Ottawa Fashion Week, fall/winter 2012

April 17, 2012

By Justine Woolcott

Photography by James Park

Our Ottawa Fashion Week report this season adopts a new creative approach. We present to you FAJO‘s coverage of the busiest days (days two and three): the former is covered via James Park’s massive photo gallery and the latter is presented via Justine Woolcott’s in-depth trend reports!

Take a look at all the vibrant, stylish and trendy pieces on the OFW runway this season!

Ottawa Fashion Week.

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Day 3

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Toronto-based designer Willie Fung’s show brought the much-needed addition of a menswear line to the event. The knitwear collection was a fusion of timeless European style and a rugged North American lifestyle. Fung’s use of leather detailing, via elbow pads and shoulder patches, paired with design details, such as two-toned shirts created a utilitarian look. This theme was developed further by distressed denim and lace-up boots. A second consistent theme in this collection was the nautical feel, seen in the fitted navy cable knits, wooden toggles and barely-there stripes.

Ella Peru

Ella Peru opened with a vibrant pop of colour and was a change from most of the pieces seen on the runway. The collection, titled “Euclid and Ulster”, was inspired by a Victorian neighbourhood in Toronto. This homage was seen in the bold colours, such as peach and red, paired with neutral shades of navy and black. There was a visibly strong vintage inspiration behind the pieces, both in colours and cuts. Design details, such as sequined graphic images, leather knee patches on leggings and well-tailored trouser-inspired shorts, made the collection one of the most wearable lines presented at OFW.


Montréal-based Helmer showed an eclectic collection of evening and formalwear. The extravagant detailing was a nod to his previous experience with fashion powerhouses Thierry Mugler and Chloé. Red piping brightened asymmetrical blazers and clanging glassware used as accents. Helmer used earthy neutrals of brown, charcoal and cream, and inserted splashes of mint green, fuchsia and electric blue, which kept the clothing vibrant for a winter collection. The runway showcase ended with a statement piece on gay marriage, when two brides walked the runway under a single veil.


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