Last week I had the pleasure of attending the shOws spring/summer 2014 runway events held October 9-10 at Andrew Richard Design Studio. I always look forward to the shOws because they focus on Canadian designers who work abroad and it’s a rare opportunity to see their collections live on the runway in their home country.
These designers often grace the runways of New York, Paris, London and Milan fashion weeks so it’s a true treat to see!
Day one began with a spring presentation from Bellavance. This NYC based designer presented a lovely collection of Hamptons-chic spring and summer pieces, including dresses and various separates. The collection was very feminine with subtle menswear elements, such as wide pinstripes and belted pantsuits. I loved the flared hemlines on skirts and dresses and the colour palette of black, white, peach and light blue. Here are my favourite looks from the show:
Next, Calla Paris hit the runway with a spring/summer collection inspired by California surfer girls. The collection is super girly with feminine silhouettes and a slight Japanese influence. I adore Calla’s use of colour with everything from bold turquoise and splashes of neon to soft pink and crisp white with colourful embellishments. Some dresses were quite elaborate with long trains and sexy back cut-outs, while others could easily be dressed down with a sweater and sneakers. I love this versatile spring line – here are my fave looks from the runway:
Day two began with London based Canadian designer Steven Tai. I saw him for the first time last season and I was really impressed with his creative textiles and unique texture combinations. This season was no different. Steven presented a much softer spring/summer collection with the same awe-inspiring details. Fabric layering, fusion, pixelated embroidery, laser cutting and more wowed the crowd throughout the runway show and I personally loved the dip-dyed ombre effect using gorgeous pastel colours. Here are my favourite looks from the show:
the shOws wrapped up with a finale from Canadian darling and NYC favourite, Jeremy Laing. The crowds always come out in full force for Jeremy’s shows and the spring/summer collection was no different. This collection included a wide variety of shapes from relaxed and masculine to fitted and draped feminine looks with lots of layering. High-necklines were prominent as were exposed full length zippers and pinstripes. The collection was notably void of colour with the exception of a couple pieces but I like the way Laing worked with the fabrics to make even basic black and white special. Here are my favourite women’s looks from the runway:
Runway Photos by Michael Ho
As always, I had a wonderful time at the shOws and now I’m ready to take on World MasterCard Fashion Week next week! I was also snapped by FASHION Magazine’s street style photographer at the event – always a thrill! CLICK HERE to see it.
Here are a few of my favourite personal shots from this 2-day event:
Stay tuned for more exciting runway coverage featuring your favourite Canadian designers and brands – I’ll be doing my best to post daily recaps from WMCFW!