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Another season of Western Canada Fashion Week is heating up, along with the weather! Before all of the shows get underway I thought it would be a good time to post my review from the incredible group of designers that took to the runway on closing night of the WCFW Fall 2011 season.

A strong voice in Edmonton’s Fashion scene is Kelsey McIntyre who consistently shows strong ready-to-wear collections with great attention to balanced patterns and bold colors. Her Serendipity line was shown at WCFW for the fall 2011 season, and the reviews and responses from the crowd were outstanding! An excellent mix of eclectic silhouettes with modern detail created a very fashion-forward statement.

I was a huge fan of the wrap dresses that she created for the season, with elegantly contrasted trim details and strong color choices. I loved her incorporation of the exposed slip underneath the garments, which created an ease to the structured classic pieces she showed. Her floral and striped pieces were an excellent mix with the solids in the collection and created a distinct flow and voice. Serendipity was one of my absolute favorites for the week!

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One of the most anticipated shows of the week was, of course, the incredibly talented Stanley Carroll. He showed a collection which brought us some exaggerated takes on some more classically simple silhouettes which were perfected and so carefully prepared and styled. The ease and simplicity, and the overall warmth of Stanley’s collection had me enwrapped from the start of the show. The show itself created this sense of chilling solitude, but the models seemed to be so comfortable and safe within that exterior mood he created.

There were a number of oversized pieces matched perfectly with strongly tailored pieces – A look I am always a huge fan of on the right body type. Stanley chose an incredible color palette of neutral yellows and earthy browns and greys with an injection of strong plaids and patterns throughout. Overall I thought the collection was a beautiful and fresh eye into the world of fall fashion – with silhouettes and color combinations that were totally new to the fashion scene. Stanley created a great juxtaposition of modern fashion with central influences of old English cold-weather wear. Stanley Carroll closed off the week with such a strong show, and as always, I was a huge fan of his collection. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Edmonton’s most natural fashion designer, Stanley Carroll, who was absolutely born to be a clothing designer!

I am so excited for the new season to get under way, and as always, stay tuned for all of my coverage from the shows as Spring ’12 Fashion Week begins!

-Andrew

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