LG Fashion Week Day 3

Waiting For Gaudet



Norm and Gio Gaudet's show opened the tent at Nathan Phillip's Square on Day Three of LG Fashion Week with Audio Bully's technicolour remix of Nancy Sinatra's Shot Me Down.  A wardrobe of outerwear focused on bringing colour and life back to winter. Perfect for the 44th parallel where winter lasts for the better part of the year.
 
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Textile: The key element in this collection, Gaudet used hand pulled felted wool featuring: embroidery, abstract and floral silk appliqués, and a subtle tulle overlay.  Clean and well executed without being fussy (considering all the details).

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Silhouette: A body-con collection in all the right ways. The cut is made for everywoman, but the colour is not for everday. The shape was forgiving and sweet - nipped waists with circle skirts and ¾ length A-line cuts were predominant.

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Colours: canary yellows, powder blues, rust and sepia tones.  The inspiration came from a blanket of wildflowers seen on a visit to Gio's native Georgia.

Style notes: Belts for all!  Dropped hem coats (reminiscent of the skirts in Marni's SS 2008 collection), chain and cluster necklaces from H&M (the chains were a bit Givenchy lite?), and finally liquid leggings and skinny pants that weren't quite skinny enough.  Overall, a collection of beautifully finished coats - though the details in the styling left something to be desired.

Comrags: Our lovely Mess


Coming out of their 25th year - this collection was made for the Comrags girl - one that is never quite right, but is never quite wrong and knows what she wants.

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Textile: The first half of the collection was all about tweeds and tartans. Worn layered together, or over jersey and lace - it certain was a lovely mess.  After all the great separates came the dresses - in beautifully crumpled nylon taffeta.

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Silhouette: Something for everyone.  The silhouettes were the usual suspects: blouses, cardigans, oversized oxfords, shirtdresses, and sumptuous wide leg trousers that added more length to the already lean Amazons strutting down the runway.  The dresses were mainly shifty, though they did play with some volume and nipping of the midsection.

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Colour: The separates at the beginning of the show were individually muted (rust, brown, grey and black), but the colours and textures layered together to create a more interesting look. It was very refreshing to see the jewel toned dresses in the second act of the show (sapphire blue, raspberry, poison ivy green).

Style notes: A great choice in the John Fluevog shoes, ankle socks and undone hair.  Perfectly in line with the natural beauty of Comrags, for the slightly awkward/cool girl who wears her curly hair au naturel.

Andy Thê-Anh: Did you say recession?

Staying true to himself, Andy produced another sleek and sophisticated collection of wearable dresses and separates.

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Textile: yards of silk, velvet, fur, and pounds of Swarovski crystals were used to create the FW 2009 collection, who said we were in a recession?

Silhouette: It was all about the legs - mini skirts, fitted maxi dresses, oversized blazers worn alone, all paired with Swarovski bejewelled leggings (Oh hey there, McQueen SS09)

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The colour palette began in the gold/bronze and brown family.  Chartreuse and more vibrant hits of green unleashed the other colours in the box - with canary yellow, rich reds, and fuschia all mixing with gold and black anchors.

Style notes: obi belts served to highlight the waist and provide a sharpness to contrast all the ruffles, and intricate folding on the dresses.  

Posted by JACQUIE