Celebrated Canadian designer Lucian Matis presented his Fall/Winter 2013 collection to a private audience of celebrities, media and industry on Friday, March 22 with a BAILEYS Irish Cream cocktail reception at 6:30pm, followed by the runway presentation of his latest collection at 7:15pm. Over 400 guests filled the Grand Banking Hall at One King West Hotel & Residence, 1 King Street West in Toronto; including David Sutcliffe (CBC’s Cracked / Gilmore Girls), Erin Karpluk (CBC’s Being Erika), Gabrielle Miller (Call Me Fitz / Corner Gas), Natalie Brown (Being Human / Cracked), and Rosey Edeh (Global News).
Entitled “Monochromatic Fantasy”, the collection of black, grey and ivory pieces was created using fur, felts, wool, and silk. “This season I wanted to focus on the simplicity of the silhouette rather than the details,” explains Matis. “Working with a monochromatic theme, I could emphasis the shape of the garments from an architectural methodology with boxy geometric shapes.”
Partnering with the makers of BAILEYS Irish Cream to celebrate the unveiling of their stylish new bottle, Matis created a gown constructed from the glass from BAILEYS Irish Cream bottles which premiered on the runway, preceding his collection. The piece was inspired by the evolution of the bottle design and reflects the new feminine and elegant design. Comprised primarily of pieces of glass from BAILEYS Irish Cream bottles, as well as other flat glass and multi-faceted beads, the dress took 125 hours and a team of three skilled workers to create.
“This creation has been a great challenge with a wonderful end result. I wanted to design a signature Lucian Matis piece inspired by the new BAILEYS Irish Cream bottle while thinking of the women that inspire the brand,” says Matis. “Working with BAILEYS team on this project has been a new and rewarding experience.”
This season Matis introduced a new beauty partnership with Revlon Canada and internationally renowned makeup artist, Gucci Westman. Since 2008, Westman has worked with Revlon as Global Artistic Director representing the brand at New York and London Fashion weeks. Westman is sought after by top designers, world-class photographers, and Hollywood’s hottest celebrities and collaborated with a local beauty team to create the makeup look for Matis’ FW13 collection. In addition to developing looks and runway trends on behalf of Revlon, Westman provides her expertise on new product development and personally creates seasonal colour collections.
Once again, Revlon Nail Expert, Leeanne Colley led a strong team of manicurists to create the nail look for the show, using her renowned nail artistry and techniques. Colley considers manicures to be a true art form and knows exactly how to work in synergy with the fashion world including designers, editors and photographers alike. Colley has also built a strong following of Canada’s top press and A-list celebrities. It is her technical ability fused with her creative ideas that have built her a reputation in Canada and beyond.
The Alcorn’s expert hair team loaned their talents backstage, led by esteemed celebrity hair stylist and salon owner, Tony Masciangelo. “We created a look reflective of Lucian’s Fall ‘13 collection; at first glance it looks simple, with softness and movement, but when you look closer you see the intricacies and architectural details,” Masciangelo explains of the creative behind his look for hair.
Long-time collaborator of Lucian Matis Inc., renowned fashion stylist, Zeina Esmail of P1M returned once again to provide her expert eye as the creative director for the show.