With the recent accusation of being ranked the eighth worst dressed city in the world, Ottawa residents made a point to make their way to the brand new Convention Centre in the heart of downtown, styled head-to-toe for Ottawa’s sixth season of fashion week.
This season, Ottawa Fashion Week (OFW) stepped up their game showing designers not only from Ottawa, but labels from Toronto, Montreal, Spain and even the U.K.
Simon Ekrelius (originally from Stockholm and now residing in the U.K) stood out opening night mixing cotton, silks, organza and plastic. His collection included statement jackets, long cotton shifts and circular plastic overlays; after watching the show, it was obvious as to why Lady Gaga is one of his fans.
Rudsak (based out of Montreal) closed opening night with their new line Rud by Rudsak: a collection of well tailored jackets, bombers and true women’s sportswear. The double breasted trenches and leather bombers with zipper detail were the standouts this season.
Micalla and Anomal, also Montreal natives, wowed the crowd with their attention to detail, bold colours and unique craftsmanship. Anomal’s printed origami styled dress was a true work of art as well Micalla’s finale piece: a dress made of chain and crystals modeled by Ottawa supermodel, Herieth Paul.
Day two of OFW held true to its high standards with local designer Stacey Bafi-Yeboa of Kania getting the crowd to their feet with models dancing up the runway with heart-pounding music that had everyone’s head bobbing. Kania’s bold colours, sequins and feathers radiated on the runway. Vickie Joseph of Nu.I Fashion stayed true to her roots of glamour and trend-worthy style. Her use of fringe, tribal patters and floral print made us all wish for warmer weather!
Ralph Leroy aimed for drama in his runway show, making the collection tell a story of fire and turmoil turning to light and freedom. Travis Taddeo closed the show on day two with a refreshing take on spring ready-to-wear using light fabrics, mesh and pastels, mixed with leather, feathers and white wash denim.
Closing night was truly special when Ottawa locals Rachel Sin and David McCaffrey had standing ovations after their pieces graced the runway.
What made OFW truly special this season was Jeanne Beker closing the show with her EDIT line available at The Bay. Canadian and local celebrities Lianne Lang, MTV’s Nicole Holness, Caroline Waldo, Jessica Bowden and singer Samantha Chang closed the show with their pieces being auctioned off for Dress for Success, a charity close to Beker’s heart. Unfortunately Beker couldn’t be there as she’s covering Paris Fashion Week, but said, “I adore Ottawa. I have so many friends from Ottawa who are near and dear to me. I never thought I’d do a runway show for my EDIT line but what I love about Canadian fashion weeks is that they don’t have to be grand; they can be ready-to-wear and they can give back, which is why I decided to show this season [at OFW]. Dress for Success is all about empowering women and it’s the perfect cause to get behind.”