Designers are stretching their creative muscles this season, incorporating tricky prints, unexpected materials and intricate hand details into their collections. Here's how five Toronto labels stitched up standout spring looks.
While digitally manipulated patterns dominate contemporary fashion, Sarah Stevenson (sarahstevensondesign.com) creates her Magnolia motif with hand-painted watercolours outlined in hard pencil. Magnolia print dress ($490, Homegrown Boutique), Marni earrings ($395, Holt Renfrew), Fluevog Rules Châtelet sandals ($339).
Inspired by an oil slick, Jessica Mary Clayton (jessicamaryclayton.com) creates liquid prints by photographing swirls of ink dropped into water. Jessica Mary Clayton silk dress ($375, Fawn), neutral sandals ($110, Aldo), Barol clip-on earrings ($95, Holt Renfrew).
Lucian Matis (lucianmatis.com) builds up torn swatches of colourful silk and tulle to fashion three-dimensional bodices for his sheer evening dresses. Lucian Matis dress ($2,195), nylon swim bottoms ($34, American Apparel), Steve Madden blue suede sandals ($125, Heel Boy), Kenneth Jay Lane clip-on earrings ($90, Holt Renfrew).
Layers upon layers of images - from family photos of Istanbul to pictures of flowers, ceramics and jewellery - make up Juma's (jumastudio.com) rich spring prints. Juma tank top ($185) and shorts ($160, both Pho Pa), drop earrings ($6.95, H&M), Fluevog World Zurich boat shoes ($209).
Eco-minded Baby Steinberg (meetmyart.com) upcycles cotton scraps from factories in Brazil for the braids and fringe that make up this coral cocktail dress. Baby Steinberg dress ($350), braided belt ($6.95, H&M), Alan Anderson earrings ($650, Holt Renfrew).
Photos by Michael Watier
Makeup and hair: Claudine Baltazar for M.A.C
Cosmetics/TRESemmé Hair Care/Plutino Group
Fashion assistant: Stefania Yarhi
Model: Queenette/Spot 6 Management
Artist: Eric Farache (ericfarache.com)
Canvases and easels provided by Curry's
(490 Yonge, 416-967-6666, and others, currys.com)