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Vendredi québecois

Nadia Toto

From the Québecoise designer came an enchanting mix of subtle Inuit-inspired knits, furs and wraps and feminine and elegant silhouettes yet remaining strong and sexy. Combining Inuit influences with her couture presented a mystical yet “casually chic” look. Consistent expression of frills, pleats and gathers emphasised femininity and elegance, while her fabrics were manipulated to present strong and rugged looks. Most notable of these were her boiled wools, velvet corduroy and vintage denim. Thick, off-the-shoulder wool sweaters and knit poncho wraps balanced out her collection of black tuxedo-cut pantsuits and deconstructed silk dresses. Pants had feminine contours with frilly lace cuffs and soft gathering at the knees, giving a “detached joints” appearance. Skirts were long and varied in texture from sturdy wool knits to delicate lace, silk and satin. Notable elements of Toto's runway show included a graceful red and grey knit wool skirt paired with a skintight, pale blue long-sleeved top with feminine ruffle details at the sleeve cuffs and neck.
   Toto also has a liking for ruffled satin and embroidered lace, delicate detailing that brings rich texture and volume to her collection. Frilly lace tops and sheer blouses added a hint of femininity under Toto’s unfinished, “almost primal” fur coat designs. Although raw and rugged, the furs are heavily popular with Toto’s clientele with select boutiques in Canada, New York and Paris carrying them.
   Her preferred colours were natural, wintry and autumnal hues—deep burnt auburn–oranges, flamboyant reds, icy blues and creamy whites—sometimes almost a snowy maïs. Reflective of the Canadian environment, Toto used them effectively and has achieved in creating a modern identity for Canadian fashion.

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