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|Written by Kelsa Staffa|
|Monday, 07 May 2012 19:05|
One day I came home from work and was traumatized to find my favourite sweater, a beautiful wraparound burgundy cardigan from RW&CO, shrunk to a Chihuahua's size. So I was more than excited to receive an invitation to preview the new RW&CO summer line at a pre-JUNOS cocktail party at the RW&CO celebrity outfitting suite at the Westin hotel.My photographer friend and I sipped wine and cocktails as we drifted around the modern hotel suite, browsing the clothing on display and marveling at the phenomenal views afforded by the large balcony. We were frequently interrupted by professional photographers rushing to snap photos of new arrivals - guests at the party included many Canadian music stars, such as members of the Sam Roberts Band, members of High Valley and Simple Plan, and solo stars such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Mia Martina, and JRDN.
I love attending fashion events, especially with people who are not afraid to take fashion risks. We saw 5" heels, transparent harem pants, startling combinations of colours and patterns, and skirts so short I was confused as to whether they should have another name. The people-watching was as delicious on my fashion palate as was the checking out of the summer collection pieces.The variety in the dresses on display really caught my attention. Nothing irks me more in a collection than every piece being an iteration of another. In the RW&CO summer line there were 60s silhouettes in the form of mod dresses, ruffled details on light summer frocks, and more structured dresses reminiscent of Jackie O. The coral, lemon, and turquoise colours were refreshingly soft as opposed to glaring. The women's accessories continued to follow the recent style of rhinestones and pearls, matched together in funky (and sometimes chunky) ways.
I was pleased about how wearable the men's collection looked. The colours were muted but not so pastel that the pickier men would deem them too "feminine." I really appreciated how much colour was in the collection, too - most men I know are notorious for wearing grey as a "colour."
The only vexing part to me, as an avid online shopper, is how limited the RW&CO website is. I suppose it's designed to give you a sneak peek of what you can find in the store, but I love to browse through my favourite online shops on my lunch breaks, and, even more so when I can pop over to the mall on my way home from work and get exactly what I'm looking for. Nonetheless, I am, as always, excited to hit the store and see what I can see.
Tags: blue rodeo, cocktails, culture, fashion, high valley, illumination, jason mccoy, junos, lookin good, music, rw&co, those are some nice views, we call it an ass scarf when it is that short