CHRIS GELI­NAS

FALL 2015

Fashion (Canada) - - Cityscene -

WHEN ASKED HOW LONG IT TOOK TO MAKE HIS LOOSELY NAMED “FLY­AWAY EVENING

gown,” Chris Geli­nas gives an apt an­swer: “Six months plus three days.” The 31-year-old Wind­sor, Ont.na­tive turned New Yorker has only four col­lec­tions to his name but pos­sesses the ac­co­lades and fash­ion smarts one might ex­pect from an in­dus­try vet­eran. All Geli­nas’s prints are de­vel­oped in-house, in­clud­ing the silk crepe, which was inspired by foulard prints seen in pocket squares and coat lin­ings. “I wanted to mod­ern­ize it by bring­ing the scale and the pro­por­tion up,” he says. “I gave it this pointil­lism. If you look close, you can see the depth of the lit­tle dots.” The back of the dress is a cot­ton lace so soft it feels like a knit, and the dress is edged in durable work­wear cot­ton rip­stock. “It’s trimmed in such a beau­ti­ful way. It’s done with a triple nee­dle pop stitch de­tail that’s rem­i­nis­cent of denim. In it­self, it’s al­most em­broi­dery,” says Geli­nas, who worked at Marc Ja­cobs, Proenza Schouler, Ba­len­ci­aga and Theyskens’ The­ory be­fore launch­ing his own line in 2014. “What I love about those types of fin­ish­ings is that it’s a sub­tle lux­ury,” he says. “Some­thing re­ally well-made—that’s lux­u­ri­ous.” —Jac­que­lyn Fran­cis

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