Big Hair or Bust
Last night kicked off World MasterCard Fashion Week. Holt Renfrew, Pink Tartan and Pavoni all took to the runway, so it was an evening filled with big names and big hair (I’m looking at you Pavoni). Holt Renfrew showed first in celebration of their 175 anniversary. Unfortunately they showed their Spring 2013 collection last week, so models paraded down the runway in Fall / Winter wear that is currently in stores. A wide variety of designers were represented in the show including Celine, Kenzo, Canada Goose, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Phillip Kim and Lanvin. The show was underwhelming as many of these designers and brands already have so much exposure that it didn’t feel special or new. I mean, how many Canada Goose jackets can one girl take?
Pink Tartan was next to show and she delved into the world of pastels and geometric shapes. The first few looks were solely dedicated to the girl’s girl. I’m talking bra tops, full skirts that fell just below the knee and bejewelled collars. She used baby pink, mint green and white to play up the femininity of the designs, but some of the fabric choices felt heavy in my opinion. There was an eyelet dress that seemed stiff and the daisy printed brocade was thick and would probably be pretty warm in the middle of July (I always keep body temperature in mind). The collection then transitioned into black and gold. There were neoprene shirts (again, that would be super hot no?) paired with full gold lamé mullet skirts which would work in the evenings for a night out on the town. All in all, this wasn’t my favourite Pink Tartan collection, but I do appreciate the natural approach to makeup and hair – the girls looked like bright young things as opposed to desperate housewives.
Finally the last show of the evening was Pavoni. I won’t lie, I missed this show last year so I wasn’t sure what to expect. When that first shimmery gold number came down the runway I finally remembered why I love fashion week – DRAMA. Aptly named “Le Chateau de Versailles” this collection totally embodied the decadence of its namesake. The lace, jewels, silk and intricate beading was fantastic and received some ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ from the rather subdued crowed. In order to showcase the dresses, the models wore tight French twists which seemed a bit dated and had me wondering ‘how many bump-its does it take to run a fashion show?”
Our first night of World MasterCard Week was a bumpy ride (no pun intended) but I look forward to more shows, more fashion and of course, more big hair.
All photos by Paul Ross & Mirian Njoh for OPIQUE / Top of the Runway