Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Last Four Standing - TFI New Labels Competition

Let's catch up on New Labels. Last month, the eco-loving label, Lois Lane, was dropped from TFI's competition leaving Sid Neigum, [blak]•i, Jameson K and Patrick Larrivee left to battle for a prize package that includes $25,000 cash.

Earlier this month the judges convened at TFI's headquarters to review each designer's collection thus far -- they had to submit eight outfits and include some runway styling options. The judges - TNT's Arie Assaraf, Flare magazine's Lisa Tant, Toronto Star writer Derick Chetty, designer David Dixon and philanthropist Suzanne Rogers - feel pretty well-versed on the collections by now. They are getting to know the designers and have a lot of expectations from them. The remarks come full throttle once the fit models shows up in an outfit.

"Impressive stitching." "Still has a Sears vibe." "Could have used some pressing." "Why do this?"

TFI's director Susan Langdon admits it's unusual to see so much outerwear in the New Labels competition, leading me to believe that even though Canada boasts some great outerwear labels, our own designers are not impressed. They feel they can do better.

Susan Langdon presents a few of Sid Neigum's pieces for review

Checking the construction on a Patrick Larrivee coat

Jameson Kane


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