The LG Fashion Week Diaries: Day Four
By Karolyne Ellacott
Bustle's sailboat scene (all images by George Pimentel)
Day four began on a high note with Sarah Stevenson’s oh-so-pretty showing of ombre florals. Inspired by the spring flowers she discovered in her own Toronto backyard, Stevenson’s collection — comprised mostly of dresses — showcased both her artwork and digitalized imagery for the prints next to the garments themselves.
We honestly loved everything; we thought that a lilac dress — which had the flowers climbing onto the piece in an X-shape — was a unique use of the print. The only fault would have to be Stevenson’s logo; we don’t feel that the loopy, girly font communicates the maturity of both her taste and skill set.
The designer high continued with a double showing from Golnaz Ashtiani and Caitlin Power, drawing the likes of Nathalie Atkinson, Andrew Sardone, Mosha Lundström Halbert and Deirdre Kelly. Ashtiani’s collection featured a muted palette, with lilac, pale yellow, pale tangerine and washed-out mint being paired with cream and dove grey. We liked the mix of hard (collars, shoulders) and soft (almost-ruffles), and enjoyed her take on the jumpsuit: done in a lilac silk charmeuse, it had a ruffle of sorts that wove its way around the body from one shoulder to the other leg, which made for an interesting silhouette.
While Ashtiani’s collection looked to the past (Roman Holiday was named as one influence), Caitlin Power’s focused on the future, or, more specifically, the first signs of it. Using printed leather, silk chiffon and wool, her collection referenced Blade Runner and Star Trek; our favourite looks included a white leather vest with a cropped front and a black dress with croc-like printed leather and orange piping. We also rather enjoyed a cream silk blouse with orange detailing, which was styled with a gold choker peeking out from under the collar.
Next up was Mélissa Nepton. Inspired by a desert safari, the collection featured much draping and gathering, with a mostly muted palette occasionally spiced with Creamsicle orange. We favoured the black and white looks: a flowing vest-cum-dress in a black and white stripe, and a modern take on the kaftan, done in white with black piping that extended up into a hood. The models were outfitted with clear visors and odd perforated knee wraps, which brought to mind an unsuccessfully-styled Prada collection of the past. If Prada can’t do it, neither can you.
Then came Ken Chow’s menswear line Krane. Last season’s show had models removing bags from hooks dangling from the ceiling; this season saw models hanging bags on hooks protruding from faux walls. Unfortunately the act didn’t translate as well to the space this time around, and the models read as a bit creepy (especially the last one, who reminded us of a certain Austrian who came to power in a neighbouring country in 1933). While the presentation threw us off, we did like the clothes. The suspenders-slash-harnesses — a continuation from last season — were all fantastic; we loved a Y-front one paired with a bow tie. Meanwhile, a shirt and jacket that morphed into faux bags (to sling over the shoulder when hot) drew oohs and aahs from the crowd. Innovative and interesting.
We were then treated to an appearance by the American designer Cynthia Rowley, flown up north thanks to Kellogg’s Special K. While we presumed there would be a runway show, this was far from the case. A wooden speech from Kellogg’s presenter, Monika Schnarre (in which the word "fabulous" was more than ubiquitous) was followed by a seemingly embarrassed Rowley, who appeared for an awkward Q&A session. Three women (who had lost weight thanks to Kellogg’s Special K) took their turn on the stage in ill-fitting dresses designed by Rowley (we presume they ate more Special K after their fittings) before a lengthy photo op ensued, and Rowley slunk off the stage sideways. Hopefully the winners had a bit of fun, because most of us were simply cringing.
After an apparently Arabian Nights-inspired jewellery collection from Caroline Néron, it was time for Bustle. In the crowd we spotted Anwar Mukhayesh of the Designer Guys, Andrej Pejic (sitting pretty in sheer black tights), a Carolina Herrera look-alike, and, of course, Stacey McKenzie.
The show opened onto a sailboat scene, complete with bottles of bubbly and a trio of dancing girls. While the girls took no issue with imbibing freely throughout the show (it was definitely the real stuff), male models paraded a series of elevated nautical looks down the runway. We liked a deep purple suit worn with a black and white striped pocked square and a pale mauve and blue checkered sports jacket. After the seemingly endless display of looks, the obviously drunken troika of girls (one in particular) made its way down the runway to mug for the cameras before Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow appeared. Next time, lose the girls.
The day ended with Vawk by Sunny Fong. Showing both his resort and spring/summer collections, the presentation began with a series of long black dresses with laser cut gold leather. The intricate pieces were all stunning and incredibly regal; a halter-necked version was our favourite. Fong’s spring collection was equally as elegant, moving from simpler shapes to more elaborate ones as the series progressed. A grey V-necked dress with rectangular gold leather inserts made a quiet statement, while mud-coloured suede shorts, which appeared tie-dyed, would make a great transition from day to night. Inspired by insects, the influence was best seen in the closing pieces: a series of swirling dresses in mauves and gold with delicately-patterned skirts.
As the adorable Fong took a bow, day four came to a close.