It wouldn’t be Toronto Fashion Week without a few extra shows outside of the usual five-day bonanza down at the big white tents. While pre-week mainstays Philip Sparks and Greta Constantine decided to go low key this season, The Collections by the rebooted Fashion Collective, have taken over The Burroughes Building in the heart of Queen Street West to host a series of six presentations by some of the industry’s hottest designers. This season’s roster includes Laura Siegel, Chloé Comme Parris, Label Clothing, Cara Cheung, Kalxon Howl and Sid Neigum.
Young talent Laura Siegel kicked things off with another earthly-infused collection inspired by her travels around the world with an eye for cacti. Yes, Siegel found beauty in the spiked out plant. The designer went installation-style with petite boxes for her line-up of models who sauntered in one-by-one throughout the show. Uber long maxi dresses, tie-dye style prints and draped cut-outs were notable details spotted throughout her spring offering. The festival-ready line was made complete with hot neon eyes and bed head above–perhaps a nod to her colourful cacti collection that sat at the foot of each model.
Closing out the show were luxe leather separates that we had to know more about. In our post-show chat, Siegel spilled on how those pieces came to life: “I worked with two leather artisans on that particular piece, located in Deli. And then I collaborated with others who I usually do embroidery with but instead of that we did macrame. That was completely new for me and my artisans. You really see that detail work in the necklaces and fringe. We incorporated more in the jacket and this one woman learnt the skill, shared it with other women and all that training created a full time job for her.”
With three seasons under her belt and 21 looks on display for Spring 2013 (or at least that’s how many she remembers styling amongst the chaos backstage), Siegel filled us in on her label’s main objective: “At the end of the day I want to create really comfy clothes that are textured, easy to wear and versatile for women.”