Cuddle coats excite me but not much else in Lundstrom's latest at LG Fashion Week
The Lundstrom runway was buzzing with doomsday theories - Some said Eleventh Floor Apparel (a manufacturing company that owns the rights to the Lundstrom dynasty) may retain Linda's aesthetic, but without Linda's finger on the button, the company cannot flourish. Others didn't care, they wanted to be present at the most well-attended show this week.
In case you were wondering, Linda Lundstrom stepped down from her business in June of 2009 and while she may have had some input in this season's collection, she did not see it through to the end.
This didn't seem to impact her followers - for the first time all week, there wasn't an empty seat in the house. The verdict: Toronto loves Lundstrom. How did the collection fare?
I found it to be very 'ladies who lunch' - matronly mohair cardigans, tweed suiting and riding pants lacked any major appeal thanks to a dreary colour palette (dull mushroom brown, oatmeal grey and subdued camel and tabac).
A teal jacquard cocktail dress came as a surprise - a hint of youth at play, perfect for the holidays. Almost Bowie-inspired was a pleated cuff blouse in white with metallic boucle coat, adding a little edge to an otherwise ho-hum collection.
Lundstrom's magnified magenta rose kimono tunic was something I hope to never see becoming a trend. The oversized print distracted from the figure - an attempt to be youthful that failed miserably. Just awful.
But seriously? A tabac belted velvet dress? Such a dull, boring colour. Give me deep purple, nothing less.
If I might have but one final request, it would be to roll around in one of Lundstrom's Alpaca 'cuddle' coats. Gosh they looked comfortable. You can join me if you like - there is at least room for 2 or maybe 3.
Photos by Adam Moco