Posted Oct 22, 2010 in About Last Night, For Her | 0 Comments

LG Fashion Week Day 4: Romona Keveza


Romona Keveza is a veteran of the Canadian fashion scene. Now a New York based designer, Keveza’s collections have shown internationally, and in fact, this collection comes to us straight off the runways of Paris and New York. This past year I worked as an assistant to an up-and-coming stylist here in Toronto and I was lucky enough to get to work with some of Keveza’s designs first hand. And let me tell you, the craftsmanship and skill that goes into creating her princess-like ball gowns and bridal wear is unbelievable up close and personal. The collection presented yesterday was incredible. I know, that’s not very descriptive, I’ll get there. But it was the first time all week where I actually felt those beloved fashion goose bumps. And the fact that the show opened with the original trailer to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Keveza’s inspiration for the collection) was only the icing on an already scrumptious collection.

One of Keveza’s many strengths is her understanding of the fabrics and textiles that she works with. This is especially evident in the chiffon empire waist dresses that seemed to literally swim down the runway, and even more so in the ruffled skirts and structured bodices that would most likely weigh a hefty 10 pounds or so, and yet somehow appear as light as feather. But floor length gowns are not her only specialty. A number of chic cocktail dresses (that actually reminded me of my Prom dress from way back when) in pale shades of burnt rose and sea foam were particularly adorable, and highlighted the Audrey-esque inspiration cited at the beginning of the show.

The show was split up into four sections, separating her cocktail, evening and bridal wear. And after witnessing my first bridal collection, I’d marry just about anyone to have a chance to wear one of these gowns. In fact, one particular chiffon number had me nearly in tears as I suddenly found myself channeling the girliest of  girly-girls, picturing myself walking to the altar clad in a Keveza original. Would it be weird if I added wedding gowns to my daily wardrobe? I really don’t think I can wait until I’m actually walking down the altar. It just doesn’t seem fair!

As you can tell, this show was pretty darn unbelievable, and the standing ovation that followed the finale was a surprise only to Keveza herself, who was so overwhelmed by the reaction that she was fighting back tears as she came out to take her bow. And to be quite honest, I don’t think she was the only one welling up.

All photos by Gillian Gillespie. Check out her website here!

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