With each Creatures of the Wind collection, Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters manage to do something very interesting, yet so subtle it’s almost unnoticeable. They create with such genuine emotion that each piece feels part of an intimate story. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Yet, at this morning’s show at the Masonic Hall, you couldn't help but appreciate the sincerity of their story. On today’s fashion map sincerity is scarcely found, short both in demand and supply.
The spectacular Julee Cruise sang live throughout the show, in a metallic dress from the collection - that choice alone would have sufficed for the designers to win praise. Do yourselves a favour and look her up. The collection was called Angel, but this was the subversive, fallen type with nineties rocker hair and red lips to boot. Things started pretty light and bright with a long denim coat over a pair of terracotta trousers and snakeskin boots, striped knits and track zip-ups with double-layered skirts. You could pull entire looks from the rail to wear right away. The floral silk crepe de chine dresses, long and frilly with lace inserts at the neckline, stood out both for their heirloom quality and surprising lightness. But the almost ecclesiastical blue and white Houndstooth long skirt suit and another in all black that closed the show seemed heavy and stuffy, like they belonged back in the trunk, forever to be admired in family photos only.