On the Runway

Toronto: Sid Neigum, Heather Lawton and Basch by Brandon


Photo by George Pimentel


Photo by George Pimentel

The (fashion) kids are alright. The Fashion Collective, Toronto’s youthful band of can-do show producers/promoters/plucky press officers have consistently put on impressive presentations with soul in the concrete studio space, introducing new names along the way. Two of their most promising labels are Sid Neigum and Heather Lawton. Sharing a similar aesthetic, both showed head-to-toe black gothy downtown looks. Neigum‘s long draped silhouettes were influenced by his new crew of friends in New York, where he studies at F.I.T. “About half of the garments are unisex, the other half tailored to the individual,” this Alberta native told me backstage.

For her part, Lawton toyed with a stricter cut, i.e. skinny skinny pants with an oversize topper. It wasn’t super new, but as the designer herself proved, it’s a look that is easy, flattering and effective.

Enter the neon panties, meshy materials and sky-high skirt slits of Brandon Dwyer’s Basch by Brandon line. I could go on, but the final look (a black va-va-woom gown with plunging neckline and pasty-effect crystal wings covering the nipples) said it all. 

See a gallery of looks from the Sid Neigum Fall 2011 collection

See a gallery of looks from the Heather Lawton Fall 2011 collection

See a gallery of looks from the Basch by Brandon Fall 2011 collection