For vintage, Mrs. Huizenga’s stall made you feel like you were rooting through a treasure-filled attic. It was pretty impressive, given the boring template of exhibition booth set-ups. Their collection of plaid scarves, period dresses and leather boots was buzzing with buyers each time we passed by.
We skipped the sample sales and bee-lined over to the ‘Local Designer’ section. Ryerson fashion grad Deena Osborne wowed us with her chunky charm bracelets and sleek dangle earrings. Deena described her deedeebird designs as classic but quirky; “I usually waver between stuff that’s more sophisticated and things that are more rustic and bohemian.”
A.J. Molinari, the designer behind Subect II Change got the feather trend right with her exotic and well-crafted earrings. Cooler still were her hair accessories that let you weave feathers into your luscious locks. The piece works like this: there’s a string with a clip on one end and feathers attached either at the bottom or scattered down its length. The Wild West rock star look these clips achieve has been spotted on such celebs as Ke$ha and Steven Tyler.
While the show was definitely geared toward gals, there were a few stars in the menswear department. Magneties’ silk-screened ties took the graphic tee concept and made it work for more formal affairs. The slim, two-toned neon ties by ayla caught our eyes from across the room. If you’re the kind of guy that thinks less is more you’d appreciate Wes MiSener’s basics. The super soft, certified organic and bamoo spandex fabrics made his understated t-shirts and henleys very tempting to touch.
All in all, The Clothing Show was a great taste of Canadian fashion today. Disappointed you missed it? You can check out some of the digs at (www.theclothingshow.com). There’s also a spring edition coming up. By then, tuition fees and research papers will be a distant memory, and you can focus on looking good.