Photography by Renata Kaveh. Fashion Direction by Dwayne Kennedy. Hair and Makeup by Mila Victoria. Model, Peg at Sutherland Models.
Right now, as Canadians, it’s difficult to think of anything but winter. Thankfully there is at least one among us who has his sights firmly set on the warmer months ahead. Toronto-based designer Matthew Gallagher has just released a colourful look-book for his Spring 2014 collection, and the tropical vibes have us day dreaming the snow away.
The playful campaign and accompanying video, produced by The Collections, Toronto Fashion Week cool kid organizing body, features plenty of bold retro silhouettes done in an array of tropical prints and hues. Gallagher’s peekaboo pink lining, intricate tailoring and thoughtful detailing are just some of the reasons we’re placing the designer on our list of ones to watch. The entire collection is a throwback to glamorous heyday of Hollywood and Palm Springs—those sky-high beehives and headscarves would be perfectly at home speeding along the Pacific Coast Highway in a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, with a dashing beau in the seat next to us… but we digress.
If there are any lingering doubts of how summer worthy this collection is, the Cayman Islands Stylemaker program, is the main sponsor for Gallagher’s show. Chosen by the islands as a cultural endeavour that best represents the lifestyle and ease of the Caribbean destination, the program helps support upcoming designers through lookbooks, videos and more. And based on the collection’s cabana-ready designs, echoing the hues of the tropical flora, we can’t help but agree. But it begs the question—is there a complimentary daiquiri with every purchase?