In Photos: Andy The-Anh Fall 2009 at LG Fashion Week
Out of all the shows at Fashion Week, I was most excited for Andy's. His spring collection was a revelation to me of the elegant, surprising heights a Canadian designer could reach. After Arthur Mendonca label was shuttered, Andy became my new Canadian designer crush.
This season was almost as mind-blowingly awesome (there's nothing like your first time, is there?) as his spring/summer show - it will be hard to top those jewel-strapped, petal-pink, silk goddess numbers he had last season!
Let's start at the end, shall we? The last looks that Andy sent out popped with his usual love of colour. A sea-blue silk silk column - complete with demure train - was topped by a sexy seafoam bodice and a saffron sash. The best part? A portion of the darker fabric pushed up onto the bodice, bold and so chic.
Then there was the oh-so-cute cocktail dress with a big ol' pouf skirt bejeweled out to here, complete with large pockets and topped with an offhand gray floppy bow tied in a row knot.
Sure, Andy's the master of the frock, but how were his other pieces? He was able to make a summer and winter staple - the jumpsuit - look fresh, but taking the sleeves long, and affixing a wave of ruffles down one shoulder of his raspberry silk number. He also had some killer separates, including a feminine, fitted blouse with a spray of delicate chiffon blooms paired with that saffron belt again and the perfect high-waisted
thirties-inspired charcoal pants.
His only missteps came when what he does best turned into what he does worst. Andy's love of colour, flair, and adornments (jewels, paillettes, flowers) can sometimes turn ugly, as it memorably did with one of the most hideous garments I have ever seen, the giant maroon fur coat covered in big, jeweled maroon fur flowers.
But, as far as poor pieces go, it certainly wasn't boring. If even your mistakes are breathtaking, you're doing pretty well.
All photos by James Kachan