This week, the third Toronto Men’s Fashion Week brought out some of the best Canadian and international talents in menswear fashion to the runway. It featured some of the best Canadian and international designers, TOM* celebrated the most talented contemporary designers today in menswear fashion. This jam-packed week was filled with runway presentations from renowned designers and a-list after parties filled with stylish men. Here are my top 5 new designers that you should watch out for in 2016!
1. Zane Barläs
The suit is a staple in every man’s wardrobe and Zane Barläs is the master in creating well-cut and perfectly fitting made to measure suits. Transforming his tailoring business into a fashion label, his suits glided down the runway exuding an aura of elegance while still remaining contemporary.
2. Joao Paolo Guedes
It takes true talent to not only bring such a creative print to the runway but to have the look be executed well. Infusing his Brazilian aesthetic into Canadian design, Joao Paolo Guedes’ kaleidoscope inspired print is just one example of how he shows his creativity to construct pieces that capture your attention on the runway yet still remain wearable in everyday life.
3. Hip and Bone
Bringing new life into the pieces that define a modern man’s wardrobe, Hip and Bone succeeds in re-imaging the way men look at the basics in their closet. This elongated quilted bomber is just one example of how they have captured the aesthetic of Toronto street style perfectly yet are continuing to have it evolved through the luxurious material they use.
Nabeel Sheikh, the founder of the made-to-measure suit company The Travelling TailorInc., has brought his eye for well-designed suits to the runway by creating a collection of luxury suiting pieces made from high-end fabrics in mesmerizing patterns. Influenced by old world British colours and styles, his latest collect brings the unabashed jovial patterns and prints in modern cuts.
5. Jaan Choxi
Since his debut last season at Toronto Fashion Week, Jaan Choxi designs have evolved tremendously resulting into a well thought-out collection of contemporary menswear. Adding his own unique flair to traditional cuts and pieces, this Canadian designer has gained some well-deserved attention over the last year and I am looking forward to seeing what he does next.
Honourable Mention: Kudos to Tuck Shop Trading Co. for adorning this chiselled model in a onesie for the most Canadian look to land on the TOM* runway this season (or maybe ever).