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LGFW, Spring 2012: Day One
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
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.
Up next was
Juma—I was one of the lucky few who made it into the presentation before the doors were sealed with apparently many an invited guest stuck on the wrong side of it. The unisex collection featured brother-and-sister design duo Jamil and Alia Juma’s signature custom prints from smoky black-and-whites and multi-colour striped knits to psychedelic tye-dye wrap dresses. The featured accessory was the scarf—many of which were displayed draped over the heads of several otherwise naked mannequins placed throughout the room. The models later posed with them, natch.
Two shows in and I was already exhausted but I couldn’t leave with seeing
Arthur Mendonca’s follow-up to his much-lauded return to the runway last season (even if it would start 50 minutes late). According to the release the collection was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s portrayal of Cleopatra but when the lights finally came up it was clear spring would be all about power dressing. There were plenty of dresses, florals and float-y cover-ups but the best bits were lifted directly from the menswear. Think tweed suits, electric blue tuxedo jackets, metallic blazers and an uber-slouchy suit paired with gold oxfords. Not exactly Cleopatra, but sexy all the same.
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