Wear Else/FLARE Magazine Fall Preview Event

The event

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
The show

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.


  1. What a lovely event!!! Looks like you had so much fun!

  2. What an opportunity! : ) glad you had so much fun!!!

  3. Looks so much fun! I wish i could be there :P

  4. i love sheath dresses oh so much.

  5. you look so pretty! what a neat event!

  6. You look great, I am really liking the sound of this collection!

  7. Isn't it so much fun to attending fashion events and being around people who as obsessed about fashion as you are? lol :)
    Love the dress- it's a show stopper:)


  8. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!
    I WISH I HAD A CHANCE TO COME OUT TO THE SHOW! but I was completely swamped with stuff to do so I wasn't able to make it out! boo! But it looked like a great show and that you had fun!


  9. thanks for the great coverage of the event, esp the fall trends! not sure if I'm "hip" enough to pull off balmain-esque shoulders though! great pic of you and ms. tant though, love the print of your dress!


  10. Eee you're so lucky to have met her!


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