There is a consistent theme when it comes to discussion of next season’s collections. From the runways of Paris to New York, the terms “recession” and “fashion” have been paired together as a reactionary relationship. Flying under the radar, a majority of next season’s collections have played it safe with basic colors and materials. From Canada comes Philip Sparks who has not let the “recession” deter his creative vision. Philip Sparks has a tradition rooted in heirloom and bespoke techniques. Inspired by Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”, Sparks has created a collection born out of the wilderness. Utilizing fur, flannel lining and quilting, Sparks presents a rich collection “given a Canadian twist in plaid suiting, intarsia knit curling sweaters and traditional blanket coats.” Forget black as a fall trend and welcome a generation of new designers who refuse to tow the line of design safety.