03/24/2015 11:11 EDT | Updated 05/24/2015 05:59 EDT

Narces brings playful prints and whimsical touches to eveningwear

TORONTO - Narces brought the party to the runway with a new collection punctuated by playful patterns, cute cocktail dresses and fanciful frocks.

"There's always an undertone of not so serious, have fun with your eveningwear, enjoy what you're wearing," designer Nikki Wirthensohn said backstage at Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week on Tuesday.

"This was kind of the height of being whimsical and ... bringing out the sense of humour, I guess, in how you can dress."

Red lip prints dotted on sumptuous short-sleeved dresses were the perfect embodiment of the collection's flirty, feminine and formal style fusion.

The vast spectrum of designs encompassed everything from flowing baby doll dresses to body-hugging sheaths.

Full-length dresses were richly adorned with swaths of strategically placed sequins, lace and embellishments. A luxurious jumpsuit was also showcased in the range.

The new line featured a palette of black, ivory, gold, silver, red and a combination of black and ivory in organza, lace, laser cut satin, stretch knit, mesh and tulle.

Wirthensohn said she was inspired by the work of Japanese artist Sachiko Kodama's ferrofluid art.

The process involves the use of a liquid (ferrofluid) that becomes highly magnetized with the presence of a magnetic field and forms a moving sculpture.

"We've got lots of dresses where the body is kind of forming that magnetic field."

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