The lights dimmed, the music sounded and the winter wear began making its way down the catwalk. Soia & Kyo, a young brand out of Montreal, has become known for its tailored, unique outerwear in Canada. This year’s Fall/Winter collection didn’t stray too far from that concept, offering beautifully made wool, down and leather jackets and coats, each intricately detailed and utterly wearable. That last feature seems to be Soia & Kyo’s greatest endeavor; capturing what Canadians need and want in their Winter lives. A mix between stylish and warm, this collection is not composed of your typical bulk, but fitted and layered, with just the right pop of fur or colour. Designer Ilan Elfassy didn’t stop at coats of course, amplifying each look with Winter’s greatest accessories, like chic fur hats, knitted scarves, leather gloves and oversized sunglasses. Bringing more of a Fall season connection to the catwalk, the collection also featured bundled blankets in place of totes; picnic-ing on Labour Day? Don’t mind if I do.
While the tones of the collection were generally demure, with army green, camel and heather gray taking precedence, stand-outs were found in two mustard jackets and one red coat/dress combo (pictured below). This point proving once more, that the focus of Soia & Kyo’s clothing is versatility. These are the types of coats you’ll wear through several Canadian winters, and patrons shouldn’t worry about trends that come and go, because styles, colours and cuts like these, will surely not go out of style.
At a time in the year when all we can think about is unloading our warm coats and kicking off those waterproof boots, Ilan Elfassy of Soia & Kyo definitely made all us audience members remember why Canada’s snowy months are truly magical. If not for the impeccable tailoring, quirky accessories or chunky wool dresses – it’s always comforting and encouraging to know that you’re supporting a Canadian brand that actually gets us. Refreshing, and cozy…all at once.
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Runway photos courtesy of thestar.com / Others by Kaylee Paré