Bustle blows it at opening night of Fashion Week
Bustle showed on the first night of LG Fashion Week to a packed house, with aggressive anthems serving as a soundtrack from Die Mannequin, a band that overwhelmed the space with obnoxious noise pollution.
The show seemed longer than most, with repetitive prints and patterns and that annoying scream from a female vocalist. However, what Bustle does represent is that burst of colour in menswear that is often lacking in Toronto. Spring hues of green, purple and reddish pink-coloured blazers and pants made up a majority of the collection. Further still were peeks of checks and splatter-paint under collars and trimmed necklines.
Overall, you can't complain about the young and fresh spring palette, but the styling did not capture the same boyish charm. Each model looked like an off-the-clock bro banker, with 90s layering (think long sleeve under short sleeve) and in most other instances, there were glances of "golf business" - a look that may speak to Bustle's friend-clients, but for young and hip men, it was redundant and shy of a draped-over-shoulder varsity sweater.
A striped shirt walked down the runway with a splatter-lined jacket and as an ensemble, it read as nightwear (i.e. pajamas), but as a separate, it (er) read as nightwear. As for a crew neck sweater - it was an essential for most, but not with a tacky appliqued exclamation mark. Why was it there? Novelty dressing can stop with colour and print.
A print blazer with what appeared to be linking tennis racquets was interesting, but it was a reminder of Thom Browne's "Tennis" collection. Whereas, the strongest look was lightweight summer suiting, but NOT of the windbreaker-nylon variety. Wispy-yet-clean pastel linens showed focus for Bustle's summer suiting, an essential for streamlined summer dressing. Faint pastel blues, greens and purples were paired with slim cuffed pants and your average Asics shoe.
My complaint for the show was its length, as a white linen blazer was repeated in at least three looks - while each new ensemble did showcase new pieces, the redundancy of looks (male model in blazer/rolled cuffed pants/ splatter button-up) made it so each model - more or less - looked the same. The result is a vast collection that could have easily been cut in half.