Outerwear is a Canadian runway favourite – with more than half of the year spent in jackets, coats and down filled bombers, Rudsak makes dressing for the colder months something Canadians can look forward to. This season’s Fall/Winter collection showcased mixed fabrics and textures, with pops of neutral colours alongside the stalwart black attributed to the Rudsak name. “I think the technology has evolved. It’s easier to mix different fabrics and different hardwares onto the basic outerwear garment. I think people want that – as long as it’s not too much”, says Asatoorian backstage after the show.
The downtown cool aesthetic proffered by Evik Asatoorian’s fashion label was still very much an integral part of his latest collection. This wasn’t your shearling and chunky knit red riding hood approach to winter garments, you’d be more like the big bad wolf wearing one of Asatoorian’s creations – and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.
The collection’s strength was in Asatoorian’s adept mixing of fur, leather, patent leather, nylon and wool in more ways than the standard ‘fur collar’ on a leather coat. Here cropped leather jackets had fur pockets, vests and half-bodies, done tastefully stunning and not in that ostentatious Kanye West manner. Details also came in the form of quilting and patent leather piping on shoulders. A nylon coat with mongolian fur running down the front, accentuated pointy shoulder pads and padded sleeves was a runway gem sure to fly off hangers in-store, and the down-filled nylon packable jackets in a burnt caramel shade were superb for a prospective Canadian winter.