Pavoni landed on my radar last season. I never actually saw the show only the video review and that was enough to be kicking my own butt all over the tents. But this season my schedule didn’t allow for me to get into the tents to see this show on the opening night either, which I accepted with some sadness but accepted nonetheless. I did however have the gift of a live feed so I was able to watch the show from start to finish. Of course I wasn’t disappointed the collection was flawless and gorgeous shimmery and effervescent. Everything that I have now come to expect from this design team. The colours were kept simple, tans, blacks and gold with a pale sea-foam green thrown in, in places. Lace in both black and metallics added some sex appeal. The evening gowns were red carpet perfection and would hold their own with many of the designers we see worn on the carpet during award season. Then there are the Ball gowns; there is no other designer currently presenting during fashion week who does a Ball gown like Pavoni yeah I said it! Check the pictures they say it all….
Photos courtesy of Mirian Njoh for Opique
If you have been following my blog and reading the coverage from the past seasons you will know that Korhani is a home furnishing company that has been presenting at Toronto Fashion Week for the last few seasons. To their credit they have been out doing some of the conventional designers. Specifically in their execution, and style of show that they present. As such they have quickly become a must-see show.
This season was no different, except that they had the daunting task of being the show that opened Fashion Week. Now having seen the previous two seasons from Kristen Korhani I knew that this show would be unique, that there would be as much show as there would be fashion and there would be a surprise; I was not disappointed.
The Korhani home collection took us around the world and back again. Their opening section featured Oriental inspired looks from the hair and make-up to the styling; imagine a carpet kimono. Who but Korhani could do that? We were taken to Mongolia with a quick stop in Russia before we were dropped smack dab in the middle of London at the height of its punk revolution. I know I’m telling you what happened but all of this was done with carpet if you can believe it. Finally we landed in Venice at a masquerade ball where the tapestries were not hung on a wall but were worn by the guests. The show was marvelous. Inventive and as exquiste in the design and detail as I expected. Oh and the models coming down the runway with the pot belly piglets didn’t hurt either..that was the surprise.
Check out the pics below…
Photos courtesy Paul Ross for Opique.com
The Joe Fresh show took place the day that I decided I didn’t want to brave the elements or the crowds to venture downtown. I know I missed an awesome collection but I have the pictures for you so you can be the judge! I also found video of the collection from l’oreal Canada, they give us a behind the scenes look at the beauty for the show as well as a short interview with Joe himself on what the inspiration for the collection is. So check out the video and then look at the pictures!
Video courtesy of L’oreal Canada
Photos courtesy P Ross for Opique.com