I know I said I was finished with my Fashion Week Marathon, but I can't pass up a chance to take a look at some Canadian talent! Of all the collections shown at Toronto Fashion Week, Lucian Matis in particular has amazed me. I first found out about him through Project Runway Canada, and I followed his progress throughout the series. It seemed to be a close one between him and Evan Biddell, but my favourite did end up going to Evan. Lucian struck me as a designer that seemed a bit stuck in his particular aesthetic - slightly Victorian, and highly decorative - and he didn't seem to be willing to expand and evolve. After Project Runway, I still saw a couple of collections I didn't quite like, but his Fall/Winter 2012 collection has proved to me that Lucian has finally got it.
Lucian described this collection as "not fashion", though to me, this collection is fashion in every way! There were beautifully constructed chunky knits, statement-making embellishments, a glamorous mixing of different textures and fabrics (a key to any good outfit), and defined silhouettes.
See the entire collection here.
Image Source: Lucian Matis