Noted as one of the top Canadian designers to watch by Elle Canada,
Siphay Southidara’s YSO label has a youthful vibrancy to it that
is both urban and romantic.
The Montréal-based Southidara used mist and rain
in the city as inspiration in this, her ‘Pluie Urbaine’. YSO’s interpretation
of Love v. Hate and Strength v. Vulnerability combine with her choice
fabrics to bring together a beautiful, optimistic urban look.
Extremely rich in texture, YSO’s triumph is in creating
volume and emphasizing depthA-line skirts are full and wool scarves
are chunky and long. Her colour scheme was also in line with her theme:
dark washed denim navy for strength, pink for innocence, vulnerability
and love, black for hate. Southidara moved away from the urban gypsy and
towards a more polished belle-époque style in her wide, frilly
silk collars and sexy embroidered lace.
After this showing, the buzz was that YSO is Canada's
new fashion triumph, drawing much attention from across the international
fashion scene. YSO may be starting a Canadian fashion trend with her pink
and black colour scheme, moving away from comfortable navies, reds and
beige (and, of course, reliable old black).
In past years Canadian fashion has gone for more traditional,
classic colour schemes and with YSO's pink (and even Vassel & Esoin's
magenta), it brings winter fashion a fresh, new vibe that has been a long