Last Tuesday, stylish women from across the city gathered at Wear Else in the Park Royal Shopping Centre for a fall preview event and fashion show. The event was co-sponsored by FLARE magazine and hosted in part by FLARE's editor-in-chief, Lisa Tant. Guests chatted as they sipped on wine and cocktails and nibbled on appetizers.
Looking elegant in a one-sleeve silk dress with a bold floral print, Ms. Tant kicked off the evening with a presentation summing up the major trends for fall/winter 2009, rife with runway photos and illustrated examples. The trends she cited included:
- strong Balmain-esque shoulders
- neon brights
- the colour red
- statement necklaces
- denim leggings
- bold, architecture-inspired shoes
- over-the-knee boots
Wear Else showed quality fall classics that would transition from this season to next year without looking too dated. Ladylike pieces such as wool jackets, 3/4 length wool coats and sleeveless sheath dresses graced the runway, accessorized by high-heel boots (some over-the-knee) and oversized slouchy handbags. Scarves added a jolt of colour. Although dresses featured relatively conservative cuts, a slightly higher hemline, and bold florals taken straight from the art world, lent a more contemporary vibe; these were dresses that would transition into fall well with some leggings or tights and a pair of boots or T-strap heels. Indeed, it was the accessories and little extras that stole the show: legwear, highly covetable boots, bags, chunky necklaces, and a sparkling cocktail ring.
Overall, there was nothing shown in clothes that I haven't seen before, but then again, in a stagnant economy filled with skittish consumers, classic pieces that aren't overly trendy will always be a solid investment.
All photos except the one below by Peter Jensen. This post also appears on Stylefinds.
P.S. By the way, did I mention I got to meet Ms. Tant after the event? She was so gracious and kind, she even signed my September issue of FLARE.