TFI New Labels: Canada’s Best Emerging Designers of 2016

The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) showcased this year’s best at the annual TFI New Labels Show. The event was the runway debut for the four finalists…

Toronto is a buzzing hub for design talent, with Canadian designers now reaching worldwide status. At the epicenter of it all is the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), a resource center for budding fashion entrepreneurs.

This year, the best were put to the test in a Project Runway-like competition, ending with the annual TFI New Labels Show – a runway event with a $25,000 grant up for grabs!

The four finalists, Defne Husrevoglu, Peggy Deaven-Smiltnieks, Karen Quirion and Angelene Fenuta, all had collections designed to the nines, but in the end, only one winner could be chosen… We would like to congratulate Peggy Sue Devean-Smiltnieks! 

See all four of the collections featured in the show below:

Gun Control by Defne Husrevoglu

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Gun Control showcased a fresh perspective on streetwear with a punch of Japanese design influence. The structural silhouettes, paired with metal accents emanated “street couture,” with an androgynous feel throughout. This one’s definitely for the underground urbanites.

Peggy Sue Collection by Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks

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With a mission to revitalize the North American farm and fibre industry, Peggy Sue Collection brings sustainability and high fashion together. Heavy knits, sewn into classic silhouettes made for a sophisticated boho feel. This is yet another brand that proves “eco-friendly” doesn’t have to forego style.

KQK by Karen Quirion

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KQK offered modern apparel with an easy-to-wear aesthetic. Minimalist tailoring was paired with deconstructed urban vibes to create a masculine feel with a touch of femininity. These pieces are definitely your go to staples with an edge.

ANGELËNE by Angelene Fenuta

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ANGELËNE was another collection inspired by Japanese culture. Architectural shapes with precise tailoring created a unique, feminine look with an essence of utility and strength. The contemporary line would be fit for the chic woman who appreciates modern sophistication.

Who was your favourite from the TFI New Labels 2016?

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