Ally: We’ve been writing this blog for three years. In three years I have yet to physically make it to an Atlantic Fashion Week event. Why?
Year One: I had just given birth – excusable.
Year Two: First year of daycare brought a year of illness. Add asthma into the mix and you’ve got an overprotective mom that doesn’t often leave the suburbs (read: never).
Year Three: I was going to make it this year, I really was. Until I got a sinus and ear infection and had to go on two rounds of antibiotics. It was all I could do to make it through the work week.
Thankfully, Halifax is lucky to have photographer Brent McCombs, a specialist in fashion photography. He’s offered up his photos of the events to fashion bloggers for use as they see fit. That’s ridiculously giving.
L-A was able to make it, so she can give first-hand commentary. My thoughts are drawn from a delicious afternoon of gazing over Brent’s photos while sipping two cups of coffee. El Jeffe and Toddler G were taking a “nap drive” through Peggy’s Cove. I know, I’m a lucky gal.
I’m quite sad I missed the New & Emerging Designer showcase. There were a couple serious standouts.
I mentioned last week that I need to devote an entire post to my love of southern style and music. This will make the cut. Nothing says, “I’m just mixing y’all some sweet tea while bumping Rascal Flatts” like this number. The colour is gorgeous and fits the softness of the BEC Fashions outfit perfectly. (Editors note: As I wasn’t there, I’m not 100 per cent sure that this is a BEC design. Please, readers, school me if I am wrong. Brent was going to review the photo and confirm. I probably should have left it out if I wasn’t certain, but I loved it too much. SWEET TEA!!).
Paging Taylor Swift (and I mean that as a compliment). Brought to you by Blue Ladybug.
The Designer Showcase, attended by L-A, was incredible. I have to say that we’ve been watching Veronica MacIsaac for the past three years and each year she keeps getting better and better. She’s taken a solid concept and been able to expand the idea each year. There were a number of outfits I loved at AFW, but this jacket I need to own.
Same goes for this pencil skirt.
L-A owns nautical on this blog, which is why I am nervous even talking about it. I’m sure I’ll say something wrong. If I were to transform into L-A one day, besides having an awesome social life, I would also sport this dress from CRANKY.
Wait though, check out the back…
You feeling me?
One of my favourite shirts is from Orphanage, and this might need to make it into my closet to sit alongside.
I think the most fun (and you’ll have to ask L-A if this was the reality) would have come from Sebastian Couture’s segment. It’s no surprise that this long, embellished tutu-skirt made my heart swoon.
I did have to laugh at this shirt from the DrunkGurl collection…
Clearly, you do not have children.
L-A: I’ve actually been going for the past three years. ALONE. (Okay, not entirely. Jo joined me for a show and Ben and Jill were there for a night last year). But that’s okay, because it means I get to see all the fashions in person. I missed Thursday because I had some work commitments, but I wasn’t going to miss both nights. I tried to take my own photos, but I’m going to use Brent’s because (a) I was sitting in a second row and got lousy photos; (b) Brent’s a professional, so even if I had been in the first row, his would still be better than mine (I’m okay with that. We all have our talents. I can draw pictures of cats in photoshop and tie cherry stems with my tongue. Not everyone can do that).
Anyway! The fashions! I decided to chat about them by theme. Because when I watch a fashion show, I like to think of occasions I can possibly wear the item on the catwalk.
Sometimes when you watch fashion shows you think, “do they even know how real people dress?!?” And other times, you’re like, “I would totally wear that to work tomorrow!” These are some of the latter.
Dreamboat Lucy recently won the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up and it’s not hard to see why. They had some serious designs.
Put a jacket on it
Veronica’s tartan jacket (it had tails!) from Ally’s half of the post also falls under this category. While Miuccia Prada is convinced by trousers, I am convinced by jackets. You will always up the outfit when you add a jacket. If you dress nice, no one notices that you stayed up all night writing a paper or drinking or whatever. They’ll just think you look awesome. It’s also a great way to look sharp if you work in an environment where jeans are okay.
Drinks with your entourage
Don’t front like you don’t have an entourage. I’m sure you do. I’ve got one. Well, it’s more like a mutual admiration society/if one of us makes it big, the others ride the coat tails to the top. We can also call it cocktails with the ladies. Also appropriate for a work cocktail function.
Fancier cocktail times
For those fancy cocktail parties that we all totally go to all the time. Or like to think we do when we buy cute dresses and glitter shoes.
As a side note to this dress – I think this was the most wearable collection by Drunk Gurl. Well, wearable by my 30+ standards. I’ve always thought some of John Michael’s shorter party girl clothes could work on girls much younger and with better legs than me.
Oh yes. The movie coming out is totally going to make fetch happen and I am on board for it. I vote we start making bathtub gin and lobby to have a 20s themed party on George’s Island (not unlike the Governors Island Jazz Age Party).
[Edit: I had mistakenly labeled the above dress as Cranky. Apologies to Amy Negus, it was clearly unintentional. We don't have a fact checker and shit happens when you're writing late at night/have had a long week at work. Ideally, I would have gotten it right the first time, but like I said, shit happens. It's been fixed.]
Not what real teenagers wear these days, but what the Angela Chase loving teen that lives in inside of me would dream of wearing…and may still wear.
Let’s go to the beach
Summer is almost officially here and we’ve had a pretty decent spring, so I’m on board with anything that looks beachy and fun.
Unlikely to ever have the occasion to wear, but still awesome
Unless you’re Daphne Guinness or you attend galas on the regular, there are few opportunities for most of us to wear these. But we can still look at them and love them.
Overall – AFW was awesome this year. The designers totally brought it. And thanks again to Brent McCombs for making his pictures available (you make us look so much better).