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Is Evan Biddell's latest collection too crazy?

Posted by Briony / April 1, 2010


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.

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Evan Biddell

Photos by James Kachan. Video by Istoica.

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3 Comments

cheekie / April 1, 2010 at 10:55 AM
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I, for one, don't understand the hype surrounding Biddell - that being said though I don't think it's too crazy. In a country where most designers play it way too safe, at least he's doing something different. Poorly constructed? Yes, I'll agree there. Time will tell if he can go from flavour of the month to a mainstay. That will be his ego's call.

Shelly / April 28, 2010 at 12:28 AM
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The joke of the season: Evan Biddell.
To me it seems like the media is almost trying to find something good in his collections. This last one was not cohesive whatsoever, distasteful, badly fit. This is simply not fashion! The alien skirt that was supposed to have some structure, was so badly constructed! He made pleather look even more like pleather!
Also some of the draped pieces are reminiscent of Lucian Matis' last Spring 10 collection, except badly executed. Also some of the shoulder details were taken from Matis' teaser seen on Facebook posted few months before fashion week. As for the tassels elements, they are Greta Constantine's last season collection.
Sad!

Ari / September 6, 2010 at 3:49 PM
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oooooo haters!
The real joke is you are still mad that Lucian LOST!
Get over it!
Biddell is who he is and tons of us love him just the way he is. If you love Lucian wear his clothes and spend your time commenting on his press instead of focusing on Biddell.
Love this collection and will be wearing one of the pieces to Biddells next show....Oct.12th....can not wait!
Love love love you Biddell!!!!!

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