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