NARCES, Elan+Castor and Huntress shine

Loose fits, plunging necklines and the use of white and cream – all on trend this season. When stylist Aliecia Brissett (@AsSeenByLeesh) hit up Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week last fall to see what was coming down the style pipeline she found subtle extravagance from brands such as PINK TARTAN, Mackage, SOIA KYO and many more. But amongst the dozens of elite lines, three stood out above all. Here is a closer look at what Elan+Castor, NARCES and Huntress are bringing to clothing racks and boutiques with their spring/summer collection.

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Elan+Castor: Island Getaways
With a line of loose fitting maxi dresses, sleeveless tops and loose fitting joggers, made with light, airy material and neutral colours, the designers at Elan+Castor put fashionistas in an island trance. With thigh high splits on either sides of the various maxi dresses and skirts, Elan+Castor proves loose, floor-length casual wear can have a subtle edge and transform a simple garment into an elegant work of art.

NARCES: Victorian Era Influences

Creating wearable art for the masses is NARCES designer Nikki Wirthensohn. “The inspiration for this collection was Victorian bird cages. So that was the opulent era -17th and 18th century,” explains the women’s wear designer. Wirthensohn’s take on the stylish era puts emphasis on lace, flared dresses and the use of soft pastel colours. As the hemlines get longer, the necklines get more dramatic, with beaded embellishments and lace accompaniments. The use of soft pastel colours adds a more whimsical and playful look.

HUNTRESS: Show Stopping Accessories
Bringing to life the line’s name, the HUNTRESS runway was complete with tall twigs and branches laid out on it. Models wearing cropped, leather vests showcased elaborate pieces including emerald, gold and amethyst necklaces, cuffs, rings and bracelets. Star of television series “Suits”, actress Gina Torres, added extra finesse to the show, modeling a princess cut gold tiara and statement pieces while accompanied by two large dogs. “I love the organic shapes of everything,” says Torres. “I love that they use natural stones – precious and semi-precious. It reminds me of the feminine mystique in that way.”

Photos By. Christina Inniss