On October 12, 2011, Lucian Matis showed his much anticipated collection at Toronto’s 99 Gallery. The Romanian-born designer rocketed to fame after he placed second on the first season of Project Runway Canada; followed by appearances in just about everything from Fashion Television to Flare. Expectations were high after Lucian wooed the industry with intricate beading and knits for F/W 2011.
Here’s the run down from the runway:
Lucian’s gowns are the cream of the evening wear crop. His attention to detail and ability to work with delicate textures is immaculate. Onlookers drew their breath as airy gowns moved naturally and whimsically down the runway. Layers separated and swayed in perfect rhythm. Dresses contained just the right amount of juxtaposition: tightly woven ribbon, then showering sheer chiffon. They were regal, but sultry—the stuff of Roman goddesses.
Where he went wrong was resurrecting what I refer to as the ‘loofah’ look. I’m talking about those obnoxiously poofy dresses designers think look good after working with too many toothpick models. The problem is no real woman can pull them off, and who wants to look like Mrs. Big Bird?
Photos by Steven Edmonds, Faze Media