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Mikhael Kale Fall 2014: Painterly smudges and bad-ass stud details open World MasterCard Fashion Week

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Mikhael Kale Fall 2014

Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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Mikhael Kale’s Fall 2014 show opened World MasterCard Fashion Week last night in Toronto, marking the designer’s first time showing on the official fashion week schedule. Film of a twisting nude female torso began the show, foreshadowing the nearly nude sheer organza to be featured later on in the designer’s latest edgy yet feminine collection.

Beginning with a series of stud-embellished cashmere and tweed pieces, the show moved into vibrant territory with shades of pink and green continuing throughout. Kale was inspired by dinner napkins, which he translated by folding organza and incorporating arty smudges to mimic stains. Creating the prints through a series of fabric manipulations, Kale’s incorporation of painterly prints echoes the same trend seen on runways internationally for both spring and fall.
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Mikhael Kale Spring 2014: The designer kicks off Toronto Fashion Week with 21 vibrant, geometric looks


Mikhael Kale Spring 2014

Photography by Jeffrey Chan

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Mikhael Kale debuted his ultra sleek Spring 2014 collection in a mid-renovation loft in Toronto’s east side on Friday night. Launching the Spring 2014 season of World Mastercard Fashion Week a few days early, the Toronto-based designer celebrated the female silhouette through cut outs, shadows and hues that demonstrated a great eye for detail.

Powder blue leather commingled with a textured and distressed orange knit set the tone for 21 pieces inspired by geometrical renderings. From colour-saturated suedes and a seafoam green moto jacket, the collection moved on to a pale lavender leather mini dress with a plunging neckline. Layered fabrics subtly printed with varying forest greens, greys and gold, showed a softer feminine character from the strong-featured leathers. The jaw dropper of the show came in the form of a gold leather midi-skirt and jacket combo. The metallic look styled with six inch heels and slicked back hair made for one badass femme. A futuristic black leather two-piece was the perfect finale to the show.
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Toronto Fashion Week Spring 2013: Mikhael Kale presents a perfectly painterly collection at the Corkin Gallery


Mikhael Kale Spring 2013

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In ode to the art-inspired clothes that took to his art-inspired Spring 2013 collection earlier this week, Mikhael Kale’s latest show was granted special access to the usually un-bookable Corkin Gallery in Toronto’s East end Distillery District. The exclusive setting is also the current home to the Nigel Scott’s “Conversations with Blue” exhibit that inspired the collection. Not the first art-meet-cute for the two, Mikhael Kale and Nigel Scott collaborated on a special artistic project featured in our November issue.
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Andrej Pejic: Our cover shoot, interview, and behind the scenes video with the androgynous star


FASHION Magazine | February 2012 | Andrej Pejic

Photographed by MOO. Styled by George Antonopoulos.

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He’s no lady. Boy wonder Andrej Pejic brings his dry wit and supermodel moves to the top Canadian designs for spring.

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Video: Mikhael Kale and Mark Fast talk leather, silk and a wolf in sheep’s clothing


TFW diary: Mikhael Kale and Mark Fast’s unlikely pairing


Mikhael Kale and Mark Fast, Fall 2011

Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

Last night, pre-fashion week continued with the unlikely pairing of Mikhael Kale and London-based Mark Fast taking over an even unlikelier spot: the new and un-finished Trump International. And we mean unfinished… we were even given hardhats upon entry! Opting to collaborate after meeting in Toronto last summer, the two designers showed their fall collections after a short panel discussion lead by Jeanne Beker. Similar only in their penchants for sex appeal, Kale opted for heavily slit skin-baring silk dresses adorned (and adorned) with floral appliques while Fast was busy leaving his signature webby dresses in the dust. A selection from the pieces he showed in London last month, Fast’s experiments with leather⎯in collaboration with Danier⎯and merino wool were truly sights for sore eyes.

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Holt Renfrew opens fashion week with an all-Canadian runway show


A look from Jeremy Laing's Spring 2011 collection at the Holt Renfrew Presents show. Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

It takes a certain amount of guts to co-opt Diana Vreeland’s famous line, “Pink is the navy blue of India.” Holt Renfrew turned that on its ear at last night’s LG Fashion Week opener, casting magenta–their signature shade–to fill that role in Canada. Well it was, at least for the night, when the luxury department store brought nine designers from their stable of homegrown talent to the runway. It was a blockbuster ticket that included five looks each from Jeremy Laing, Lida Baday, Line, Pink Tartan, jacket specialists Smythe, glamour veteran Wayne Clark, Mikhael Kale, menswear label Wings + Horns and Montreal designer Denis Gagnon. With a few of the designers, it was a bit of an appetizer–Pink Tartan and Line show tonight and Gagnon presents on Friday–but the show also served as a crib sheet for some of our country’s brightest fashion lights (and a handy-dandy walking catalogue for Holts’ customers).

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Toronto: Holts’ opening party shows off top Canadian talent

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A group of Canadian designers presented a handful of looks from their spring collections at last night's Holt Renfrew media cocktail party. Photography by Angela Y. Martin

Last night, Toronto’s fashion crowd gathered for the first official party of LG Fashion Week: the Holt Renfrew Media Cocktail. The bash is always a hot ticket, and in recent seasons, Holts has offered up a mini runway show to showcase the Canadian talent they’re featuring in their World Design Lab. This season, the group was, what the company’s VP of fashion direction, Barbara Atkin, referred to as “our own group of seven.” The presentation was a chance to take a peek at looks from designers who show in other cities, as with Jeremy Laing and Denis Gagnon, or who don’t do shows at all, as is the case with Mikhael Kale, Lida Baday and Smythe. Kale’s pieces were a space-age pastiche of skins, prints and fringe, while Baday showed a trio of simple, well-crafted pieces in black and white. And we never get tired of seeing what Denis Gagnon can do with leather. Also on the ticket were a handful of looks from Greta Constantine, who showed their full collection last week, and Pink Tartan, who’s up tomorrow night.

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