What we’re ex­cited about—straight off our home­grown run­ways.

For Mikhael Kale, be­ing a Cana­dian de­signer is about ex­pand­ing be­yond our borders.

ELLE (Canada) - - Insider - Char­lotte Her­rold

mikhael Kale is hav­ing an in­cred­i­ble year: He kicked it off by tak­ing home the Wom­enswear De­signer of the Year Award at the Cana­dian Arts & Fash­ion Awards (CAFA) in Jan­uary, and two months later his fall/ win­ter 2015 run­way pre­sen­ta­tion was the most buzzed about at World MasterCard Fash­ion Week in Toronto. Up next? De­sign­ing per­form­ance pieces for Bey­oncé (#NBD). We spoke to the on-the-rise tal­ent about how he got his start and where he thinks the Cana­dian fash­ion in­dus­try needs to go next. Fash­ion first “I grew up in a small house with a lot of women, and they all had an in­ter­est in fash­ion. I re­mem­ber see­ing my sis­ters get­ting ready to go out in the ’90s. It’s funny; I re­mem­ber them wear­ing things that are now com­ing back.” Best friends “The CAFA win was won­der­ful be­cause it’s your peers vot­ing for you. To have peo­ple I’ve grown up with in fash­ion be­lieve in me is re­ally cool. It means a lot be­cause they’re so much a part of what I do.” Mod mood “For fall/win­ter 2015, I felt at­tracted to the retro trend. I brought some tweed fab­ric back from New York and started to cut it up and cre­ate tex­tures. The clos­ing look, which had all these hang­ing vintage beads, took three months to get just right. Peo­ple are like ‘Why are you do­ing this to your­self?’ But it’s fun, and it looks beau­ti­ful. I’m so proud of my team, and I’m proud of my col­lec­tion.” Wise words “When I was in Italy work­ing for Ar­mani Privé, I was taught hand bead­ing by a woman who once told me ‘Life is too short to en­ter­tain monotony. You have to do what makes you happy and makes an im­pact.’ Hope­fully in 30 years I can look back and say I did some­thing new. And I think, as Cana­di­ans, that’s what we need to do: We need to build a cul­ture that speaks for it­self—to do some­thing dif­fer­ent and from our own an­gle.”

Kale’s spring/ sum­mer 2015 col­lec­tion and mod­els back­stage Mikhael Kale

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