Written by: Shawna Simpson
On Monday, March, 17th,2014, Mikhael Kale rocked the World MasterCard Toronto Fashion Week runway with a show that was ultra-modern and supremely feminine. Layers of organza, folded silk, daring prints, and studded leather, kale showcased a collection that truly dominated FW14 runway. Using both technology and print design, Kale built a collection that featured vibrant colours and played with textured flourishes.
“I approached AW14 with a desire to utilize both technology and print in my designs. Generally, I play with two main components when building a collection,” says Kale. “First, when considering a technique for this season, I was inspired by the folding of napkins. I manipulated organza in order to use it as an embellishment on my pieces. Secondly, I shifted my focus to the prints involved, which also help in bringing a collection to life.”
“For this season, I created a print that was meant to mimic a stained silk napkin,” Kale explains. “To begin with, I played with coloured dye on fabric, instead of paper, and then photographed these pseudo prints. We later used photoshop to manipulate the images. In recent years, inkjet printing has become a favourite print process of mine in the development of my collections.”