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Fashion Week Review

Bernice & Barclay kicked off Day 2 of Ottawa Fashion Week to the beat of Ooh la La!  by Goldfrapp.  An eclectic collection defined by shades of khaki, navy blue, and charcoal, outfits with a definite feminine silhouette with just a hint of edgy sophistication.  Eye catching floral prints in shades of red and pink added that additional touch of  femininity, deep purple florals were also showcased although taking a decided backseat to the Reds. A collection that will be embraced by the more mature woman wanting to make a statement.

Janie McL, a recent design graduate from New Brunswick created a collection for the Fall Winter 2014 season that had us craving vintage office attire. Her suits in shades of  burgundy, aubergine, and burnt orange will brighten up our closets all the while providing that hint of Mad Men style we all seem to crave. This is a collection that allows that hint of style and sophistication to amp up the traditional office wear. Janie McL stayed away from the use of florals and instead let her line shine with the use of plaids, geometric lines and a few awesome new shades,which creates the desire to continue adding colour to our wardrobes.

A kaleidoscope of shapes and colours was what  Joseph Ribkoff‘s new collection brought to us— his graphic prints in shades of black and white with random pops of colour unexpectedly appearing. His classic silhouettes are the timeless fashion pieces that we all want to invest in. The unexpected use of colour amoung the geometric patterns as well as the pairing of textures made these pieces stand out as more than just office wear .  This office appropriate line could easily transition to an after-work party making these pieces very versatile. 

Naike’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection provided a less is more vibe. A simple A-line silhouette was evident throughout the entire collection a minimalistic look that awed many with the simplicity of the pieces. The coats were the showcase of this year Naike’s line.

Jana & Emilia’s Fall Winter 2014 collection it seem like designing a collection that includes both menswear and womenswear is a simple task task. The runway was filled with a multi-facet of textures, patterns and colours. The structured jackets seemed to dominate the later part of their show, adding a more futuristic look to the line.
The attention to detail and varied patterns and textures will make the necessity of wearing a coat almost bearable next winter. ( The surprise appearance of several Ottawa Celebrities added and interesting dimension to this collection)

Serendipity, Kelsey McIntyre’s collection  mesmerized Ottawa Fashion Week and made the cold wintery nights feel a little less dreary. The line had a victorian feel, taking one back to a less complicated time period, The romantic floral prints did what romance is supposed to do, allowed us to fall in love with this collection. Her use of soft shades of blue, pink and purple in both the floral and the plaids were breathtaking. Her combining of patterns and textures in non traditional ways created a collection that almost makes one long for the winter of 2014.

Frank Sukhoo closed Day 2 of Ottawa Fashion Week I was unable to stay around for this one but I was advised it was a far more eccentric collection. It is said that fashionistas  love anything metallic, flashy, and fierce and that is what apparently was delivered.

Ottawa Fashion Week from a stylist point of view was a resounding success, however it was disappointing to see the attendance.  I expected a sold out show but unfortunately that did not happen. Ottawa Fashionistas sit up and take notice, this is a fashion show not to be missed. Canadian designers are ranked amoung the top designers in the world and they are at your backdoor. It is time to show your Canadian Pride