TFW diary: Hits and misses at Denis Gagnon

Denis Gagnon Fall 2011
Denis Gagnon Fall 2011
Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

After Denis Gagnon’s stunning spring 2011 fringe fest, the fashion pack has been patiently awaiting his follow-up performance. True to form, Gagnon churned out his signature unconventional silhouettes and heavy hitting hardware (industrial-strength exposed zippers zigzagged down many a top and dress) for fall 2011. But this time around, the hits were sprinkled throughout his collection, which called for a round of “I-spy-the-editorial-pieces”.  While the brightly coloured (dare I say clownish?) tulle trim verged on distraction, his texture message was at its best when tough utility jackets were paired with soft pleated maxi skirts. Known for his love of noire, Gagnon introduced a few hot hues into the mix, (blush, orange, fuchsia) which brightened up his overall dark, somber mood. Highlights included his incredible sculptural details seen on his bomber jacket, the cool leather and chiffon mixes, the oversized cobweb knits and his statement tribal-inspired accessories (a collaboration with jewellery designer Dandi Maestre).

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