This one goes under interesting collaborations: famous Canadian author, artist, and general culture observer Douglas Coupland is collaborating with clothing and lifestyle retailer Roots on a limited edition collection of clothes, accessories and decor pieces under the theme "Canada goes electric".
We could call this a match made in Canadian heaven as both the artist and the brand have been good representatives of Canada's cultural landscape.
As someone pointed out Toronto recently went Mark Fast crazy; news and tweets from the city were all about Mark's visit. Amid luncheons, dinners and parties it seems Mark was very busy during his time in Toronto to instal his Luminato-Toronto's festival of arts+creativity - "The ascension of beauty" sculpture. The visual arts piece reinterprets the Lancôme’s iconic rose and femininity to celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary.
The city also has an opportunity to wear a shade of Mark Fast with a limited edition lipstick Fast Kisses created for Lancôme in collaboration with makeup artist Lora Spiga sold exclusively at The Bay Queen in Toronto.
I am torridly late on these news but late is better than never...and today, June 20th, is the last day to see the sculpture at Brookfield Place
Mark Fast for Topshop
And in other Mark Fast news on June 25th in any city with a Topshop (no luck for Paris or Toronto) will see the launch of the new collection done in for the British retailer.
I have decided to start this blog as I feel there is something happening with young Canadian fashion designers working abroad: Jeremy Laing and Rad Hourani in New York; Todd Lynn, Erdem, and Mark Fast in London; and Calla Haynes and Nicolas Andreas Taralis in Paris.
I have been privy to a lot of these designer's careers from the early days, most of them are friends, and though there is no one thing in particular that screams "I am Canadian" or "Canadian design" it is the mere fact that they all came from the same country that allows me to group them.
Why a grouping? I am inspired by the the "Antwerp Six". I think there is a Canadian School of fashion going on right now. I would like to include Tommy Ton in this mix. True, he is not a designer per say but we are living in a digital era and he is influential in this realm.There is no particular teacher or fashion school in Canada that they owe their styles to, but they all come from Canada and never before has the country exported so much rising talent.