Hot or not? Cashmere's toilet paper fashion
Fewer things could be less appealing than toilet paper (er, correction "bathroom tissue"). In fact, even adding "Cashmere" to the branding still doesn't distract from the fact that you use it to tidy up. However, Cashmere the brand has taken to the fashion community again this year, asking designers to create garments made of 100% bathroom tissue.
All the designs were admirable, considering that the purpose of the event was to support and generate donations toward breast cancer research. You can help by voting in the "Couture for a Cure" - $1.00 will be donated for every vote to a maximum of $15,000.
To start, there were accessories to match. Lilliput Hats designed a horn-of-plenty head piece complete with rosettes while Shay Lowe Jewellery's high collar paired with a bib added a bit of sparkle with a smattering of jewels.
The clear front runner was Caitlin Power, an Albertan designer who hopes to become a local in the years to come. Power layered 15 sheets of cashmere fabric, five of which were sprayed with fabric stiffener to create her structured dress with architectural square cut outs. It is an effort she believes could translate to ready to wear (in her distinctive leather work) with a bit of tweaking - can't wait.
As for the others, it was a strong showing. Angela Chen created a full gown with an abundance of ribbon pleats, while Renata Morales' pleat work was paired with a tiered skirt. RUDSAK showed the most tailored option with a blazer - the way the sleeves were scrunched, you could barely tell it was toilet paper. Cocolilly and Paris Li were flirty with their girly dresses, the former with cutouts and a short-and-full skirt, the latter with heart shaped pleats and origami on the bodice.
You may not be impressed with some of the designs, but just remember that these were made with love. The kind of love that helps fight the fight against breast cancer. This was a way to send a message, so do the world a solid and vote. Now.
Photos by Angela Y Martin
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