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technique that is anything but run-of-the-mill. Trained in menswear in both Canada and the UK, he started his career as a men’s tailor for the Shaw Festival in Ontario. T is lead to a 15 year run in the performing arts, designing for numerous productions including the Hollywood fi lm T e Sentinel. Majtenya turned his focus to couture-


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inspired women’s wear ten years ago, although his cinematic past is still evident in the self- directed short fi lms that he uses to open his fashion shows. His designs can be described as sophisticated, sexy and elegantly tailored, featuring bright and bold prints. Admitting his inability to draw, his creations do not start from a sketch, but rather from the texture and complexity of fabric. T is is then furthered by random inspirations from life, including skydiving, police car chases and, as seen in his autumn winter 2011 collection,


anadian-born, London based designer Andrew Majteni’s unique personal fl are is evident in his bold pieces and free-association design


the intricacies of the binding and spines of early 20th century books in the British Library. “I am fi nding more freedom in London then Toronto”, he says, “London is stimulating and I like the energy here, it is quite dysfunctional but that alone can be inspiring”. For autumn winter, Andrew has taken to


producing his own bespoke prints. T eses geometric and psychedelic splashes of bright greens, blues and reds provide an unexpected twist to the rest of the pieces, which include; wide-leg trousers in sober colours, trapeze and yoke mini-dresses and beautifully tailored coats and blazes. “T is season I’m experimenting with more attention to prints and adding a bit more femininity to the collection via long, sexy, silk dresses”, explains Andrew. Majtenyi seeks to further build his brand


by eventually launching into accessories and producing a menswear collection. www.andrewmajtenya.com


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