The scene: the modernist Waterfall Building designed by world-renowned architect Arthur Erickson, just off of Granville Island on an Indian summer evening. The event: the media presentation for Standing Armed, a fledgling label by Ryerson alumnus Lindsay Walsh. Standing Armed debuted with a capsule collection for the fall/winter 2011 season, and it's returning with a full collection for spring/summer 2012.
Guests gathered in the light-filled gallery to converse, mingle and admire Standing Armed's sophomore collection, which, according to Walsh, is inspired by Morocco and gypsy culture. Bold colours, prints and textures combined with modern cuts for clothes that were on-trend and wearable. The devil's in the details, and there were plenty of details to love here: white crochet lace, luxurious silks, bright coral and chartreuse, sophisticated tan-and-black prints, summery maxi skirts with corded and tasseled drawstrings.
Aside from checking out an emerging designer, it was a pleasure seeing new and familiar faces.
Congratulations and best wishes to Standing Armed!