Toronto's Golnaz Ashtiani Wins TFI's New Labels Competition

The Toronto designer wins the TFI's top prize


Photo by George Pimentel

This past Thursday, the Toronto Fashion Incubator hosted their annual New Labels show.

The labels that presented on Thursday faced regular critiques from a panel that included FLARE editor-in-chief Lisa Tant, Toronto Star fashion editor Derick Chetty, Holt Renfrew’s Natalie Lecomte and designer David Dixon. The final three were Calgary’s Caitlin Power and Toronto-based designers Golnaz Ashtiani of Ashtiani and Nikki Wirthensohn of Narces.

The judges gave the prize–$10,000, a chance to design an outfit for Sears, and an editorial in FLARE–to Golnaz Ashtiani, who presented the clearest vision of the three 12-piece collections. The London College of Fashion grad chose for her inspiration Polish-born Art Deco-era painter Tamara de Lempicka. The cubist style of de Lempicka’s paintings came through in structured dresses, blouses and jackets that featured soft folds and inlaid panels of wool crepe in Ashtiani’s earthy and soft palette of camel, ivory, pale rose and light sienna.

Caitlin Power showed trim and salable black and white separates–blazers, blouses, slim pants–trimmed with leather. A stand-out piece was a short, open-back fit-and-flare dress that would have read “skating costume” if it hadn’t been made from a lovely olive-hued leather that also appeared on a pair of shorts and a bustier.

For her Narces presentation, Nikki Wirthensohn showed eveningwear–short dresses with puff sleeves and kimono wrap belts crafted from sequins and black velvet and lace.

Read more about Golnaz Ashtiani and TFI’s New Labels competition in an upcoming issue of FLARE.

See Ashtiani’s winning collection

See a video from the New Labels show