the shOws – Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring Summer 2012

the shOws - Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring Summer 2012

Jean-Pierre Braganza is one of the four designers that showcased their Spring Summer 2012 collections with the the shOws at the Ritz-Carlton. the shOws is the brainchild of Paola Fullerton.

“Our aim is to put the spotlight on Canadian Designers, Hair and Makeup Artists and Models and build a property that benefits not only our designers, artists and retailers but also our supportive sponsors, by showcasing the very best of Canadian talent at home and abroad to our media, buyers and stylists.

the shOws - Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring Summer 2012

The purpose of The ShOws is to bring together our most talented and creative Canadian designers each season and allow them to present their collections here in Toronto to the fashion industry without incurring any production costs themselves. We want to support them here at home and give them every possible opportunity to continue to build their brands.” – Paola Fullerton, Founder & Creative Director

Jean-Pierre Braganza is a Toronto ex-pat who has shown at London Fashion Week since 2004. He worked with Roland Mouret before starting his own label. Jean-Pierre was my favourite of all the shOws designers. His bold prints, strategic cutouts, asymmetrical details and geometric designs won me over from the first studded look. There were a lot of Art Deco influences in the collection expressed with prints and silhouettes. How could I not love a man who loves crazy platforms. The shoes complemented the collection perfectly. Jean-Pierre teamed up with UK-based shoe company Dune to produce these beauties.

the shOws - Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring Summer 2012

He perfectly balanced his neutral staples like black, grey, white and cream with vibrant orange and red. I liked the subtle hip level cutouts he featured in blazers and dresses. It was an accessible way to add a bit of skin to a garment without scaring away potential women buyers. Jean-Pierre’s spring summer 2012 inspiration includes The German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Ben Nicholson and his studio beauties. The collection had a good balance of dresses, suiting and separates with all pieces being more desirable than the next.

the shOws - Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring Summer 2012

I stopped taking photos and video on the second day of the shows but I found a video from London Fashion Week. The lineup and music are exactly the same.

Full collection photos for Jean-Pierre Braganza’s Spring Summer 2012 collection are on torontolife.com. Jenna’s photos are amazing.

Jean-Pierre Braganza is available in Toronto at
Carte Blanche
758 Queen Street West
Toronto
(416)532-0347

Image: Jenna Marie Wakani, tumblr.com

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.