Best in show

Click here for a video of the 2014 NSCAD Senior Students’ Fashion Show.

Having taken in a multitude of East Coast fashion shows over the years, I can’t help but reflect over presentation and execution. While all of our local shows seem to be improving on an annual basis, the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design’s (NSCAD) Senior Students’ Fashion Show on April 19 made a striking impression on me.
Taking place at the Port Campus, the show was presented in a bright gallery space and seemed to go off without a hitch. The program simply stated each collection and there were no introductions or speeches. The show spoke for itself and, since it was flawlessly executed with great timing, choreography and music, this was all that was needed. To be honest, each collection impressed me by varying degrees but here’s a peek at a few of my favourites.
Kate Rothschild’s The Drowning Girl’s Tender Relics was a ethereal vision of floaty white frocks of sheer panels and flowing hemlines. This collection was dreamlike, tragically romantic and a little bit haunting.
Maggie MacCormick’s For Her collection may have been my favourite. Retro inspired looks in navy and peach had a kitschy, fun aesthetic and I adored the cut-outs, pantsuits and mod flared jackets.
Hanna Broer’s Sunday Morning was a delightful array of soft creamsicle coloured sleepwear that any woman would be delighted to wake-up in. Silky nightgowns, short shorts and delicate onesies in shades of blush, peach and soft yellow paired with eye masks rounded out this luxurious collection.
One of the closing presentations was Anthony El-Cid with jewellery from Paul Rizzuto’s collection, For Always. At this point, I felt transported to a big city fashion show. High necked gowns with dramatic fishtail trains, lacy peplums and edgy statement necklaces left the audience completely gobsmacked.
I won’t breakdown each and every collection but I will say that I was impressed by all efforts put forward and thrilled to realize that there is so much strong, emerging design talent here in Halifax. Essentially, the NSCAD Fashion Show nailed it with a modern and sleek presentation that may have been the most professional I’ve seen to date.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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