Show Review: Caitlin Power and Ashtiani's Standout Presentations

Two rising fashion stars show their first collections under the tents


Photo by George Pimentel


Photo by George Pimentel


Photo by George Pimentel


Photo by George Pimentel

The studio space under the tents at Toronto Fashion Week is quickly becoming one of the most coveted places to show. Reminiscent of Milk Studios in New York, it’s more intimate and allows designers to highlight the garments themselves without all the smoke and mirrors.

For up-and-coming designers, like Caitlin Power and Golnaz Ashtiani, showing under the tents is a dream come true but it costs. By downsizing, designers are able to present their new lines without compromising their collections. Soon we’ll see Power and Ashtiani show on the runway as their spring line-ups were top notch and well executed.

Caitlin Power
“It’s who the Caitlin Power woman is,” said the designer herself moments after showing her collection. The powerful line-up of geometric heavy looks were designed with Kate Lanphear, an American fashion editor and street style favourite. Here, the designer tells us more about the elements to her Spring 2012 collection:

Colour palette:
“I was actually trying to stay away from black and dark colours for summer and so I went with a lighter colour palette to start with but I had to bring in black because that’s who I am.”

Fabric choices:
“I used a reptile print leather, pieced with solid black leather and neon piping. Plus, a wool blend to complete the outfit.”

Shape inspiration:
“Architecture really inspired the shapes for this collection. Although it’s structured, I still considered the curves of a woman’s body. Cutouts on the side I felt were good accents to add shape, which added dimension, as well as a bit of sexiness.”

“Wow, it was really exhilarating and hectic,” shared Golnaz Ashtiani who walked off the runway wide-eyed and grinning from ear-to-ear. The proud designer brought her collection to life on the runway for the first time since winning the TFI New Labels competition earlier this year.

Fabric choices:
“I choose very feminine and soft fabrics, most of it is silk charmeuse and georgette which offered a sheer look to many of the pieces. It was all summer inspired and really fit the climate.”

Colour palette:
“I had the 1960’s era on my mind when I was creating the collection. I looked at different films for inspiration and there was one movie that stuck out, Roman Holiday. Even though it’s in black and white, I imagined what it would be like in colour with sorbet and gelato shades and summer in Rome on my mind.”