New Labels - fall/winter 2003, Toronto Fashion Incubator Designers

The New Labels show opened with the twisted teddy bear fantasies of The Waiter and the Slut by Mila Finkelshtein, indicating that manufacturers may now need to attach adult content warnings onto plaid skirts.

Kity by Caroline Lim shows that sophistication is sexy with its peaches and cream daintiness, and the navel-exposing cropped tops rival the lattice-embroidered skirts for hottest look.

There’s a new kid on the block that everyone wants to talk to (or about). The irreverent meanderings of wine-tangerine paisley chiffon are the tamest elements in Rosa Costanzo’s brilliant debut. Some faded pinstripe denim and a couple of straps to complete the punchy attitude and voila, a collection as edgy as any is born.

There was another unsung contender for new label of the year. Stylist Alissa Krost’s superb leather dickies were arguably the highlight of the evening, stealing thunder from Ranjit Chopra’s charcoal wool and black silk meditations.

Daniel Cox, Fashion Editor
Marek Wlazlo, Photographer