Like flower buds, Philip Sparks is synonymous with springtime in Toronto. The king of classic style inaugurated fashion season on Monday night with one of his off-site shows at The Burroughs Building. The lofty space was a blur of colour and conversation, flutes of pink champagne dancing through the crowd.
Sparks’ fall/winter 2011 line celebrated the sports and styles of Canadian winter. Heavy coats and wool blend separates were done in warm earth tones – moss, slate, and burnt orange – with undyed lambswool trims adding next-level sophistication. Slope-worthy knits, lumberjack plaids, and tailored jackets were layered to create cozy ensembles, fit for the urban tundra.
I love how Philip embodies his work. What a dapper chap!
Always a fan of les tableaux vivants, Philip’s models then positioned themselves against a tiered backdrop of dried grass, vintage sports equipment, and pixelated tapestries by Grant Heaps, an old colleague from the National Ballet’s costume department. Heaps used vintage needlepoint patterns to create the deer portraits, each square representing a single stitch.
The show was reminiscent of an exhibition at The Natural History Museum: “Here, children, you can see how timeless style is about fit, fabric, and pattern choice.”