Loreal Fashion Week

Denis Gagnon
The collection was made up of tunics and
dresses which were draped over the modelssome
pieced together in concentric circles, and
some hand tacked to create a braided texture.
The dresses were quite complex, and
thus the accessories combined with them
were simple but bold. Some of the models
showcased red thick spiked bangles and curved
wood necklaces. On their feet were huge (six
inches high!) red wooden mules, which the
average woman would likely never be able to
walk in but the models managed to do so with
grace. One surprising element to this particular
collection was that there was quite a bit of
colour, which is not typical of the designer.
The models started off in black and grey, but
as the show went on some models were seen
wearing dresses in bright shades of red and
fuchsia that were really very stunning.

Afshin Feiz
The 26 piece collection shown at L’Oreal
fashion week is dubbed “Sometimes You Just
Have to Let Go” and was filled with intricate
feminine pastel chiffon dresses and breezy
suits comprised of ruffles- and sometimes
combined with chains to give a bit of an edge.
In accordance with the show’s title, the ruffles
were meant to represent the flower, and the
chains were societal judgment. Towards the
end of the show, the dressed features less
chains which is a metaphor for “letting go”.
The pieces were all very unstructured and
flowed well and most fit his typical pretty and
light style.

The designer made an excellent impression
both through his collection and through his
strut down the runway at the end for which he
wore a “kiss me, I’m Canadian” t-shirt under
his blazer.

Jason Meyers
By Sakina Khawaja

The designer’s youthfulness is no doubt
evident in his collection. Showing in the
Studio room, the show commenced with a
model in a micro-mini black outfit. The raw
silks, laces, frills and ruffles were a beacon
of hope for the lack of structural strength in
design. As a runway event, the models were
pretty, feminine and made the outfits look
complete.

The collection boasted pretty silhouettes
in the likes of graceful gowns, bubble dresses
(somewhat reminiscing club wear). Loud
yellows, teals and more splashes of colour
were a great ambience but not quite sufficient.
Jason Meyers should elaborate his concept
of grace and emphasize on improving his
structural strengths.

Karamea

Eva Bowering, FW

Karamea by Michelle Turpin offered a very subdued energy with regard to the spring/summer
collection for L’Oreal Fashion Week. Keeping with the trend of pastels and tye dye effects on
metallics, which (like jodhpurs and harem pants) are one of the most over used trends for the
season. Turpin used very feminine forms with daydream colours. Creams, off whites, and pale
purples were the popular use of colour against her black backdrop. Some maxi themed dresses;
as well as full skirts were featured through out, as well as subdued black and white floral prints.
High lighting models variations of shapes, emphasizing focus a long the neckline. Suit jackets
were also a feature in Karamea’s runway show as well as many variations of the little black dress.
With crisp design on silk and cotton materials. Karamea offered a very casual affair, with blouses
and cardigans with a very pretty secretary vibe. Dresses were the biggest stand out in Karamea’s
show, with the rest having been rather uninspiring. Turpin is known for her very feminine take on
clothing, and simplicity which is the underlying focus in this collection as well as the few in her past.
Despite not being very avant-garde, the New Zealand born designer manages to succeed and her
collections do seem to be maturing.

Nada

Sherehzad Bawany, FW

Nada Sheperd’s Greek-inspired show
began with a halter satin print gown and was
closely followed by a modern day going-tobattle
tank dress made entirely of closely-knit
discs. As the models entered through two
Greek columns, the brass-inspired discs and
metallic studs in their outfits caught the light
and set the stage for war. The accessories
were heavy and chunky playing with the
theme of Athena.

There were flashes of teal, green, and
gold, that are held up by braids in every
possible manner. The finale was Taryn
Davidson floating in a magenta-coloured
gown with twisted sashes around the neck
and sleeves. The collection overall successfully
maintains its Goddess-like elegance with a
touch of fierceness

Zoran Dobric

Lora Maghanoy, FW
The Dobric runway was commanded
by sheath dresses that vaguely showed the
feminine silhouette. The designer’s frocks
boasted such details as asymmetrical
hemlines, embellished necklines, tattered
edges and almost paint brush-like patters
on silky, satiny fabrics. But Dobric didn’t
constrict himself to just pretty dresses – he
also offered up well-tailored ankle length
pants and jackets with ruched sleeves.
For Spring, Dobric utilized a creamy
palette of greens and blues with the
occasional burst of a bright tone. Overall,
the collection was pretty and relaxed, but
perhaps required a tad bit of edge.

Rudsak

Lora Maghanoy, FW

The Rudsak show proved to offer up the best
in leatherwear…but really, what more have we
come to expect from them? Spring 09 looks very
black and white, literally, as those were the two
shades the designer chose to work with almost
exclusively. But we can’t oversee the bursts of
pink, which helped brighten up the collection, and
remind us that the pieces were indeed intended for
warmer weather.

Bodybag by Jude

Sherezad Bawany, FW

The collection began with models
stomping out in their two-toned red
shoes and carrying red Coleman lamps.
Bodybag’s infamous herringbone pants
had to make an appearance, this time
with more bunching. Screen-print skirts
were ornate with big red flowers, adding
a bit of feistiness to the office look. Aside
from the random tennis player outfits,
strapless dresses were cutely paired with
ruffles, red belts and small side hats. This
pleasant looking collection ended neatly
with a series of loose-fitting knee-length
dresses that left the crowd with an airy and
comfortable feeling.

Mellinda-Mae Harlingten

Lora Maghanoy, FW

The Vancouver-based designer showed a
relaxed collection with comfy separates, made
largely of jersey, commanding the runway. With
wide leg trousers, fitted jeans, pencil skirts matched
with cardigans and plenty of feathers in their
hair, Harlingten introduced a sort of bohemian
romanticism that was both charming and fun.

Thien Le

Lora Maghanoy, FW

Le kicked off his show with a video montage
observing the natural progression of nature and life
in general. What followed was a nod to all things
exotic as the designer offered ombré prints, animal
print and metallic detailing. The collection, filled
with A-line dresses, wide leg trousers and oversized
hats, was perfect for any exotic adventure you have
planned for spring 09; think “Jackie O on holiday.”