Dixon, Ezra, Pink Tartan, Rudsak and a New Group of Seven at the McMichael
March 19th, 2012 | posted by Liza Zawadzka | Posted in Toronto Fashion Week
The A-list of both the art and fashion worlds get smoochy as the Group of Seven fundraiser at the McMichael gallery is announced for June 16. Stars like Thien Le, Dixon, Matis and Comrags are among the seven designers kicking off the Art Exposed fashion exhibit, as the McMichael continues to be steered to all things hip and fabulous by chief curator Katerina Atanassova.
The glass walls of the studio are appreciated by passersby who gawk at the nearly naked models parading in sprayed on denim at the Triarchy show. Rudsak dresses Venus in furs with buttersoft leather smothered in ultra luxe fox and sheared beaver bondage mittens. It’s standing (but not breathing) room only in the studio for Ezra Constantine. This is what Blackwater mercenaries (I mean security) would wear if they had a little style – intensely masculine, but styled with bobblebulk knits and a dash of washed sequins. The tailoring is so sharp in this show, it could put an eye out.
After begging for scraps from the closed Manchu Wok, (the only food in sight), I crawl through the crowds waiting for the Pink Tartan show. I’m convinced that negotiating a PT event is part of British special forces training, but I arrive alive. The audience is drenched in the fuschia and cobalt of the PT fall 2012 collection, and we’re treated to flirty houndstooth and hunter ruby red set off with slick and sexy black patent leather and brushed Mongolian lamb.
David Dixon’s superior vision begins with clips from Hitchcock’s horror The Birds. Grace Kelly is avenged with dagger pheasant brooches and rings grounded with sliced geodes. Black lace slips onto viridian green and cloud white, and sequined blues and greens shimmer like a gilded phoenix. Extravagant elegance at it’s best and the perfect close to a great day at Camp Fashion!