"It's very simple and we went very unisex. You'll see a lot of resemblance for men and ladies," founder and creative leader Evik Asatoorian said backstage at Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week on Thursday.
Mesh featured prominently in styles for both men and women, with shirts, cropped tops and capris showcasing the perforated fabric. Varsity-style jackets, drawstring shorts and hooded zipfront jumpsuits were also in the mix, while chevron patterned pullovers were donned by both male and female models on the runway.
It wouldn't be a Rudsak show without leather, and the label delivered with pleated skirts as well as vests and jackets swathed in the material. Accessories remain a strong staple of the Montreal-based brand, with crossbody bags, satchels and backpacks paired with runway ensembles.
Save for splashes of red — most notably a boldly hued camo print — the label's spring-summer line was largely devoid of vibrant colours, limiting the palette to black and white with occasional infusions of navy.
Several of the notable front-row attendees at the Rudsak presentation enjoyed the label's edgier take on athleticwear.
"Usually that's not what you see with Rudsak, but I think they did a great job with including some sportier looks, like sweatpants with a little bit of leather on it," said Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier who wore a leather jacket and shirt from the label to the runway show.
"I really like it. I actually told my fiancee: 'Sometimes that's the type of look you'd want to have on a casual day."
"Corner Gas" star Gabrielle Miller enjoyed the sheer dresses in the collection. "I'd probably wear more underneath," the actress added with laugh.
A full leather skirt and vest unveiled in the range were also standouts for Miller.
"Rudsak is always really wearable, super sexy — and this was fun."
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