The week’s “buzz” was more in one well-publicized speech than on the runway […]
EDIT: Should mention that I twittered L’Oreal Fashion Week for EYE as well - lots of fun to be in the trenches with our fair city’s tireless style watchers. Personally, the styles were way more interesting off the runway - in the front, second, third and fourth rows, on those volunteers that buzzed about with headsets, hell, even that random guy from the gsus show in the chicken costume.
I was a bit of an old lady (figuratively and literally) in that I didn’t do any of the parties (was this close to doing the Biddell/Play Dead manion one-two punch) but every evening was spent working on the piece that I was collaborated on for Labspace Studio’s Deconstructing Hip party. Should be getting photos soon, which I’ll be sure to post, maybe even incl the statement and talk about the piece…
Have to say that I really enjoyed the live sets of Times Neue Roman (arowbe wrote a free verse note that totally captures what the vibe was: “broken eagle icharus meticulous exhibition missing crushing magnitudes rushing little dance befriend befriend befriend immense cleanliness concoction options pabst or stella bella bella bella countdown confetti ball falling from the topsy turve swerving…”) & styrofoam ones (they’re having a 7-inch single release party Nov 8 that would be worth checking out, I know I’m gonna pencil it in).
According to Wikipedia: “a large, square kerchief worn by women in the 18th century to fill in the low neckline of a bodice. The fichu was generally of linen fabric and was folded diagonally into a triangle and tied, pinned, or tucked into the bodice in front.”
But let’s be clear on what kind of fichu we’re talking about.
And no, she wasn’t chosen for her bitch attitude towards Miss Elizabeth Bennett. Though I have to say that I’d be lying if it didn’t influence the choice.
Ok, so back to updating on a more regular basis. I was busy with EYE’s Fall Style Guide, which I’m very proud of. I’ve also been working on an installation that will be exhibiting in Labspace Studio's "Deconstructing Hip" art/party/Toronto/East thing. It’s a collaboration between myself and Kevin Mayo exploring the significance of Bob Dylan’s polka dot shirt, post-Newport, post-electric, post-Unplugged. Ze deets: Sat Oct 25! 7pm! $10! RSVP! Phew.
Something that I came across during research for the Style Guide was the City of Toronto Archives' scanned photo collections. If you're looking for inspirations in local past, start searching through there! It's an incredible resource. I was trying to find street shots of Edwardian fashions, and I found some real beauties:
I love how current this could be, especially if you keep the focus on their faces. I believe the woman is working the S-shape silhouette, which came into vogue during the Edwardian era. I was surprised by how opulent the period was - this was pre-WWI, and it was fairly common that women and men would make multiple clothing changes during the day. The floral sprig from the tightly knotched belt is a nice touch.
Pre-Bill Cunningham ppl! Love the Merry Widow hat (both of them, actually).
This was shot in High Park. ‘Girl hikers’! LOLZ. I’m sure they’re all snowed-up for obvious reasons - tobaggoning, playful wrestling. Ok, maybe not the latter. I saw a woman around Bloor and Bathurst today wrapping her scarf like the one in the middle - shaping a collar, tucking it within the layers.
It’s interesting how distinct each of their styles are as well - see the hats, the coats (love the pocket there). I’ve been considering adopting an Andrea Zittel ethos in settling on a weekly uniform (I can neither sew nor wear something for over a month or something, sorry) and these outfits are up for consideration.