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Designers Nolan Bellavance and Ava Hama bring Bellavance back to The shOws

Bellavance presented its fall collection at the Storys Building in Toronto's Entertainment District last night. Based in New York, the designers behind the brand—Ava Hama, a native New Yorker and Alberta-born Nolan Bellavance—returned for their second season at The shOws, with a collection of sporty-chic separates and graphic prints.

Bellavance FW'14
Michael Ho

Inspired by the "anti-uniform," Bellavance showcased a variety of custom prints and techniques in the collection, the most intriguing of which was the delicate pleating in the 'garbage bag' dress. From graphic chain-links printed onto fabrics, to the masterly pleating prevalent throughout the collection,

Among the dresses and skirts, crop and trench coats also fluttered down the runway. With denim, the duo opted for a more savoir-faire approach this fall, leaving the textile unwashed with slight frays.

In a post-show interview with the designers they explained, "The Bellavance woman really understands investment pieces. So we wanted to replicate that with the denim, leaving the pieces unwashed so that the customers could really wear them in. It makes each piece unique to the owner, because you really live in them."

Think haute sport, like Eugenie Bouchard on her day off.

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