So here we are (finally, I know)…the pictures and video that I took last Thursday at Breeyn McCarney’s Fall Winter 2010-2011 Hard-Boiled Wonderland Collection.  The show was held at the Courthouse in downtown Toronto which set the scene perfectly.  A huge room with tons of character, from the vaulted ceilings, to the hanging chandelier to the four fireplaces that flanked the runway.  It had a very intimate and glamorous feel that set the tone for this show.

The Pre-Show…

The seats are filled…

Inspired by “The Ruins of Detroit” – a recent photographic project by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, and using a colour palette reminiscent of the haunting artwork of Brooklyn-based artist Sam Weber, Hard-Boiled Wonderland (named after the novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami) projects an idealized vision of women living after the fictional collapse of today’s culture. 

“I’m very fascinated by the idea of finding beauty in despair – to take something that is rather bleak, and make something inspiring out of that,” McCarney says, “This is what really struck me about the photographs by Marchand and Meffre, and I wanted to translate that into my clothing.”

McCarney prides herself on using only natural fibre fabrics and reclaimed fur or fur purchased from trappers; keeping everything as environmentally conscious as possible. She carefully sources her fabric from quality manufacturers, working with wool, cotton, fur, leather, and silk to create deft and subtle textures.

Sorry – I missed the first garment while trying to figure out the best way to capture my experience at the show.  I realized that my camera is not the best in this type of lighting and decided to switch to video.  Hopefully that skill will develop as I move forward 😛

The first garment was a wool plaid jacket and a distressed cotton skirt.

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Creative/Taken by Karon Liu

Pink flower bodice dress of bamboo.  Cotton jersey, distressed cotton.  Hand beading with vintage pearls.

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Creative/Taken by Karon Liu

White leather bodice dress with hand-knit silk and mohair shawl.

White cotton dress with hand-embroidered leather collar.

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Creative/Taken by Karon Liu

Pink hand-knit silk and mohair with leaf top of cotton/bamboo jersey and leather leaf applique.

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Creative/Taken by Karon Liu

Wool plaid dress with distressed cotton skirt.

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Creative/Taken by Karon Liu

Black suede bodice dress with embroidered detail, distressed cotton skirt.  

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Creative/Taken by Karon Liu

Rabbit fur sweater, hand knit from 100% wool. 

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Creative/Taken by Karon Liu

Cable knit print cotton/bamboo jersey dress.

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Creative/Taken by Karon Liu

Fur shoulder top with knitted mohair jumper.  

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Creative/Taken by Karon Liu

Beaded dress. Bodice of silk, skirt of distressed cotton, 15 oz. of black seed beads.  

This has got to be my favorite piece from the collection.  The movement of the beads adds so much visual drama and contrast.  A+!

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Creative/Taken by Karon Liu

White cotton dress with hand-painted flowers and leather lace detail.  

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Creative/Taken by Karon Liu

The model walk off…

Overall, my first fashion show for The House of Calibre was a great experience!  I could easily see many, if not all, of these garments hanging in my closet.  Keep up the great (and imaginative) work Breeyn!

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