The most beautiful week of hell is back. I say this because I do a lot more running around (more mentally than physically) in preparation for Ottawa Fashion Week, but it's always worth it.
To kick off this new season, we had Birds of North America with a beautifully adorable collection with a tasteful refinement. I could totally see myself wearing one of their dresses to the office, then taking a quaint stroll in the park. Definitely a practical collection. Except for the bandages on the models' mouths, eyes, and legs. Excuse the fact that I'm not artsy enough to understand this. Next up was Amber Watkins with a hot swimsuit collection. High-waisted swim shorts and cutouts? Yes, please! I'd pretty much just sit around the pool to show off my swimsuit instead of actually swimming if I owned a piece from this collection. Valerie Dumaine finished up the first set with her feminine collection of mostly neutrals and darling dresses. The structures of her dresses are what impressed me most. As a friend point out, "I could totally see this whole collection at H&M or something".
The second set began with Micalla, a unique jewelry designer. Sparking chains and chunky necklaces caught my eye with their luxurious allure. Next up was Anomal with an edgy collection of structured cuts and daring metallics and patterns. I love how they rock the black, but it was a great change seeing blush tones being added to the repertoire.
UK designer Simon Ekrelius was a crowd favourite with his eccentric collection that featured tinges of orange and red in interesting structures. After seeing his collection, it's no wonder one of his clients included Lady Gaga- this stuff was definitely tastefully weird. Last for the night was Rud by Rudsak who gave us practical outerwear in neutral tones. I could see every one of their pieces being a great staple to any closet. Classic leather and trenches made it easy to fall in love with this collection.
Favourites of the night: Birds of North America, Valerie Dumaine, Rud by Rudsak.
*Photos were taken by me, but belong to Ottawa Fashion Week