Expressive colors, artistic fabric manipulations and whimsical playfulness led the way for the first show from Global Collective. Their designers are young, new and talented.

Opening the showcase, FAUN, designed by Melissa P. Clark, displays a collection that’s elegant, yet subtle on the runway. Her looks are timeless, referencing New York City style, icons like Audrey Hepburn and Blair Waldorf. Smart style in rich jewel-toned fabrics with stunning necklines and fluttery hems appear gracefully from backstage. There are intricate, handcrafted accessories, such as pearl bracelets and opera glasses accenting the collection. A color-blocked suede jacket in pink with yellow received applause. FAUN’S models walked the runway carrying bunches of Baby’s Breath flowers, staying true to the Faun signature whimsical, feminine style.

With a fresh take on tradition, Chinese brand ERXL X MRHUA MRSHUA presented a quirky unisex collection for fall/winter ’19. The cutest child model led the parade of models in the show. The show, “Silk Road Beijing Beijing,” told a story with ornate embroidery of traditional Chinese symbols and vibrant colors of yellow, silver, red and candy pink. Striking boots, bobble hat-caps , exaggerated ruffles, and quilted fabrics added a modern and unique twist. Designer NiuNiu Chou’s statement was eccentricity at its best.

Canadian designer Kristen Ley showed thick structured leather pieces, glistening silks and opaque organza looks that gave texture to her artistic collection. NAISSANCE, the name of Ley’s label, started as an official Parisian fashion house. The label gave life to classical French couture technique while maintaining modern, avant-garde silhouettes. Her color palette featured deep, metallic blue with Lev’s signature crisp, oxblood softened by whimsical sheer creams. Kristen’s signature sculpting techniques can be seen in a deep purple leather skirt worn with an asymmetrical top with layered, gathered organza. Iridescent fabrics add shadow and light that evokes a romantic escapism for the viewer.

The M.E. fall ’19 collection closed the show. Michelle Elizabeth designs the Canadian brand. Influenced by fashion in its highest state, her line was consciously constructed. One of her best looks was a black long-length winter coat with white edging to panels. It fit the model beautifully with a nipped waistline and flattering cut. A full-length, off-the-shoulder dress with an opaque layer over a digital print with the words “Art” was a showstopper!