This past Friday, October 18th 2013 was an unusual Friday evening for the Queen and Broadview neighbourhood because all these fashionistas appeared out of nowhere. They were all on site for Toronto-based designer Mikhael Kale‘s opening show for Fashion Week. The venue was a raw 20,000 ft open-style loft with white pillars and dim indigo lighting. Although desolate, it is exactly what Kale wanted to give the evening drama and anticipation.
The Man Behind Everything
Canadian-born Mikhael Kale grew up in a household full of women, and so he was definitely no stranger to fashion or his mother’s sewing machine. By 19, he was already in London and admitted into the prestigious fashion program at Central Saint Martins. Kale spent some time working in Milan prior to the launch of his eponymous label in 2007.
The show started fashionably late around 7:15PM. The first look was an orange body-con dress that hugs and tapers right to the knees. This orange distressed mohair dress was fascinatingly “secured” by a powder blue leather corset that sits just under the bust. The look reminds me of The 5th Element or some other sci-fi movie. The sheerness in certain panels of the dress gave it plenty of allure and sophistication. The other numbers that immediately followed were also on the colorful side of the spectrum. Kale showed us a selective palette that consisted of beautiful pastels, muted yellow, turquoise, orange, red, and an unexpected but stunning two-piece gold suit.
(A model wearing one of my favorites of the night: a mint and sparkling silver overlay dress with a high mandarin-collar.)
The outfits all seemed to be bright and colorful at first, but things got edgy and sleek quick when the black and leather outfits started to stream out. Those outfits were much more risqué with lower necklines, high slits, and even more bold geometric cutouts. Kale is notorious for his technicality when it comes to cutouts because he has always been focused on high-difficulty pattern-making. Kale claims his fashion sense is expressed through a careful study of the architecture of the body. For that, I truly admire his conceptual ideas and meticulous craftsmanship.
Kale’s S/S14 collection consisting of slinky dresses, tailored power suits, complex long jackets, and chic leather ensembles was a good taster to set the standard for the rest of Fashion Week. The success of the show got everyone talking and anticipating the main calendar events.