MC College New Designers Fashion Show

I recently attended the New Designers Fashion Show for the fresh graduates of The fashion program at Winnipeg’s MC College, along with other Winnipeg Fashion Incubator directors, Photographer, Dano Tanaka and designer, Alex Espinosa. Held in the dramatic Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada and brilliantly lit, the College put on a very suave and professional show.

Here is my breakdown of the outfits I covet most from each of the 9 designers showcased.

The evening had a great start with one of my favourite designers of the show, Tess Furtado. Her affinity for vintage clothing shines through in her designs which made it impossible for me to pick just one.

Design collection "Rewind by Tess". Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

Design collection “Rewind by Tess”. Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

 

Design collection "Rewind by Tess". Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

Design collection “Rewind by Tess”. Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

Can’t you see me in either of these beautiful designs? I’m keeping an eye on what Tess does in the future! https://instagram.com/bonjourcherie/

Pictured with the lovely, Tess Furtado.

Pictured with the lovely, Tess Furtado.

Inspired by the madness of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the “Haus Amor” collection by Kristine Diaz left me madly wanting more! I love the floral applique panels in her designs but it was the leather accents that really pushed me over the edge.

"Haus Amor" design collection by Kristine Diaz. Photo by Dano Tanaka.

“Haus Amor” design collection by Kristine Diaz. Photo by Dano Tanaka.

"Haus Amor" design collection by Kristine Diaz. Photo by Dano Tanaka.

“Haus Amor” design collection by Kristine Diaz. Photo by Dano Tanaka.

That leather peplum? Swoon! These designs go way beyond want to need. https://instagram.com/heykraftdinner/

 

The collection, “Simply Perfect” from design label, Aliandr by Alina Babii, appealed to my love of a perfect suit. I am particularly attracted to her unusual details like notched cuffs leading to seams along the tops of sleeves. Beautiful blend of textured and silk fabrics as well.

"Simply Perfect" collection designed by Alina Babii. Photo by Dano Tanaka.

“Simply Perfect” collection designed by Alina Babii. Photo by Dano Tanaka.

"Simply Perfect" collection designed by Alina Babii. Photo by Dano Tanaka.

“Simply Perfect” collection designed by Alina Babii. Photo by Dano Tanaka.

Having some sewing experience, all of those matched up pattern seams make my jaw drop. That is impeccable attention to detail!

 

“Youth in Revolt by Anecdote Apparel” is designed by Tianna Picken. I love the gold hardware with the Olive green, and distressed, laced-up details.

"Youth in Revolt by Anecdote Apparel" designed by Tiana Picken. Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

“Youth in Revolt by Anecdote Apparel” designed by Tiana Picken. Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

Everyone has days when they’re feeling particularly rebelious and bad ass!  https://instagram.com/tlombardi17/

 

Inspired by Winnipeg’s diverse culture and street style, “In Bloom” is created by Jessica Garn. Hooray for colour! Bright, playful, and well tailored.

"In Bloom" by Jessica Garn. Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

“In Bloom” by Jessica Garn. Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

That purple blazer would become a staple for me.  https://instagram.com/inspired_by_fashion06/

Inspired by nature comes the “Kclora Couture” collection by Folashade Paul. Coming from Nigeria, she combined traditional African prints with flowy fabrics. There is a subtle, tone on tone, zebra print in this dress that is so intriguing.

"Kclora Couture" collection by Folashade Paul. Photo by Dano Tanaka.

“Kclora Couture” collection by Folashade Paul. Photo by Dano Tanaka.

I want this for my next summer wedding!

 

This dress by Issis Pineda for “Universal Beauty by Odessa Couture” garnered applause from the appreciative audience! Her collection was inspired by satellite imagery of the phonomenon of our universe.

Issis Pineda's collection, "Universal Beauty by Odessa Couture". Photo by Dano Tanaka.

Issis Pineda’s collection, “Universal Beauty by Odessa Couture”. Photo by Dano Tanaka.

What an eye catching gala piece that would be! https://instagram.com/odessacouture/ 

 

The 70’s bridal inspired collection “Indie Romance” by Sherri Cardona is flowy, pastel, and bohemian. I am not in need of a bridal gown any time soon but I thought the floral “OUI” on the shirt was very playful and cute!

"Indie Romance" collection by Sherri Cardona. Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

“Indie Romance” collection by Sherri Cardona. Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

Sherri plans to open an online clothing store, catering to the modest and fashion forward woman. https://instagram.com/sherriamourr/

 

Last but certainly not least was another of my faves. Rebecca Johnson created “Natural Liberation by Rebecca Rae”. I was already floored by the acrylic, laser cut-out accessories on her designs, so intricate and pretty, when this corseted piece hit the runway. I literally gasped and grabbed Dano’s arm, who was photographing beside me.

Rebecca Johnson created the collection, "Natural Liberation by Rebecca Rae". Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

Rebecca Johnson created the collection, “Natural Liberation by Rebecca Rae”. Photographed by Dano Tanaka.

I am happy to report that while praising Rebecca, after the show, she offered that corset to me to shoot whenever I want. Yay! Can you hear the wheels turning? https://instagram.com/rebeccarae_j/

With the talented, and very tall (I'm totally on my toes here) Rebecca Johnson.

With the talented, and very tall (I’m totally on my toes here) Rebecca Johnson.

On behalf of the Winnipeg Fashion Incubator and all of Winnipeg’s fashion enthusiasts, I would like to commend MC College on a job well done on both the show and the obvious instruction your talented students received.

Here I am with Anna McGregor, Director of MC College Winnipeg Faculty and Cheryl Harrison, MC College VP of Operations.

Here I am with Anna McGregor, Director of MC College Winnipeg Faculty and Cheryl Harrison, MC College VP of Operations.

To the graduated students, good luck and I want to “wear” you all!

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