Architect turned fashion designer, Rachel Sin is no stranger to the world of style. Last night for her first showing at Toronto Fashion Week, Sin presented a line-up of structured separates fit for work. Although her designs remained relatively safe this season, stylistically speaking, they represent a marked shift toward a more polished aesthetic. Inspired by the iconic Farnsworth House, which was constructed in the late 1940s by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Sin sought to develop a collection that embodies simplicity and clarity above all else.
While alert to the fashion industry’s ever-changing trends, Sin prefers to create functional pieces that don’t have to be tossed away after a single season. Thus, in contrast with many designers who have recently moved away from minimalist designs, Sin stayed true to her personal taste, constructing pieces for women who may not necessarily want to stop the show, but certainly want dress like they belong in it.
After her collection’s launch, while everyone was still abuzz backstage, Sin was musing about the future. “It’s a huge step,” shared the designer on her move to the Toronto fashion scene (she’s shown in Ottawa as well as Toronto’s Alternative Fashion Week), “but I see bigger things. I’m already thinking about the next show.”