On Thursday March 24th, designer Arthur Mendonça returned to the runway after a brief hiatus, and showcased his beautiful Fall/Winter 2011 collection to a fashionable crowd that included Flare editor-in-chief Lisa Tant, Canadian songstress Jully Black and Fashion Television’s Glen Baxter. The collection was shown at the still unfinished Trump International, the same venue which Mark Fast and Mikhael Kale had presented their fall/winter collections the day before. We caught up with the designer, who’s dashing good looks had Richard and I a little weak in the knees, backstage while he was being interviewed by several television personalities. We also got a chance to meet the designers mother who admitted to us that she is always a little nervous before each show, but once the first model came down the runway those nervous feelings were over taken by joy and a strong sense of pride.
The collection itself was beautiful and carried a strong sense of female empowerment to it, offering smartly tailored pant suits and knee-length dresses in dominant but soft prints and fabric choices. ‘Showing some skin’ was not at the forefront of the collections design concept, using long sleeves and high collars in many of the looks. Mixed in with the designs were a few pieces in leather, furs and lace showing the designer can work with several different materials in one show while keeping a cohesive look on the runway. Arthur Mendonça’s collection was great and we were very happy to be invited to the show! If the designer continues to show strong collections like this, his mothers front row nerves will definitely be permanently replaced with pride. Well pride, and the wondering if Arthur can make some of these for her own closet as well. We think he will.
Check out pictures of the show below, and be sure to let us know what you think! Any favourite pieces, fabrics or designs? Be sure to leave us a comment below!
|Designer Arthur Mendonça and his mother|