The future of Canadian fashion has enormous potential and opportunity for both growth and expansion. We wanted to get the next generation's perspective about why made in Canada matters, so we asked three first year Fashion Business and Management Students from Centennial College to share their opinions and highlight their favorite designers from #INLANDspring2016. Here's what they had to say.
Canadian designers have been under appreciated for too long now. The way they are producing sustainable clothing, contributing to our economy and giving back to our society. The real sting is that many designers work so hard just to find out that they need to travel elsewhere, make a name and then come back to Canada with their outside success. This is something that needs a change and events like INLAND are hopefully starting this ripple effect.
My personal favourites from INLAND (Spring2016) are Amanda Maria, elan+castor and With Love Lingerie. They all have different vibes but are all very womanly and sexy. I wear monochromatic colours the majority of the time, so I would definitely wear Amanda Maria's line. It’s a trendy collection but I feel like I would gain a confidence wearing some pieces from both FW15 and FW16. With that, I would add something from the With Love Lingerie collection underneath to really get that mystery feel. Their line of the black sets with the red roses is chic and romantic. And I’m all about those vibes.
I love the feminine feeling and elan+castor would give me just that. They focus on giving women a balance of strength and softness, not to mention that they hand knit some of the garments, so it's pretty cool to get that personal detail. But their pants are something that really caught my attention. I would definitely strut. Scratch that…ALL of these three designers’ collections are something I would strut. Or attempt to anyway.
By Crystal Pesantez - Fashion Business and Management Student, Centennial College
As Canadians, we are often blind sided with the glitz and glam of mainstream international designers however, we don’t always acknowledge the talent we have in our own backyard. Canada is full of many talented designers and as Canadians it is our job to give them credit where credit is due. Made in Canada matters because it is yet another was to show our pride. Wearing apparel that is Canadian-made shows our support not only for the designer, but the nation on a whole. The next time you go shopping, challenge yourself to buying a piece from a Canadian designer. Do your research! There are tons of fashion-forward designers to choose from. Let’s commit ourselves to falling in love with Canadian-made clothing, it is so important to value our designers as much as they value our amazing country.
By Shanice Hylton - Fashion Business and Management Student, Centennial College
Canadian designers need more credit in the industry because they truly are brilliant. It is important we emphasize them and learn about them because they are domestic. Made in Canada is so important now with everything being made overseas. We need to contribute to our own country’s success. Three of my favourite Canadian designers from INLAND (Spring2016) are Paria Shirvani, Som Kom, and , for different reasons. I am naturally drawn to dark colours, simple and basic yet chic pieces. I absolutely love Paria Shirvani’s style. The shapes of her garments are perfect. I love the structured look to the zipper vests and skirts - perfect pieces for the workplace or to arrive at an interview in style. It is no doubt that if I like Shirvani, that I will also love Som Kom. He uses stunning cutouts and ties that adds a very interesting appeal to the garments. I could see myself arriving to fashion week looking on point in his strappy black jumper. The Saltwater Collective pieces are basic, but I love the simplicity of them. Perfect pieces for lounging or going out for coffee still looking put together and feeling comfortable. All you have to do is throw on their graphic crew-neck sweater and baseball cap, pair it with your favourite jeans and you are set. Can you tell I love neutral colours and basics yet? All around we need to put more focus on Canadian designers because they truly are amazing.
By Emily O'Shea - Fashion Business and Management Student, Centennial College