Wesley Badanjak presented his Fall/Winter 2012 LOVAS collection at 99 Sudbury, along with the relaunch of BASCH on March 6, 2012. This marked the first BASCH presentation without Brandon Dwyer who, according to Toronto Life magazine, has left to work for a publication called Revive. The shows, which were presented at 99 Sudbury in the King West area, were presented separate one after another, in addition to the presentation of designs by finalists who participated in the BASCH it Up! contest.
BASCH it Up!
Winner Sarah McGowan and model
First up was BASCH it Up! The participants were all fashion design students from schools such as Ryerson and George Brown College, all vying for a six month paid internship, a clothing allowance and gift card for Eleventh Floor Apparel, the company that works with BASCH, Lovas and many other lines. It was great to see Canada’s future talent. The pieces were gorgeous and for the most part, very wearable by the everyday woman. One thing that bugged me was the fact that the vast majority of the looks were dresses or skirts. One thing that bothered me a bit was the big height difference between some of the super-petite designers and the models. It was like a mom walking with her daughter (petite designers take note: DESIGN A PETITE LINE AND USE PETITE MODELS!) The winner of this year’s contest was Sarah McGowan from George Brown.
BASCH, the like (left) and dislike (right)
Wesley Badanjak’s BASCH debut had a strong focus on a nice warm rose and orange shades (with a hint of purple). There was also, of course, basic winter black as well. And unlike his LOVAS line, had a younger, more “fun” vibe. Though I’m not too sure if I like the ruffles or the patterned dresses, but the colours were definitely good to see the colours – keeps those dull, grey winters a little less dark. Some of my favourites include an red-orange dress with a black belt as well as a rose coloured peplum dress that was paired with a black, cropped fur coat. A belted coat that was paired with red pants, however, was a little bit bulky and overwhelming, even on a tall model. Now imagine that on anyone below 5’8″.
Two favourites from the LOVAS Fall/Winter 2012-2013 collection
Gorgeous, lady-like pieces, as usual, but there was just too much of a focus on blacks, greys and creams. There were pops of blue here and there, as well as a long, reddish coloured coat and the pieces were definitely more mature and sophisticated than BASCH. It had a little bit of a 1960s sexy secretary a la Joan Holloway Harris vibe. Despite the lack of colour, there were some good pieces, including an eye-popping blue and black dress as well as a simple grey classic shift. The added use of gloves and “partial” gloves were great as well.