Toronto’s L’Oreal Fashion Week F/W 2005 Day 1
In sync with international design trends, many of the FW â€™05 collections included flashback fashions from the â€˜60s and â€˜70s all the way back to the turn of each century with Victorian necklines, empire waists and longer, fuller skirts.
Canadian favorite Arthur Mendoncaâ€™s â€˜Global Gypsyâ€™ collection was more of â€˜70s resurgence as refined beauties sashayed down the runway in billowy peasant skirts, wrap blouses with sashes tied high around necks and waists and the most gorgeous teals, plums and satiny reds. (The Lâ€™Oreal Paris team did a fabulous job of making the models look gorgeous with bouncy hair and impeccable make-up.)
Satin was shown over and over through the week, mostly in strapless cocktail dress form, as was fur or faux fur jackets, stoles or trim; capris and cropped pants and asymmetrical wrap tops.
Other designers such as the popular Denis Gagnon and Ula Zukowska leaned to futuristic styling with carefully constructed yet deconstructed, sometimes unusual creations. At the Gagnon show, imaginative pieces such as trousers with double waistbands and blouses with exaggerated shoulders and elbows caught the attention of onlookers; where Ula Z. used zippers to add detailing to tapered pants with matching turtlenecks. May sound strange but was actually quite cool.
In the end, whether the clothes were reminiscent of an era by-gone or one in the future, they still remain refreshingly new and new fashions are always exciting!