Monday, October 29, 2012

An Ode To Evening Wear At Lucian Matis

Lucian Matis is one of Canada’s most buzzed about designers and his shows never disappoint. Twitter was aflutter last spring when the designer presented his Fall/Winter 2012 collection, and since then, his attention-grabbing dresses have appeared on many red carpets and Toronto events. When I managed to score a ticket to his show, I was excited and eager to see what brilliant designs would parade down the runway.  

Bright broken-glass prints and floral patterns started off the show. Tastefully exposed midriffs have been making an appearance at many Spring/Summer 2013 collections and this was no exception. The show took a different turn about midway through as sheer, pale gold confections followed by a blast of colour and baroque prints made their entrance. Overall, the show had me visualizing myself wearing some of the pieces to my next formal event.  

What I really enjoy about Lucian Matis designs, is that he gives a great perspective on evening wear. It can sometimes be hard to shop for notable evening wear, but the Spring/Summer 2013 collection gives us a great direction. Here are some pointers:

Top left: Leather can be evening wear when it’s done right. The red dress with the cream coloured cap sleeves is great because it is structured and is embossed which makes it appear purposeful.  

Bottom left: Choosing a luxe, intricate print like the patterned red dress can be a great starting place for evening wear. Accessorize with like colours in order to avoid overdoing it. The giant red earrings are just enough of a statement against this beautiful dress.

Right: Finally, don’t be afraid of colour. It’s very easy to fade to black when choosing evening wear. The multi-coloured floor length gown is attention-seeking in elegance. Conservative long sleeves and floor length shape balance out the bright and bold print of the dress. 

When the time comes when I’ll need to wear formal attire to a black tie wedding or a charity gala dinner, I hope that I can be so lucky as to wear a Lucian Matis design. I only hope that that time comes soon enough!

Carolyn Desrosiers is the style blogger behind Find her on Twitter @covetedclassics

Additional photos supplied by: Jenna Marie Wakani

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