Brandon Dwyer has a lot to learn about fashion. The Barrie, ON-native notoriously committed fashion heresy while competing on Project Runway Canada last year by admitting he had no clue who Yves Saint Laurent was. And when I met up with him last week to preview his Spring ’11 collection for his diffusion label Basch by Brandon Dwyer, he didn’t actually know what a diffusion label was. Regardless, what he lacks in an industry education, he makes up for with enthusiasm, and yes, talent.
The latest line was inspired by the designer’s jaunt to the south of France last spring (his first time traveling to Europe, actually) and features a mix of beautifully draped jersey dresses and sleek separates in monochromatic palette. Add in sweet blush toned ruffled blouses and some entrance-making mint-hued micro-pleated frocks and you have a full range of clothes for every kind of girl. Factor in that every piece is crafted in Canada, by hand, and in limited production, the under $200-$700 price tags don’t seem so steep.
Check out a few of the pieces from the preview as well as those from the lookbook, modeled by former FLARE cover girl Andi Muise.