Ottawa Fashion Week SS'14

Ottawa Fashion Week SS'14 was last weekend at the Hilton Lac Leamy Hotel. It's one of the only big fashion events in the city and one that I always look forward to. This season, I was covering the event for Ottawa Woman newspaper, the Rickshaw Ottawa blog and of course, here on The Fashion Kidd. Two of the days I was joined with my friend Aurelia and amazing local photographer Gabrielle and my partner in crime for all three days was none other than my best friend Rosie.

The event tends to move locations each season. While my favourite will always be the National Gallery, there simply isn't enough room to fit all of the people that OFW now attracts. The Hilton this year was a top favourite location for it's gorgeous decorations, high ceilings, and red carpet. However, the drive was a bit much and probably even worse for those who don't drive.

We had so much fun throughout the whole weekend- from the dressing up, taking pictures, driving around in my Ford Fusion, exploring the marketplace and Mirari Studio and of course watching the shows. The Mirari Studio was a new addition this year which was basically a room to showcase art, music, and clothing. It was very intimate which was nice however I really did miss hearing live music while in the marketplace, having a drink and simply waiting to go into the shows. 

The runway shows were the best part of the weekend. From urban jumpsuits with rugged combat boots to diamond encrusted cocktail gowns with sky high stilettos and everything in between, the runway offered a completely unique experience from show to show. 

My favourite show was and always seems to be Y.D.N.A by Andy Nguyen. He always surprises the audience and presents unique individuality between each piece. This season, he had the runway wrapped in plastic that appeared black from the seats but was actually aluminum-silver, which predicted the feel of the show. While nearly every model was wearing a small golden crown and an all-black leather outfit, each look was completely unique. Designer Andy Nguyen really captured the modern day goth.

Helmer this year was mind-blowing. See the first picture below, he created these extraordinary gowns- each completely different with so much detail. I was so happy to see everything up close when the models posed at the media wall. 

Another favourite was Brit Wacher. Being a huge fan of blazers and business wear, she really caught my attention with her edgy twists on classic work wear. While many of the other designers used black leather in their collections, I really enjoyed how Brit styled the black leather pieces with lighter, airy tops and blouses. 

In celebrating their 10th season, Ottawa Fashion Week provided Ottawa with a fun-filled weekend of artistic expression in all forms  - in grand proportion.

Helmer. Photo by me.

Y.D.N.A. by Andy Nguyen. Photo by Gabrielle McKay.

Coat: Alpine Studio, Value Village $20. Blazer: Salvation Army $5. Skirt: Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show $15. Bag Winners $80 Necklace F21 $12. Photo by Gabrielle McKay.

Shoes: Joe Fresh $10. Photo by  Gabrielle McKay.

Me and my sexy Ford Fusion hybrid. Thanks so much to Ford for allowing me to arrive to fashion week in style - and still stay green! I absolutely adored this car. So much so that I almost cried when my week with it was up. The royal blue colour and shape is so chic and the interior is even cooler. Touchscreens, leather (and heated) seats, insane speakers, and webcam views when reversing (super helpful). I had so much fun cruising around town and it was the most glamorous way to travel to fashion week. 

Ou la la! Such a hot car. Photo by me.

Love this car! Photo by Gabrielle McKay.

Jumpsuit: Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show, $35 Shoes: Value Village $7 Photo by Rosie Waugh.

Trying to be a model-ha! Photo by Rosie Waugh.

Bag: Ragtime Vintage $20 Photo by Rosie Waugh, www.secondhand-rose.com

Kimono: Value Village $4 Purse: Value Village $4 Top: Value Village: $6 Necklace: H&M $16 Boots: The Bay $20 Leather skirt: Winners $29 Photo by Gabrielle McKay.

A few instagram pictures over the course of fashion week.


  1. Had such a blast with you! I'm missing that weekend, the fashion and of course THAT FORD FUSION! <3

  2. This was a great recap! I've gotten a bit bored reading NYFW so this was a breath of fresh air!

    Gosh, you gotta stop dressing so awesome. Save some for the rest of, alright?

  3. Great post! Glad you enjoyed driving the Ford Fusion!

  4. Soooooooooooooo fabulous.