I have always been skeptical of 'new-money' designers, still trying to find their niche, not
quite refined, and sometimes the quality is less than perfect. Or that was my assumption at least. The truth is Canadian fashion has not been as exposed as American or European labels have. And until now, I have never thought much of the creative capacity of my fellow Canadian designers.
Ultimately, high fashion is what really tickles the nape of my neck. Anything that plunges into the 'hems' of natural fiber, hand-stitched, hand-embroidered and anything else that has traces of human DNA to suggest real blood, sweat and tears in the hands of an atelier as opposed to a Chinese infant, is something to lust after. I have often been near tears when gazing at a collection purely for the intricate effort that is Haute Couture.
So it was to my surprise when I came across Lucian Matis' S/S 2012 collection and saw an emerging Canadian designer spill his creative guts in the form of weave-work, fluffy-snow-on-acid and 'shard' strips of fabric. With dilated NastyFashionEyes, I Inherently begin to scope out the eye candy via Fashion Operation...
But the one outfit that sold me on Canadian haute couture was yet again, another 'married and buried' outfit.
Ahh why I can't I just appreciate things that don't cost two kidneys and a liver?