March 21, 2011

Eastern Canadian Fashion Designer Spotlights

I recently attended a showcase of Fashion designers here in Ottawa. Some collections made me "aayh" like The Fonz but other ones were truly inspiring. it always amaze for me to see so many local talents in the east side of Canada. Here are the highlights:

Panache
The line of Panache is designed by Emilia Torabi & Jana Hanzel. It is a line catered for business women who is not afraid of color and being unique from the crowd. The pieces are all tailored to show off a woman's curves and embrace the feminist.




Birds of North America
For winter and spring collection, Hayley Gibson, designer of Birds of North America stuck to darker hues such as brown, black and cool colors. The dresses are darker in color but adorable with the subtle cuteness of bows and buttons. The ranched leggings were my favourite.




Micalla
Micalla is all about the bling. The necklaces glitter on the models like Mariah Carey in concert but instead of the pink confetti and the crazy cooing on stage, Micalla uses rare gems and stones for the pieces. A definite better replacement! It's elegant and definitely statement pieces.


ElizBourk
Elise's collection is full of fun colors and it is catered to a younger and vibrant crowd. The items on the runway concentrated on details with a tad of tribal feel which included leather, raccoon tail along with unique tribal designs. It's something I can see myself wear on a laid back weekend.


Rachel Sin
Rachel's new collection consist leg wear and statement jackets which differ from her previous pieces. The new collection is designed for women with confidence and not afraid to be flashy- the gold sparkle jacket says it all. The dresses from the new collection are still shiny, but a different shiny and with more glam than the previous cute and girlie feel.


Nu.
Vicky of Nu is extremely adorable and her pieces are creative and funky with a modern touch as seen also in Montreal Fashion Week this season. This collection consist of "poise & power" which feature some classy dresses, but also some sexy pieces that will grab a room's attention when you wear it.




Adrian Wu
Adrian is one of the youngest designer in Canada but has racked up a list of fashion accreditations. From the collection it is simple to see why. I always feel enlightened after seeing his work as the shape of the dresses are unique and imaginative and every piece is a work of art. Adrian also has a hidden talent of posing the best pictures and I have to learn his pose secrets!




Here are some other pictures, it was always a pleasure to meet Julie from Ottawa Citizen, Hussein the organizer for the event, James from Blackbook, Judy of LoveExpress as well Aaron from Starfish. Special shout out to Ilon from Mansion for the fantastic music, Angie's Models who owned the runway and meeting the beautiful singer Cory Lee.









37 comments:

  1. I love the Birds of North America line. I can see myself wearing some of their pieces to the office. I also liked the Nu line for my nights out :)

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  2. I am more than a little jealous that you were there! but glad I got to live vicariously through you : )

    Thank you for all the beautiful pictures...now can you tell us where we can get these pieces in Ottawa? and price range?

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  3. u always looked stunning! :) great fashion event, loved the creations of the different designers! and lovely photos from the event..

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  4. OOoh, looks like a fun time! My favorite is Rachel Sin and Nu. I'm getting really excited to cover Western Fashion Week, which starts this Thursday! Have fun covering the East Side ; )

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  5. Looks like great time and party! :D

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  6. I wish I had seen the BNA line! It looks like the sort of thing that I would wear around town. I also thought that Anomal Couture was a really great, strong show!

    Definitely agree with you on those leggings- I might have to take some inspiration and make a pair!

    It was great to meet you ;)

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  7. Love the last outfit from ElizBourk! SO nice! : D

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  8. Great overview of the event! Love the designers you showcased. Adrian Wu has impressive outfits, my favorite is the last dress. He'll go super far in this industry. Also, I'm loving !Nu.i, ElizBourk and Rachel Sin.

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  9. Very interesting! I'd love to go to something like this! All of the collections are so unique from eachother.

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  10. You do have the BEST career, ever! Ottawa seems to have more fun than New York. Kind of reminds you of the quote "Brundette have more fun than Blondes". But don't quote me on that though, as I am neither HA. I LOVE Micalla's and Adrian Wu.

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  11. This is great - the Rachel Sin and Panache collections look amazing!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  12. Awesome pictures dear! Love these collections!
    Great post as usual!
    xx

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  13. Great pics - and I LOVE Birds of NA :)

    K.

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  14. great coverage Julie!!
    wish i coulda been there!! xox

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  15. i loved seeing all the lines, danke!!

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  16. Nice coverage from the weekend. :)
    The funny thing from Saturday was that I got distracted with the music than the fashion part. :)

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  17. Sounds like a ton of fun Julie! Rachel's collections just keep getting better, this one is so glam and edgy!

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  18. I like Panache the best but they are all very cool.

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  19. I'm kind of obsessed with ElizBourk now. The colors are gorgeous and the designs are so fun!

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  20. It seemed like you had a good time... the photos of you and other bloggers/ guests/ models are amazing! I always love these kind of photos, there's a touch of closeness around... Gone are the days when you can't be near with the celeb... blogger rules!

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  21. Oh and your catwalk pictures are brilliant! Well done! xx

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  22. Very informative post! Love the outfits that you've featured.

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  23. You look nice in each of your outfits. =)

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  24. All these collections are really nice but I think my favorites would have to be Rachel Sin's and Nu's. And I love your silver/gray skirt combo in the 2nd photo down :D

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  25. I really like some of these clothes! Both as art forms as as every day wear. It's awesome that you get to go to such events.

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  26. Great coverage Julie! You looked stunning all weekend :) Happy I bumped into you real fast. See you soon.

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  27. amazing post cutie! Awesome pics! You looked amazing every day! I miss you already!

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  28. Awww that's amazing that you got to attend so many fashion shows by Canadian designers too! The pictures of you turned out gorgeous. And wow, look at those huge statement necklaces for MIcalla. With the exception of Adrian Wu (at least from your blog post), I like something from each of the designers you took outfit pictures for :)
    It'd be great if you could make it out for a Toronto visit in the Fall. It'd be so much fun to meet you :)

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  29. Great coverage! Wow love Eliz Bourk, was great to see you Julie! You looked hot in that Rachel Sin number! xoxox

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  30. i love birds of north america's structured pieces. xx

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  31. Fun collections, I am loving the Birds of North America.:D

    Thanks for sharing these pictures.:D

    Have a great week!:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  32. i love Micalla's collection!! another favorite is Adrian Wu :) i don't know why, i just feel a lil bit of AMQ and Marc Jacobs when i saw this collection. Adrian definitelly is a promising designer. love the concept of the runway too with the black baloons..

    THE SECRET LIFE OF "D"

    in Love&Light
    Queen D

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  33. Loved Adrian Wu's collection, gorgeous!! Looks like a great time!! xx

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  34. wearable pieces! i like the corset look of micalla, but adrian wu's wearable looks and ElizBourk are my faves here!

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  35. I definitely like Adrian Wu's collection! especially the hair bow's (better than LG's if you ask me)

    PS- you look beautiful!! :)

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