Paul Hardy Spring 2008 Collection
Paul’s recent showing at L’Oreal Fashion Week marked his fifth anniversary in the fashion business. Having shown his collections around the world since debuting here in 2002, Paul Hardy had a dramatic showing this year. Putting together his entire Spring runway collection in just 12 days, Paul presented an enchanting collection full of beautiful dresses in a myriad of colours, shapes, layers and textures. Working with a lot of sheers, chiffons, and fabrics with metal content, Hardy upped the creative quotient with his striking pairings of fabrics and colours, and his use of daring models with bandaged headwraps clad in Paul Hardy’s ethereal fantasy Spring collection, which included gowns with ruffles, gathered dresses matched with equally striking tops, light as air knits, crinkly ruffle pieces, and dresses pleated and embellished with crystal jewels as buttons. The collection’s highlight was a mandarin orange mini with a black bow strategically wrapped around the dress’ neckline.
As for his influences, Paul noted prior to L’Oreal Fashion Week that colour was a huge influence in his Spring 2008 collection. Bright colours such as mandarin orange, emerald green, and canary yellow dominated his Spring collection. On why more Canadian designers continue to show in Toronto as opposed to the other fashion capitals of the world, Paul mentioned days prior to fashion week that, for the most part, it’s personal, although the Toronto fashion shows do generate national press. Being based in Calgary, Paul noted how nice it is was to reappear once in a while.