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The top 5 new designers at Fashion Week Fall 2014

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / March 23, 2014

Toronto fashion week designersFor some designers, World MasterCard Fashion Week isn't just another multi-thousand dollar extravaganza, another notch on their celebrated belts -- it's a way for newcomers to break into the growing Canadian fashion industry in hopes to come out on top. Like Joe Fresh's humble grocery store beginnings or Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan of Mackage's elementary school friendship, everyone's gotta start somewhere.

Last week saw several emerging Canadian designers hit the Toronto runways for the first time. Here are the most promising new designers from Fashion Week Fall 2014.

Toronto fashion week designersOutclass
Despite being Outclass' first show since its OCAD thesis origins, the local menswear brand seemed to know exactly what they were doing this past Wednesday. From the garment construction to the model selection, Outclass definitely did what they set out to do: make a good first impression. Using a rich palette of gold, emerald, burgundy, and plaid (is plaid a colour?), designer Matteo Sgaramella delivered a well-rounded Fall 2014 collection of must-have staples.

Rating: 5 "416"-emblazed varsity jackets out of 5

Toronto fashion week designersToronto fashion week designersBrit Wacher
Brit Wacher is a B.C.-born, Montreal-based womenswear designer with a penchant for avant-garde silhouettes and interesting prints - and after runway stints in both cities, she gunned for the tents at David Pecaut Square. However, coming across her Spring 2014 lookbook before the show may have set my hopes up too high, because the construction and palette of her Fall 2014 collection ended up paling in comparison. Nevertheless, I'm still a fan; any Canadian designer that pushes the envelope deserves a pat on the back.

Rating: 3.5 balloon shoulders out of 5

Toronto fashion week designersToronto fashion week designersAnu Raina
Anu Raina, the textile artist responsible for the TTC subway scarf, paid homage to her city once again with her Fall 2014 collection. In a blend of blue and purple, she presented look after look dazzled with abstracted and overt Toronto cityscapes. The silhouettes could've been a little more inventive, but I guess she's always been about the prints anyway.

Rating: 3 doodle-y traffic lights out of 5

Toronto fashion week designersToronto fashion week designersHD Homme
After a small stint on the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up runway last season, menswear designer Hussein Dhalla of HD Homme wanted more. His first full-length show opened the second day of World MasterCard Fashion week with no shortage of satin lapels, jewel-tone velvet blazers, and classic black bow ties. Overall, his Fall 2014 vibe was prim and polished to a shine.

Rating: 4 slicked back hairdos out of 5

Toronto fashion week designersToronto fashion week designersMalorie Urbanovitch
Crowning Malorie Urbanovitch first place (along with Matière Noir) at last season's Mercedes-Benz Start-Up Competition was no mistake. The grand prize (mentorship and a sponsored runway show) really gave the Edmonton-based designer a platform to prosper; her Fall 2014 collection was luxurious, exquisite, and fun all at the same time. Featuring minimal silhouettes, unconventional textures, and a smattering of dull chartreuse and powder blue, the looks were uniforms I'd love to wear every day.

Rating: 5 knee-high socks out of 5

Thanks to Yorkdale, celebrating 50 years of style, for sponsoring our coverage of Toronto Fashion Week.



Guy / March 23, 2014 at 09:23 pm
Outclass is so exceptionally boring, I can only imagine you're more enamored by the story (your multiple mentions lately of its origin as a student thesis is puzzling) than by the actual clothes. Not doing anything that isn't being done a hundred times over...for the past 5 years.
Eric replying to a comment from Guy / March 24, 2014 at 11:29 am
Agreed! The outfits are uninspiring and looks more like a glorified version of The Gap. You'd think that the BlogTo fashion contributors are his OCAD classmates..
Bob Burnquist replying to a comment from Eric / March 24, 2014 at 11:43 am
You'd think Blogto commenters are competitors who are butt-hurt that they aren't getting the same press as he is. Based on photos in this article, the other lines show clothes that are less practical in an every day sense. If wearable means boring then I'd be happy to be bored in one of those jackets.
Eric replying to a comment from Bob Burnquist / March 24, 2014 at 04:40 pm
Hey Bob, if $170 for a striped shirt is your definition of "practical in every day sense", then that's your opinion. I have no problem paying that much for a button up if the fit and materials were right. I just feel that the outfits on the runway weren't put together well at all and the designs aren't that far off The Gap's. I felt that if BlogTO considered him one of the Top 5 New Designers at Fashion Week, his line should've brought more to the table. I know our Canadian designers are more creative than that.
Anu Raina / March 24, 2014 at 08:13 pm
Thank you blogTO for the lovely write-up! Such pleasure having you at the show. Also wanted to convey a huge thanks to our show sponsors - Dr. Sam Daher (, Tania Gleave ( and Susan Davis (
Colbert / April 24, 2014 at 06:30 am
I want that red jacket.
Zo / May 27, 2014 at 11:12 am
Love the Brit Wacher! Great looks, inspiring texture and nice formes
Zo / May 27, 2014 at 11:13 am
HD Homme is also nice, but I have to admit I'm kind of in love with the man in the red suit, so I'm not really fair right now haha
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