WIL Studios may be less than a year old, but it is already establishing itself as a label to watch in the streetwear realm.
The Toronto-based brand, which is designed by Eric Richards and Rahul Madan and counts Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar as a fan, presented its Fall/Winter 2018 collection at the RE\SET Studio on Day 2 of Toronto Fashion Week. The packed crowd consisted of streetwear enthusiasts and fashion folk alike.
According to Richards, the collection has a “futuristic vibe” and is meant to embody a “dystopian youth gang.”
“We took a different approach with this collection. Before we used to design the clothes and go source the fabric, this time we did the other way around,” explains Madan. “The fabrics really spoke to us this time, it kind of became utility wear, sportswear kind of mesh.”
One standout fabric in particular? Baby blue latex, turned into a boiler suit.
“We came across the fabric and it just clicked,” Madan says of the design. “Eric and I are lucky enough that when we see a fabric or something like that, we’re usually on the same page. When we saw it, we both knew exactly what we were going to make of it, and it makes it easy.”
Check out the full collection below.