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Ryerson grad Mani Jassal made her Toronto Fashion Week debut this season, taking outfits from her latest evening and bridal line to the runway.
For her latest collection, The Garden of Desire | Erised, Jassal took inspiration from India and a true narrative written by transformational coach Raz Soos, who helps people better themselves and their lives. The narrative describes the journey of a young woman finding self-love through brokenness, and self-realization through the reflection of another.
“It is about her picking up her broken pieces and completely reinventing herself,” explains Jassal. “A story where an act of vulnerability, a leap of faith, and a journey inward that gives rise to her most beautiful self, ultimately coming into who she was searching for all along,” she said.
“This tale transcends into the collection through the fabrics, prints, embroidery and colours to create a collection that empowers women to love themselves.”
In her latest collection, Jassal displays both floral and geometric prints through embroidery, lace and prints. Jassal incorporates a variety of unique fabrics that combine pattern, intricate surface detailing and colour. Raw silk is used throughout many of the outfits alongside cotton, organza, chiffon, various laces, embroidered tulle, ruffle detailing, mirror decals, pleating, beading, glass tassels and sequins.