Toronto Fashion Week Spring 2013: Lucian Matis hits the mark with a print-packed collection (and high fives his mom in the process!)

Lucian Matis Spring 2013 Toronto
Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani
Lucian Matis Spring 2013 Toronto
Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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It was print city last night at Lucian Matis’s show during World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. Inspired by Moroccan tiles, billowing white tents and colourful bolts of fabric, Matis’s Spring 2013 collection was a delightful parade of au courant matching geometric prints. The ultra-femme crop tops, pencil skirts and capris in vibrant blues, oranges and yellows screamed Mediterranean al fresco dinner party. Pops of red came in leather short-shorts and flared mini-dresses with accentuated shoulders, and a sophisticated sleeveless jacket over a matching printed crop-top and high-waisted shorts.

Reptilian skin also made it big on the runway, first in the form of understated-sexy sheer off-white dresses and then in boxy black and yellow crocodile, retaining an edge in the collection from a designer best known for his embellished glam. While a nipslip caused by an errant jacket resulted in an unfortunate catcall of “Janet Jackson!” from a front row guest, the closing look, an impressive, floor-length black croc gown with a peplum and side cut-outs, garnered a round of applause. By far the most touching moment of the show was seeing Lucian Matis high-five his mom (who taught him to sew) in the audience while making his runway bows.