TEFW – Katrina Tuttle Spring 2010

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Katrina Tuttle is proud that she never when to fashion design school. I would say she might want to reconsider that statement as it looked like she could use a little help in the construction side of things. Towards the end of the collection my inklings about fit and construction of the line were confirmed. In the front row you get a better look at the clothing and their imperfections. One pretty grey skirt came down the runway with zipper side completely open. The finale dress was painful to watch. The model was holding it up from falling with the sides of her arms. It looked very unnatural and you could feel the model’s anxiety of keeping the dress up.

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The collection was mostly a series of short cocktail dresses. I didn’t see any noticeable theme so it was a typical hodge podge of fabrics, silhouettes and garments. Katrina has a lot of potential. I saw her at FAT earlier in the year and I still stand by the unnecessary details comment I made back then. Things like the button on the back of a collar made no functional or design sense to me.

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There were a couple dresses that stood out for me in Katrina’s collection. The yellow with folder fabric detail was a favourite.

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The grey dress that used buttons for pinning fabric into a slightly ruffled detail was a great use of her signature button detail.

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Katrina only started her line in 2007 and it’s only taken her two years to get to LG Fashion Week. She’s a young woman at 21 and I’ll be interested to see how her career progresses and matures.

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.