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For Sid Neigum, buying a snake on Kijiji is all in a day’s work

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For Sid Neigum, buying a snake on Kijiji is all in a day’s work

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Following successful show at London Fashion Week and rave reviews from international press, Sid Neigum returned home close day one at Toronto Fashion Week. He presented a tightly edited collection deeply influenced by the beauty of mathematics.

What’s the inspiration behind this season’s collection?

“I wanted to focus on proportions, specifically the Golden Ratio. I wanted to highlight that by trimming everything in a contrast binding to show the line and shape of everything. I constructed the pieces mathematically. For example, I took one side [of the garment] and multiplied it by the golden ratio, which is 1.618, to equal the other side. It’s a continued theme throughout the whole collection, and it made everything cohesive without being obvious.”

And you made a video to go along with the collection.

“Friends of mine have a video production company called Light and Heavy, and they’re really great, they do a lot of music videos. We were trying to draw the similarities between textures, in the video were breaking slate and pounding copper.”

And there was also a snake in the video.

“Yes, a black boa constrictor made a cameo. I had to throw it off me a few times, I could feel it tightening its grip around my arm.”

Was there a handler for the snake?

“No, we bought the snake off Kijiji.”

You bought a snake. On Kijiji.

“Yeah, we were going to rent one, but it would have cost $750 a day to rent a snake. The [video producers] bought it for like $75 bucks, and they kept it. But the scene where I’m holding the snake in my hands didn’t even make the final cut!”

You just showed at London Fashion Week, what was the most memorable moment from the experience?

“Just before the doors opened there was a moment to breath. All the models were taking position on the platforms and no one was there yet. I finally got to see every look together at once; it’s not often that you get to see all of the models together, unless you’re backstage. It was a moment of clarity.”

See all the looks from Sid Neigum's Toronto Fashion Week presentation below.

 

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Sid Neigum Toronto Fashion Week fall 2016

Sid Neigum Fall 2016

"This fabric is made from cotton metal and tree fibre. When you cut it open it almost looks like tinfoil. After wear, it stops being super crinkly and becomes more drapey. So it almost becomes more wearable with time."   READ MORE: You don't have to wait until fall to try these trends

Image by: ELLE Canada By: ELLE Canada Source: Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum Toronto Fashion Week fall 2016

Sid Neigum Fall 2016

"If you unfold this garment, it's just a giant rectangle with sleeves. Everything is left super raw and the body is just one piece of fabric, there are no seams."   READ MORE: Say goodbye to your skinny jeans

Image by: ELLE Canada By: ELLE Canada Source: Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum Toronto Fashion Week fall 2016

Sid Neigum Fall 2016

"This is one of my favourite fabrics, it's a knit with a lot of texture. It's like a bomber jacket that's been tucked into a ball gown."   READ MORE: This is what Demna Gvasalia's Balenciaga looks like

Image by: ELLE Canada By: ELLE Canada Source: Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum Toronto Fashion Week fall 2016

Sid Neigum Fall 2016

"This garment a giant rectangle. One side times the Golden Ratio equals the other side. I constructed the whole pieces with the theme of the Golden Ratio."   READ MORE: The top trends at Milan Fashion Week Fall 2016

Image by: ELLE Canada By: ELLE Canada Source: Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum Toronto Fashion Week fall 2016

Sid Neigum Fall 2016

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Image by: ELLE Canada By: ELLE Canada Source: Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum Toronto Fashion Week fall 2016

Sid Neigum Fall 2016

This is a polyurethane-coated metal, it has super memory, and it holds whatever shape you want it to have.   READ MORE: The super trendy bomber jacket doesn't have to cost you a fortune

Image by: ELLE Canada By: ELLE Canada Source: Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum Toronto Fashion Week fall 2016

Sid Neigum Fall 2016

"This fabric a camel hair. And the skirt is once again intersected by the Golden Ratio."   READ MORE: The one colour you need to add to your spring wardrobe

Image by: ELLE Canada By: ELLE Canada Source: Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum Toronto Fashion Week fall 2016

Sid Neigum Fall 2016

"The fabric here is a super raw silk that, to me, looks like tree bark."   READ MORE: Add a little flare to your wardrobe

Image by: ELLE Canada By: ELLE Canada Source: Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum Toronto Fashion Week fall 2016

Sid Neigum Fall 2016

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Image by: ELLE Canada By: ELLE Canada Source: Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum Toronto Fashion Week fall 2016

Sid Neigum Fall 2016

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Image by: ELLE Canada By: ELLE Canada Source: Sid Neigum


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For Sid Neigum, buying a snake on Kijiji is all in a day’s work