World Master Card Fashion Week took place in Toronto this October, bringing together the best and brightest Canadian design talent. The three standout collections for us this Spring 2016 season were Pink Tartan, Stephan Caras and Mackage.
Pink Tartan was arguably the most popular show of the week. We had the opportunity to speak with designer Kim Newport-Mimran backstage after her runway show to hear more about her inspiration.
What was your inspiration for the collection?
This season was about, obviously, stripes. I’m a big lover of stripes, and I was really inspired by southern France and northern Spain, pulling these kinds of Mediterranean feels together. It’s relaxed, it’s very beachy, the hair was a very controlled mess. I loved the way the girls looked tonight.
Tell us about the collaboration with the hair and makeup team?
Well, it’s really working with this team and having an idea. And then it’s testing and working through those ideas until you get what you love. And that’s the really beautiful thing about the creative process. It’s really a collaboration, I’ve got a great team. We’re all excited to move, what we feel fashion should be doing, forward.
What fabrics and textures were you excited about using this season?
I really love natural, hand-woven, sort of nubby fabrics. Texture is very important. There’s a lot of raffia and there’s a lot of hand crochet in this collection. It’s all about hand touched [details] that makes a difference in fashion and in garments.
You’ve been showing at fashion week for many seasons. What do you feel has been the biggest change since you started?
I think it grows every season. You do feel that people love fashion and people are interested in fashion. And Canada is very cool so it’s really great to have the support of Canadians to come out and see what your work is. As an designer, you’re creating things all the time and it’s great to have a platform, like an art exhibition, that sells out.
Stephan Caras was born in Greece, educated in Australia and now calls Toronto home. His European-style fashion house is located in a beautifully renovated heritage building on Queen St. East.
Stephan Caras’ collection was, as always, feminine and sexy. We loved the bright painted floral designs from the beginning on the collection that balanced the clean black and white looks from the second half. Our favourite look was one that balanced both: a full floral shirt with a sheer black lace top, which featured hand embroidery.
Mackage was created around the belief that outerwear is an integral element of fashion. Designers, Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan launched Mackage in 1999 and have since grown to become one of the most prestigious contemporary outerwear brands in North America.
Mackage brought the ‘cool factor’ to the runway this Spring season. Known for their leather jackets, a staple in almost every woman’s wardrobe, Mackage showcased multiple styles in black, white and rich turquoise. Mid-length trench coats were the other standout pieces. We loved the belted navy blue trench and the black and white burnout leather unbelted trench.
For more information on World Mastercard Fashion Week, visit worldmastercardfashionweek.com