Toronto Fashion Week: 5 Questions with Mikhael Kale

Mikhael Kale's designs bring all that glitters to the Toronto fashion scene and beyond, a series of collections perfectly complementary of the flashbulbs that often follow his clientele: socialites and celebrities like Beyonce, Madonna and Rihanna.

Like fellow Toronto-based designer Jeremy Laing, Mikhael studied at London's illustrious Central Saint Martins school and worked with brands like Exte and Bally before bringing his highly detailed designs back to Toronto. 

Thanks to intricate beadwork and impeccable fits, high-end retailer Holt Renfrew picked up the designer's debut collection in 2007. He's been expanding on his party-perfect look ever since, offering collections that range from painterly Japanese fabrics embellished with netting and fringe to Harlequin-esque sequinned dresses with folded peplums.

We asked Mikhael the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and WHY of his Spring 2014 collection, which opens Toronto Fashion Week. See his answers below! 

WHAT was your inspiration for the Spring 2014 collection?
It began with Mary Reid's geometric illustrations which lead us to experiment with angles, lines and shadows.
WHY do you love showing in Toronto and the energy at World MasterCard Fashion Week?
Toronto is the home of some of my most supportive clients.  It feels wonderful to be able to put on something special for them.  It also feels equally as great to support our industry from within.  
WHEN people see the collection what do you hope they’ll take away from it?
A piece...hopefully.
WHO is the Mikhael Kale woman and what is she doing on a Saturday afternoon in Toronto?
Makin' it rain...
WHERE do you see yourself and your brand in five years?
Progress and growth are key. That's the plan. 

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