Pavoni brings “couture” glamour and old Hollywood fierceness to Toronto Fashion Week
Toronto Fashion Week’s night one closing show was Pavoni, a self-described “couture” clothing line out of Montreal. Following the socialite-packed Holt Renfrew show, most of the big-name divas had packed it in, but we did spot CityLine’s Sanda Pittana, Vanessa Mulroney and makeup artist and hair stylist Rob Weir (he’s worked with confirmed ice queen Anna Wintour) on the front row. Our take on this series of embellished gowns after the jump.
The clothes, drenched in glitter and sequins and tulle, are what little girls holding tea parties probably imagine they’ll wear every day as grown-ups. The Pavoni woman is a very frilly kind of feminine—the kind who never takes off her four-inch stilettos and prefers cosmotinis over brewskis. On sight, it’s quite clear that these aren’t the kinds of dresses you wear to pick up the kids from soccer practice. Gowns were studded with delicate beadwork, rosette appliqués and ruffles—some were so over the top, they looked like figure-skating attire (especially one red silk mini with sequins), and many others resembled something befitting a Disney princess (like a fitted ivory sequined number with mermaid-tail tulle bursting out from the knees). Our favourites were the more demure frocks, like the beige mini with cap sleeves, the floor-length gown in champagne (just our fancier way of saying beige) with full-length sleeves and the high-necked white gown with full sleeves (all covered in sparkly sequins and beading). The gowns were all dreamy for a certain woman, but perhaps the best way to explain the show is to quote our seatmate, Fashion magazine’s Randi Bergman, who tweeted: “couture glamour fierce female old Hollywood fierceness with a glamorous twist fierce.” If you don’t have a gala ball to attend, Pavoni is not for you, but if you want to outshine everyone else in the room (literally), their wares warrant a closer look.