And the winner is…

The main event at the fashion week tents on Tuesday was the finale show for the Start Up program,.


The main event at the fashion week tents on Tuesday was the finale show for the Start Up program, an emerging Canadian designer scouting initiative.

A video vignette followed by a tight 12 looks introduced each of the competing collections. The finalists and their standout exits were: UNTTLD (an organza jacket cut like a casual rain parka), Triarchy (svelte denim featuring their “T” logo on the back pockets), Cassie Dee (cotton dresses covered in contrasting, free form piping), Travis Taddeo (side boob-baring jersey and a cropped men’s poncho) and Martin Lim (pretty-in-pink tunics and dresses made from serged squares of silk).

That last label’s designers Pao Lim and Danielle Martin were the winners, earning a spread in FASHION, industry mentorships and a show on the Fall 2012 runway next March.

Earlier in the day, all eyes were on Joeffer Caoc‘s catwalk and his sporty spring pieces including layered tank tops, oversized mesh tunics and dresses with sequin racing stripes down their sides.

The evening belonged to Chloe Comme Parris and their mashup of unexpectedly light textiles like the pebble textured white cotton used for a pair of sharp shorts and dresses cut from linen woven with washed out stripes.

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