While cheap supermarket brands and trendy parkas get most of the attention, Toronto's real fashion gems are indie designers who think way, way outside the box. Their creations aren't for the average shopper, but that's not the point.
From non-traditional textiles like latex and elytra (beetle wings) to dramatic capes and wearable robotics, every piece you see in this editorial spread is by a local designer. Ranging from wonderfully weird to just plain awesome as fuck, this isn't just fashion - it's art.
Dress with cross detail (Masha Apparel, mashaapparel.com), pull-cord mechanical wings (Bionic Concepts)
Statement necklace (Kelly A. Blair, Made You Look), PVC Lilith overbust corset (Artifice Clothing), gold skirt (Sid Neigum), metal cuff (Colleen Poitras, Made You Look)
Fascinator (David Dunkley Fine Millinery, 974 Bathurst, 416-538-0998, daviddunkley.me), black and beige necklace (Moth Jewelry, Made You Look, 1338 Queen West, 416-463-2136, madeyoulook.ca), latex Crux bralette (House of Etiquette, houseofetiquette.com), Sparkle-kneed trouser (Andrew Majtenyi, andrewmajtenyi.com), cape (Sid Neigum, sidneigum.com)
Queen's Plate hat (David Dunkley Fine Millinery), blazer and skirt (Mitra Ghavamian, mitraghavamian.com)
Elytra/beetle wing eye patch (Myles Sexton Design, msexton.ca), Exo-Gauntlet powered exoskeleton armour (Bionic Concepts, jprishea.com), PVC origami appliqué kimono and PVC corset (Artifice Clothing, artificeclothing.com)
Photography by Tanja Tiziana Burdi
Hair and make-up Taylor Savage for TRESemmé Hair Care & MAC Cosmetics/judyinc.com
Models - Seth/ Plutino Group and Kehli / Valt Models