Glam rock meets luxe

Lu­cian Matis on kick­ing off Fash­ion Week and de­sign­ing for So­phie Gré­goire Trudeau

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Lu­cian Matis, the de­signer be­hind So­phie Gré­goire Trudeau’s iconic pur­ple and orange gown worn at the state din­ner with the Oba­mas, is kick­ing off TFW as the first run­way show on Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. Here he dishes on his up­com­ing col­lec­tion.

What has the “So­phie ef­fect” been like?

Hav­ing her wear two of my pieces on her his­toric visit to the White House was a dream come true. The at­ten­tion it brought to the brand and to the in­dus­try in gen­eral has re­ally helped it grow and de­velop. So­phie Gré­goire Trudeau shone a light on the ex­cit­ing and deep tal­ent pool of fash­ion de­sign in Canada. The world has be­come more aware that Canada has hot de­sign­ers from a very cool place.

When did you be­come in­ter­ested in fash­ion?

I learned to sew and de­sign in my mother’s tailor shop in Blaj, Ro­ma­nia. I started work­ing di­rectly with clients from the age of seven. My teach­ers were some of my first. Later I no­ticed that I was able to use fash­ion as an ex­cuse for skip­ping school, and I think this pro­pelled me fur­ther down the path I cur­rently find my­self on.

Are your pieces made in Toronto?

All of my pieces are proudly de­signed and pro­duced in Toronto. This is a very de­lib­er­ate de­ci­sion as it al­lows me con­trol over the qual­ity of my gar­ments, the sup­ply chain for raw goods and re­duces the eco­log­i­cal foot­print. The prob­lem with fast fash­ion is that some­one some­where is pay­ing the price for your $5 T-shirt.

What in­spired your fall/win­ter 2017 col­lec­tion?

I was in­spired by the glam rock rev­o­lu­tion. It’s rem­i­nis­cent of rock icons and cool, edgy night­club looks over the decades.

Can you give us any hints about your up­com­ing show at TFW?

You’ll have to come to TFW for the big re­veal, but the spring/sum­mer 2018 col­lec­tion is called Flight. You can ex­pect lux­u­ri­ous fab­rics, a nod to the won­der and beauty of na­ture and a breezy, free and light feel.

A model sport­ing pieces from the Lu­cian Matis fall/win­ter 2017 col­lec­tion

Lu­cian Matis

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