Sometime timing is a bitch and sometimes it just works out.  In my 48 hours in Toronto last week I was able to catch 2 new designers, who each take their own unique approaches to producing sustainable fashion.   Today I'll feature Sarah Stevenson and tomorrow Baby Steinberg.

Sarah Stevenson

To set the stage for Sarah's first collection at LG Fashion Week, inspired by Toronto's Allan Gardens, a lovely tea was served along with hand-made chocolates.  So as certified choco-holic I was excited about the spring/summer collection before it even began.

Sarah's show was held in the smaller Studio venue, which allowed us to get up close with the clothes.  The fabrics looked so light and pretty.  I particularly loved her inspiration from the 1920s.  Her patterns combined strong art deco lines and 1920s florals.   All of her pattern designs are done by hand and then printed using a waterless technique (this I learnt at Eco Fashion Week is a very new and rather cool technique which reduces water usage as well as chemicals released).   Each garment is like wearing a work of art.  I will admit that some of the dresses were a bit young for me to wear. But I loved this art deco dress, which I'd likely wear as a tunic.


Sarah also uses all natural fabrics, and all of her fabrics and clothing are made locally which minimizes the carbon footprint.  And she only prints her textiles to order to reduce waste.

Tomorrow will be my final LG Fashion Week post on the unique Baby Steinberg Spring/Summer line made with reclaimed materials.