Paul Hardy is not one to conform to fashion norms. Loopy circus music on repeat and a West End curiosity-shop setting proved that clearly. The Flare team, along with a healthy contingent of Hardy loyalists make the far-and-gone trek hopeful that he would make it worth our while. From his ethereal all-ivory show for Spring, Hardy decided to go in an elegantly sinister direction. Entitled Cirque Noir, the show began with silk pantsuits and sheer outsize-ruffled tops, one the colour of butter with black polka dots. A fur-trimmed sooty tweed car coat had a regal Czarina feel. A leather catsuit with fur sleeves recalled the recent Avengers-themed Hermes show A utility jacket with a pick-up hem got the evening treatment in licorice satin. Embellished little black dresses had universal appeal and a layered-look jacket and with Mongolian lamb collars were cleverly luxe. A smattering of gray jersey slim-cut sweatpants added athletic ease to even the most ladylike looks. While some of the styling choices felt a bit off (one rolled pant leg, dated spindly heels), this was the strongest Hardy collection in years. Interesting considering the show’s theme was a comment on the unorganized, circusy nature of fashion weeks in Canada. If rejecting the official schedule and venue helped Hardy channel his creativity this season, the bazaar move paid off.
Paul Hardy's circus-inspired fall collection