On the Runway

Toronto: Rita Liefhebber Does Fall Staples With an Artistic Twist

The designer presents wardrobe must-haves with low-key style

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At the end of an evening of shows that went from Mark Fast and Mikhael Kale’s team effort, to Calgarian Paul Hardy‘s showing at the National Ballet School and on to The Heart Truth‘s charitable effort, we took in Rita Liefhebber’s comparatively low-key presentation at Ossington fashion outpost Jonathan + Olivia.

Liefhebber, a former FLARE editor, knows what women want to wear and the pieces on offer last night seemed less about a specific theme and more about wardrobe. Slouchy (not baggy) drawstring pants and long-sleeve jersey dresses make ideal weekend wear, but could just as easily be sharpened up with a jacket and a great necklace–such as the braided velvet pieces sported by a handful of the models. The designer took her signature artistic touches to otherwise simple pieces: a splattered and tie-dyed tops and a shirtdress with shoulders dipped in pinky red.

Favourite picks were an over-size loden sweater, a grey coat with patch pockets and fall’s rounded shoulders, and velvet tunics, tie-dyed in blue, pink, red and purple, that would make for an unexpected holiday look.