Holt Renfrew preview, Juma and Arthur Mendonca

Not unlike the predictable cast of fashion victims and wanna-be socialites trolling its front row every season, the opening night of
LG Fashion Week was, as usual, a bit of a hot mess. For most of us the evening was characterized primarily by long cues (checking in, entering the show, leaving the show, entering the next show, etc. etc.) punctuated by even more waiting (no, the shows did not begin on time) and occasionally a runway presentation or two.
Holt Renfrew kicked the week off with its spring preview (There’s No Place Like Holts), featuring key pieces from its stable of
Canadian designers including
Jeremy Laing,
Lida Baday and a sneak peak at
Denis Gagnon’s collection, which is scheduled to close the week on Friday. Highlights included Laing’s balloon-like silhouettes in prints by local artist sensation Niall McClelland, Smythe’s neon colourblocking and Denis Gagnon’s tea party florals.