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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Top Canadian fashion designer: Erin Kleinberg

Erin Kleinberg’s mission sounds simple: Create clothes that people can’t live without. “I’ve seen the closets of the chicest tastemakers in the world,” says the designer and co-founder of The Coveteur, “and I love that they [all] have a rack of clothes they wear constantly: pieces that are day-to-night, super-comfortable and luxe.” Kleinberg’s fall/winter 2014 collection—all produced in Toronto—fits that lofty bill: slouchy-chic cardigans, oversized tees and lots of plaid. “My husband has so many old plaids from camp that I’ve stolen from him. I’m obsessed.” Beyoncé recently requested this season’s varnished-sequin top and matching skirt, and Lena Dunham—a friend and “huge inspiration” to Kleinberg—posted an Insta pic of herself wearing the striped Twiggy coat. The A-list may be beckoning, but Kleinberg says she isn’t tempted to decamp. “The vibe in Toronto is so chill and cool. It’s like the West Coast on the East Coast—the best of both worlds. I love that I can live here and still sell my brand on a global scale.” On model: Wool and leather jacket ($550), polyester and wool skirt ($185) and sequined silk tank ($328), All Erin Kleinberg (erinkleinberg.com), and faux-leather booties, Jessica Simpson ($175, at Heel Boy, heelboy.com); hair, Cody Alain (P1M.ca/tresemmé/m.a.c); makeup, Patrick Rahme (P1M.ca/Tresemmé). Jovana Zelenovic—the winner of our 2014 ELLE Canada Model Search—makes her fashion debut in this shoot. Her definition of true beauty? “Being the best version of yourself, inside and out.” Sounds like Canadian spirit to us. MUST-READ: Our Fall 2014 Fashion Trend Report

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Top Canadian fashion designer: Arielle de Pinto

Founded: 2007. Based: Montreal. Early influences: "Growing up, I loved Björk, D'arcy from the Smashing Pumpkins, Shirley Manson and, of course, the Little Mermaid." Snowy style: "I love all the incredible styles that develop when people try to stay sexy in the winter: stilettos in the slush - amazing." GALLERY: The top 8 Canadian style blogs

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Fave Arielle de Pinto jewellery piece: The necklace

Arielle de Pinto 18-karat-rose-gold-vermeil, Palladium Plated-silver and Sterling-silver Necklace ($1,300), at arielledepinto.com. MUST-READ: The top Canadian fashion designers

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Top Canadian fashion designer: LACAR

Founded: 2013. Based: Vancouver. Fashion debut: "Our first collection was inspired by gothic architecture's shapes and patterns," says designer Morgan Carrier. Next level: "Canadian fashion has started to hold its own with big international players," says designer Shira Laye. "It's now inspiring the rest of the world." MUST-READ: Our Canadian Fashion Special

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Fave LACAR jewellery piece: The ring

LACAR Sterling-silver Ring ($202), at lacarstudio.com. GALLERY: 10 ways to upgrade your wardrobe this fall

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Top Canadian fashion designer: Patricia Fieldwalker

Founded: 1980. Based: Vancouver. Major moment: "Rihanna recently wore one of my silk and French-lace slips teamed with a jean jacket and runners. I've been showing lingerie mixed with ready-to-wear for years, and it's catching on." Northern style: "Canadian women have a European attitude toward fashion. They understand, like the French, that less is more." Patricia Fieldwalker Silk-charmeuse and Chantilly-lace Chemise ($250), exclusively at La Jolie Madame, 604-669-1831. GALLERY: Top 10 Fall 2014 trends to add to your closet

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Top Canadian fashion designer: Horses Atelier

Claudia Dey (middle) and Heidi Sopinka (left) named Horses Atelier after Patti Smith’s iconic album, but, Dey says, “we love every association: velocity, beauty, wildness, utility.” Since their 2012 launch, the duo’s artfully easy, breezy collections have found favour with the chic set: The Man Repeller is a fan, and Georgia May Jagger and Jerry Hall recently bought the same sundress. (Watch for the brand’s ultra-covetable bomber on Girls’ Jessa next season.) “We love the Parisian notion that you dress to a body type, not to a trend,” says Sopinka, citing Japanese classicism, Russian folklore and hip hop as fall/winter 2014 influences. Every piece is manufactured a few blocks from their studio in Toronto’s West End, a neighbourhood that inspires poetic fervour in the designers. “Heidi’s husband harvests walnuts and makes ink, and my husband has a garden on the roof,” says Dey. “Toronto allows for that kind of magic.” On model: Sand-washed silk-charmeuse shirtdress, Horses Atelier ($485, horsesatelier.com) and leather flats, 3.1 Phillip Lim ($395, at Holt Renfrew, holtrenfrew.com); Hair, Cody Alain (P1M.ca/tresemmé/m.a.c); makeup, Lyndsay Craig (Stila Cosmetics); photographer’s assistant, Luis Mora. GALLERY: The top Fall 2014 fashion trends

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Top Canadian fashion designer: Malorie Urbanovitch

Founded: 2012. Based: Edmonton. Mixmaster: "I was inspired by underground rave culture - and cold Canadian winters." True north: "Thomas Tait winning the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize was thrilling. It showed that Canadian designers have an exciting and internationally relevant point of view." MUST-READ: 6 Canadian fashion boutiques to visit now

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Fave Malorie Urbanovitch piece: The wool dress

Malorie Urbanovitch Alpaca and Wool Dress ($495), at malorie.ca. GALLERY: Our editors pick their fall fashion faves

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Top Canadian fashion designer: Bôhten

Founded: 2013. Based: Ottawa and Toronto. Fall inspo: "Simplicity, elegance and heritage," says designer Nana Boateng Osei. Canadian-designer pros: "You have the freedom to express your values through your pieces. Our frames symbolize social change. We want to show that you can be sustainable and stylish." MUST-READ: 10 Canadian fashion designers to know

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Fave pair of Bôhten shades: Zebrawood sunglasses

Bôhten Zebrawood Sunglasses ($169.99), at bohten.com. MUST-READ: Three stylish Canadian love stories

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Top Canadian fashion designer: Sid Neigum

“I’ve always been drawn to math,” says Sid Neigum, who studied science before switching his focus to fashion in 2010. A fascination with geometry informed Neigum’s fall/winter 2014 collection, which was inspired by packaging design. (Of the laser-cut vest in this photo, Neigum says, “If it had the structure of cardboard, it would fold into a box.”) In 2012, the Alberta-born designer graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, founded his eponymous line and won the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels Fashion Design competition. Today, he and an assistant make every minimalist avant-garde piece in the collection (up to 1,000 each season), which Neigum then sells across the globe. He has had a particularly rapturous response in Hong Kong and Korea: “I think Parisian buyers have more confidence buying Italian or French brands, but people in Asia think that Canada is so exotic—they’re really into it.” On model: Ribbed-nylon laser-cut vest ($1,200) and skirt ($975), Both Sid Neigum (at Odd NYC, odd-style.com); Hair, Cody Alain (P1M.ca/tresemm é/m.a.c); makeup, Lyndsay Craig (Stila Cosmetics); photographer’s assistant, Luis Mora. GALLERY: How to wear the top Fall 2014 trends now

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Top Canadian fashion designer: Dreamboat Lucy

Founded: 2010. Based: Calgary and Kensington, PEI. Fall muse: "Boho rock 'n' roll cowgirl," says designer Hilary Murphy. Major moment: Designer Louanna Murphy cites showing at Toronto Fashion Week as a highlight. "We proved that sisters from the East Coast can hang with the best of them!" MUST-READ: The top Canadian fashion designers

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Fave Dreamboat Lucy pieces: The shawl and dress

Dreamboat Lucy Nylon and Polyester Shawl ($110) and Polyester Dress ($100), at dreamboatlucy.com. MUST-READ: How hard is it to be a Canadian fashion designer?

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10 Canadian fashion designers we can't live without this fall

Top Canadian fashion designer: Beaufille

In the five years that Chloé (middle) and Parris (right) Gordon have been in the fashion biz, the sisters’ aesthetic has evolved from straight-up downtown cool to gotta-have-it gothic chic. Take their fall/winter 2014 collection, a sartorial symphony of grey, black, blue and red, designed by Chloé and punked up with Parris’ hardware. “We looked at the idea of codes and uniforms, which led us to gangs and tribes,” explains Chloé. Parris continues, “With each season, we feel like we’re creating a bit of a Beaufille girl gang.” Hence their take on classic bandana paisley, which upon closer inspection reveals tattooed butterflies designed by the Gordons’ mother, a textile artist. (The standout moto jacket features a delicate rose print.) Everything, from the cozy coats to the edgy ear cuffs, is made in Toronto. “It can be humbling working in Canada because you’re so far from the big fashion capitals,” says Chloé. “It makes us work really hard because we know we have a lot to do and say. On model: Polyamide jacket ($625), silk tank ($275), silk skirt ($395), Silk leggings ($395) and jewellery (from $195 to $725), all Beaufille (beaufille.com); Hair, Cody Alain (P1M.ca/tresemmé/m.a.c); makeup, Lyndsay Craig (Stila Cosmetics); art direction by Elena Viltovskaia; produced by Charlotte Herrold; photographer’s assistant, Luis Mora. GALLERY: 10 Canadian fashion designers we're obsessed with

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