My favourite media preview is, without a doubt, Holt Renfrew’s. Twice a year, Barbara Atkin, Vice President of Fashion Direction, travels across Canada to introduce Holt Renfrew’s seasonal collection, key trends and investment pieces. If you live in Canada, you know that Holt Renfrew is the place to go for both established and emerging designers. Always trying to push in a fresh direction, Holt Renfrew’s buyers offer selections for a broad range of ages and budgets. Barbara Atkin walked us through key trends that played a role in deciding their direction for fall.
1) THE GREATS: classics like camel coats, tailored garments, wrap dresses, pointy-toe pumps… (Michael Kors, Celine, DVF);
2) WILD THING: fur, shearling and animal prints (Rebecca Taylor, Lanvin, Dries Van Notten);
4) MARCHING ORDERS: military-inspired tailoring, detailing and colour influence (Marc by Marc Jacobs, Burberry);
5) CRIMSON ALL OVER: shades of red, from crimson to burgundy (Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Victoria Beckham).
1) the 1940s inspired ensemble featuring a lovely Missoni knit cardigan, Holt Renfrew beret, Fendi’s “Peekaboo” bag and Miu Miu peep-toe bow pumps ($685 CAD);
3) the tough-but-sweet look with Balenciaga’s red moto leather jacket ($2850 CAD) and the Alexander McQueen scarf ($325 CAD — and yes, I still love these so much).
Thank you Holt Renfrew and Barbara Atkin! I’m already looking forward to the next one.
PS. Also, don’t forget to check out my ongoing F/W 2010 Trend Report.
Runway images courtesy of style.com. Holt Renfrew fashion show images courtesy of Holt Renfrew.