Posts Tagged ‘Caitlin Power’
As I listen to Afefe Iku’s Mirror Dance, I’m transported to the Caitlin Power Spring ’14 runway – the scintillating beats and pulses took us on a fashion safari; the clothes a corporeal recollection of a hot, Caribbean summer made for the metropolis. “Everything on the islands from the music, the colours, the culture, and the people, influenced this collection,” says Caitlin, who found her inspiration for Spring in Saint Martin at the Women With Purpose Global Summit.
The possibilities are endless. Nighttime reveals latent dreams of couture and high heels. In my mind, it’s the spark of excitement – dressing up to go out like a transformation from monotony to fantastic. I asked myself who I wanted to be that night. A lady with lots of secrets. A leather dress that stuck like a second skin. A disguise. A reprise, even. For I’ve been here before, acting out a venomous slither of long legs and black lashes through the night.
Taking photos around Tribeca after the Sass & Bide show on Tuesday, at The James Hotel rooftop, finally, and earlier, kicking it around Grand Central Station after the jam-packed Diesel show – which we didn’t get to see thanks to Kanye West’s ego taking up five seats – we had to watch from outside the Vanderbilt Hall due to overcapacity regulations. But like I always say when things don’t go quite as planned during Fashion Week, “there’s always next season”. Sass & Bide was spectacular though and I must say my futuristic outfit proved for the perfect street style photographs. I’m wearing a leather Caitlin Power dress, Nella Bella Morelle Clutch and Dolce Vita shoes with transparent heel (on trend). Metallics, plastics and leather. A high ponytail is the only way to complete this look. And of course, a cupcake from famed Magnolia Bakery. Read the rest of this entry »
The CNE has been really good to us media folk this year. Although I couldn’t attend the preview last week, myself and a few of Toronto’s prominent fashion peeps (Amanda Lao and Caitlin Power; Julio Reyes and Daniel Desforges of Fashionnights.com; Marcus Kan of Draw a Dot; and JR Bernstein) took advantage of the $5 after 5pm deal earlier this week – which is open to everyone, not just media. I am alive to write this post because I did not eat a cronut burger (although, Marcus did and I haven’t heard from him since). I opted for a good ole hot dog and funnel cake, strawberry with soft serve, only. Of course, I had to dress the part with my homemade denim cut-offs, a PINK skull tank, cap on backwards and an Alviero Martini knapsack (to keep it Eurotrash, obviously). Had so much fun we’re going back again next week!
Bright-eyed, bright-lips and a radiant smile that doesn’t flinch under pressure, Caitlin Power is the woman of the hour. Her fast-forward path to success is blazing the trail for androgynous womenswear and this season, she proffered her winning aesthetic to menswear. “I’ve always been inspired by men’s shape and tailoring. I felt now was the time. I mean, I wanted to do it last season but I think it was better that I came out with a strong womenswear collection first, to show Toronto what I can do. Now it’s about honing my craft”.
Photography by JR Bernstein.
I had been looking forward to Thursday, Day 4, all week. Firstly, Caitlin Power revealed her FW2012 collection with a special surprise: menswear! Yes, even you stylish boys can get in on her futuristic, structured aesthetic. Secondly, I had planned to wear the Ostrich feather skirt by BLAQUE LABEL, with the black sheer bodysuit and Jeremy Scott x Linda Farrow wing sunglasses all from REmix Clothing Co. The perfect addition to my outfit (aside from the infamous sock bun!), was the deep red Florence bag by Nella Bella. I’m so happy that Tarek and his team gave me this bag to wear to Fashion Week – it was like a cherry on top. Its got all these neat compartments (something NB bags are well known for) that made it so easy for me to have all my essentials right at my fingertips. I felt like a pretty princess all day long. What do you guys think of my outfit?
image: a la mode annual Xmas postcard. The fashion illustration is done by Lisa Nishimura and is inspired by Burberry Prorsum FW2011 collection and the fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood.
12 Days of Eurotrash Christmas Giveaway – Every year fashion director of Ukamaku.com, Marcus Kan, enlists a talented artist to conjure up an illustration, springing from a particular Fall/Winter runway collection. Last year it was Alexander McQueen, this year it’s Burberry Prorsum. Receiving one of these postcards is the ultimate holiday treat. The design is kept secret and possessing the postcard is equivalent to being part of some hush-hush fashion circle. Or at least I’m going to equate it to that – you know us eurotrash, always so recondite.
So, in keeping with the secrecy, I’ve decided to reveal each item in the giveaway one-by-one over the span of the next few weeks before Christmas. The first item in the gift bag is a $50 gift card courtesy of Ukamaku, who so generously agreed to let the lucky winner shop online using the one-time discount.
I met Caitlin Power around this time at the Spring 2011 Toronto Fashion Week; only last year her show was at The Drake – off-site and after-hours. Exactly one year later she showed her Spring 2012 collection to a jam-packed audience, on site, at the official LG Fashion Week tents. So what? That kind of growth is scary. You know what else is scary? How mind-blowingly brilliant her 2012 collection was. As I watched each look sway and turn on the catwalk I became more and more certain of one thing: “She nailed it”.
This was my outfit yesterday. I wore a royalist of blues, wool bustier designed by Caitlin Power. Fashion blogging and such aside, she is a personal favourite. Her clothes appeal to my penchant for architectural structure with a hard femininity. The peplum bustier from her 2010 collection anticipates the peplum propagation on runways all over the world this season. Visionary, driven and a joy to talk to I’ll be featuring an entire write-up on the designer first thing next week including what she said to me just minutes after her show at LGFW and photos of the breathtaking collection.
I mean, her said collection was inspired by Blade Runner – how can you not love her?