Nadya Toto Ready-to-Wear Fall-winter 2008 Photos: George Pimentel

Inspired by the delicate precision of the Arts and Crafts Movement, designer Nadya Toto presents an ethereal collection of hand-drawn prints, hand-beaded tulle and volumetric jerseys. Pleased to show her new work at L’Oreal Fashion Week in Toronto, Toto is showcasing an innovative new line of sweaters with articulated “thumb holds”, while debuting a stunning group of mid-season coats.

“The coats are new, yes, but they continue my fascination with texture,” notes Toto, whose grandmother was a couture designer in Italy. “I’m using a new technique that bonds lace to the surface of wool. It’s fantastic! We also use embroidered boiled wool, astrakhan and some black fox trim. When it comes to coats, I’m a fan of big pockets.”

Complimenting her new outerwear is Toto’s full Fall-Winter collection. There is a hint of modern fairy dust informing her feminine designs, which feature emerald green mohair, black crepe, stretch lace, piped tulle and black bouclé. From lace leggings and cashmere vests to shrugs and wide-leg pants, there are classic pieces and modern updates that build on the signature Nadya Toto look. Volumes are balanced. Details are understated. The focus is on the artful interaction of textures and colour.