Friday, October 17, 2014


Press Release

World MasterCard® Fashion Week Debut

Spring/Summer 2014 (Photo courtesy of elan+castor)

Toronto, ON – Canadian womenswear label, elan+castor will make their World MasterCard® Fashion Week runway debut with their Spring/Summer 2015 collection on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in the studio at 3:00pm.

Now in its fourth season, elan+castor’s deconstructed bohemian aesthetic is strewn throughout their Spring/Summer 2015 collection with their signature hand woven knits, silk screening prints, and leather details.

“I called this collection the Regeneration Collection,” says designer Leah Antoinette, “After our heavy winters, I always look to spring and summer to give me a feeling of renewal and freshness. I discovered Nick Veasey’s x-ray photographs of tulips and lilies and wanted to emulate the soft diaphanous of the petals in soft layers of chiffon and knits.I wanted to convey the idea that clothing can feel refreshing and light, not binding and constrictive. As in life, we may sometimes need a new beginning; I like to look at the clothing as growing from new points, with the freedom to move with the elements.”

Spring/Summer 2014 (Photo courtesy of elan+castor) Click to enlarge

The Canadian-designed and created collection consists of knitted separates, maxi dresses, and lightweight layers in silk chiffon, Egyptian cotton and Merino wool yarns from Italy, a touch of buttery leather and silk/cotton gauze. This is a collection designed for the whimsical part of every woman using rich fuchsias, turquoise, sage, blues, and deep purples diffused with creams to create a lush palette. Layers of printed florals and texture were added to create organic depths without the weight.

“It has always been a goal to have my clothes walk the runway at World MasterCard® Fashion Week; there are so many great designers here and it’s such a compliment to be among them.” says the designer of her first time showing at The Tents.

The collection is available through custom order at with prices ranging from $200 - $800 CDN and is sold at Farasha Boutique in Park City, Utah.

Fall/Winter 2014 (Photo courtesy of elan+castor)


elan+castor is a fashion design company specializing in ready-to-wear women's clothing, designed and manufactured on Canada. We are dedicated to creating clothes that will "love you back" with a collection that focuses on the balance between raw strength and frailty.

Our clothing is to be worn to celebrate the contradiction of everyday womanhood. Each collection includes hand-knitted garments, original print designs and fabric manipulations to help illustrate and create this contradiction of soft luxury and raw deconstruction.

With extensive training in knitwear and textile printing, designer Leah Antoinette pulls inspiration from her interest and knowledge of the history of fashion, the arts and literature to create a story within each collection. Leah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design; specializing in knitwear garment and textile print design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has worked for DuChamp London and Draw-in-Light.
Source: Magnet Creative Management

Spring/Summer 2014 (Photo courtesy of elan+castor)

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