LG Toronto Fashion Week: The Mercedes-Benz Start Up 2011 National Final

In association with the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC), The Mercedes-Benz Start Up 2011 National Final had a full house at Toronto Fashion Week.  The show kicked off with Global Production Director, Jarrad Clark, presenting this year’s designer finalists: UNTTLD, Triarchy, Cassie Dee, Travis Taddeo and Martin Lim.  Through the show each designers showed their own style and originality.

Montreal Designers, Jose Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Belanger, of UNTTLD started off the event with a bold statement of colour.  The pair chose to use only black and white in their edgy line consisting of mesh, leather and fringe. They mixed the hard and light by matching a leather motorcycle jacket with a chiffon dress, chain necklaces with sheer tops and mesh sleeves on feminine dresses. It was an adventurous statement from the new designers.

Denim ruled the Triarchy portion of the show as they presented their take on fresh and sexy Spring fashion.  Men and women’s denim of all shades dominated. Head to toe denim looks with button-down blouses (tucked in and tied up) showed how to wear the fabric in different shades and style. This was a new take on a classic style for the emerging designers.

Cassie Dee showed a feminine day collection filled with modern separates and feminine florals. Vibrant reds and oranges added a pop of colour on skirts, blouses and floral print dresses and shirts. The cuts of these everyday separates would be flattering to any woman looking for something new.

Travis Taddeo was bold in his collection that was highlighted by his use of feathers. Feather skirts, dresses and even men’s feather tops showed that he is not afraid to take a risk. Aside from those bold outfits, the rest of his line was quite wearable with sheath dresses and loose blouses in pastel shades and leather pants adding an edge to simple t-shirts.

Designers, Danielle Martin and Pao Lim, of Martin Lim, used geometric shapes and colourblocking to create a vibrant Spring line. Pink, blue, ivory, tan and black create their palette used in striped and blocks. Their silk blouses and dresses flowed with the models movements.  They combined structured dresses with airy chiffons to give every piece movement.

With five amazing designers waiting to be discovered, unfortunately only one could win the prize. Canadian Supermodel, Jessica Stam, was pleased to announce Martin Lim as the 2011 recipient. They will receive assistance from mentors in the business and their own fashion show at a future time.

See images from all of the collections below and see more from Toronto Fashion Week.

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