The ceremonial song and dance that kicked off Day 2 of LG Fashion Week set the tone for a heritage-inspired line-up. At Gaudet, this translated into a modern take on traditional Georgian dressing – from the felting techniques used in the cropped and knee-length riding jackets, to the intricate ornamentation. Most eye-catching was the marbled splatter pattern that carried through from the opening number, a felted body suit with woolen shoulder wrap, into the metallic embroidery and printed silks. The rich textures and embellishments felt heavy at times, but it was pieces like the blue and green chiffon dress with zippered, racing-stripe shoulders that gave it a contemporary appeal.
The historical nod at Jules Power was more familiar. The vintage inspiration for the Fall/Winter collection was apparent in her use of prints – an assortment of antique florals, bold plaids, stripes and houndstooth – and in the mustard, tan, chocolate and heather grey palette. And while the retro feel extended to beehive/rat-tail up-dos and schoolmarm booties, it didn’t feel antiquated. The fitted sweatpants were a smart pairing with a camel wool blazer, and the fleece motorcycle jackets added a touch of the unexpected.
At Preloved, vintage dressing took on a more literal meaning. Repurposed fabrics were re-envisioned in a line of mix and match separates, outerwear and sweater dresses. The cable knits and snowflake prints read chalet chic, while the quirky glasses and chunky knee-highs gave it schoolgirl charm. A royal blue leather mini, pop prints, and occasional hit of hot pink breathed life into an otherwise subdued colour scheme. The paper-bag waist shorts and slouchy trousers had an air of effortlessness, that all-in-all, reflected the ease and versatility of the collection as a whole.