Sun. Feb 17th, 2019

Lesley Hampton’s Collection Honouring Indigenous Women & Other Highlights From Day Two of Toronto Fashion Week

Our recap of day two of Toronto Fashion Week A/W ’19

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Lesley Hampton’s present on the Gardiner Museum opened with a robust efficiency by Indigenous singer and musician Iskwe. Wearing a spectacular feathered capelet, the Juno-nominated artist carried out two authentic tracks with a reside band, ending with a name to your entire room to affix in on a tune titled ‘The Unforgotten,’ which she says is about “trying to heal all people; it doesn’t matter where you come from.”

Photography courtesy George Pimentel

“We are the nation of tomorrow, we are the children who are not afraid to die,” she sang, lyrics that resonated all of the extra strongly after viewing Lesley Hampton’s assortment, entitled Eighteen Seventy Six in reference to the date that the Indian Act was enacted by the Canadian authorities, giving authorized recognition to Indigenous individuals. A solid of Indigenous fashions walked down the runway in pleated pleather and floral embroidered attire designed by Hampton, who belongs to the Temagami First Nation of Bear Island, Ont. and has ties to the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne. Colour was an essential signifier within the assortment, the use of navy blue referring to the affect of residential faculties on their neighborhood, whereas pink detailing served as a reminder of the quantity of lacking and murdered Indigenous ladies in Canada.

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Earlier within the night, menswear designer Thomas Balint selected an fascinating format for his showcase of high-waisted trousers, plaid duster coats and wool shirts in shades of khaki, gray and black. In lieu of a runway present, he organized a gaggle of fashions in a tableau setting, whereas Nadiya Svirsky, a Ukraine-born, Toronto-raised visible artist, live-sketched every of the mannequin’s faces (bonus factors to the designer for choosing a various bunch).

Photography courtesy George Pimentel

Croatian-born designer Zoran Dobric usually makes use of an array of artisanal strategies in his work, corresponding to block-printing, shibori pleating, batik, and hand-painting. For his newest assortment, he collaborated with Japan’s Aoyama Kohaze, stitching their ‘kohaze’—clasps for fastening of ‘tabi’ (Japanese socks), ‘kyahan’ (Japanese leggings) and ‘tekkou’ (Japanese hand- and wrist-covers)—on to luxurious silks. The assortment additionally options embroidery utilizing classic hair samples, laser mirror foil slicing and digital printing.

Photography courtesy George Pimentel

Next up was a twin showcase by Pedram Karimi + Process Visual. Pedram Karimi, the Montreal-based designer who launched his gender-neutral model in 2013, defined the inspiration behind the present in a pre-taped video, saying its goal “is to inspire youth, especially the ones that are not exposed to art, design and spirituality.”

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His assortment featured asymmetrical silhouettes and diaphanous materials, with fashions strolling down the runway clutching cut-outs of anatomical hearts and eyes to their chests, whereas Process Visual showcased a line of fluid separates in moody hues of oxblood, emerald inexperienced and black.

Photography courtesy George Pimentel

Rock ‘n Karma closed day two of TFW with a spirited and energizing showcase of their newest line. Classic rock ‘n’ roll components made an look, with a primarily black-and-silver color palette dominating the gathering. The viewers appeared to reply most strongly to the items emblazoned with slogans like ‘I’ll Never Stop Wearing Black’ and ‘Fashion Is My Drug’ nevertheless it was mannequin Judith Maria Bradley who undoubtedly stole the present. Her grey hair in an updo, she danced down the runway carrying outsized sun shades and a slinky inexperienced gown, and shortly had your entire room cheering their help.

Photography courtesy George Pimentel

ICYMI, right here’s our recap of Day One.

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