Scenes from the runway

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A model wearing a design by Yola Couture adjusts her shoe backstage Photograph by: Wayne Cuddington, Ottawa Citizen

Silk, cotton, linen and taffeta ruled the runway along with finely crafted suits and gowns, edgy street wear, smart office attire, lace and silk gala gowns, ’50s frocks and loose, Indian-inspired separates.

Zesty shades such as buttercup and mustard, vibrant reds and seductive seafoam hues popped up on the catwalk as did designers’ love affair with lace, pleating, and splashy floral patterns.

Twenty-two designers brought their game to Ottawa Fashion Week Oct. 12-14 to showcase their Spring/Summer 2013 at Sala San Marco in Little Italy.

Quebec designers were well represented with Christian Chenail’s classy Muse collection, Melow par Mélissa Bolduc’s modern layering, Lise-Marie Cayer of Voyou’s hip vibe and Montreal’s Andy Nguyen’s theatrical show that saw toned men sporting tight leather shorts holding parasols that spilled gold glitter onto the runway and models.

Hometown designers were not to be outdone with Jana Hanzel and Emilia Torabi’s finely crafted Volcano collection, flirty silk dresses by Geneviève Lima’s Miami-inspired line, bright digitally-created patterns from Alice & Alishka and a colourful selection by Gwen Madiba.

Bruno Racine, creative director of OFW, expects the next show to be held at the Westin Hotel at the end of February. His four-year-old fashion event will team up with the National Capital Commission during Winterlude.

“Stay tuned. There’s more fun ahead,” Racine says.

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