Jean-Pierre Braganza plays with purple and brings the puffy shirt back for fall/winter 2012
The last day of fashion shows in Toronto finally came yesterday, and after a grueling almost-three weeks, the editors can now shelve their Longchamps and Louboutins and settle into sweats and sneakers. “The ShOws” at the Ritz-Carlton presented Jean-Pierre Braganza’s collection (the only designer to return from last season) to a busier room than Monday evening. Since “the ShOws” are more designed for the media than the socialite crowd, we noticed the usual suspects: Flare’s Liz Cabral, Glen Baxter, the Bay’s Nicholas Mellamphy, the Globe and Mail’s Tiyana Grulovic, editor David Livingston and Now’s Andrew Sardone. The funniest moment came when Livingston booted a bunch of very fancy-looking ladies from his seat (don’t worry, they still managed to find a front row spot).
Braganza’s collection was a study in purple, seen in lilac, plum and aubergine skirts, tops, dresses and legwarmers (yes, they’re back, apparently). Sleeves of sweaters were shaped with a ballooning, almost-padded silhouette, a look we also saw at Arthur Mendonça and Caitlin Power’s shows—we’re not sure if the style works for the average woman, but it certainly added drama to otherwise normal sweaters. Our favourite looks were a knit gown with sheer sleeves, a series of cropped sweaters (though one better start hitting the gym now to be able to pull them off come fall) and a mullet skirt with a full zipper. We weren’t fans of the sequin-spattered sweater, an ’80s throwback we could have found at any Value Village, but the fabric worked better in smaller doses on a dress with a sumptuous fur jacket on top. Sure, it’s been a month since his show at London Fashion Week, but every designer can always add another positive review to the pile.