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Lucian Matis will not show at Toronto fashion week next season

From Matis' fall show (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

According to a piece in the Ryerson student weekly The Eyeopener, Toronto-based designer (and Project Runway alum) Lucian Matis will skip LG Fashion Week’s fall season and show in New York instead. The designer recently presented his fall collection in Toronto, but it must not have created the buzz he was looking for. Indeed, his show was given an early 5 p.m. time slot, and the venue wasn’t exactly packed. “You have to be international, you have to grow continuously,” Matis told the paper. “I feel like it’s a little bit slack right now. I feel like it’s not moving forward, so I need to move forward.” Maybe Matis read Amy Verner’s recent Q&A with André Leon Talley, in which the Vogue editor agreed that Canadian designers might have to leave the country in order to get attention. At any rate, fashion week just lost one of its best shows.

• Ryerson fashion grads: big fish in Canadian pond [The Eyeopener]

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Our 10 favourite looks from Toronto fashion week

Lucian Matis’ jaw-dropping wool coat and David Dixon’s fluttery evening dress are two of the looks we liked most at fashion week. See them both (and eight of our other favourites) in our slide show >>

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Lucian Matis takes it to the max with his fall collection

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Lucian Matis consistently puts out one of the most interesting collections of fashion week, but despite being a finalist on the first season of Project Runway Canada, his show on Thursday was quiet. There were a few notable guests—model Stacey McKenzie, who was a regular sight at the Allstream Centre, Ainsley Kerr and Monika Schnarre—but the crowd was nothing compared to the Pink Tartan and Joe Fresh Style shows the night before. The clothes were maximalist, with ballooning shoulders and hips, intricate beading, busy patterns and lace. The collection was a feast for the eyes; too bad more eyes weren’t there to see it.

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More fur at fashion week from Sunny Fong

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It seems that fur has become no big deal in Canadian fashion this season, with Jeremy Laing, Greta Constantine and Izma all using it fearlessly. Yesterday, Sunny Fong (who’ll be forever referred to as the Project Runway Canada season two winner) made full use of the North American Fur Association by adorning outfits with fur lapels, collars, cuffs and hems for his Vawk line. Though Fong’s inspiration for his Collision Fungi collection, “the beauty of decay and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” reminded us more of an OCAD artist statement, the designer took a big step from last season. We particularly liked the leather skirts and luxe coats trimmed with fur; the slim-fitting trousers with an extra flap of fabric to resemble riding pants; and leather skirts with padding at the hips. Both looks echo a spring trend of playing with hip proportions. Look for such fellow PRC alums as Evan Biddell and Lucian Matis later in the week.

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Evan Biddell’s top-secret fashion week plans

Biddell used cellphones as accessories last season (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

One week before LG fashion week, Evan Biddell, winning designer of the premiere season of Project Runway Canada, and his business partner, photographer Joseph Fuda, will open Oz Studio Boutique on Ossington. Biddell has commissioned well-known stylist Peter Papapetrou to help display his wares and invited media and friends to attend the March 16 opening.

But Biddell’s collection is currently absent from the fashion week lineup, and the designer has said he won’t comment on whether Oz has affected his involvement until the store opens its doors. We got in touch with the Fashion Design Council of Canada, which organizes fashion week, who told us that Biddell would be participating, but the show may not be a traditional one. Reality television alumni Lucian Matis, Jessica Biffi and Brandon Dwyer have all been slotted in for the weekly catwalk shows in the meantime, though PRC alums Sunny Fong and Jason Meyers, who both showed last season, are also absent.

Evan Biddell sends out a troupe of intergalactic warriors for spring collection [Toronto Life]

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Fashion types give Haiti the double kiss

A look from David Dixon's spring 2010 collection (Photo by Jenna Marie Wakani)

Despite a semi-controversial new study that found luxury consumers to be more selfish than frugal shoppers, fashion’s elite have opened their designer wallets to help relief efforts in Haiti. This Thursday in Toronto, Cosmo TV and swanky downtown venue The Roosevelt Room will host Haute Couture for Haiti, a fashion show fundraiser with David Dixon and a slew of Project Runway Canada runners up (Jessica Biffi, Brandon R. Dwyer and Lucian Matis) showing looks from their spring-summer 2010 collections, which will then be auctioned off for charity.

South of the border, fashion designer Donna Karan hosted A Night of Humanity fundraiser in the midst of prep for Mercedes-Benz fashion week, which starts tomorrow. In the U.K., Naomi Campbell and first lady Sarah Brown are hosting Hope for Haiti Now, a fashion show on February 18, a day before London Fashion Week, featuring dresses for auction by Alexander McQueen, Dolce and Gabbana and Vivienne Westwood. Lady Gaga is also in a giving mood: she will part with her Gary Card–designed skeleton corset and give it to the highest bidder, with proceeds going to Oxfam International.

Lady Gaga donates her exoskeleton for a good cause [Fashion Magazine]
• Canadian designers to team up for Haute Couture for Haiti’ benefit event [Canadian Press]
Naomi Campbell and Sarah Brown’s fashion show for Haiti [Fashionista.com]
Fashion Fundraiser for Haiti at Karan’s Urban Zen Center [WWD.com]

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Our favourite looks from Toronto fashion week

This past fashion week was a parade of Project Runway contestants, bustier dresses and sheer fabrics, and now that it’s over, we’ve come up with a slide show of our favourite pieces from the collections. Check them out below.

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Lucian Matis proves that we all go a little mad sometimes

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The opening look from Lucian Matis's spring show (Photo by Jenna Marie Wakani)

You’re right, Lucian Matis: an entire week of fashion makes us a little crazy, too.

Friday was the final night of fashion week runway shows and featured our Romanian prince of fantastical frocks, who held court with a cohesive, if sometimes precious, spring collection with jesters in tow.

Surely after days of eager crowds and poker-faced spectators we were in need of comic relief, which would explain the large watercolour clown print on the opening dress, followed by similarly relaxed silhouettes, shape-altering blouses and slim draped numbers. And if the sight of a clown hadn’t already drained the colour from our faces, Matis rendered his headgear-adorned models in hospital wall pastels, right down to the scraps of fabric that acted as bandages for his muses’ feet. No need to convince us—runway walking is a dangerous game.

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We talk dildos with Kristin Booth and nude photo shoots with Dragonette’s Martina Sorbara at the Hello! party

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Russel Peters and his girlfriend

Nothing says Yorkville quite like a Birks blue box (perhaps with the exception of Tiffany’s), so it was apt that star-stalking Hello! magazine staged its festival bash at the jeweller’s Bloor Street shop. The Bay-Bloor junction was jammed with iPhone-waving onlookers eager to snap a shot of red carpeters, including us. We said hello to head-turning actress Monika Schnarre, who was sporting a sexy backless dress by Lucian Matis. Being Erica star Erin Karpluk assured us that Ethan and Erica are still together in the soon-to-air Season Two. Just then, the crowd got rowdy for funny man Russell Peters, who hammed it up on the red carpet. “I never know what to do with my hands,” he joked while under fire from a dozen cameras. When a photographer asked for a solo shot, he retorted “So you hate my girlfriend?”

Inside, it was a bling-off between the Birks showcases and the gem-dotted glitterati. Crisis hit early, however: two attendees were wearing the same BCBG dress. “Whatever, you look better in it,” said a friend to one of the identically clad ladies.

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