03/26/2015 12:35 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 05:59 EDT

Klaxon Howl conjures film noir feel and offers modern twist on classic styles

TORONTO - Klaxon Howl remained true to its brand esthetic with references to early to mid-20th century styles in the label's fall-winter line.

Toronto-based owner and designer Matt Robinson said the imagery and lighting in the runway presentation delivered "a little bit of a film noir feel."

While there was a throwback vibe within elements of the collection, the label sought to refresh the looks by delivering a modern twist to classic styles.

"We were trying to deconstruct and play with the ideas of doing things like a double-breasted suit with a sweat top and vice versa," Robinson said backstage at World MasterCard Fashion Week on Wednesday.

"Usually I'm very traditional. I like things a certain way, and it was fun to sort of mess with that part of myself."

Outerwear was a standout in the new range, with slick round-collared jackets and well-tailored blazers, along with refined embellishments like striped accents and leather-trimmed pockets and sleeves.

While the line was largely devoted to menswear, Klaxon Howl offered a selection of separates for women including a short, sleek velvet jacket and a utilitarian coverall jumpsuit.

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