While all the gala-goers were eating their dinner, I checked out the tail end of the ELLE Show. I got to try the YSL Touche Eclat, which I am told is their best selling product and really does give a brightness to the eyes.
Rapp Optical had a booth at the show too and they let me try on some of their locally made artisan frames. Rapp does really cool, eccentric glasses with loads of character.
The show was hosted by Anne-Marie Mediwake, who is an anchor at Global News. She looked so beautiful in a David Dixon dress. Before each designer showed, they did an interview on the runway – here is Sonja den Elzen of Thieves being interviewed.
The questions asked included one about which international designers they admired (three out of four designers said Rick Owens, his recent media blitz must be working well), and another about what they would be if they weren’t fashion designers. The latter is a bit of a bitter-sweet question I think. It was obviously a great challenge for the designers to be interviewed on the runway but it was also an interesting way to learn a bit more about them.
I didn’t do a lot of shooting of the outfits but caught a few details, including the ruched tights in the nomadic, tundra inspired Thieves collection.
Gushue Swim opened with some Rio-style carnival girls dancing on the stage. It was fun and bright and gaudy which contrasted with the subdued colours and classic shapes of the swimwear.
At the end of the night, Rita Silvan, editor of ELLE Canada, announced the winning collection – Faren Tami for her futuristic, confident line with its distinctive draped shapes and deep blue colour with yellow accents. Congratulations to all the finalists and the TFI for a terrific show.