Last Saturday evening, guests at Windermere Manor were enchanted by the retelling of Coco Chanel’s life story. The retro production was cultivated by Western University student, Emily High-Fash. With the brilliant choice of venue, High-Fash transported guests back in time to the swinging 1930’s; a decade when Coco Chanel was in her prime.
The show was divided into sections, representing five different stages of Coco’s life story, as well as varying Ontario designers who contributed garments for the runway. The designs for the first stage, created by Christopher J. Nevin, were themed “Funeral”, and showcased a soft but edgy feel. In the second portion of the show, the theme was “Cabaret” displaying flirty, burlesque-styled garments designed by Jacqui Plonka and Naz S. “My Fair Lady” was the third theme of the show. Carmina de Young and Melissa Vallerino added sleek and sophisticated pieces to this phase, which also featured hats created by Laura Welsh. The fourth portion of the show was titled “The First Outfit” where designers Alanna Kiatt and Alina Lariviere offered designs with a masculine touch. In the final “Modern Woman” sequence, modernized Chanel-inspired formal wear, created by Marisa Crandall and Andrea Lorimer, capped off the evening performance.
Adding a touch of genius to the show, Josh Litman and High-Fash, preluded each phase of the show with video clips of entertaining facts, and beautiful cinematography of actress Coco. These clips prepared the audience as to what style would be walking the runway next.
The term “successful” is an understatement to describe the show turnout. Emily High-Fash has a real knack for fashion and production and the public’s anticipation is always high for what project she is going to tackle next.
All proceeds of the Coco Chanel Pour Le Temps show were donated to Mito Canada, an organization that raises awareness and provides support to people who are affected by Mitochondrial Disease.