03/13/2012 07:09 EDT | Updated 05/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Design duo Martin Lim channels '60s-era fashion with colour-blocked looks

TORONTO - Martin Lim is sticking to the formula that brought the emerging Montreal-based label to the homegrown fashion forefront last season.

Husband-and-wife designing duo Danielle Martin and Pao Lim were the inaugural winners of the Mercedes-Benz Start Up program for up-and-coming Canadian designers last fall.

In their fall-winter collection featured Tuesday at Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week, there were strikingly similar elements from their award-winning range showcased.

With a nod to '60s-era style, feminine, colour-blocked creations were again prominent, most notably on shift-style dresses and sheaths rich in contrasting and complimentary hues, including lilac, pink, black and ivory.

There was precision with draped detailing, pleating and tucking which punctuated and defined cascading tanks and dresses.

Among myriad feminine creations accented with rippling ribbons and pleats with black piping, there was an ample taste of the unconventional with square cut-outs on jackets and dress hems.

Richly textured jackets reminiscent of brocade with shimmering gold accents and colourful patterns offered an unexpected touch of luxury.