There’s no doubt Toronto has always been a hub for all things cool. Breeding such talent in the music world (do the names Drake, The Weeknd, and Majid Jordan sound familiar?) and fashion (cue Beaufille, Sid Neigum, and the recent CFDA wunderkind Vejas), there’s something about the cold climate that is churning out the most zeitgeist-y of young talent. Enter Spencer Badu. The young Calgary-bred designer seeks to blur the lines between the sexes with his ‘post-gender’ line of streetwear basics. But don’t let the notion of basics turn you to the idea of humdrum ‘basics’ – his pieces were experimental, reinterpreting classic fabrics like denim and cotton, and classic silhouettes, like workman’s jackets, hoodies, and sweatpants, into pieces that are complex, but simultaneously simple. Quarter-zip sweaters were adorned with simple gromets. Sleek leg-hugging sweats in a shade of midnight black (as most of the collection was), had a cardinal red racing stripe. To add a hint of drama to a selection of all black looks – a pair of Pretty Woman red patent boots left unzipped. Mildly tawdry, yes, but sumptuously so. Crisp knitwear was slitted and slashed, leaving pieces of skin flirting with the onlooker’s eye.It was everything you’d expect from a collection of simple pieces – solid knits, great denim, a few great tops – but nothing you’d expect at all. There was a clear momentum and sense of experimentation behind each piece – tapping into the culture, but also very uniquely Badu.