Lovas shows off island finery
A model shows off designs by Wesley Badanjak at the Lovas spring/summer 2012 runway show at LF Fashion Week in Toronto, October 18, 2011 (Mark O'Neill/QMI Agency)
The show: Lovas Wesley Badanjak
The designer: Toronto born Wesley Badanjak.
The tagline: Bird of Paradise
The translation of the tagline: Models may wear headdresses at the beginning and end of the show, but this is no feathery substance.
The groove: Strong female musicians like M.I.A., Rye Rye and Santigold.
The show stopper: In a line of several strong dresses, one sheath with a high-waisted skirt and a ruffled rosette on top could transition seamlessly from day to night.
The iffy factor: Though Badanjak said the line was inspired by island living, his folksy sundresses with red embroidery were more European countryside.
The shopping: Visit lovasfashion.com for stores across Canada.
Bold, thick stripes made their mark in skirts, placed purposefully to enhance the female form, while a few patterns showcased thinner options for interest.
Tan, khaki and black were punched up with coral and russet tones, making it an easy palette to fit into any wardrobe.
The only-a-designer detail: Finishing touches like straps that ended in lapels and collars that ruffled showed attention to minutiae.
The favourite piece: A lightweight black pantsuit with loose slacks and a crop jacket featuring a peplum in the back added some femininity to the classic look.
The beauty: Hair was parted down the middle in thick pigtail braids, and eyes were the focus of the makeup look with black shadow and feathery, false eyelashes. Badanjak also chose to use only multi-ethnic models for his show.
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