By Laura Kidd | www.thefashionkidd.com
Above photo by Laura Kidd
This past weekend, Ottawa’s most fashionable and outrageously dressed gathered to celebrate creativity, individuality, and fashion. Located at the Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel in Gatineau, Quebec, Ottawa Fashion Week offered guests a marketplace, twenty runway shows and this year featured a new addition called Mirari studio (art and media room).
While some things, like the marketplace and live music, tend to be present every season, there’s usually one new and creative aspect to the event, which runs every fall and winter. This year it was the Mirari Studio. It was simply an art room where each night new types of art were featured and open for exploration by Ottawa’s most stylish citizens.
The main event of the entire weekend was the runway shows. Fromurban jumpsuits with rugged combat boots to diamond encrusted cocktail gowns with sky high stilettos and everything in between, the runway offered a completely unique experience from show to show.
My favourite show was and always seems to be Y.D.N.A by Andy Nguyen. He always surprises the audience and presents unique individuality between each piece. This season, he had the runway wrapped in plastic that appeared black from the seats but was actually aluminum-silver, which predicted the feel of the show. While nearly every model was wearing a small golden crown and an all-black leather outfit, each look was completely unique. Designer Andy Nguyenreally captured the modern day goth.
In celebrating their 10th season, Ottawa Fashion Week provided Ottawa with a fun-filled weekend of artistic expression in all forms – in grand proportion. It was a season I won’t soon forget.