Toronto designer Philip Sparks began his love of fashion in the theatre creating costumes for the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. In 2007, Sparks branched out to develop his own collection inspired by his home country using a vintage aesthetic. The first Philip Sparks store opened in 2012 and all of the products you can find in the store and online are made in Canada. We asked Sparks to help us decode fall fashion trends to know what is best for the chilly Canadian weather. See Philip Sparks’ designer picks now:
Real Style Network: What are your three fall essential must-haves for women this fall and why?
Philip Sparks: We always put a big focus on coats for fall and this season we’ve created a beautiful, oversized piece in herringbone wool that can be dressed up or worn casually over a tailored pair of denim. My other two picks would have to be a great everyday dress like one of our plaid shirt dresses and a special occasion blazer in printed velvet.
What are you favourite trends this season and why?
I’m very focused on the idea of creating a classic, seasonless wardrobe, but we did incorporate a lot of fall’s deep colours into the collection: rich navy, mossy green, oxblood and purple. We’re also continuing to create a custom print each season. This time around its an abstract leaf motif that’s much more geometric than anything we’ve done in the past.
What are your favourite fall accessories and why?
I love a great, structured bag like our accordion briefcase. It’s a unisex piece so it adds a really handsome touch to a women’s look but it’s also very practical with a handle and shoulder strap and lots of pockets to keep your papers, tablets, magazines, etc. organized.
What are some of the biggest style mistakes women make in the fall?
The only style mistake anyone can every make is wearing something that doesn’t make them feel fantastic just because someone else says it’s what she or he should be wearing right now.
How do you define the look and feel of your fall collection?
There’s always a nostalgic feeling to our line and this fall that comes from incorporating details, shapes and fabrics found in pieces from the early 1900s: the ruffle trim of a vintage slip, the exaggerated shoulder of a jacket, etc. It’s definitely our most romantic and feminine women’s collection yet.