Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bustle Spring Summer 2010

Yesterday, Project Runway Canada judge Shawn Hewson's Bustle Spring/Summer 2010 runway presentation transported us to a summer cottage getaway and it helped us to forget, momentarily, about the chilly fall weather outside. The runway was decorated with fabulous summer deck furniture, a barbecue, a mini bar on a cart and even a sofa. A projection completed the seasonal illusion by lighting up the background and casting a tranquil cottage scene onto the runway backdrop.

One by one, the models sashayed down the runway and I was fittingly sold on the casual and leisurely pieces from the collection that corresponded perfectly with the scene in front of me. Suits made from waxed cotton, knit cardigans, stark printed dress shirts, board shorts and colorful jackets were all very well constructed and all of the pieces worked together to maintain the Bustle design aesthetic of cool, stylish and comfortable sportswear attire.

The highlight of the show was when two Canadian celebrities graced the Bustle runway and added some extra charm and character to this presentation. Celebrity model Stacey McKenzie pranced down the runway and seductively pushed a mobile drink cart, giving out drinks to lucky individuals in the front row. The audience was delighted by her presence and everyone cheered as she strutted her signature walk down the runway. The second celebrity guest was Canadian comedian and TV star Rick Mercer who initially played a chef behind the barbecue, but later came out from behind the grill and showed the crowd how Bustle should be worn. Check out the video above (and photo gallery here) to see Stacey, Rick and the final walk-through of the key looks from this collection.

Overall, this collection was cohesive and extremely wearable, but it leaned towards the expected and safe side. I would have liked to have seen more innovative and creative thought put into the design, more interesting silhouettes or even the mixture of different textiles to give the collection some interest and WOW factor, but unfortunately this collection just didn't measure up to my hopes and expectations.


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