Lucian Matis at Toronto Fashion Week
When Lucian Matis sends a collection down the runway at Toronto Fashion Week, it's impossible to look away. From fabric, to colour, to texture, there's a lot to take in. For Fall 2010 Matis was inspired by Romanian folklore and literature.
The luxe gold, dark grey and black palette included textured fabrics and kaleidoscope patterns. Baubles designed by Karen McFarlane were piled, even over sheaths with high necklines. The models wore full length black gloves and slick beaded leggings.
Models resembled nomads who carried their wardrobes on their backs. Surely if a girl had clothes this dramatic, she wouldn't leave any item behind. Sheer and off-the-shoulder blouses were layered with beaded vests and full skirts.
Folklore aside, structure really stood out in this collection. Matis varied the silhouette with ruffles placed at the hip and puffed shoulders a la D&G. A beaded, pleated trench called to mind a 1940s fashion lover. While a white coat with black, beaded shoulders nipped in
at the waist before flowing out.
Matis' extravagant collection continued with gowns that varied with ruffles or trains. He even incorporated some of the painterly patterns used in his previous collection. Lucian Matis' last season may have been circus-themed, but his F/W 2010 was over the top.
Photos by James Kachan