March 13, 2012 1:48 pm

Couture meets Home Fashion – Korhani Home f/w 2012 collection


TORONTO – Mongolian beauties, punk rock piglets and dramatic masquerade models took over the runway to kick-start the first day of Toronto Fashion Week with a show by Korhani Home, who showcased art, design, texture and colour made entirely of rugs.

“My background is fashion and I always thought that home décor and fashion was always the step-sister but I think they go hand-in-hand,” said designer, Kirsten Korhani.

“If you like to dress up, you want to dress up your home as well because it’s part of your personality, so that’s just a way to represent your brand on the runway and since carpets don’t fly, we put them on models to bring that over to our customers.”
The Toronto-based manufacture turned its rugs over to the runway, showcasing a unique collection with unique themes.

Korhani’s first look was inspired by Mongolian beauties and combined textures of wool, shaggy rugs, artistic patterns and accented with neutrals of beige and browns with a flash of pinks, purples and oranges. Carpeted capes, jackets, dresses, vests, ponchos and skirts wowed the crowd.

 A model shows designs for Korhani during World MasterCard Fashion Week on March 13, 2012 in Toronto. Photo credit: Joseph Raphael

“I wanted to show that you have to mix it up with colours and don’t be afraid in your home to accent colours once in a while. You can mix and match everything! What you’re doing with your wardrobe, you can do it everyday in your home as well.”

Glamour-punk inspired her second look along with using piglets of all colours as an unusual pop of accessory.

The models showcased a more rugged look with dark dramatic make up, hair sprayed hair with pink and green streaks, checkered leggings, studded pants, chunky studded heels and heavy combat boots.

“With this look, I take you back to the beginning of the nineties, very rock n’ roll, very risky and very London inspired,” Korhani said.

“Believe it or not, this is more casual… Some people like minimalism and some like pattern so I reduced it a bit and used black and white, colour blocking, two-tone checks, and a combination of crazy colours.”

Her third look was themed, ‘Death in Venice’ and was inspired by masquerades. 

A model shows designs for Korhani during World MasterCard Fashion Week on March 13, 2012 in Toronto. Photo credit: Joseph Raphael

The energy on the runway was dramatic, mysterious, engaging and hard.

“I wanted to show that black is the new black and every tones of midnight blue and green are coming back,” Korhani said.

Her third look was a combination of Victorian floral prints with silky and velvet textures, and regal gold gowns that was dramatic and luxurious all at the same time.

Korhani explains this theme as “the light meets the darkness.”

“The themes I show are something I really want to share with the customers because I think it should be in everybody’s home and not just in my imagination. I want to share my imagination,” she said.

Korhani explains her style as affordably chic with the highest quality materials.

Models show designs for Korhani during World MasterCard Fashion Week on March 13, 2012 in Toronto. Photo credit: Joseph Raphael

“Korhani is accessible and chic for everybody… A lot of fashion is high fashion and not everybody can afford it so I make it so because I think it’s about style and beauty as well.”

As for the future, Korhani says she plans to expand her line throughout North America and Europe.

“Right now, we’re still in the first stages for the next collections… As soon as one show is done, tomorrow we’re working on a new project.”

Korhani’s past two runway shows have wowed style-watchers and it seems she’s done it again for her third time during Toronto Fashion Week’s opening night.

“I think for opening night, it was a nice start to have something new and different and it excludes you from everybody else… My line is not in the competition but still, home accessories can set a trend as well,” she said.


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