THE FASHION DESIGNERS
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.
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.