Another sporadic lineup of fashion week photos and reviews. In two weeks I swear my posting will be more regular; as of now I'm officially in "end of term survival mode", so things will remain a bit patchy till mid-April.
Already having waited almost an hour for the very late Pink Tartan show to open it's doors, guests were told to stand at the back; there were simply not enough seats for the excited crowd. When the lights finally dimmed and the thrall's whispers died out, the room was overflowing with energy.
The collection was pretty, classic, and wearable, as Pink Tartan always is. The designer paired military caps and round brass buttons with full skirts and knee high boots. Although military for Fall isn't the freshest of ideas, Pink Tartan pulled together an appealing hybrid of dressy and casual, mixing heavy knits with light cottons, elbow grazing leather gloves with utility-style belts. The colour palette was primarily dark and heavy, using primarily black and army green (obviously), with a few classic camo prints here and there. Pops of colour were shown in deep plum feathered skirts and pocketed dresses. Accessory highlights included leather backpacks and ridiculously chunky knit scarves.
The busyness that started at Pink Tartan multiplied by the time the doors opened to Joe Fresh. Anyone who didn't rush the door, invitation or not, wasn't given a seat. Although I was lucky enough to nab a seat, my line of vision to the runway was horrible: again, sorry for the not-good pictures. I also had the luck of being seated behind THE ONLY MAN IN THE ENTIRE ROOM WEARING A BASEBALL HAT; who does that?
Moving on then!
Joe Fresh has made a name for itself as one of Canada's most watched lines, despite the fact that it sells in Loblaws grocery stores. Always bright and cheerful, Joe Fresh is the little-sister brand of the more sophisticated Pink Tartan (Fun fact: the designers also happen to be married).
This season, Joe went with tangerines, azure and ocean blues, mustard yellow, and forest greens. Paired with the ever-so-trendy camel, it was all very city-citrus and fun, but didn't scream fall. The silhouettes were girlish and classic, with short bell skirts and a multitude of mid-length wool coats, which were often belted at the waist. Turtlenecks also made an appearance, as did metallic, sheer and wide-leg (chord?) pants. Accessories were limited to long, colourful necklaces and a few briefcase-like handbags, and hair and makeup was plain jane circa 1970. The obvious must have for me was the mustard yellow landscape sweater; so very prairie-chic.
Help Me Please
Somewhere between shows I actually wanted to see, I got wrangled into attending the "Korhani Home Rug Runway Show". This was literally a collection made of rugs, with pictures of rug patterns being projected onto the giant screen behind and tacky, deafening music to top it off. I wanted to escape. Low points include full length spandex unitards (in rug prints) and body painted men in thongs. THIS is why LGFW has so much trouble being taken seriously.
Please note the girl far right wearing a hooded rug poncho; I couldn't help but chuckle and think of this:
A behind the scenes look at LGFW is coming later this week! Don't change that channel!
Between Shoe and I