MIKHAEL KALE

MIKHAEL KALEMikhael Kale, 30 years of age, studied at London’s Central Saint Martins. In 2003 Mikhael began working in Milan for labels such as Antonio Marras and Bally, later securing a design position for Exte under both Sergio Ciucci and Alessandro De Benedetti. In 2007 Mikhael began his eponymous label Mikhael Kale, and has since been featured in The New York Times Style Magazine, Wallpaper, Dazed and Confused, V Magazine, WWD, Nylon, Surface and has dressed celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller and Beyonce. Mikhael Kale is an exploration of the human form. An intense, thoughtful and honest approach to pattern making. The essence and framework of the label rests on the belief that garments, like the body is mortal; they both move and breathe. Garments are created to function as separate breathable entities, an extension of the wearer, they compliment the architecture of the body, expressing both the fragility and strength of its form.

Matthew Gallagher

Matthew GallagherMatthew Gallagher, an Italian trained designer and illustrator, made the debut of his eponymous womenswear luxury brand in March 2013 after being scouted by Toronto based designer management company THE COLLECTIONS.

Born and raised in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Gallagher embarked on a summer learning experience in New York at the age of 16. Among his experience at Parsons, he completed an internship that summer with Tracy Reese. Gallagher managed to challenge all odds and also received letters of recommendation from Tom Ford and Kal Ruttenstein.

Gallagher moved to Milan at 21 and enrolled in design school at Istituto Marangoni and completed his studies at Istituto Europeo di Design in 2012. It was in Milan where Gallagher crafted his fine attention for detail and his aesthetic evolved. Post-graduation Gallagher worked as a costume designer in Milan and Paris for Ubisoft as well as a freelance illustrator for Ports 1961.

In 2015 Gallagher was nominated by The Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards for the Swarovski Emerging Talent award. More recently Gallagher competed in the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s TFI New Labels competition, winning the grand prize for most promising new label.

Currently based in Toronto, Gallagher maintains strong ties with Italy by importing hand-selected fabrics each season from small loyal shops in Milan. The pieces—in their entirety–are hand crafted in his Toronto studio from sketch to final piece by Matthew to assure quality and fit are never compromised. Gallagher currently works on a made-to-measure basis for his collections, working with the client one on one to encourage an atelier experience.

Makage

MakageCreated by long time friends Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan, Mackage was born out of daydreams and doodles. From the age of 12, the pair spent their school days sketching designs and planning their future in fashion. After attending LaSalle College, Elfassy and Dahan launched what would become one of the most prestigious outerwear brands in North America.

The pair is known for creating collections that balance hard and soft elements together, notable of their individual tastes and personality. The brand continues to evolve, with the introduction of Mackage handbag collections.

Mackage parent company, APP Group, is an international leader in the outerwear industry.

AXEL KOHLER

AXEL KOHLERAxel Kohler was first exposed to the world of fashion when he decided to pursue an apprenticeship as a teenager with an established bespoke tailor. He came face to face with what men wanted to wear. This opened his eyes to the transformative power of clothing and quickly became his passion. He started designing his own clothing, working with denim, wool, and Savile Row fabrics, deconstructing the very principles he learned. He went on to work for a womenswear designer. There he acquired a different perspective by virtue of change in materiality and proportion. In the recent past, Kohler has been commissioned to create sculptures, custom garments, and wardrobe for film. In all of these pursuits, he has been delving further into his own world. Through this he has been building a fantasy for men.

Joe Fresh Launches at J.C. Penney

Joe Fresh Launches at J.C. Penney

Last Friday, Joe Fresh shops were launched in 681 J.C. Penney stores and so far it’s no surprise that they’ve been nothing but a huge success. Women’s Wear Daily named Joe Fresh the “highest profile and hippest brand” at J.C. Penney and detailed the importance of merchandising each shop within the store. Joe Fresh shops are bringing a younger, more modern look to J.C. Penney stores, in hopes to capture a growing market of fashionable females.

Joe Fresh Launches at J.C. Penney

The look of the shops is simple: mostly white with orange highlights, leaving the focus on the clothing. And the pieces are naturally a mix of fashion-forward and affordable.

 

Joe Fresh Launches at J.C. Penney

Prior to the launch on Friday, the two brands hosted a celeb-studded launch party i n Los Angeles. Stacy Keibler, Nikki Reed, Bella Thorne and Rumer Willis were among the guests who were there to share in the excitement of the brand new Joe Fresh and J.C. Penney collaboration.

 

Current Designers

RACHEL SIN

RACHEL SINWith her namesake label, designer Rachel Sin knows understated style is looking polished in a form fitting dress. She designs for the independent, want to do-it-all woman, whose wardrobe is an extension of her confidence, originality and personal style. The modern woman is now the Renaissance man and Sin’s design expertise spans both the body and city landscapes. With a masters degree in Architecture, a successful stint at a retail architecture firm, becoming creative director of fashion label was as natural as overseeing the construction of a building. Sin’s careful attention to detail and precise tailoring comes from the natural tendency in architecture to make all things bette…

CAITLIN POWER

CAITLIN POWERCaitlin Power is a Toronto-based clothing line that redefines womenswear through classic tailoring, architectural details and sharp silhouettes. The early stages of the brand were started in Calgary, the hometown of the designer Caitlin Power. Filled with inspiration and passion after graduating from fashion design at Lethbridge College, the young designer relocated her studio to Toronto. The Caitlin Power line has been recognized for the bold, confident and sophisticated quality present in each piece. Commended by Elle Canada, Flare Magazine, Fashion Magazine, eTalk and CBC, the designs illustrate the care and attention-to-detail essential in producing indisputable fashion excellence.

PINK TARTAN

PINK TARTANKimberley Newport-Mimran is the president and head designer of Pink Tartan, the womenswear line she co-founded in Toronto in 2002. The New York Pink Tartan showroom opened in 2004, and the line is now carried at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Holt Renfrew and The Bay as well as specialty stores across North America, Dubai and Seoul. Newport-Mimran has also designed sleek uniforms for Holt Renfrew, Porter Airlines, 60 Thompson in New York City and Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel Tropicana bar. Newport-Mimran studied fashion merchandising and manufacturing management eventually moving into a career in the buying office at the Hudson Bay Company, North America’s oldest

MADAME MOJE

MADAME MOJEMadame Moje is a Canadian label producing luxe ready-to-wear women’s clothing for the modern and confident woman. The designs are most noticeably recognized for their distinctively feminine silhouettes. Madame Moje has an undeniably diverse foundation, as co-founders Malashnee Naidoo (creative director) and her husband and business partner Hamed Emtiaz established the Canadian brand upon relocating to Vancouver from Singapore in 2012. With backgrounds in finance and engineering, Naidoo and Emitaz launched the Madame Moje brand with a flagship store in Vancouver in 2013. They also recently opened a Toronto store location in Shops At Don Mills.

STEPHAN CARAS

STEPHAN CARASBorn in Greece, designer Stephan Caras was educated in Australia, where he attended the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.  Caras’ career includes designing with fashion houses such as Guy Laroche and Hermés. Feminine sensuality defines Caras’ philosophy of design.  Never influenced by trends, his inspiration for his Stephan Caras line is driven by the femininity that women exude. Caras’ status as a top designer has recently earned him a spot in CEO World Magazine and Runway Magazine’s “List of World’s Top 20 Fashion Designers,” as well as the “Top 25 Most Beloved and Inspiring Fashion Designers of the World”.

 

FASHION SATURDAY PRESENTED BY BMO

Fashion Saturday presented by BMO will return for another season on Saturday, October 25 and will offer the public an inside look at Canada’s leading fashion week.

Hosted by actor and host Lauren Collins (session one) and Cityline host Tracy Moore (sessions two and three) guests will enjoy a special Spring/Summer 2015 highlights fashion show featuring top Canadian designers, followed by a trends presentation with style expert Afiya Francisco, Maybelline’s Grace Lee and Redken’s Cindy Duplantis.

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Attendees will also be able to shop the designer pop-up market, experience the Fashion Environment, participate in hair and makeup installations, sample VIP-style food and drinks and much more. Tickets to the three sessions (1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.) are available for purchase online. Student rates are also available.