Archive for March, 2011
With towering heels and fur coats aplenty, LG Fashion Week’s Day 2, Tuesday, March 29, 2011, was a monstrous success. Canadian fashion’s power couple, Kim Newport-Mimran and Joe Mimran were both set to show their respective Pink Tartan and Joe Fresh collections.
The push and shove to get into the Pink Tartan show was proof that this collection was not to be missed. Immediately, the audience could see that the Fall/Winter 2011 collection could easily be called, “Lieutenant Tartan” for its heavy use of military references. From structured wool double-breasted jackets to Top Gun-inspired khaki jumpers, the theme was an overt one. Many outfits were paired with thick leather belts complete with asymmetrical shoulder straps, including a shiny camouflage, strapless evening dress – a definite highlight.
The collection used khaki greens, olive hues and bursts of purple – a much needed surprise. The multi-pocket cargo blouses mixed with puffy tulle skirts had great movement and with all those pockets, will surely serve in functionality. Ostrich feather skirts and long black leather gloves brought this military chic collection to a whole other rank.
The Joe Fresh label of affordable clothes was vibrant and bright, which will excite fashionistas everywhere during the sometimes-drab winter season. Joe Fresh incorporated electric blues, bright whites and oranges into a 60s-inspired collection featuring oversized jackets and mini skirts. The higher necklines and minimalist styling helped showcase how basics like the white button-down shirt, can go a long way. Skinny jeans with a shiny gold hue paired with a thin orange belt and neutral wool shirt are a must for any girl on the go.
One concern would be the use of a spongy, almost wet suit-like material used for a collection of jackets, skirts and dresses. I’m not sure how that will translate to consumers but it’s certainly something to check out.
Stay tuned for more runway coverage.
Photos courtesy of Monique Wiendels.
It was none other than fashion icon and legend, Jeanne Beker who greeted the crowd at the end of the catwalk, officially kicking off LG Fashion Week on Monday, March 28, 2011. Holt Renfrew opened LG Fashion Week with their “Can’t Live Without Canadian Fashion” runway show featuring Fall/Winter 2011 samplings from various designers. The show itself opened with a Justin Wu directed video showing Holt’s employees and designers lip-syncing to the song Taking Care of Business, referencing this year’s LG Fashion Week theme, The Business of Fashion.
Todd Lynn’s creations were the first to burst out on the catwalk. Luxurious, yet wearable, the chianti red cap-sleeve top and matching draped skirt were a huge highlight, especially with black ruling the runway.
Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, the design team behind Greta Constantine showed us great hooded jackets, paired with black leggings. The collection used soft fabrics and classic fall colours.
Denis Gagnon, the edgy, creative designer showcased a mix of black and pastel looks, featuring leather caplets with a surprising use of tulle.
Pink Tartan was as elegant as ever with added luxury apparent in ostrich feather skirts and black leather.
Jacket gurus, Smythe, gave us a slice of Canadiana with their fun take on tuques and furry boots to stay warm – a glimpse in the life of apres-ski fashionistas.
Lida Baday’s collection of tweed and mix of green and dark brown was a chic way for any woman looking for simple, easy winter dressing.
Twenty Cluny played with shiny fabrics with an almost wet feel- which was only highlighted by the damp-looking hair of the models.
A Canadian fashion favourite, Jeremy Laing did not disappoint with his collection of velvet dresses and a mix of rock’n’roll meets glamour. We were lucky to view the entire collection earlier this year at New York Fashion Week.
Photos courtesy of Monique Wiendels.