This season, Indian-inspired evening and bridal wear designer Mani Jassal
took some outfits of her newest line to the runway of Toronto Fashion Week. The Garden of Desire | Erised
collection is influenced by a true narrative written by transformational coach Raz Soos. It 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. This tale transcends into the collection through the fabrics, prints, embroidery, and colours to create a collection that empowers women to love themselves.”
The Garden of Desire | Erised collection displays both floral and geometric prints through embroidery, lace, and prints. It also includes a variety of unique fabrics that combine pattern, intricate surface detailing, and colour. Raw silk is used throughout many outfits alongside cotton, organza, chiffon, various laces, with embroidered tulle, ruffle detailing, mirror decals, pleating, beading, glass tassels, and sequins.
I went to Jassal’s showroom in Brampton, Ont. to talk to her about her collection and experiences as a designer. You can listen to the interview and see images from her showroom below 😘
The entire collection can be seen on the runway on Feb. 27, 2018 at the Berkeley Church in Toronto.