While they were few in numbers (only a handful of designers were on display this season), Canada’s notable fashion names offered an array of strong shapes, colours and inspirations for LG Fashion Week S/S 2010 thanks to some home court advantage.
Dust off those paperback novels ladies (and boys, ahem): get ready for a Spring collection that makes us believe in love again–or at least in sexy-and-stylish trysts! Throw on one of Nada’s latest little numbers and you may find yourself simply entangled in a steamy love affair with the Harlequin romance gent of your dreams (if he just happens to be lounging bedside in your estate home somewhere in Neuilly-sur-Seine).
What, you don’t have an estate home? Pfffft.
Sky-high bouffants, pearls, ruffles and lace: Nada showed us how to channel our inner rebel Marie Antoinette and as always, made us rethink our current closets. Ah, so you doubt that come Spring you’ll be wearing a silk pastel flower print jumper? But, Nada says you will. And while some of the pieces gave fashion critics a déjà vu kind of feeling (read: plastique trench a la Sonia Rykiel’s Spring 2010 collection) Nada did what she does best, offering an original collection along with the dark and brooding aura we’ve come to anxiously expect from her.
The model-off-duty style that Alexander Wang has so effortlessly perfected, also appeared in Pink Tartan’s latest collection. And the interpretation? Well-heeled ankle boots, Robin Hood felt hats, leather shirt-dresses, some sporty gaucho-length bicycle shorts (read: Marc Jacobs), and a dash of sparkle in mini skirts and Happy-Hour-ready frocks. Nautical stripes made it into the mix as well: a cardigan here, a loose-fitting tank there–but all of it barely thought about (or that’s what Kimberley Newport-Mimran and her expert stylists want us to think, sneaky, sneaky).
Call it a success: it was as if the collection was given to the models 15-minutes beforehand, and the girls just picked their favourites. And there’s no such thing as effortless style dear readers (throw that into the myth box along with the Tooth Fairy). African inspired jewelry by Dean Davidson also helped put the finishing touch on the collection.
With star walkers like Canadian model Tara Gill trotting down the runway (she also walked for Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier this Spring), Pink Tartan‘s collection was just a peak at what the cool kids will undoubtedly be wearing when the weather warms up.
For Canadian outerwear and accessory purveyors Rudsak, this Spring season was all about showing off a lot of skin.
Like leather. Get it? Get it?
Anyway, while Rudsak presented a Spring collection set to outfit style mongers come April, we all sat in our seats thinking about immediately dashing backstage once the show was over to purchase a few of these little leather and suede numbers wholesale and straight off the runway (or at least I did)! Rudsak showed shorts and tapered pants with 80′s inspired cuts, large lapels with studs and utilitarian pocket details. They also churned out long coats and bomber jackets in ebony and a spectrum of high hues. The palette included blood orange, pewter, purple, dove grey, emerald and blue.
And with a sexy revamped website (thank-you models) you can see the looks on-figure, now.