May 1, 2017// Toronto, Canada – As part of an ongoing commitment to support young design talent, NAFA sponsored the graduate collections of two students at Ryerson University’s Fashion Design Program in Toronto, Canada.
For their final semester, each fourth-year Fashion Design student is required to produce a small fashion collection to be judged and graded. The students go on to showcase these designs in a runway show attended by Toronto’s key fashion influencers and major retailers.
This year, NAFA sponsored two students who showed a keen interest in working with fur. With the help of fur designer and Studio NAFA instructor, Farley Chatto, the students produced collections using a selection of dyed and natural wild fur from the NAFA Northern collection.
Aleksia Pavlovic’s collection titled “Depth” was created to inspire creativity and self-identity in individuals. “‘Depth’ challenges the connotation that fur is only used for warmth and is not limited to age, but to lifestyle. There is a piece for every age,” according to Pavlovic in her Mass Exodus Designer Profile.
The inspiration behind Adrian Arnieri’s rainbow-hued “Electric Ladies” collection was historical and current female fashion icons, such as Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian. “This collection is meant to empower women and make them feel unique and confident,” explains Arnieri in his Mass Exodus Designer Profile.