Undercover Womenswear Brands | POUR LUI ET ELLE
The last post in this series saw menswear brands that we’ve discovered and believe are worth your while; this post marks the introduction of brands specializing in womenswear.

A Toronto-based womenswear label, headed by European-born Stephan Caras and son, Kyriako Caras, that communicates nothing but elegance and the softness of femininity. With its design architecture, the fashion house shows an interesting take on the depiction of this quality and draws its inspiration from the femininity that women exude. From collection to collection, the duo has experimented with different aesthetics, but its SS17 “Petiole” collection has stayed truest to its identity – emphasizing the sensuality and feminine simplicity of the self-assured woman of today. Featuring 16 exquisitely tailored looks, the collection saw an array of softer pastel colours and silhouettes you would find in a ballroom event.

Stephan Caras Spring Summer 2017
Stephan Caras Spring Summer 2017
Stephan Caras Spring Summer 2017
Stephan Caras Spring Summer 2017
Stephan Caras Spring Summer 2017
Stephan Caras Spring Summer 2017

Much like Xian, featured in this post, this brand hones the appeal of darker aesthetics to offer “a blend of deconstructed urban style and femininity with tailored cuts inspired by the male wardrobe.” With a variety ranging from loosely fitting blazers and pants to dresses, t-shirts and skirts, particularly its most recent nonconformist collection, KQK – founded in 2012 by Karen Quirion – showcases its androgyny inspired and avant-garde clothing items. The brand embraces a minimalist approach and plays around with fluid and structured cuts, silhouettes, and fabrics to dial things up a notch and whet the appetite of the self-assured woman who values high quality and masculine aesthetic. Simply put, KQK epitomizes a good blend of streetwear edginess and sophistication, and conveys a ‘less is more’ ideology.

KQK Spring Summer 2017
KQK Spring Summer 2017
KQK Spring Summer 2017
KQK Spring Summer 2017
KQK Spring Summer 2017
KQK Spring Summer 2017

A fairly new brand in comparison, Lesley Hampton made its first debut during the Vancouver Fashion Week in 2016, a year after its birth. Drawing inspiration from its First Nations heritage and taking its name from its 23-year old founder, this Toronto-based womenswear brand utilizes statement pieces and distinct choice of accessories to imbue confidence and strength. Not only does this brand design items that give a bohemian vibe, it also actively critiques our already conditioned society and breaks stereotypes revolving around the female body and aboriginal status by incorporating diversity in its collections and showcases on the runway.

Lesley Hampton
Lesley Hampton Fall Winter 2016
Lesley Hampton Fall Winter 2016
Lesley Hampton Fall Winter 2016
Lesley Hampton Spring Summer 2017
Check back for more talent worth discovering. In the meantime, look through the rest of our Undercover series for more brands you may not have heard about. 

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