L’Oréal Fashion Week officially ends today, but for all intents and purposes it’s already over. While work commitments kept us from attending most events, we’ve been following news coverage keenly and have assembled the following recap.
Clap Your Hands, Say “Meh”
Fall/Winter 2007, as a whole, left buyers happy as there was plenty of “wearable” (also known as sellable), yet less-than-visionary clothes. As a result, the fashion media was underwhelmed. Off-the-record, journalists covering the event grumbled that too many presentations looked unfinished and amateurish, with threads hanging off clothes that looked like they were finished the night before (seams that buckled and hems that didn’t fall straight) and sloppy styling—seriously, café-au-lait coloured nylons with a black and white dress? Come on!
What Will We Be Wearing?
Retro is the watch word for Fall/Winter 2007. The 1920s are represented with long, lean silhouettes and artful touches such as beading and embroidery. High waists and longer skirt lengths evoke the 1940s. And the influence of the ’80s is felt most strongly in the designers’ choices for fabrics and palettes— tweedy greys, jewel-toned satins and gold and silver lamés.
Practise Makes Perfect
The press reserved most of its praise for more established designers, such as 5-year-old label Mackage’s well-tailored coats and—new for them—long, knitted sweaters. Fellow Quebeckers Rudsak also received kudos for having a well put together, polished presentation. Comrags had great collection of beautiful ’40s- and ’60s-inspired pencil skirts, jumper dresses and dusters. David Dixon created some stunning cyber-flapper pieces and Izzy Camilleri’s glam and metallic set was warmly applauded. Of the young designers, Arthur Mendonça worked up the biggest buzz for his architectural and colourful (mixed with grey) collection.
The Glamorous Life
Things have picked up party-wise at Fashion Week. After dark, fashion scenesters flitted about to offsite parties and shows. A throw down between 69 Vintage and Paperbag Princess at Maro and Ukulas in-store runway show have been cited as highlights of the week. There were even celebrity sightings! On top of the usually crop that will show up at the opening envelope (Degrassi actors, reality show contestants and Monika Schnarre), Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida and singer/L’Oréal spokesperson Chantal Kreviazuk were spotted as was America’s Next Top Model‘s Jay Manuel. While a couple of good parties may seem superficial to some, they do signify a certain level of enthusiasm for Canadian fashion, which we need to nurture any scene or movement.
Photo by mishkaoutofcontrol from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.