This week Canada held its World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, and we got front-row access to some of the most exciting shows at the event. Though we admittedly weren’t up to speed on all of the emerging designers from up north (that was about to change), we had a few favorites we were excited to see, like Mikhael Kale, who has recently become a Gigi Hadid favorite.
We found that one of the most exciting components of the week was the Mercedes-Benz Start Up National Finale runway show, which featured six emerging Canadian designers competing to win a $30,000 bursary among other covetable prizes, like mentorship from industry veterans and a fully produced runway show at next season’s fashion week. The 2011 winning designer, Sid Neigum, recently announced he’ll be showing his F/W 16 collection at London Fashion Week, further proving the program’s global reach and successes.
We were blown away by the talent and innovation from these emerging designers, which is why we’re so excited to present them to you today. Scroll down to brush up on these must-know names, and be sure to tell us which is your favorite in the comments at the end!
Inspired by a moody stay at a beach house on Prince Edward's Island, Leinad Beaudet's S/S 16 collection felt crisp and polished with wearable pieces, like a shin-length architectural dress and loafers.
Spoiler alert! The winner of this year's competition, Unttld, presented an "urban orientalism" collection that showcased seductive, feminine shapes with special tassel and mesh detailing.
Narces is an evening-attire line whose designer, Nikki Wirthensohn, was inspired by Bianca Jagger for the S/S 16 collection and showed glamorous gowns with retro-feeling details, like 3D florals and layers of tulle.
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