On Day 3 of Toronto Fashion Week, Mani Jassal presented her Fall/Winter 2018 collection in the studio space of Yorkville Village in association with RE\SET. The Toronto-based designer and Ryerson School of Fashion alum is best known for her handmade garments that are inspired by her South Asian heritage and celebrity following — Ashanti, Nazanin Mandi and Madison Beer are fans! We chatted with Jassal about her inspiration, female empowerment and why showing at Toronto Fashion Week is so special.
Tell us about your latest collection.
“It’s based on the idea of self-love. On the surface it looks like it’s based on a love story, like Romeo and Juliet, but our woman realizes at the end of the story that it’s not a man she’s searching for, it’s herself.”
Why do you think that message is important?
“It’s about women standing up for themselves — enough is enough! Time’s up. It’s time to take a stand.”
What materials did you use?
“In the collection there’s a lot of tulle and tassel detailing. We painted silks and organzas too.”
Why is it important for you to participate in Toronto Fashion Week?
“It’s a dream come true! I think Canada is slowly evolving as a fashion capital. There’s so much talent in Canada, and I think people are finally starting to recognize and appreciate it.”
What’s next for you?
“We’re going global with the brand! We’re going to start selling internationally. I’m really excited.”