Ottawa Fashion Week S/S 2013

Ottawa Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 shows flew by during the show dates of October 12th-14th. The venue this season was the quaint and comfortable environment of Sala San Marco on Preston St. The three days of shows offered designers locally from Ottawa as well as designers from Ottawa, Montreal, USA and more.  The location was a great and not obvious choice, wonderful atmosphere and fairly easy flow for moving around between shows with a portion of the street being closed down to allow easy access to the Marketplace/L’Oreal tent. However, the layout for seating on the runway while did allow more attendance, wasn’t the best.

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Elena Hinke

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You know, I love Ottawa, and I’m very supportive of the rising fashion market here. More fashion publications are starting, designers are more confident (some too confident), fashion artists are learning how to not only survive, but thrive. The past couple of seasons of Ottawa Fashion Week really honestly, were great. You could see definite growth as the seasons progressed, this season I feel as though they didn’t move forward. It felt like something similar to a season 3-4 seasons ago when Ottawa Fashion Week was much younger. I wasn’t alone with my thoughts.

YD.N.AOFW5386Photography by Lindsey Gibeau Valberg Imaging Ottawa Fashion Week S/S 2013

Y!D.N.A.

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Illyria and Good Luck Shirts

That being said, there were some absolute stand outs, that I truly enjoyed!  Y!D.N.A once again delivered a spectacular show, DARE by Gwen Madiba showed us evening wear with an edge, Illyria and Good Luck Shirts convinced us that wearable and casual can be cool and Elena Hinke let couture gowns glide down the runway.  Looking forward to next season!

 

All photography by Lindsey Gibeau of Valberg Imaging

About Christopher Massardo


Christopher Massardo is a fashion stylist, writer and editor based in Ottawa, Canada. His work as a writer and stylist have been published in dozens of print and online magazines in Canada as well as in England, USA and Italy. Christopher Massardo is currently the Fashion Editor of Ottawa based, PRESS The Fashion Magazine. You can see and read more from Christopher Massardo at Mass-Stylings, Press the Fashion Magazine and its blog

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