca and silk. Individually the pieces are classic, but their collective spirit is much more rebellious.