Elena Hinke and Elena's Creations
Elena has been a designer, couturier, tailor and seamstress for over 20 years, and it definitely translated over to the designs. The construction is flawless and the intricate design details such as the weaving/draping on the ivory dress was fresh and innovative.
This is one of my favorites because of how cohesive the collection was. There was a variety of graphic prints including an illustrative style, a photographic style, and patterns that were strictly linework. My favourite piece had to be the purple monochromatic dress that had some sort of industrial illustration on it.
FrAsh- by Isobel WalkerInspired by Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Isobel Walker has created a visually cohesive collection from head to toe. Many of the models wore a shirt that was transformed into a skirt and feathers that were adhered to their chest. I really enjoyed the simplicity of the top and bottom because it allowed the audience to focus on the intricate jewelry designs.
!Nu.l- by Vickie Joseph
This collection was one of my favourites because of how wearable the pieces were. I find it fascinating because!Nu.l had a very retro vibe but had managed to stay modern and current. The styling was beautifully done, from the crimped hair to the big plastic framed glasses. Also, you can't go wrong with furry pants.
Y!D.N.A- Andy Nguyen
This was really the first collection during OFW that had really pushed the boundaries of what was fashion/art. Overall it was a lot to take in (in a good way) because of all the beautifully tailored and very wearable collections we've seen all evening. I absolutely loved all the different textured fabrics and the neutral muted color palette of the collection. The eclectic props, spiked gas masks, makeup, and hair made this so much more then just about the clothes. It told a story and brought the audience into a whole other world.