Time’s Up, 2006, was an extravaganza of a fashion show, put on by the fashion students at Lasalle College. The inspiration for the show was an environmental one, focusing on the effect that humanity is having on the world and the four elements necessary to life: fire, air, earth and water.
audience members were given earth-friendly fabric shopping bags so that they could uphold these values not just while they were watching the performance but into the future
Even as a spectator with limited knowledge of the French language, the theme came through loud and clear.This was a huge show with 60 models all sporting recycled clothing, that is, clothes made out of other clothes that have been discarded or gone out of style. Attention to detail was emphasized in the fact that audience members were given earth-friendly fabric shopping bags so that they could uphold these values not just while they were watching the performance but into the future. Coming from a society which has reverted to everything disposable from housewares to bodywares, this show was a standout statement. The kind of statement that every single fashion show tries to make, this one actually did.
The venue, Club Soda, felt like it was built for the event. Cathedral style with high ceilings, it has a classy, lounge vibe, and plenty of room on the main floor for the large U-shaped runway. The show started with a compelling dance performance that could only be described as primal. Coupled with earthy rhythms and kickin’ beats, this transported the audience into the fantasy, and put them in just the right mood for the couture that was about to hit the runway.
And did it hit. It just kept coming and coming. Edgy. Funky. Sexy. Easily club wear. Any one of those outfits would make a splash on the dance floor. Earth and air were evoked in texture, with lush recycled fur and flowy garments made from scarves. Water and fire were hard to miss as color shouted them out, with cool blues and hot, hot reds. The styles really ranged, from eighties-inspired clothing to raw, millennium wear. Hair and makeup also ran the gammit of styles, yet had a crafty cohesion that tied the entire show together.
One of the largest and best fashion shows that this reviewer has seen in Montreal...it’s hard to believe that the people who put it on have yet to finish their training! If this is what they can do as students, all I can say is, look out Montreal, scratch that, world.
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