Moose & Beaver Fall 2013
With a quintessentially Canadian name like Moose & Beaver, we correctly expected to see knits at last night’s debut runway collection for the label, though much remained a secret about the fledgling brand until we were lead to out seats. A bouncy hip hop soundtrack accompanied the 12 exit collection of knit leggings, tops and dresses, mixed with pieces of roughed-up leather, vintage fur and hits of navy silk, in the form of very short pajama shorts. “I fell in love with Cornelia Parker’s Cold Dark Matter and Anti-Mass installations that were housed at the De Young Museum in San Francisco,” M&B designer Leah Antoinette said in a release before the show of the inspiration for her first collection. “There is a quote from her that sums up much of what this collection represents, ‘…My work is all about the potential of materials, even when it looks like they’ve lost all possibilities.’” A graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Antoinette was living in Europe working with brands such as DuChamp London and Draw-in-Light, before moving back home to Toronto. While the collection, made with merino wool, alpaca and viscose yarns, and distressed leather, was tightly edited, next season we hope M&B explores the mix of colour blending in her knit and leather dresses, which were easily our favourites of the collection. Prices for the line will range from $250 to $1,000 CDN.