Canadian designer Mikhael Kale might have had a digital presentation at London Fashion Week last month, but luckily for us he also decided to show his stunning collection in-person at the Corkin Gallery in Toronto last night. “It’s really cool to bring [the collection] back home, I think that it’s the most important thing,” Kale explained to us at his off-site presentation. “I think a lot of people leave Canada and budgets are limited, but it’s really important to let people know that there is culture and substance here.”
The spring collection was inspired by the work of photographer Nigel Scott, in particular his Conversations with Blue exhibition at Colette in Paris earlier this year. Scott’s personal exploration of the cyanotype printing process and the aesthetics of the ocean strongly influenced the colour palette and print-development process for Kale this season, especially after they met through gallery owner Jane Corkin and became creative collaborators.
The tightly edited line, which features just a dozen looks, showcases Kale’s growing expertise with luxe fabrics, feminine but structured silhouettes, and intricate tailoring. Highlights included a printed silk jumpsuit, an intricately fringed frock, and an icy blue lace dress paired with a slouchy biker jacket, all of which would look as appropriate on the red carpet as they do for cocktail hour. “It’s a graduation of sorts,” says Kale. “But we’re still playing with beautiful silhouettes, and really expensive, stunning fabrics that we’ve been experimenting with…and doing just really small, little pieces of intricate work.”