Wooden Shoes and Rug Dresses

The opportunity to attend LG Fashion Week in Toronto was a crazy, wonderful experience, but it gets to a point where it stops feeling like your life is a Dr. Seuss children’s book called Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and starts feeling a little more like you have a mystery case of undiagnosed anemia. Playing the waiting game all day in between shows becomes more exhausting than exciting after you’ve done it for a few days, with only free cereal bars that taste like Pop Tarts in your stomach. I kept it together pretty well until Day 4, when I didn’t even attempt to take any pictures of the runway shows and the sentences scribbled in my notebook got shorter and less coherent. For example, my notes on the Krane show consist of: “Seated in the back row. Couldn’t see a thing.”

For me, the standout shows of Day 3 to Day 5 were Sid Neigum, Sarah Stevenson and Baby Steinberg.

crazy shoes at Sid Neigum

Andrej Pejic opened the show at Sid Neigum, which immediately stole my heart. The models wore wooden blocks strapped to their feet, paper eyebrows taped to their faces and tromped down the runway wearing those intense asymmetrical black garments and cropped motorcycle vests that only bitchy fashion editors and cool kids alike manage to pull off.

Sarah Stevenson’s show was set up like an art gallery. The models stood on platforms around the room while the crowd mulled around, taking pictures and enjoying themselves. The dresses were very mature and pretty, but really serve as a blank canvas for her magnificent prints. Each model stood beside an easel portrait of the print they were wearing, complete with a description of the inspiration for the print and how it was rendered.
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