The clothing itself was far from simple. You can see the multiple folds and creases in the intricate embellishments of his looks. Many played on contrast and sheer fabrics. Some were used as trim while more dramatic folds were built into the structure of the dresses. The most successful looks were the ones that echoed the brightly colored marbleized prints in the pattern of the appliques. Less successful was the one dress that looked like an overwhelming pile of fushia stuck to the front of a too delicate organza shift.
A grouping of heavily studded looks that had overlapping or asymmetrical seams added a darker, punk element to this catwalk. The designer directed the stylists to keep the faces pale with exaggerated, irregular eyelashes. The models wore clunky silver soled shoes with wide black straps that did not complement the more elegant aesthetic of the show.
Mikhael Kale is Toronto's own budding designer star. Luxe retailer Holt Renfrew wants his looks as well as international pop divas like Jennifer Lopez. The designer has clearly mastered upscale looks, but also offers a more affordable line to stay accessible to all. What a great start from the North!
Photos by David TW Leung