Fashion Week (www.lorealfashionweek.ca) kicks off Monday (March 12), but unofficially it begins tonight (Thursday, March 8) with Jason Meyers’s seasonal offsite, off-schedule show. We asked five Toronto labels to preview their fall 2007 looks on the backs of the marvellous muses who inspire their lines.
LABEL: Zoran Dobric (www.zorandobric.com)
SHOW TIME: March 14 at 9:30 pm
MUSE: Anna Krupski, designer for Costa Blanca and Urban Behaviour
INSPIRATION: Krupski's sophisticated edge fits perfectly with Dobic's nocturnal mood for fall, accented with hits of silver and red.
LABEL: Jason Meyers (www.jasonmeyers.net)
SHOW TIME: March 8 at 9 pm
MUSE: Michael Hatley, design partner for Jason Meyers
INSPIRATION: Meyers's main squeeze channels the cheerful, dressed-up, mid-century vibe of Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn.
LABEL: Franke (www.iamfranke.com)
SHOW TIME: March 16 at 5 pm
MUSE: Natalie Lecomte, assistant to Holt Renfrew's fashion director
INSPIRATION: Lecomte's genuine and passionate approach to the fashion biz inspires the structured tailoring and sexy styling of designer Kendra Francis's capsule collection.
LABEL: Juma Movement (www.juma. ca)
SHOW TIME: March 16 at 8 pm
MUSE : Alia Juma, design director for Juma
INSPIRATION: Designers Jamil and Alia Juma mix modern, formal shapes, loose volume and tech fabrics in their sporty Movement offshoot.
LABEL: Bustle (www.bustleclothing. com)
SHOW TIME: March 16 at 9 pm
MUSE: Shawn Hewson, co-designer for Bustle
INSPIRATION: Bustle's fall menswear line takes its cues from a true Brit skeet-shooting look and Hewson's own daring sense of style.