This fashion week, the style on the street (or rather, red carpet) outside of the shows was at times even better than what was being shown on the runway. Especially when captured by the lens of our prodigal street photog, Lewis Mirrett. Here are the last shots of what was captured from the last day of shows. Our favourite? The inimitable Jeanne Beker in an embroidered Christopher Kane biker jacket.
All posts under ‘Toronto fashion week fall 2011’
LG Fashion Week might be over, but we can’t stop posting Lewis Mirrett‘s ridiculously juicy looking street photos from outside Heritage Court. Here is just part one of his Friday finds…. stay tuned for the rest!
Designer about town Amanda Lew Kee, often spotted sporting frosty blue lipstick interestingly took her runway bow without her signature pigmented pout (same goes for her models). Does this mean she’s experimenting with a new identity? Compared to last season’s capsule-sized collection, her fall outing certainly showed growth and a certain commerciality. She started with a more sophisticated aesthetic, but the collection lost focus and veered in a different direction. The heavy matte velvet, cut-to-there skirt suit with gold zips looked fresh and wearable, but sheer paneled leggings with soft cardigans, grommeted knit dresses and a hairy metallic dress in caution orange detracted from the more mature appeal. Similar shapes cut in different fabrics were repetitive, no matter how shiny or eye-catching they might be (gasoline-spill iridescent foil aprons included). She seemed to be at odds with who the Amanda Lew Kee girl actually is… maybe this leopard is rethinking its spots.
For fall, Line sent out their signature knits on what co-designer Jennifer Wells described as European settlers from the 1930s. With each model wearing a skull cap and/or headband, the hair was intended to look “wavy and distressed, not too perfect, like they’ve been traveling,” she explained. To that end, lead hair artist Eric del Monaco created bend in the hair using a similar technique he used at Joe Fresh earlier in the week: wrapping sections with a large barrel curling iron from midway down the shaft. A dab of Studio Line Mineral FX Modeling Gel-Cream was then rubbed to give it a slightly weathered look.
After a week’s worth of fashion hits and (multiple) misses, Line Knitwear stood out as a bright beacon of haute. As soon as look #1 hit the runway (floor-length cable dress, crochet shawl and raccoon stole) it was clear that this collection would be a vision of love. Designers John Muscat and Jennifer Wells stuck to what they do best (knits!) but spun this strength in a thoroughly modern (oh-so-covet-worthy) way. Highlights included crochet scoop back dresses, rabbit fur biker jackets, patch work cardis, tweed flare pants, cable crew neck tunic sweaters and stunning vintage floral prints. From the knits to the impeccable styling to the show’s soundtrack, Muscat and Wells proved that they can play in any international arena, but we’re happy that this time around they decided to play on their own home turf.
By Gillian Pryor
Sarah Stevenson is a young talent with one impressive resume. After graduating from Milan’s Institute of European Design, she went on to complete her masters in collaboration with Costume National. Turning down an internship opportunity with Giorgio Armani, the designer chose to return home to Toronto to create her own eponymous line, which she debuted for spring. Showing her second collection at LG on Friday, sweet silk dresses and flow-y maxis were printed in the kind of abstracted and impressionistic swirls she has become known for. Showing the dresses alongside pleated trousers and floral blouses⎯all in a colour palette of purple, cobalt blue and black⎯the collection left us in a romantic dreamy daze.
By Gillian Pryor
As the lights dimmed on the runway for the OR by Angela Chen show, an inky abstract movie illuminated the screens and gave us a hint at the texture that was yet to come, while a slowed heavy-bass version of Bat for Lashes’ “Daniel” played heavy on the speakers. Already the mood was set. The young designer, a graduate of Parsons who has already dressed the celebrity likes of Kirsten Dunst and Chloë Sevigny, proved that she knows how to work those knitting needles. Chunky and loose knits in a strict palette of white, black and shades of purple appeared as everything from body suits to capelets to bustiers. Certainly runway-ready if not quite ready for reality, we’re keeping dibs on this collection (and the talented designer behind it).