10/21/2013 09:49 EDT | Updated 12/21/2013 05:12 EST

Childhood tale inspires black and white line of ladylike luxury from David Dixon

TORONTO - A yearning for simplicity inspired by a children's tale was the driving force behind the collection of coats, suits and elegant eveningwear unveiled by David Dixon to close out runway presentations at Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week on Monday.

In his liner notes, the womenswear designer cited a psalm featured in the book "On the Night You Were Born" by Nancy Tillman as a source of inspiration as he mused about recapturing the wonder of childhood. While lines of printed script emblazoned on sweeping dresses within the spring collection offered a direct link to the literary theme, Dixon opted for a more thematic approach to demonstrate the simplicity of the younger years.

Featuring garments exclusively in black and white, Dixon's signature use of intricate embellishments transformed the classic, ladylike garments into luxurious pieces of movable art on the runway. Dixon made ample use of teaming lush materials, like layering a lace skirt atop silk organza, and contrasting sheer panelling on slick, tailored jackets and pants. Fluttering, laser cut petals, feathered trim, hand-beaded lace and leather squares dotted with sequins were among the lavish adornments which added rich texture and visual detail to the sleek tanks, skirts, sheaths and dress bodices within the line.