While I watched the Paul Hardy collection slide down the runway, there was a sparkle in my eye. The same kind of sparkle of excitement I get when I see something unbelievably gorgeous like a Lanvin dress or a Manolo shoe.
Being a former Calgary girl, I have been following Paul Hardy’s career since 2002. Paul Hardy is slowly establishing himself as one of leading designers in Canada. He has shown his collections at Toronto Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week, and, most notably, New York Fashion Week, where Philip Bloch described his collection as “Oscar Worthy.” In 2006, Lisa Tant, editor of Flare Magazine, was quoted saying “He has vision and he’s achieved it at every step.”. And what a vision it is!

Models walked down the runway in luxurious textures that echoed both the romance of European court undergarments and the comforting layers of a mountain sherpa. Sounds crazy, I know, but it somehow all made sense together. From silk lace chemises to safari ponchos, this all-white collection was tied together by the intricate details embedded in the garments. There was not a single piece that didn’t have some delicate little surprise hiding behind its minimalist appearance. Paul Hardy is certainly a one-to-watch and, hopefully, we’ll see a lot more as he expands his line into knitwear under the name of Paul Hardy Kaille.

I’ll be visiting Paul Hardy Studio in Calgary in December and I’m hoping for a little tête-à-tête with Paul himself.

I managed to capture all 34 looks by pure magic.


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