Canadian designer Steven Tai explored the allure of shunning the demands of the world and retreating to bed, in this collection filled with soft, cocooning looks.
His muse this season was clad in drapey dresses fashioned from a white, pleated and ribbed fabric; cozy, camel-colored felted wool parkas, and a pair of silk pajamas, printed with childlike sketches and scribbles. Tai said he wanted to draw on the idea of sloth, and “just being lazy. I like to take things that normally have a negative connotation…and make that into something positive,” the designer said on the sidelines of his presentation.
Tai certainly made a compelling case for the joys of comfort dressing, accessorizing his looks with chunky knit socks and slippers printed with the words “Sleep Now, Work Later.”
But he hadn’t forgotten his muse’s “geeky” nature, a mood that he said always influences his collections. The models, who lounged together on sofas set up in Tai’s underground presentation space, wore square, rimless glasses perched on their noses, while one bottle green coat was crafted from two layers of jacquard to give a frayed texture to its surface. Tai said he wanted the effect to evoke the pages of a book, nodding to the brand’s “nerdish” ethos. Indeed, for those captivated by the thinking side of fashion, there was plenty in this quirky collection to like.