11/04/10 8:34 AMMantastic fashionPage 1 of 2http://www.nationalpost.com/story-printer.html?id=2779584
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Jenny Lee, Canwest News Service
During Vancouver's recent Fashion Week menswears was the bigstar of the catwalk."Men are becoming more fashion-forward," said men's showcaseco-producer Karolina Jez. "We thought it would be fair toshowcase men a little bit more."There was plenty of emphasis on women's fashions, of course, buttwo Canadian menswear designers in particular, Steve Picciano of Malicious Manor and JasonDussault, are making a name for themselves internationally.Steve Picciano, designer and creative director of Montreal-based, three-year-old Malicious Manor, iscelebrating his brand's first foray into the U.S. market."We got into Metropark in L.A., a chain of stores that's across the U.S. They placed a test order. If yourcollection checks out, you're in business. Very good business."Picciano brought his first full collection of "dirty rock glam, rocker chic with a sophisticated twist"shirts, hoodies, woven shirts and denims to Vancouver Fashion Week."We are still very rock-edgy in terms of treatments, washes and destruction to the garment, but we alsomix it up with clean lines in terms of the silhouettes, the shirts. A mixture of both worlds."Picciano, 34, was majoring in psychology when he found himself following in his tailor father'sfootsteps. He studied fashion at the International Academy of Design in Montreal and worked atParasuco before going out on his own.Malicious Manor is available in about 30 stores, primarily in Eastern Canada. His T-shirts retail for$40 to $60, and hoodies range from $80 to $130.The move into the U.S. was precipitated by website inquiries from the United States, Picciano said, buthe held off while the economy was faltering.