World Mastercard Fashion Week: Day One, Time Warp WMCFW: Day 1 – Mikhael Kale, VAWK, Beaufille, Line, Sid Neigum
We all have a handful of favourite outfits that stand the test of time. It doesn’t matter if they still hang in our closet today or if they are just a vivid memory we recall fondly. Fortunately for me, the first night of World Mastercard Fashion Week was rife with modern takes on some of my old friends. I don’t think younger me would have appreciated the finely detailed work Chloe and Parris Gordon put into their pieces, but I would have been all over the matching separates, backwards baseball caps and shift dresses. From a rusty red to intricate patterns, Beaufille showed that even if each layer matches, your outfit can still have depth and intrigue. The entire collection was effortless and made for the girl that doesn’t give a shit, but looks good regardless because she knows herself. My notes from the show literally say “90’s cool girl.” Despite the fact that I wrote that 2 hours ago I am not really sure what it means. I do know however, they played TLC while the audience was being seated so if that isn’t 90’s cool girl, I don’t know what is.
Line Knitwear was the second show that stole a hanger from my closet of yore. Well I should clarify, I never had cashmere but I was into hot pink and matching separates (an overall theme for this year?). Hot pants, calf length skirts and caplet sweaters played a huge part in this collection and really showed variety in how women can wear knit. The feminine colour palette of pink, cobalt blue and heather grey worked well with the long, lean silhouettes coming down the runway. While I had a hard time imagining myself in a crop top sweater with a body skimming skirt, I could appreciate the fact that with the soft natural fabrics, these pieces would surely feel good against the skin. These shows were poignant for the opening night of WMCFW because they proved that sometimes, fashion can simultaneously take us back and propel us forward.