NSCAD designer “stoked” about Fashion Week

Chloe and Parris Gordon from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design will be making their second appearance at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week on March 29, showing their collection for Fall/Winter 2011.

By Mary Cameron

Parris Gordon outside NSCAD where she creates Chloe comme Parris (Mary Cameron photo).

Chloe and Parris Gordon from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design will be making their second appearance at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week on March 29, showing their collection for Fall/Winter 2011.

Chloe and Parris hail from Toronto, but started their company in Halifax in 2009 when both sisters were at NSCAD.

“We’d always known that we wanted to do something together. She [Chloe] was in the clothing textiles program at NSCAD, and I was in the jewellery program. It was kind of like, alright let’s finally do something together. Why wait? Let’s start now,” says Parris.

Chloe designs and creates the clothing, and Parris does the same for jewellery.

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The sister duo made their first appearance at LG Fashion Week in Toronto in October of 2010 when they showed their Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Parris says the two gained a lot from their experience at their first Fashion Week. “We got so much press after that show and so much more recognition, and a lot of people were interested,” she says.

In their Fall/Winter 2011 collection, the Gordon sisters are introducing handbags and backpacks, and hope to expand to footwear in the next two years.

Parris Gordon of Chloe comme Parris speaks about the stress and excitement of Toronto’s LG Fashion Week:

Stressed and excited clip Parris Gordon

Parris says audiences can expect a Fall/Winter 2011 collection that’s much darker than what was shown in October, though they’ve stayed with a lot of the same silhouettes and cuts. “This girl’s kind of someone who’s been sitting alone in her garage for a while,” she says with a laugh.

“The clothing is a muted pallet of black, white, grays and some striped patterns. The jewellery is very bold. There are a lot of statement pieces, and there’s some more subtle pieces as well in there. The looks combined are so killer. I’m biased, but I’m so stoked for this show because it’s such a different and more mature collection than the one we showed before,” she says. “It’s like our girl is going through a different mood.”

Parris says that within the next five years, she and Chloe want Chloe comme Parris to be a more globally recognized brand, selling across Canada and America as well as in Europe, while showing regularly at New York Fashion Week.

As for working with her sister, Parris says the experience is “awesome”.

“There’s definitely this ingrained sense of loyalty there because you’re sisters. You can never part ways and not be there for each other. Chloe and I as well as being business partners, are best friends, so it’s really easy,” she says. “Working together is really great because we can read each other’s minds, and really know what each other is thinking. If I say I kind of like it, she’ll immediately know that I don’t.”

The line is currently sold in two Toronto boutiques, UPC Boutique and The Narwhal. Parris says their goal is to have online shopping available on their website chloecommeparris.ca within the next couple of months.

Chloe comme Parris will show at 5 p.m. on Tuesday March 29th, at LG Fashion Week in Toronto.