Since being crowned “Canada’s Breakthrough Designer” at the 2011 Telio competition of Montreal Fashion Week, Earl Luigi has gone on to design, among others, a capsule collection in collaboration with the Japan Love Project – an art show to raise money and help rebuild Japanese communities affected by last year’s tsunami. He has also ranked among the top 20 finalists in the London-based international Hand and Lock embroidery competition. Now in his final year at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he is completing a Bachelor of Design, Fashion and Technology.
Birds of North America is a line of vintage-classic clothing for women designed by Hayley Gibson. The line was founded in 2007 and is available in over 25 boutiques across Canada. All the clothing is entirely produced and manufactured in Montreal.
n 2009, after close to a decade in the fashion industry, Marie-Eve Emond launched the Betina Lou line of ready-to-wear fashions. Her experience as a designer and production manager instilled in her a taste for fine fabrics, a keen interest in a garment’s intrinsic qualities, and a sharp eye for fitted silhouettes. A graduate of LaSalle College, Marie-Eve also earned a bachelor’s degree from the École supérieure de mode de Montréal.
Betina Lou offers simple, timeless feminine fashions. Every season brings a neutral colour palette and classic patterns in wardrobe staples with subtle details. A tribute to past eras, Betina Lou’s designs have a vintage appeal rooted in a philosophy of longevity expressed in clothes reflecting a mix of modernity and tradition.
Establishing Rudsak in 1994 and creating RUD in 2010, Evik Asatoorian continues to make fashion statements. Fuelled by ambition, he challenges the fashion forum with daring designs that push back the boundaries of ‘cool couture’.
For the 7th consecutive year, TELIO, a major Quebec company and pioneer in the importation and distribution of textiles at the cutting edge of fashion and North American trends, presents its signature fashion event, “Les créateurs mode de demain”. This 2012 edition is held on the theme Rouge+Red, a colour range clearly evoking creativity. Supporting the upcoming generation of Canadian designers is part and parcel of TELIO’s corporate philosophy, in line with which it will be unveiling this year’s five winners of bursaries with a total value of $15,000.
Finalist: Alexandre Arsenault (College Lasalle)
Collectif de Fermeture
Anastasia Lomonova was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1984. After the collapse of the USSR, she moved to Cyprus with her family where they lived for several years before coming to Canada.
Initially trained as a visual artist, specializing in oil painting, Anastasia entered the Ryerson University school of fashion with the desire to express her creativity in a more socially involved domain.
After completing her apprenticeships, she started her eponymous label in 2007. Since then, Anastasia has won several awards and been named one of Canada’s most promising young designers.
The FW12 collection is an ensemble of featherweight chiffon gowns complemented by graphic elements. For the first time this season, wedding dresses have been added to the finale.
LYN is the creation of crochet virtuoso, Jocelyn Picard. Boasting fifteen years of experience, and recent collaborations with Denis Gagnon and UNTTLD, he now presents his own authentic prototypes combining traditional and contemporary techniques.
UNTTLD is the product of an ongoing collaboration between Montreal designers José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger. José graduated at Cégep Marie Victorin in Fashion design before going to Concordia University to perfect his knowledge of textiles and technique in the Faculty of Fines Arts’ Fibre program. A graduate of the LaSalle College’s Fashion Design program, Simon Bélanger went on to earn a Master’s at the Domus Academy in Milan.