Another Fashion Week Wraps Up
Selections from the Pink Tartan Fall 2008 collection, all photos Natalie Gooding
Well, we bid adieu to yet another Toronto Fashion Week at the end of last week right before Good Friday. Thursday’s shows aimed to impress and, for the most part, they did. The shows were packed (no “feel free to move to the front row” messages to be heard, much to my dismay) to check out GSUS, RUDSAK, Paul Hardy and Pink Tartan. Before I head into the dirty deets, I have a few Fashion Week observations I’d like to share:
- The entire cast of the new Degrassi could probably have been pieced together over the four main days of Fashion Week. Note: this isn’t a complaint, I’m just sayin.
- Canadian celebrities aren’t really actors and actresses so much as on-air personalities.
- Everyone loves a good neon piece.
- Spectator shoes are this season’s Kanye sunglasses. Actually, who am I kidding? Kanye sunglasses are still all the rage. And bright yellows are fresh and pretty, so invest in some.
Onto the shoes. I mean shows. Sometimes I just automatically type shoes.
Kudos to the dedicated fashionistas who cared enough to stand in the back and sit in the aisles to shoot each show with their point and shoot cameras to record fashion as it happens. They wore some of the best outfits, too.
You’ve already heard about the funnest show at Fashion Week: GSUS. What about the darkest? I’d say that prize goes directly to Paul Hardy, whose weird show kinda freaked me out a little. You might say I don’t know from fashion, but the models looked seriously worried, maybe for the one girl whose shoulder blades jutted out independent from her body. What happened to that whole “models shouldn’t be emaciated to the point of skeletoninity” (yes I made up that word) movement? I hope it revives itself soon.
The RUDSAK show was an extension of the Spring 08 show. A lot more of the same: beautifully crafted coats with leather detailing. Bubble jackets also made their debut and they were quite nice. Of course, you’d have to be rather thin to wear them or you might end up looking like a marshmallow. Again, just sayin. Over the knee boots and platform heels aren’t just for strippers anymore – thank goodness, cause I’m really short. Rouched leather jackets were very desirable… to me (if anyone wants to contribute to my leather jacket fund, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Pink Tartan show, which is always the most difficult show to get a seat for at fashion week, featured dark, black and more dark. I saw Kimberley Newport-Mimran right before the show and she was delightfully calm and put-together, wearing all black and looking casual. Punk was definitely an influence – the models all (all) wore Docs (that’s Doc Martens for those of you who didn’t go to high school in the 90s). Doc Martens sponsored the show, which explains why every model was wearing them. Still, the Docs went well with the dark punk look of the show and they’ve been seen all over the fashion world in the past little while. So, grab your old 20-hole Docs and stick them over a pair of impossibly skinny pants. For those ladies who lunch who’re worried that your old friend Pink Tartan won’t be wearable anymore, you can rest assured that there were plenty of pretty pieces that you wear some of those patent platform heels with.
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