Top 10 Canadian talents in LondonPublié par Marie-Eve Rochon le 6 février 2014
Perhaps you do not think of Canada as a particularly stylish or avant-garde country, but there is nonetheless a slew of fashion talents hailing from Canada and taking London’s fashion scene by storm. Here are 10 Canuck fashion insiders to discover.
This Korean-Canadian graduated from Central Saint Martins and apprenticed in the studios of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. Her own line, entirely handmade in London, was launched in 2012. She has since developed a signature style of prim dresses and separates. Symmetry plays a large part in her design aesthetic, with straight lines often carving the body from neck to toe.
Born in Montreal, Thomas Tait spent three years studying technical womenswear at LaSalle College before moving to London and becoming, at 21, the youngest person to ever graduate from an MA at Central Saint Martins. In 2010, he beat out industry giant Mary Katrantzou in winning the first Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, a £25,000 award. His creations are carefully constructed in minimal shapes while being subtly influenced by activewear.
This Calgary native has a BA in fashion design from Ryerson University (Toronto) and an MA in fashion artefact from London College of Fashion. She creates outlandish garments and accessories, often working with surprising materials such as plastic, PVC tubing, brass and artificial hair. The result is darkly glamorous and futuristic. Her 2011 fashion film, The Karass, was shot by Nick Knight for SHOWstudio.com.
Mark Fast grew up outside of Winnipeg, moved to London and spent five years studying at Central Saint Martins. His collections are based around knits, which he creates entirely by hand on a domestic knitting machine. His key design elements include body-conscious dresses and lots of fringes. Revealing cut-outs, see-through pieces and large crochet loops create a sexy yet grungy look.
After graduating from Central Saint Martins, this Canadian designer worked with Roland Mouret – a far cry from his own rock inclinations. His staples include jackets, coats and trousers usually in neutral colours, with the requisite touch of black leather. In his eight years in the business, he has outfitted the likes of Fergie, Beyonce, Rihanna, Courtney Love and Shirley Manson.
Braganza was born in London but grew up in Canada. That’s where he studied fine arts before moving back to the UK and attending Central Saint Martins. He also apprenticed with Roland Mouret, and debuted his own line in 2004. His signature style revolves around black and white, digital prints and architectural panels.
Born in Montreal to British and Turkish parents, Erdem studied at Ryerson University in Toronto and at the Royal College of Art in London. He interned with Vivienne Westwood and Diane von Furstenberg before launching his own label in 2005. He won the prestigious Fashion Fringe award (£100,000) and the British Fashion Council / Vogue Designer Fashion Fund (£200,000). He is famous for his flower prints and feminine aesthetic. His designs have been worn by Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Anna Wintour as well as a number of Hollywood stars.
A graduate of McGill and Harvard universities, Imran Amed was a business consultant before making the jump to the fashion industry. He started Business of Fashion as a blog and his insightful analytical texts soon garnered a large following. His stroke of genius was recognizing early on the shift in luxury markets towards Asia and the growing importance of social media and digital innovation. In 2013, his website received $2.1 million by a group of investors, which allowed him to hire 10 staffers.
After growing up in Toronto, Leith Clark started her career at British Vogue. She also contributed to Interview, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar. In 2005, she founded Lula and acted as editor-in-chief for 8 years, before announcing, last autumn, that she was leaving the magazine. Her new project, Violet, is set to launch this spring.
This Montreal native left the world of management consultancy for that of magazine publishing. She is the fashion director of TANK magazine and editor of Because. She’s also a regular street style fixture. She was the star of J.Crew’s ad campaign in 2012 (a comeback after a brief modelling stint in Milan at 17) and designed a capsule collection of shoes for LK Bennett.
Even more Canadian talent coming to London
The “Montreal White Winter Fashion City” event
As part of the International Fashion Showcase during London Fashion Week, seven Montreal designers will exhibit their work at the Quebec Government Office from February 13 to 18. Members of the press, buyers and the general public will be able to discover the lady-like garments of Mélissa Nepton, the conceptual crochet pieces of Jocelyn Picard and the oversized minimalistic clothing of Pedram Karimi. In the accessory department, luxury leather bags (There Are Many of Us) and elaborate high-heeled shoes (Anastasia Radevich) will be on show, while the gents will not be forgotten thanks to Breed Knitting. Finally, Vogue Italia’s darling UNTTLD is not to be missed.