Following the increasing trend of showing off site during Toronto fashion week, last week designer Shelli Oh presented her ‘Afternoon Affair’ collection at The Music Gallery. It was a fitting venue, as models walked to the live music of glam pop band Night Crash Noir. When asked how she decided on her location Oh said it was about creating an environment that represented her inspiration for the collection. Inspired by new wave films and film noir, the collection for Oh centered around people coming together to connect creatively.
Although Oh has been designing since 1997, this is her first showing in five years. Her return to the runway showcased her strength in outerwear predominantly seen in her menswear styles. For women, Oh offered satin dresses with lace details, crinkled chiffon dresses with ruffles at the neck and silk blouses. Her strongest piece by far was a navy cropped cashmere wool coat with black leather details on the shoulders and volume in the sleeve. While overall styling of her women’s wear may have been dated, the precise finishing and attention to detail could be seen in each handcrafted piece.