THE SNOW IS FALLING, winter is here in Toronto, only 1 week before winter solstice. It has me thinking and I recall a show from last spring in Ottawa. I wasn’t able to attend, but there were some unidentified pics and a string of names. A perfect night to do some digging, and it has led me to an amazing array of CANADIAN DESIGNERS. The TRUE NORTH strong and free. From street to evening couture, from the northern heritage combined with today by some very talented CANADIAN DESIGNERS. Perhaps not well known in the south of the country, or seen very often in the fashion magazines, but this is CANADIAN FASHION, truly built by and for CANADIANS. ENJOY their vision.
First off, from the show at the NATIONAL ARTS CENTER in OTTAWA:
Boundless: Fashion from Canada’s North
Friday | NAC Main Lobby (Foyer)
April 26, 2013 10:00pm
Northern glamour hits the runway in a stylish showcase of fashion from across the territories!
If you think fashion in the North is nothing but down parkas and Sorels, think again! NWT designer Jamie Look has curated a runway fashion show that brings together the very best of the contemporary northern style scene. Traditional sewing is updated in dazzling, graphic beadwork; sealskin becomes a funky bomber-style jacket; and luxurious qiviuk spun from the soft undercoat of the muskox is knitted into stunning wraps.
This one-of-a-kind show draws on the talents of both emerging and professionally trained designers whose inspirations are firmly located in the North, and those whose flair for design and eye for innovation with materials has been an inspiration to the younger generation. From Yukon’s Sho Sho Esquiro, whose hip-hop inspired work is worn by celebrities, to Nunavut’s Rannva, whose unusual and elegant fur designs have been featured in Toronto Fashion Week, these designers are merging the traditional with the contemporary in eye-catching fashion that defeats stereotypes.
Gorgeous designs, eye-catching jewelry, DJs, live music and, of course, stunning models, all add up to 45 minutes of unforgettable northern style.
Designers include: Brenda Lee Asp, Sho Sho Esquiro, Sherlyn Kadjuk, Faith Kakuktinniq, Jamie Look, Qiviuk, Rannva E. Simonsen, Jessica Vellenga, Mary Ekho Wilman, Sarah Erasmus, and pieces from the D’Arcy Moses Retrospective Collection
SECOND, FROM FAJO MAGAZINE @
By Katherine Ellis
Photography by Trevor Lush
On Apr.26, the National Arts Centre hosted the opening of a unique fashion show — Boundless: Fashions from Canada’s North.
Part of Northern Scene — a festival that ran from Apr.25 to May 4 in the Nation’s Capital at multiple locations featuring Northern artists — more than 144 garments by 11 fashion designers from the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut hit the catwalk.
AND FOR A CLOSER LOOK, THE DESIGNERS, ON LINE:
BRENDA LEE ASP @
SHO SHO ESQUIRO @
SHERLYN KADJUK @
FAITH KAKUTINNIGH @
JAMIE LOOK @
RANNVA E. SIMONSEN @
JESSICA VELLENGA @
MARY EKHO WILMAN @
SARAH ERASMUS @
D’ARCY MOSES @