Toronto ON, April 22 – Eolith is the collaborative collection from the minds and hands of Katarzyna Agnieszka from Montreal and Wesley Burness from Toronto. The pace of their runway show at FAT Toronto’s Arts & Fashion Week was starkly different to the opening act, their runway show had a minimalist approach to makeup and hair, the emphasis was strictly on the clothing. One model would stride out and then wait for a partner to join them, giving the audience time to appreciate the details in the garments. A technically challenging yet artfully executed array of textures and patterns made this collection stand out from the crowd.
The collection had a organic nature, the designers seemingly letting the fabric determine the cut and execution of the final piece. The materials such as wool, silks, suedes, and chiffons were both left softly following and skillfully tailored to showcase the beauty in the fabric as it lay on the models bodies. Long pieces paired with jackets get just a touch of cold metal accessories letting each piece shine through.
Each outfit could be worn as shown, or broken up into its individual layers to mix and match into your own wardrobe. The collection had a muted palette in mostly grays, a few more colored pieces were scattered throughout. But overall the tone was muted and played in the monotones, that are dear to our aesthetic palette.
Personally there were a few highlights of the collection. Firstly, the look that paired a mens dress shirt with monochromatic fade and dark dresswear pants, whose partner was adorned in a suede cape in a soft grey, layered over a cotton and chiffon long black sleeveless gown. Secondly, the women’s look made up of a structured full length black dress, whose partner was in a silk one piece jumpsuit. All four of these looks were captivating on their own but when paired with their partners they were breathtaking.
At the end of the show the designers came out hand in hand and they should be quite proud of the collaboration. They’ve definitely hit our radar.
photos : Ian Compton
– Tasha Farrington