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ELLE (Canada) - - StoryBoard - Styled by Anthony Mitropou­los Pho­to­graphs by Tiziano Magni Art di­rec­tion by De­nis Desro

Cel­e­brat­ing the most ex­cit­ing Cana­dian de­sign­ers. h

“I like to work with ex­tremes. My ob­jec­tive was to use only one grade of fab­ric to cre­ate a highly or­nate dress. The base, em­bel­lish­ment and lin­ing are all made from the same or­ganza.” – Mikhael Kale Beaded silk-or­ganza ruf­fled dress (Mikhael Kale)

“We’re try­ing to make our never-end­ing win­ters glam­orous and warm, so we have a new col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mon­treal’s Nat­u­ral Furs. We wanted to glo­rify this ma­te­rial—it was the mo­tor of our econ­omy dur­ing col­o­niza­tion.” – Si­mon Bélanger & José Manuel St-Jac­ques, UNTTLD Beaver, fox and goat fur coat and high-waisted jersey briefs (UNTTLD), felt hat (Al­mar Kyi Kyi) and suede over-theknee boots (Pierre Hardy)

“This collection is based on the idea of a girl who broke up with her boyfriend and his clothes were left in the flat. So she de­cided to shred his gar­ments and mix them into her own wardrobe, re­sult­ing in a slightly mas­cu­line sil­hou­ette com­bined with softer fem­i­nine pieces.” – Steven Tai Pleated satin dress (Steven Tai) and polyurethane, wood and rub­ber plat­form flats (Stella McCart­ney)

“I was in­flu­enced by Ja­panese ar­chi­tec­ture. The knitted en­crus­ta­tions on this dress re­mind me of the em­bossed-metal high­lights on apart­ment build­ings, the clothes hang­ing to dry from the win­dows. It’s about putting the in­side out.” – Xavier Laru­elle Wool-knit dress (Xavier Laru­elle), polyamide and span­dex socks (H&M) and wo­ven-leather plat­form flats (Acne Stu­dios)

“I’m in­spired by the Cana­dian people and land­scape. There’s a very fresh en­ergy here— like bound­aries are less de­fined— and ev­ery­thing is wide open.” – An­to­nio Az­zuolo Sleeve­less wool top­per (An­to­nio Az­zuolo), metal drop ear­ring (Rita Tesolin) and felt hat (Al­mar Kyi Kyi)

“My in­spi­ra­tion came from the movie Far and Away, in which Ni­cole Kid­man wears an amaz­ing blue-vel­vet dress. I im­me­di­ately pic­tured a lady in a manor house, drink­ing some nice whiskey and dressed all in vel­vet.” – De­nis Gagnon Neo­prene and vel­vet bomber, vel­vet and PVC pleated skirt, vel­vet tights and metal rings (De­nis Gagnon)

“I like to play with tex­tures and use fabrics dif­fer­ently and in new ways so that you’re get­ting some­thing that not ev­ery­one else is wear­ing.” – Chris Geli­nas, CG Printed polyester, cot­ton and elas­tic sweat­shirt (CG), stretch-jersey briefs (Eres), fish­net tights (Voilà), leather and fur sneak­ers (Pierre Hardy) and poly­car­bon­ate and pre­cious-gem 18-karat-gold rings (Clau­dio Pino)

“Through­out my ca­reer, I’ve chal­lenged my­self to re­de­fine fem­i­nin­ity by chal­leng­ing per­spec­tives. I try to cre­ate new and un­ex­pected pro­por­tions and move­ment that both en­hance and flat­ter a woman’s body.” – Marie Saint Pierre Felted-wool and jersey dress (Marie Saint Pierre), patentleather boots (Gucci) and brass coil bracelet (Rita Tesolin)

“Sea­son­less dress­ing sim­ply doesn’t cut it in Canada. We are look­ing at in­no­va­tions in fab­ri­ca­tion and de­tails in sil­hou­ette to with­stand ev­ery­thing from global warm­ing to a po­lar vor­tex.” – Kirk Pick­ers­gill & Stephen Wong, Greta Con­stan­tine Silk wrap dress (Greta Con­stan­tine). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide. Model, Carly Moore (Elite Toronto); hair & makeup, Geneviève Len­neville (Fo­lio/TRESemmé/Gior­gio Ar­mani Cos­met­ics); fash­ion as­sis­tant, Rima Chahine; dig­i­tal tech­ni­cian, JeanFrançois Lamoureux; pho­tog­ra­pher’s as­sis­tants, Gabriel Pa­quet & Will Cole

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