Top 5 Emerging Canadian Designers
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Although established Canadian designers like David Dixon and twin brothers Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2 are already household names in the fashion industry, Canada is also home to a new array of emerging designers. From Sid Neigum to Hilary MacMillan, here are five up-and-coming Canuck design talents to watch out for now.
1) Sid Neigum: The 26-year-old designer studied at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and is now based in Toronto. Alberta-born Neigum showed his first collection at Toronto World MasterCard Fashion Week in 2011. He has been winning awards ever since, including the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels Award in 2012, the Mercedes-Benz Start Up Award in 2014 and this year’s Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Fashion. Neigum’s eponymous line features origami inspired cuts and a neutral colour palette of black and white.
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2) Beaufille: Launched in 2009 by sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon, the Toronto-based line was originally named Chloé comme Parris after the two founders. The Gordon sisters attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where 27-year-old Chloé studied textiles and 24-year-old Parris majored in jewelry design. Their line combines ready-to-wear garments with unique accessories, for a focus on both of the sisters’ passions. Beaufille took home the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories at this year’s Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards.
3) Malorie Urbanovitch: The Edmonton, Alberta-based designer launched her label in 2012, and was the winner of the Mercedez-Benz Start-Up Award for the 2013/2014 season. With a focus on classic cuts and bold colours, her designs feature plenty of sleek skirts, sheath dresses and pops of vibrant orange and blue.
4) Laura Siegel: The rising designer was born in Toronto, but studied at New York City’s Parsons School of Design and Central Saint Martins in London. Siegel’s passion for ethical fashion has led her to help produce the recent Traceable documentary, which depicts the international garment industry. The designer’s new Project 1127 features artisan scarves, while all her handmade designs are created with ethically sourced materials.
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5) Hilary MacMillan: Raised and now based in Toronto, Hilary MacMillan founded her line in 2012. The 28-year-old designer graduated from University of British Columbia in 2009, and originally co-owned an accessory boutique with her sister in Toronto. MacMillan later switched paths from retail to her passion for design, with her rising womenswear label which focuses on classic, high quality fabrics. The designer uses silk, wool and leather in her creations, and turns to the beautiful Canadian landscape for her creative inspiration. As a truly Canuck label, all her designs are produced in Canada.
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