Modline 2010 Spring / Summer Show Features Flora and Fauna, Red Jade, Nicole Bridger, Hawks Ave, Hardihood, Dope.Girl.Fresh and Killa
I was meeting a photographer at 7.30pm and as his bus was slack ended up back at Tinseltown Starbucks mediating over an Eggnog Latte and absorbing the irony of the mall’s name during the festive season and the neon lights adding to the impression.
Then making my way back up the deadly silent street, I passed the minutes lightly chatting with the security guard until Mark arrived. He was an Aussie like myself and it was nice to compare notes on Melbourne and the variance between Canada and Australia.
Your traditional artistically bent photographer Mark was slim with auburn hair to his shoulders, light blue eyes and that down to Earth surfer type personality.
We went upstairs where the show was being held to notice that we were obviously early. The crowd was eclectic, young and trendy.
The catwalk was set up, two rows of chairs on either side with A4 paper indicating seating for designers, their posse’s and journalists covering the show. Everybody was enjoying their drinks and the disco ball was shining speckles of glittery light around the darkened hall.
As it approached 8pm I noticed editor in chief of the Modline Magazine Amanda Panes running about calling that the show would commence in “10 minutes, so would you please take your seats.”
My phone rang and I was introduced to Nicole Stewart, Hardihood’s public relations rep, a charming woman who I liked immensely, and who had courteously ensured seats for us. With Mark preferring to stand for photographic reasons at the end of the runway I sat and opened my coffee stained note book.
It hit 8 pm and Amanda appeared to read off the list of designers and introductions to the crowd. The music piped up, the show began and I sat back to observe and take notes. A projector screen opened with a montage of the Modline crew getting the show together followed by Flora and Fauna’s collection.
Flora and Fauna’s new Spring / Summer 2010 line consisted of sustainable and organic fabrics made of soy, organic cotton, spandex and viscose from bamboo to produce loose fits, clean lines, obi sashes and castaway sea-inspired pieces.
Intricate details such as timber and shell buttons with delicate splashes of canary yellows and pale gold and a heavy focus on white, cream, teal, misty blues, navy and aubergine added to a casual yet harmonious ready-to-wear line.
A standout was the Symbiosis Halter Gown sustainably crafted from a bamboo organic cotton blend. Floor-length in classic summer white, the dress features an adjustable strap and pale gold obi linen sash at the back in a Greek-goddess meets Caribbean dreams fusion.
Of the gown, designer Pauline Siu said “The inspiration behind this piece is the symbiotic relationship between people, the earth, and all her creatures. This dress symbolizes the emergence of the moth from its cocoon with the obi knot in the back shaped as the new wings of the creature.”
Red Jade carried the tempo onto a level of accessible luxury and proved why designer Margarita Angelatos won the 2008 BC Fashion week’s Generation Next Award.