Marking the unofficial start of World Mastercard Fashion Week, The ShOws recently held court as a rare chance to catch Canadian designers who’ve moved on to bigger ponds. This week’s lineup included a buzzy guest list of such icons as Bellavance, Calla Haynes, Vancouver native Steven Tai and Toronto’s own Jeremy Laing, who really had it going on for Spring/Summer 2014.
Claiming notes of “90s summertime reminiscences,” Laing embraced what he calls a “street-but-sweet R&B influence” that included tone neon jumpsuits, ponchos and Bermuda shorts for spring. Colourful swirly prints engulfed billowing blouses and maxi dresses, while a key palette of pink, tangerine and baby blues were mashed together like a sickly sweet candy-store binge.
Some looks screamed athletic apparel to me, while the long blue outerwear kind of gives off a hospital gown (or even prion jumpsuit) vibe, amiright? Elle Canada has gone so far as saying Laing’s “Spring 2014 line felt disjointed, veering from structured, bodycon pinstriped numbers to Dexter-style raincoats in one fell swoop.” Hmmm…
The raincoats can only be described as a “Hell no” and I’ll also agree with Elle’s bodycon criticism – will this budget trend ever leave? Meanwhile, some of the more urban-influenced garbs simply looked like they’d been jacked from Rihanna’s closet, but one thing that was both pretty and wearable was the draped, fan-printed dresses, featuring a kaleidoscope of colour reminiscent of the NBC logo. Both dewy and fresh, I think this print was probably collaborator Julia Dault’s work – truly the star of the show – while I was also kind of digging the earthy tones of the geometric maxis (also her fabric design).