After an opening night of stunning couture dresses and top models, day two kicked off with Adrian Wu (pictured above), who never disappoints when it comes to creating much more than fashion. Adrian was fully involved in the production of this year’s show and had musician Caitlin Comeau Jarvis perform a beautiful version of Moon River as models came down the runway in Adrian’s dystopia inspired creations. Adrian’s known for straying far from traditional. Each dress was made from polyurethane, a moldable foam that hardened on mannequins to create the distorted shapes on each garment. The backless shell style dresses were held up by models as they walked the catwalk with cat-eye glasses and 60’s inspired beehives. The collection’s less than obvious inspiration left us wondering what Adrian’s influences are long after the show.
Evan Biddell (pictured above) started off his show with a video of flowing fabrics and a model falling, backed up with a angst-y instrumental soundtrack. Long flowing dresses with an obvious Asian influence and cocktail dresses paired with cropped leather jackets were all homage to Evan’s past collections. A standout piece in the collection was a floor length graphic dress with a quirky pop-art print.
Eight of Canada’s best up-and-coming designers were selected to compete for the Top 2012 National Final. DUY (pictured above), Caitlin Power, Christopher Bates, Lauren Bagliore, Nicole Campre, Malorie Urbanovitch, and Pure Magnolia battled it out for the coveted prize judged by a panel of six, including Jeanne Beker and Bernadette Morra. With designers from Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and P.E.I, it was clear that Canadian designers have serious talent. Montreal’s DUY, pictured above, came out with the title and will be back to show his innovative designs on the runway next season.
Melissa Nepton (pictured above) paired her pretty and soft garments with short bobs with dyed in fun purple and pink hues, bright orange lipstick perfectly complimented the minimal collection. Melissa’s resort wear collection had a sportswear mindset with taupe and navy stripes and plenty of sheer pastels. The head to toe pajama style is one that has also popped up on Pink Tartan and is the first major trend we’re seeing for Spring, Melissa’s striped robe styled hoodie and trousers hit the mark with relaxed dressing for next season.
The perfect way to end a day of fabulous fashion is with beautiful Bustle models (pictured above) dressed well in safari inspired pieces. The Bustle boys came out with vintage cameras snapping photos of each other and audience members and giving high-fives as they passed each other on the runway. The safari theme came with lots of prints, suitable for a man who isn’t afraid of going for the bold colours and taking risks with style. A few girls were thrown into the show wearing borrowed from the boyfriend looks including button downs and tailored shorts, we one hundred per cent approve of the menswear trend remaining strong!
Photos Courtesy of: Glen Smith & World MasterCard Fashion Week