On the Runway

Drew William Spring/Summer 2011

Photo by Peter Jensen

Photo by Peter Jensen

Photo by Peter Jensen

Drew William (fast becoming a Vancouver favourite) continues to design men’s and women’s pieces that walk the line between wearable and adventurous, without compromising either.  High-waisted women’s shorts with a wrap feature crossed at the side of the leg, rather than in front, re-invent a classic silhouette.  It is this play on the typical, maybe even common, that sets his work apart.  Men walked out in workman style jumpers featuring metal snap closures as accents, funnel neck ponchos cut from a print of concentric squares juxtapose round and hard edges, and dolman sleeved bat wings on women billowed between a blouse and a cape.  Panels of cut cloth left raw-edged on a luxe sweatshirt paired with stovepipe front knife-pleated trousers gave the boys an edgy look that still looked Sunday best enough to take home to mom.  A beautiful boiled wool men’s biker jacket came out with matching pants, and although it stood out a bit in fabric choice for spring/summer, it made up for in elegance.  Save for this one slightly winter-y piece, the collection had the feeling of a black and white summer film on the shores of the French Riviera.