TOM* RUNWAYS DAY TWO: DESIGNER STANDOUT – PASCAL LABELLE
As the second day of TOM* runways slipped into a focused rhythm, there was one standout designer who commanded the room, stamping a lasting impression with his powerful collection.
Quebec designer Pascal Labelle got the party started tonight, blasting out the gates with a tight, polished show highlighting his elaborate collection of luxurious custom-made coats. Drawing on an arsenal of celebrities including Eve Salvail – who opened the show strutting fiercely in a daringly unbuttoned leather jacket – the designer quickly set a thrilling, all-chips-in tone. We were in for a smokeshow.
With laser-focus, Labelle power-played his pieces, skillfully combining fur, leather, shearling and wool to create coats that were simultaneously personalized, yet distinctive to the label. Giving us a variety in his 21 looks, the designer expertly assimilated a lineup of rock-n-roll, biker, grunge, posh and urban, all finessed with a sleek and sophisticated feel. A palette of dark neutrals kept the vibe current, but decidedly upscale. Hair and makeup remained natural and organic to bring out the best of each model’s natural features, keeping in alignment with the customized way the designer is known to structure his clothes.
Opulent pieces poured past us on the runway, triggering a stream of dopamine readily absorbed by the roused crowd who cheered and cat-called their approval. Standout pieces included a masterful black and grey coat with a studded back, boasting a high collar with a lavish fur trim and leather straps, along with a striking motorcycle leather jacket embossed with black paneling and light patchwork (paired superbly with all-black ensemble of ripped skinnies, leather gloves and ankle boots).
As the finale rolled around, there was a discernible sense of admiration as the audience digested the depth of effort put forth into this collection, the models marching the catwalk in unison like the most ruggedly glamorous army you’d ever seen. Prepared to stand the test of time in both craftsmanship and style, Labelle clearly knows what he’s doing. Consider these show-stopping coats an investment well worth making.
Written by: Suzanna Ornoch