Monday, April 4, 2011

Toronto's LG Fashion Week Fall 2011 Collections Part Four: Attitude by Jay Manuel

From coaching professional models-to-be to the designer showroom, Jay Manuel has made his mark at Toronto's LG Fashion Week with his new collection, Attitude by Jay Manuel available at Sears this fall. The styling was remarkable with layers of colourful monochromatic and contrasting looks with sleek belts and gold chains. References to the seventies and the ladylike style of Dior's New Look made his first collection a memorable one. Our first two looks feature the power coat. One has a knee-length hem line with a fur-trimmed collar and sleeves, the second in Royal Blue stands out with its military style pockets and gold buttons. These are the coats you want to wear when making a statement.

One of the best ways to showcase a ladylike silhouette is the pencil skirt and Mr. Jay had plenty of them in his debut runway show. To the left, we have a deep purple pleather pencil skirt paired with a peacoat, fitted turtleneck, chic sunglasses and bohemian turban. This monochromatic look creates a powerful and feminine statement. To the right, we have a chic tweed suit with multicoloured fur trim, a look fit for a woman who knows what she wants and goes for it, a la Upper East Side's Blair Waldorf.

It seemed no look in this collection was complete without a pair of opaque coloured hose. After all what better way to add a pop of colour to your look and some warmth to your legs than some fun tights. In shades of purple, burgundy, burnt orange and deep yellow, Jay showed that you can wear coloured tights with just about anything. In the look to the right, we have a teal coat accessorized with a bird-shaped broach worn over a print blouse and burgundy tights. The juxtaposition of this look add a fun element to a more sophisticated style. The look to the left uses colour as a way to punch up a classic look with the tights creating that special wow factor.

Bravo Jay, this will be a collection to remember. What were your favourite looks from LG Fashion Week? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!


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