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THE FASHION DESIGNERS

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Beaufille

Torontonia­n sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon set up their brand in 2009 – the former designs ready-to-wear, while the latter specialise­s in jewellery. Originally named Chloe Comme Paris, they rebranded in 2013 as Beaufille (French for “handsome girl”). But Fall ’16 was their breakout season – tastemaker Yasmin Sewell wore one of their coats during Milan Fashion Week, and the brand was picked up by Net-a-porter. Their sensibilit­y is classic minimalism, but with interestin­g design elements (think abstract prints and cutouts). This year, they won top honours at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) and appeared in Forbes’ 30 under 30. How does their Canadianne­ss inform their style? “Canadians, in general, are more relaxed and practical, so there is always a sense of ease and logic in our way of dressing,” they say.

Sid Neigum

Alberta-born, New York-educated, Torontobas­ed Neigum set up his eponymous brand in 2012. A self-confessed maths and science nerd, he bases many of his designs on the golden ratio (a mathematic­al feature that appears throughout nature, art and music). He’s a master of constructi­on, using draping, knotting and origami to create his signature structured pieces, and describes his sensibilit­y as being both maximalist and minimalist. Last December, US Vogue named the 29-year-old one of the “16 young designers who won 2016”, and said of him: “Neigum’s clothes are conceptual and avantgarde, but they make sense for real life, too.” The standout element of his F/W ’17 show? His use of distressed velvet. It’s a material that can sometimes look frumpy, but in his hands, it’s clean and modern.

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