Happy World Mastercard Canadian Fashion Week! For the next week, the tents in David Pecault Square will be buzzing as fashion lovers take in the best Canadian talent. For the first time, I’m able to participate in the week – no client or work conflicts! – and I’m so excited for what’s ahead. As part of my coverage for the week, I’ve partnered with Redken Canada as one of their VIP bloggers. This means I’ll get to sit in a Redken stylist’s chair backstage and test-drive the runway looks myself. Exciting, non?
My first show of the week was Pink Tartan‘s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. I started off the evening backstage and was lucky enough to get a last-minute ticket from a friend to sit in on the show. Yes, I nearly squealed. The majority of my closet is stocked with Pink Tartan and I knew it’d be a thrill to “pre-shop” the spring collection.
What I wasn’t expecting was for Kim Newport Mimran, Pink Tartan president and head designer, to spot that I was wearing her trompe l’oeil shirt and come over to say hello! We spoke briefly about my affinity for all of her designs and feminine silhouettes and I was thrilled when she asked to be in our photo. She was gracious, kind and incredibly sweet. If I could have dreamt up the perfect way to meet my favourite designer, this surprise meet & greet would have fit the bill exactly.
Redken lead stylist Jorge Joao created a soft, feminine look to fit with the 70s inspired theme of the show. Using BlowDry Primer, Redken Refresh and Fashion Waves 07 Joao styled the models’ hair into waves away from the face. The result? A retro, powerful woman.
The hair was loose, free and easy to emulate. Using a large-barrel curling iron, you can recreate the look at home. My stylist Alex’s #1 tip? Start the curl mid-length and leave the ends out of the equation for the most natural look.
Maybelline lead artist Grace Lee created a stunning 70’s “effortless disco glam” look to match the aesthetic of the collection. Focusing extensively on contouring, Lee’s look is simple and earthy.
The look is about that 70’s glamour. When I think of the 70s I think of brown, gold, bronzes and keeping the skin monochromatic. It’s about shading & highlighting. – Grace Lee
Want to recreate the look at home? Here’s Grace Lee’s face chart from the show. Make sure to add lots of mascara for extra glam.
Pink Tartan SS15 is a blend of classic shapes and updated silhouettes that are a throwback to the 70’s. The standout piece of the collection? A fringed jumpsuit, of course!
See it all here:
And that’s it for Day 1! Tonight I’ll be attending the Target runway show with my friend Stella and we’ll be heading backstage to get a sneak peek beforehand.