By: Shawna Simpson
In a short span of time, Anu Raina has made quite a splash in Toronto’s Art & Fashion circles. With a B.Tech in Women’s Wear from the prestigious London College of Fashion (England), Raina graduated with top honors from the Textile Program at the Sheridan College. She was also selected as an Artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and saw her work exhibited at the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
The Textile and Clothing Designer unveiled her debut clothing collection at the Toronto Fashion Week in 2010. Since then she has been featured in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, CBC Radio, Breakfast Television and several mainstream fashion publications.
Raina’s inspiration for her prints comes from her innate urge to give an expression to her thoughts and experiences that came with the journey of her life. The permanence of these memories lends a certain timelessness to her pieces. She works at a very subliminal level in layers, both visually and conceptually and her work tends to be original, artsy and chic. She was also nominated by the Ontario Colleges for the 2012 Ontario Premier’s Award for outstanding achievement by recent graduates.
Anu Raina, Showcased this seasons collection during World MasterCard Fashion week. Know for her prints, Fall/Winter 2014 was filled with rich hues and fabulous tones, inspired by the designers first Fall in the city ( she is originally from Kashmir, India). Each of her prints brought out in the collection, dissected Toronto’s neighborhoods such as Parkdale and Yorkville, spun a beautiful piece of the city’s sky line and even included hints of leather, sheer tops, and retro shapes. If it’s not obvious already, she’s defiantly one to be watching out for.