Jennifer Waters presented her third capsule collection for her line House of Groves this afternoon at Toronto fashion week. We had the opportunity to view her F/W collection at the TFI Gala in April, noticing then that Waters had strong design potential. Waters opened her spring 2011 presentation with a navy and white pinstripe seersucker jacket and high-waisted pant followed by feminine silk dresses in coral and grey tie dye. The focused nature of this collection and concise fit of her garments are important details for new design talent such as Waters to master. Her last four looks personified urban chic showing head to toe black separates in waxed cotton. Stand out item in the collection was a black waxed cotton trench worn as a dress, perfect for a day in the country or running about town.
When designers (especially new designers making their debut) decide to ditch having a press release indicating the inspiration behind the collection, it becomes a serious guessing game on what we can expect to come down the runway. As the first model appeared in a cropped tuxedo style jacket with extended flowing tail paired with heather grey knee length shorts, it was clear that much of this sibling design duo’s inspiration came from the idea of men’s shirting. The collection also had a sport utility edge reminiscent of Alexander Wang’s spring 2010 collection.Details unique to this collection included multiple canvas belts sewn onto cropped jackets, black leather collars on long minimalist button down dresses and jackets with tux like tails that detach for ultimate versatility. We loved the ease and simplicity of this wearable trendsetting collection. Chloecommeparris is one new label that we will definitely be watching closely.
Barbara and Steven Asei-Dantoni opened their spring/sumer 2011 show for their line Marthe Aimé with an inspiring tribal contemporary dance preformed by Missy Morris. The designers stated in their press release that this collection was about channeling your inner urban warrior. Many looks had a raw tribal feel with cut out details, wrapped overlapping fabrics and rope accessories. The most interesting piece in the collection was a water proof hand cut cape that fell nicely over the shoulders . More safari chic then urban warrior, the collection as a whole didn’t deliver the power one associates with a title of their inspiration.