DESIGNER’S BREAK FROM THE CATWALK YIELDS A MIXTURE OF OLD & NEW IDEAS
Story by Odessa Paloma Parker
Photos provided by Alejandro Collados-Núñez
When creative types take a step back from the spotlight, it’s often in order to rejuvenate their creativity. In the case of Evan Biddell, his usual high-impact pieces and playful sensibilities seemed to undergo a recalibration while he was on hiatus; what was left was a more direct impulse to design occasion-ready clothing, and most likely appeal to a wider clientele.
To create the capsule-like collection of 12 looks, titled aMUSE, Biddell seemingly drew on influences ranging from Paul Poiret’s fascination with draping, exoticism and velvet, to Andy Warhol’s pop art prints. While the silhouettes and cuts were highly wearable, Biddell retained a small sense of his flair for the dramatic as evening wear was the primary focus of the show.
With each look having such presence on its own, it’s no wonder that Biddell didn’t seemed fussed about fusing together the pieces with a unified colour palette or inspirational theme. And while the move is seemingly unorthodox during a week of tightly spun shows, it almost makes sense that Canadian fashion’s one-time wild child re-emerged with a collection that didn’t make much sense at all, but was full of creativity and beauty in its own right.