toronto fashion week: ashtiani

(images via front row mag)

oh my! oh, dear! can you believe we’re already ready to leave toronto already? no, i can’t either, if mostly because i’m surprised at opt’s relative efficiency with the discussions on the city this season. anyway, it seemed to me like the right thing to do to bid our goodbyes with the a/w 2013 work of designer golnaz ashtiani’s label, ashtiani, which we’ve thoroughly enjoyed in previous seasons (see a/w 2012 & s/s 2013), and which maintained the high level of quality for the upcoming season, as well.

this time around, according to the toronto standard, “Ashtiani riffed off the minimalist trend in her own way, keeping the clean lines but doing away with the simplicity. The collection seemed to take an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ approach to textiles: a cozy dimpled knit dress was hemmed with flirty velvet ruffles, and a cropped wool jumpsuit had vinyl side panels tacked on. Models walked down the catwalk holding rainbow fun fur clutches. There was sheer mesh, Persian lambswool, metallic leather and pleats − all in the same outfit. If space aliens came to earth and all got MBAs from Harvard, they would wear this collection.”

and reporting that “‘(m)odern silhouettes with dynamic layering and historical influences’ were the theme of Fall,” kenton magazine relayed how the designer “has never been afraid to play with colour and texture and this collection was on fire with both. Clean lines and minimalistic construction made great foundations for lace and mohair paneling, shredded silk and geometric silk organza detailing. Playing with textiles seemed to be another inspiration and there was no shortage of them. Highlights included a Burgundy wool cape with expert construction (Look #5) and a geometric lace and silk velvet pyjama (look #11).”

meanwhile, toronto’s post city chimed in that “(t)he young designer showed a series of futuristic looks that juxtaposed various fabrics while playing around with geometry. A burgundy wool cape with a winged back and patent leather shoulder details was a standout, much like a navy dress that matched sheer silk organza with silk velvet. Pieces done with a geometric lace were innovative, and the royal blue and mustard fur clutches were a riot. There were a few issues with cuts; some fabrics worked well together, while others — like the knits with velvet — less so. Overall however, Ashtiani is challenging herself and putting forth intriguing collections that certainly make her one to watch.”

and then, finally, declared front row mag, this was a “showing full of strategically placed panels (sheer, shiny velvet, pleather and felt!) in another sporty, sexy collection…Mixing rich ox blood, midnight blue, moss green, hits of mustard yellow and shiny baby pink (in silk velvet!), the Peter Pilotto-esque shapes are tailored made for a modern woman looking to spice up her regular work wear wardrobe. Stand outs from the UK-trained designer, who has stockists in Toronto and London, included a fun, fuzzy fur clutch in yellow and blue, a layered peplum dress, and a mid-length, wool cape coat in ox blood, with panels of monochrome shiny pleather and felts of grey.”

(enjoy the full fashion show video here)

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