Our favourite Canadian designers open up about their most Canadian creations.
In honour of Canada Day, weâ€™ve rounded our favourite looks inspired by the Great White North. With the Summer 2012 Olympics right around the corner (not to mention the Calgary Stampede), thereâ€™s no better time to wear your pride on your sleeveâ€”literally. Here are some of our favourite Canadian designers talking about their top fashion looks inspired by Canadian iconography.
Canadian Designer: Anu Raina
Canadian Inspiration: â€śWelcome to T.O.â€ť Raina immigrated to Canada in 2004, where she witnessed her first fall in Toronto. â€śIt was an experience beyond words,â€ť she writes in her lookbook. â€śIt felt like God filled this bucket with warm hues and splashed it across the city. My four year old son and I spent hours collecting leaves, seeds and berries in all imaginable colours.â€ť Weâ€™re fans of Rainaâ€™s silk â€śsubway scarf,â€ť a handy accessory with the full TTC map screened on it. Fashionable and practical!
Canadian Designer: Philip Sparks
Canadian inspiration: The Toronto Harbourfront. â€ś[A hot seller] for women is a photo print on a really lovely soft silk blouse.â€ť Sparks told the National Post. â€śItâ€™s the Toronto Harbour with sailboats going across it on a really hazy dayâ€”itâ€™s almost as though you are looking through binoculars!â€ť
Canadian Designers: Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow, Bustle Clothing
Canadian inspiration: The Calgary Stampede. "Bustle collections are characteristically thematic, so inspiration for us usually comes from a particular activity or event around which an entire collection can be built. We knew it was the Centennial anniversary of the Calgary Stampede,â€ť says Prinselow. â€śWe thought ... What's more Bustle and more Canadian than the Calgary Stampede? It's a 100 year old party where everyone loves to dress the part, and it's all about fun!"
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