Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 – 2010 Womenswear Media Preview

There is nothing I love more than getting a sneak preview of anything fashion related. I was pretty pumped for the Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 – 2010 Womenswear Media preview. What new goodies did the buyers bring back for us interested fashion folk.

Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 - 2010 Womenswear Media Preview

Special bonus was an appearance by Joseph Altuzarra. He is being touted as the one to watch by many. His stuff is pretty hot, I have to admit. He was an intern at Marc Jacobs and freelanced for Proenza Schouler. Riccardo Tisci also recruited him to be a design assistant at Givenchy. His first collection was Spring 2008. He was absolutely adorable. How can you not love a guy whose primary muse is his Mom.

Altuzarra - Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 - 2010 Womenswear Media Preview

The event was held in the 3rd floor Contemporary area. Select samples from the season where on display for everyone to get a look at. Barbara Atkin, Vice President, Fashion Direction for Holt Renfrew talked about their trend research for the season and the direction for buyers. She talked about the new economy. Less, but better the new mantra. Giving the best product value for the money was a big focus this season. Another buzz word was serious consumption instead of conspicuous consumption. The are looking for that beautiful product that will become iconic, not a flash in the pan.

Trends on the Holts radar this fall are:

Bold Shoulder. DIY it up, find some shoulder pads and update your coat or buy a strong shouldered coat this fall
Shine. Don't leave it for special occasions. Mix sequins with knits and flannel.
Knit Dressing. Key pieces are the cardigan and dress
Slim leg. Slim pants and leggings to show off the gams
Collar Effect. Will see a lot of collars and bibs necklaces. It frames the face.
Satchel. Buy buy to the It bag. The new bags are classic and a long term investment.
City pump. Making an 80s comeback.
Boot legging. These are the new sky high boots. Perfect with the slim leg trend
Belt It

Some of the new labels for fall that I’m excited to see include: Phi, Altuzarra, Dannijo, Alexander Wang handbags, Salvatore Ferragamo for Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander McQueen and PUMA, Philip Lim 3.1 jewellery, Bing Bang by Anna Sheffield, Malababa, Luxury Rebel, Fluxus, Reebok, Sendra Boots and BOYY.

Check out all the photos I took in the slideshow:

By Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.


  1. I thought I was looking at an 80s revival show for a minute. I love both black dresses, especially the sweater dress with the belt. Did Danielle buy those boots? How does a humble shopping blogger get on the list for these events? 😉

    1. The Boot Legging that Danielle is holding up are expensive as all hell $1500 approx I think. I’ll have to check for sure, I didn’t photograph the tag for that one. It’s very 80s that is for sure.

  2. That black bag must be Alexander Wang..if not he’s got one just like it…I want it.

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