[caption id="attachment_6024" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Thomas Tait, Spring 2012 (Photo by: Steve Alkok/Arthur Mola Photography)"] [/caption] “Isn’t it amazing to see Canadian talent on display here in Canada?” That was Coco Rocha kicking off yesterday’s fashion festivities and eliciting warm applause at The ShOws at the Ritz-Carlton. Toronto’s stylish citizenry was out in full force to check out two of Canada’s hottest fashion expats, Calla Haynes and Thomas Tait, who both staged their Spring 2012 collections at the newly opened hotel. Up first: Thomas Tait, the Montreal-born, London-based fashion wunderkind whose buzz factor is sitting firmly at 11. The youngest graduate of Central Saint Martins’ fabled MA program, Tait won the inaugural Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize in 2010, impressing such heavy hitter judges as Manolo Blahnik and Daphne Guinness. Tait is already known for his clean minimalism, handy way with scissors and impeccable cuts, all of which were on display for Spring 2012. The vibe was futuristic sportif—a voluminous white “hospital gown”, which opened the show; slim-fitting ribbed mint green pants; a cropped white leather jacket with pretty pink detailing—all paired with white socks and sneakers. Tait’s use of colour both softened and sweetened the collection’s edges—the iridescent gleam on dresses and pants called to mind the sheen on top of a macaroon. The silhouettes would be lovely seen from across the street, but these are clothes that need to be seen in person to be best appreciated. After a quick drink in the Ritz-Carlton bar, it was back upstairs for Calla Haynes’s presentation. Originally from Toronto, Haynes moved to Paris and worked for Olivier Theyskens both at Rochas and Nina Ricci, before launching her own line, Calla, in 2009. For Spring 2012, she showcased two distinct messages: Romance and modern tribal. Standout pieces included a sleeveless empire-waisted shirt dress awash in yellow flowers and a purple suit with ikat-inspired print. Brigitte Bardot would have been at home in a sweet trench with tweed detailing, while a satin patterned mini-dress was more Jane Birkin circa Blow-Up. [caption id="attachment_6025" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Calla Haynes, Spring 2012 )Photo by: Steve Alkok/Arthur Mola Photography)"] [/caption] The models' half-up, half-done hair look underscored the ‘60s inspiration. “It’s more modern than coifed, a little frizzy with exposed bobby pins,” Nikki from Shagg Salon, who created the hair, told ELLE. “It has that do-it-yourself kind of sexiness.” Après shows, a conclusion: Tait and Haynes share talent, vision and a very Canadian kind of modesty, both appearing for just a moment after their triumphs to give quick, smiling waves to the crowd Which look above is your favourite Thomas or Calla?