The lowdown on some of Rogue Fashion Week’s fabulous Canadian expat designers
By Karolyne Ellacott
Images from Jean-Pierre Braganza, Calla Haynes and Todd Lynn shows.
The so-called Rogue Fashion Week, which takes place prior to the official LG Fashion Week, will be held at The Ritz-Carlton hotel and elsewhere this week. The runway collections will showcase some of Canada’s most talented expats, including Calla Haynes, Thomas Tait, Todd Lynn and Jean-Pierre Braganza.
Known for her recognizable prints — this season’s standout is an eye-stopping floral — Toronto-born Haynes has had her work featured in the French and UK versions of the bible, as well as in homegrown pubs like Flare and FASHION. One of 2010’s prestigious ANDAM finalists (France’s biggest fashion prize), Haynes attended Parsons in both New York and her current home, Paris, and worked with Olivier Theyskens and Jeremy Laing following graduation.
Trying our best not to use a term that begins with ‘wunder’ and ends with ‘kind,’ we will simply state that Tait is the youngest MA earner at Central Saint Martins — joining the likes of Mary Katrantzou, Stella McCartney and, of course, the magnificent Alexander McQueen — in addition to being a Dorchester prize winner. How could the critics not take note?
Best recognized for dressing members of rock ‘n’ roll royalty, Lynn’s dark, well-tailored creations have been spotted in the likes of Zoo Magazine and Dazed and Confused, as well as on the backs of Mick, Keith, Bono, P.J. and Courtney. CSM grad #2.
Prior to setting up his own label — and following graduation from CSM — London-based Braganza worked with Roland Mouret; his latest collection shows a geometric precision that is both ladylike and edgy.