I’m sure by now that you’ve already read and seen every news article, blog post, tweet, Facebook update, Instragram photo and Tumblr related to Ottawa Fashion Week. But, just in case you missed anything, here’s a simple summary (with links) of our own coverage of the weekend’s most memorable moments.
“Everybody wants to do everything, everybody needs to do everything, and everybody feels that he can. And I’m still feeling that a dancer should dance and a chef should cook and a singer should sing and a designer of clothes should do clothes. Because the moment we try to do everything for ourselves, we’re becoming very mediocre in what we do, and we don’t go to extremes and we don’t touch excellence. And I prefer to touch excellence.” – Alber Elbaz
The quote above is from the very talented creative director behind luxury label Lanvin and taken from a series of interviews from of Style.com’s Dirk Standen, entitled The Future Of Fashion, that I came across last May. I must say, Alber, I do concur. Despite having read the interview over a year ago, it recently came to top of mind after a recent announcement from Elle Magazine regarding James Franco’s contribution to the publication as a fashion photographer. Yes, a fashion photographer. And yes, that pseudo-hottie from those Spiderman movies. Of course, annoyingly intrigued, I took a peek at what the thespian/cinematographer/author/comedian/helicopter pilot..(ok, I made the last one up) had to offer. After a thorough one-minute review, I could only muster up a drawn out “meh” as my final judgement. It wasn’t terrible, but the guy’s no Irving Penn or Annie Leibovitz. This small anecdote leads to the question: Can celebrities truly be Jacks or Janes of all trades?
James Franco (looks better in front of the camera than behind the camera in my opinion)
Last Sunday, the who’s who of Ottawa tweeps gathered atop Byward Market’s Hard Rock Café to celebrate the first ever #Summerlude (hashtag intended). The event, hosted by the buoyant Mary Taggart, editor of Ottawa At Home magazine, was the perfect kick-off to Ottawa’s summer patio weather. The concept of #Summerlude was created by Taggart and originated on Twitter as an ode to the beginning of Summer (much like Winterlude is an ode to the neverending winter). Eventually, through “word of tweet”, the event became more and more popular and the original small gathering Taggart anticipated, turned into the roof-top patio social networking party at the Hard Rock.
Some fashionable tweeps who attended the summer-y festivities included; the gorgeous Lianne Laing (@liannelaing) of ‘A’ Channel Morning Ottawa; Ottawa’s First Couple of Dance, TL & Chris Rader (@DanceWithTLC); blogger Marilou of Twenty York Street (@20YS); Colombian fashion designer Juliana Giraldo (@MIIKALIbyJuli); local fashion it-girl Erica Wark (@EricaOnFashion); make-up artist extraordinaire Melody (@MelodyMkupArt); OFW PR Director Christine Achampong (@coolgirlchris); and pop culture connoisseur and entertainment blogger Kelli Daisy (@kellidaisy)
#summerlude was a fabulous gathering of great Ottawa tweeps celebrating the arrival (finally!) of summer in the city
Last Night, the fashion glitterati flocked to the National Arts Centre’s Panorama Room for I AM FASHION: RIP THE FAB LANE. The event, many of Ottawa’s best dressed in attendance, awarded exclusive showings of Spring/Summer 2011 collections for charity from Canada’s as well as international up and coming designers.
The party kicked off with a fabulous showing of I B I S M (I Believe In Something More) ripping the runway with textured knits, eyelets, lace and daring styling (Scarf and cinched belt as a top? Fierce!). Then things turned lady-like with MIIKALI, the Colombian born designer presenting her first collection in Canada. Silky dresses, ruffled skirts, brocade and ikat-like prints all topped off with beautiful feathered millinery by the designer. Afterwards things got funky with the spunky Geneviève Couture and her VIVI ready-to-wear and bridal collections. Bold floral prints and satin cargos graced her ready-to-wear, while tulle and matrimonial fantasy graced the runway for her bridal collection. The event heated up with utterly seductive lingerie from Lilac Lingerie. The models, with fresh lilacs in their hair, exuded sexiness while ripping the runway in sheer floral prints, bold colours, and of course, black lace. See below for some pictures and video SK took of the show.
Other designers showcased at RIP THE RUNWAY included; frAsh Femme, Mexx Silver City, INMYSKYVVYS, Pride & Ego, ImFresh, and TFR by Gwen Madiba.
Unable to attend? Check out these videos below of the final walk from a few of the collections! For more pictures visit OFW’s Facebook page.