Dark circus comes to town
Modells soccer cleats nike soccer boots the Calgary native staged his “Cirque Noir” themed fall 2010 collection Wednesday night in an atmospheric vintage furniture store, in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood, on Dundas St. W.
And only a talent like Hardy one of Canada’s brightest fashion stars could bring out the elite of Toronto’s style corps to that corner of the city for a latenight runway fashion show.
He usually stages his shows at LG Fashion Week, but Hardy says that experience feels like, “I’m spending tons of money to entertain peope who don’t buy my clothes,
His almost allblack collection for fall had the feeling of an oldfashioned travelling circus whose band of entertainers had hurriedly unpacked their trunks and mixed and mismatched their finery from different eras for a postperformance party.
They flaunted a mix of textures including fur, glittery tweed, mohair, shearling, leather.
Little black dresses were festooned with rows of fringes some with finely shredded patent leather that, from a distance, looked like feathers.
A fuzzy coat with a mohair sensibility displayed the designer’s skill at draping, with a lapel sculpted into an oversized bloom.
The fur in the show used mostly as trims was recycled from old fur coats.
Not just hacked and reshaped, the pieces showed that Hardy artisanal quality: One shearling vest had black raven and rooster feathers woven among nike soccer boots modells soccer cleats the curly hairs of the fur.
There was plenty of sparkle, too. Some in the form of giant chandelier crystals that hung from ropes of necklaces, other sparkle came from heavy beading embroidered on the bodice of some tops and bodysuits, reminiscent of trapeze artists’ costumes.
Yet the collection avoided the pratfall of looking like it stepped out of the costume department of a Barnum Bailey circus. Hardy nike soccer boots thoroughly modernized the looks, in some cases throwing slimfitting urban leather jackets over some of his delicate dresses nike soccer boots or pairing closecropped tops with slouchy urban jersey pants.
“I thought it was a strong vision, said Barbara Atkin, Holt Renfrew’s vicepresident of fashion direction. “It was in keeping with what I was seeing on the international runways,
But while the designer acknowledged he was inspired by the coffee table book, The Circus, 1870 1950, from arthouse publisher Taschen, he said the show was also a commentary on the state of fashion in Canada.
“I’m tired of how fractured the fashion industry is here. There is a different fashion week in each province, he said backstage, after the show.
Toronto’s LG Fashion Week officially starts Sunday at the Allstream Building at Exhibition Place. But Hardy is one of a growing number of designers who have eschewed the official fashion week schedule and who, over the past two weeks, have staged their own shows in a variety of locations around the city nike soccer boots.