TRENDS THRIVE IN AN UNFUSSY COLLECTION
Story by Odessa Paloma Parker
Runway photos by Raymond Chow (Canada Wears)
Backstage beauty photo by Odessa Paloma Parker
Rachel Sin creates clothing for those not interested in the avant garde, exaggerated or outré. Known for her wearable, wardrobe-building pieces, Sin – a former architect – knows how to make garments that flatter a woman’s body (rather than attempt to wrangle it).
With looks ranging from tailored suiting to loose-fit jersey, her S/S13 collection was a study in how trends (in this case the use of lace and peplum) can be incorporated to give a little interest to an otherwise demure piece. Inspired by the Farnsworth House (designed by Mies Van der Rohe), the “sparseness” of the iconic architectural wonder was combined with touches of 1950s femininity.
Before the show, I was treated to a makeup tutorial by Grace Lee, the lead makeup artist for Maybelline New York in Canada. She explained how the show’s mod-meets-classic cat eye look came together using Maybelline New York’s Master Precise Liner to create a graphic shape on the eye lid; curled lashes were pumped up with the brand’s new Rocket Volum’ mascara, which Lee describes as “the one” when it comes to beauty technology. Both products (available in January 2013) dried in mere seconds, meaning you too can achieve this dramatic (but easy-to-do) look on the busiest of days.