Margarita Angelatos walks the runway at the end of the Red Jade show.
After seeing Red Jade designer Margarita Angelatos win the Generation Next competition at BC Fashion Week last year, I was especially keen to see what she had up her sleeve for spring/summer 2010. The collection she presented at Vancouver Fashion Week definitely did not disappoint. Separates ranged from highly structured to loose and flowing, but always featured some interesting detail that drew the audience's eye, making it linger over a drape here or a row of snaps there, a certain pleat or a well-placed button. It's hard to believe, but this luxe-looking line is eco-friendly and made from natural materials such as hemp, organic cotton, silk, and linen.
By sticking to a minimalist colour palette of cream, white, gray, yellow, and black, Angelatos created a cohesive collection where the pieces worked well with each other or by themselves. There was a lot to covet, from the high-waisted shorts with buttons down the front to Red Jade's wearable version of the harem trouser. Surprisingly slim-fitting throughout the leg, high-waisted, and gathered through the ankle with a row of snaps down the side, this is a pant that would pair well with an architectural statement heel.
I can't decide which piece stole the show: the double-breasted coat with oversized black buttons, which drew admiring murmurs from audience members sitting next to me, or the abstract print maxi dress with touches of gold in its fabric.
All photos by Yvonne Chew.