Is Evan Biddell's latest collection too crazy?
Canadian designers often play it safe. Evan Biddell is not one of those designers. Biddell's love of outrageous silhouettes, crazy patterns, and futuristic fabrics was celebrated in his most recent collection, shown to a packed house on Tuesday.
His pieces are definitely not to all tastes: I loved the hooded cartoon-print jumpsuits, baggy PVC pants, mini-dress with massive sleeves, tiger-print half-trench, and the short-shorts fashioned from a treebark-like "fabric." Especially lovely was the super-short silver lame dress with long skinny sleeves and a twist of fabric at the bottom.
I definitely wouldn't call any of these pieces overly commercial, but they do have a certain appeal to those with the courage to rock a fabulously flamboyant ensemble.
Where Biddell isn't as successful is with the really out-there clothes like the many pieces festooned with cheesy-looking tassels and the huge leather pants, among other wacky pieces. Yes, yes, I know that designers are allowed to show looks that could never possibly be really worn in real life, but a lot of the far-out fashion in Biddell's show wasn't advanced enough or constructed well enough to qualify for high-art, timeless show-pieces.
If he sticks to the crazy clothes that can be rocked by mere mortals, Biddell just might make it to the ranks of wearable visionary one day.
For now, seeing each collection and watching him grow is a great time, leaps of faith and fancy and all. It's a rare thing here, you see.