Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2013: DUY
Duy Nguyen couldn’t have planned it better. The snowy, sleety, icy weather Toronto was hit with this week was the perfect backdrop for his fall 2013 runway collection given that the young designer, the award winner for the Mercedes-Benz Start Up program, was inspired by the Canadian winter.
“Icy and mystical,” was the aim, and to illustrate the point, Nguyen offered up cozy wools, white sequined pieces, lush fur and a palette of white, grey, black, blue and mossy green.
His layering of textures seemed spot on for a customer—and a climate—used to the practice of dressing for northern weather. But dressing chicly, of course.
There was a gown made of thermal sweatshirt-like fabric with a neckline encrusted with crystals, and topped with a powdery blue chenille bomber jacket. Another evening look paired a popcorn-stitch fisherman-knit style sweater over a floor-length jet-and-sparkling evening skirt. And another fave teamed a white, quietly sequined A-line floor-length skirt with a thermal long-sleeve tee and oversized chunky-knit infinity scarf. Oh, Canada.
A black leather blazer with exaggerated fur cuffs and a body-hugging, couture-ish knee-length dress with cascading ruffles that snaked around the shoulders and down past the waist convinced us of the cred of this emerging young talent.
Runway takeaway: We loved Nguyen’s mix mastery. Pairing a chunky knit piece with something sleeker or more evening captures the eclecticism of the moment. It’s high with low, casual with formal that creates a new and elegant equilibrium.