After Wednesday night’s edgy show by Jean-Pierre Braganza, we couldn’t wait to see what day 2 of TheShows would bring, with collections by Tanya Taylor, Steven Tai and Jeremy Laing walking the runway.
Following her high of debuting at New York Fashion Week, Toronto-born Tanya Taylor brought her collection of embellished separates, killer prints and relaxed fits to Toronto as part of the ShOws T.O for the second time last night. Taylor’s experience of working with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for two years as a designer at Elizabeth and James definitely influenced her collection, which could easily be seen on any young Hollywood It-girl. Tanya’s knack for mixing prints and texture added a youthful vibe to all of her looks. We’re very pleased that the herringbone trend is back for yet another season, the classic print is easy to wear and always looks chic. While Tanya gave us a good mix of practical neutrals the pop of cobalt blue is just the right amount of colour we need to get us through the darker days of fall and winter.
Central Saint Martins graduate, Steven Tai is fresh out of design school yet already has an impressive prize to his name. Steven took home $15,000 from the Hyeres Festival, sponsored by Chloé, for his graduate collection inspired by book binding. The self-professed ‘geek’ explained in a quick interview after the show that he was always a bookworm growing up and that he wanted to apply the hand sewn, bookmaking techniques into creating his garments. The quilted pants of his Fall 2013 collection were meant to look a little nerdy, like checks, but in the non-obvious sense, said Steven. The oversized jackets which featured whimsical paintings from an Italian artist that Steven admires, were paired with full quilted maxi skirts in contrasting colours, looking a little bookish and boyish. The designer’s love for pockets and relaxed fits were shown through oversized pants, created with a rubbery, silicon-based fabric which required a clever magnet fastener instead of buttons. While Steven’s collection may not be completely wearable for the average woman, it’s definitely cutting edge and we can’t wait to see what’s to come—with a graduate and F/W collection this good it can only get better.
Jeremy Laing always gets it right when it comes to designing for a wide range of women. His latest Fall/Winter collection can easily be worn by someone in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Separates in gold covered, brown seersucker were paired with skinny trousers. A black and white cross print used in many pieces, including asymmetrical dresses, loose fitted pants and flowy blouses, was designed in collaboration with fellow friend, Torontonian and artist Vanessa Maltese. Tough, faded grey utilitarian jackets and oversized and boyish overcoats brought signature Laing back into the collection, with the various lamé and graphic print options, Jeremy added a fresh approach to the Fall season by expanding on his usually muted and minimal design aesthetic.