28 August 2013


Our last Summer session has almost come to a close (only one more class!) then it’s back to school and back to reality.  But not to worry, we have a bunch more classes coming up this Fall beginning September 24!

RSOF Fall 2013 Schedule:

  • Tuesdays after school: 4 pm – 7 pm (September 24-December 10)
  • Thursdays after school: 4 pm – 7 pm (September 26-December 12)
  • Saturday mornings: 9 am – 12 pm (September 28 – December 14)*
  • Saturday afternoons: 1 pm – 4 pm (September 28 – December 14)*

As each class is only open to 4 students at a time, early registration is recommended.

*No class over Thanksgiving weekend

Fall Fashion Show — December 17th, 7pm



If you’re new to the school and want to learn a little more about the program, the studio, the director, etc. we will be hosting 2 open houses in September:

  • Thursday September 12, 7pm
  • Thursday September 19, 7pm

Please RSVP to to confirm a seat as space is limited.  And if neither of these dates work for your schedule, contact the school to book an appointment at your convenience.

We can’t wait to see what our young designers will come up with next!



28 August 2013


Minimalist fashion is one of our favourite kinds of design here at RSOF.  A.P.C. (the brand we talked about in our last post) is a perfect example of minimalism.  The process of minimalism is breaking things down to its most basic property  which renders the piece to its most simplistic form. In fashion minimalism is perfectly shown when garments are made with clean cut lines and seams. Also what is often noticeable in minimalist fashion is that there aren’t many patterns or designs incorporated into a piece. There are however are few main colours that are always used in minimalist fashion. Colours like: Black,White and Beige. It may seem easy to achieve a minimalist look but it isn’t, minimalism requires an eye for detail (to be able to determine what is essential and nonessential in a piece) and of course an eye for what is stylish! We have three of our favourite minimalist designers that we want to talk about today:



Céline, a luxurious French brand was founded by Céline Vipiana in 1945. The brand is an international luxury goods brand that is owned by LVMH (a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate). Céline began out as a children’s shoe business that expanded into making women’s shoes and accessories. Their ready-to-wear line came out in 1960. Céline Vipiana was the designer of the brand until 1997. That’s when Michael Kors came in to be the ready-to-wear designer and creative director of the brand. Kors turned things around for the company with “blockbuster accessories”  and a  critically acclaimed ready-to-wear line.  Kors was with Céline until 2004 when he was replaced by Roberto Menichetti.  Menichetti was replaced a year later by Ivana Omazic. In October of 2008 Omazic was replaced by Phoebe Philo. Philo is a British born designer who is currently the creative director at Céline. Philo is also known for her work on the brand Chloé which she left in 2006 (when she was Stella McCartney’s design assistant) to spend more time with her family. Philo helped add “street sensibility” to Stella McCartney’s (the creative director previous to Philo) designs which were popular.  In 2008 Philo was crowned creative director at Céline by LVMH and her work there has been lauded by fashion journalists such as Hamish Bowles, saying Philo had “reinvented the way women dress and transformed a mere house into a fashion cult.”





Jil Sander

Heidemarie Jiline ‘Jil’ Sander was born November,27, 1943. The minimalist German born designer studied at Krefeld and graduated as a textile engineer in 1963. In 1967 she opened her first boutique selling things made by Thierry Mugler and Sonia Rykiel and even a few of her own designs. Finally a year later she founded her own brand, Jil Sander. In 1978 she created her first perfume along with a make-up and accessories. Her sales began increasing  in the 1980’s due to showing her collections in Milan. In 1989 she began opening stores in places like: Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Taipei. In 1999 Prada Group bought a 75% share of her company. In 2000 Sander suddenly resigned as chief designer after having confrontations with Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli. The brand began losing lots of money in 2001. Finally in May of 2003 Sander was returned and was rehired as head designer. She showed her new staple designs which were an instant hit with both customers and critics. However in 2004 she ended cooperation with Prada and resigned from her post yet again due to Mr. Bertelli. Finally in February 2012 Sander returned as creative director after Raf Simmons was released from his position as Creative Director.






Raf Simons

Raf Simons was born in Belgium on January,12,1968. He graduated in Industrial Design and Furniture Design in 1991. He  began working as a furniture designer for many galleries, having previously interned at the design studio of Walter Van Beirendonck. In 1991 Van Beirendonck took him to Fashion Week in Paris, where he saw Martin Margiela’s all white show which inspired Simons to begin fashion design. With the help of Linda Loppa the head of the fashion department at Antwerp Royal Academy, Simons trained himself in menswear and launched his label Raf Simons in 1995. In March of 2000 Simons closed his company to take a sabbatical after his Fall-Winter collection. However in 2001 he reopened his company after making a deal with a Belgian manufacturer: Gysemans Clothing Industry. His following collection gained him worldwide popularity. Since 2008 Simons has collaborated Fred Perry, Linda Farrow, and two shoe companies Asics and Adidas. But before that he was appointed creative director on the Jil Sander label(2005) and Christian Dior (2012).






23 August 2013


Founded in 1987, A.P.C. has been one of our favourite brands for a while now. The founder Jean Touitou is quite the opposite from our last Avant Garde-themed post, expressing a simplified but highly thoughtful line of basic apparel. The brand focuses on being clean cut with a keen eye for detail (matching up fabric motifs carefully at the seams) and using the highest quality materials all assembled with care. Jean Touitou in an interview with CoolHunting has said that achieving a simple look is actually quite difficult. “People think it’s basic so it’s easy to design, it’s much more complicated to design a very simple thing.”

Check out Jean Touitou’s interview:

The best way to understand the beauty of Jean Touitou’s work with A.P.C. is to own a piece of his apparel — you’ll be grateful you did.  From the quality of the workmanship and the materials used, to the perfectly proportioned design details and fit, you’ll love it more each time you wear it.

Here are some of A.P.C.’s past campaigns:

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A.P.C has also branched out into home products, take a look at this beautiful handmade quilt and other home products:

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And the stores are pretty incredible too, take a look!

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22 August 2013


You may be asking what exactly is Avant Garde fashion? Avant Garde in general can apply to music, art , and fashion. Avant Garde means pushing the limits and breaking the status quo of things. In fashion, pushing boundaries can mean through the use of fabric unique treatments, creating an abnormal silhouette, or using technology to integrate moving parts, etc. — essentially doing something no one has seen before.  Here is a little more about three of our favourite Avant Garde designers: Viktor+Rolf, Martin Margiela, and Hussein Chalayan.


Viktor+Rolf is a fashion house that was founded in Amsterdam in 1993 by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. The two met while they were studying fashion at Arnhem Academy of Art and Design in the Netherlands. After graduating, they began to work together and moved to Paris to begin their careers.  Their first collection: ‘Hyères’ won three awards at the Salon Europeen des Jeunes Stylistes at the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie. They mainly specialized in clothing but have expanded to accessories, shoes and eyewear. Viktor+Rolf have even done some collaborations with Bugaboo their most recent one done in 2012. They’ve also collaborated with Swarovski and H&M.

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Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela was born on April,9th, 1957 in Belgium. He studied and graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp) in 1979. After graduating from school he worked as a freelance designer for five years. From 1985-1987 he worked for Jean Paul Gaultier before showing his own collection with his own label in 1989. However in the 1980’s Martin and the Antwerp Six ( a group of avant garde designers who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.) began  revolutionizing the fashion scene with their “eccentric and ground-breaking designs.” In 2008 Martin tried handing over his company to others but they declined. And in December this year a press release stated that he has “left the business.”

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Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan was born in Cyprus in 1970. He is a Turkish Cypriot/British fashion designer. He and his family moved to England in 1978 and obtained British citizenship. He  began studying for a National Diploma in fashion and clothing at Warwickshire School of Arts, and then continued to study Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. His graduating collection titled “The Tangent Flows” which consisted of clothes which he had buried and dug out from his backyard. The collection was instant hit. Hussein designed for Bjork who ended up modelling for him during fashion week in 1995. Hussein was awarded ‘British Designer of the Year’ twice in 1999 and in 2000. He was also rewarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2006. And finally in 2007 he was awarded the Design Star Honouree by The Fashion Group International at their Night Stars Gala.

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These three designers prove that they are continually chasing the distinctly different, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.


20 August 2013


We’ve just begun our last two weeks of our summer program — it’s gone by so fast! Our latest student has just bought her fabric: a beautiful cobalt blue corded lace as the top layer over a navy cotton lining. Today she’s working on her first muslin — hopefully she won’t have too many corrections to make.  Looking good so far!

We’ve had a great run for our first summer fashion program and we can’t wait to begin our Fall courses coming up in September!