Each season the design duo behind menswear collection Bustle prep the runway with props and accessories to help emphasis the look of their show. Last season, they chose a live band set up to accentuate their rock n’ roll concept that saw models carrying out guitars while strutting down the runway. This season for their Fall/Winter collection they went with dog sledding equipment, falling fake snow from above and a short black and white video at the beginning of the show.
Working with fitted blazers and relaxed fitting pants the collection has a crossover look by coming off as both casual and dressy at the same time. The tailoring of the clothing is modern and up to date giving the classic pieces a 21st century feel which the male will certainly appreciate. It is hard to critique a menswear collection showing in Toronto, because lets face it, a well done menswear line makes up an extremely small percentage of fashion week and the overall shopping clientele. However, the collection did feel a little ‘ready to wear’ and didn’t show any pieces that made us drool. We know designers Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow have amazing design talents, but we can’t help but wonder if its the low shopping demand by the men of Toronto or their timid styling as to why the designers creativity can’t be fully expressed. Either way, we enjoyed the collection and hope more recognition will be given to them on the world stage because, really, they do make beautiful clothes.