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Runway showdown for young designers

- April 18th, 2011

Competition hit the catwalk Thursday night at the Design Exchange when three young Canadians displayed their fall winter collections to a full house at Toronto Fashion Incubator‘s New Labels 2011 Fashion Show.

After five months of intense sessions with a panel of judges from both the media and fashion industry – including acclaimed designer David Dixon – the event came down to 12 items that models revealed in three successive shows.

Up for grabs was a feature in FLARE magazine, the chance to design an outfit for Sears, and a $10,000 cash prize from TFI, a non-profit organization dedication to supporting designers and fostering Canadian fashion.

Ashtiani designer Golnaz Ashtiani poses with models in her other-worldy creations (Photo by George Pimentel)

Designer Golnaz Ashtiani poses with models in her other-worldy creations (Photo by George Pimentel)

The winning collection, by Toronto-based designer Golnaz Ashtiani, consisted largely of fitted and structured dresses with innovative folds and draping that gave the looks an almost other-worldly aura.

Let’s put it this way: if Captain Kirk dated a beautiful foreign diplomat, she’d be swathed in Ashtiani.

Ruffles, panels and leather detailing – trends that surfaced during Toronto Fashion Week – were also present, but in an uncommonly blanched colour scheme for fall – dresses, skirts and blouses were in pale camel, sienna, rose, ivory and barely-there nudes, with a few dark brown pieces dotted about the line. Read more…