Diepo: Toronto Fashion Week Ones To Watch
Diepo by Justine Diener and Kristin Poon
As two halves of a design duo, how do you compliment each other?
Although we both have design backgrounds, we have very different personal and technical strengths that really compliment and balance each other. For example, Kristin is a really great designer and Justine is really good at buying coffee at Starbucks! No, but seriously, the line began as a collaboration of our technical strengths, mixing Kristin's shapewear and knitwear with Justine's more tailored daywear.
This is your first time showing at LGFW. What made you decide to show your Fall 2011 collection here this season?
We have really enjoyed showing at Alternative Fashion Week for the past three years, but this season we were toying with the idea of doing a presentation closer to market week. When The Fashion Collective approached us with the opportunity to be part of such a fantastic line-up we knew we had to take it! We hope that LGFW will give us a chance to get a wider range of exposure across Canada.
What inspired your Fall 2011 collection?
We drew inspiration from George Shiras’ "Deer at Night" photo series, lake swimming, Twin Peaks, campfires, and pheasant feathers.