Most of us only catch a glimpse of runways on late night reruns of Sex and the City. But, in Ottawa, we’re lucky enough to have them going right at our dining table. That is, if you happened to be having lunch at Santé Restaurant during its Spring Fashion Show series featuring a list of fashion designers in the capital. Connected right next to it’s sister establishment, Holtz Spa, Sante Restaurant is situated right at the heart of downtown Ottawa, with an airy atmosphere and a space generous enough for a catwalk, a make-sift lunch time runway to showcase all the to the beautiful outfits by Ottawa’s fashion couturier Marcelle Benedicte, who will be one of the fashion designers that will be featured at the 2015 Angie’s AMTI Showcase: Rock the Runway on May 2, 2015.
BEAUTIFUL VENUE WITH A STUNNING VIEW
Santé restaurant is a gem of a place, hidden above the Chapters on Rideau Street. For a $25 lunch minimum, you definitely get your money’s worth. Each table setting was simple yet elegant and as a gift to guests, there’s sample of perfume and a gift certificate to Holtz Spa.
The view of the restaurant, from where I sat in an incredibly comfortable and over-sized red leather east, overlooked the magnificent Chateau Laurier and the War Memorial. Each table was its own little island, well-secluded, it felt extremely cozy and the perfect spot to enjoy delectable plates of Asian fusion menu and to view each of Emilie Parise’s custom pieces.
While the entire collection, for both men and women, was notably beautiful, here’s our picks for the TOP 5 SHOWSTOPPING PIECES FROM MARCELLE BENEDICTE SPRING COLLECTION:
1. THE CONVERSATION STARTER AT A COCKTAIL PARTY
Can’t you just see yourself wearing this to a cocktail party? Modeled by Karis Gruben, this piece is perfect for work (with an addition of a fitted blazer or a cardigan) and for leisure. It brings enough class to fit in anywhere. The vertical and horizontal lines accent the sheath waistline, while the pleated yellow skirt beneath highlights the golden buttons, which give this dress a vintage feel. It’s reminiscent of the Marcelle Benedict 2013 line inspired by the roaring ’20s. This masculine-inspired look does exactly the contrast, it accentuates her femininity, like flipping a button down shirt on its head.
The devil is in the details seems to be in the forefront of Emile’s design philosophy. Take a look at the collar, a futuristic looking neckline, which is an original idea on a vintage inspired piece. The two contrasting shapes in this neckline frame the face beautifully. The gem necklace, by Originals by Andrea was the perfect match, subtle enough to compliment the piece, yet beautifully shaped with gold to match the buttons. All in all, the colours are so fresh and the shape is so flattering, making it by far my favourite of the show.
2. THE PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH OUTFIT
What could be more spring-appropriate than this beautiful soft yellow dress with an thick black waist sash. Sashes are so underrated, we need more sashes in the world, don’t you think? Worn by the beautiful Samya Benchabi, she looks like a modern day Belle from Beauty and the Beast. The square neck line, short cap sleeves, and soft colours make this dress more feminine than the last. This pieces simplicity accents another intricate necklace by Originals by Andrea. The white along the front elongates the body and the bold black in the middle accents the feminine shape, creating an altogether simply stunning piece for a Mother’s Day brunch, summer wedding or a garden cocktail party.
3. YELLOW PEPLUM MEETS FABULOUS BLACK
Bringing back the yellow, our next clear favourite is this layered skirt with the same quilted yellow fabric, provided by C&M textiles. The top layer of this skirt accents the hips creating an extra curvaceous figure. Very similar to the second dress with cap sleeves and a black sash, this dress is equally feminine and reminiscent of fairy tales. It’s the perfect canvas to show off the beautiful snake like necklace by Originals by Andrea.
4. THE FIFTY SHADES OF GREY JAW-DROPPER
Beneath the grey satin pleated skirt is a surprise. Jessica Isenor is wearing a purple tutu. Sporting the black waist sash and the futuristic collar, the element of purple every time she walks, sashays and swirls. This outfit is a bit more daring, and not meant for those faint of heart. If you’re looking to make a statement at the party, this outfit is for you. Everyone will be impressed and don’t be surprised if the would want to run their fingers through the beautiful fabric. Need to wear it to a more formal setting? Pair it with a blazer and this could be a real hit.
5. BLACK TIE OPTIONAL GOES SHORT
Lastly, the outfit for the black tie event. We find our black sash once again, atop two pieces. This flattering pleated skirt is forgiving and would suit most body types. It’s short but decent. Just enough to get our man’s heart pumping. With a boat neck and a statement piece from Originals by Andrea, this outfit is sexy all the while keeping it classy.
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Make sure to check out and follow Marcelle Benedicte’s on Facebook and Twitter. Catch her spring collection once again at AMTI’s Annual Rock the Runway Showcase at the Canadian War Musem on May 2, 2015.
How about you, which one is your favourite from Marcelle Benedicte?
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Event Coverage, Text and Images by: Ms. Taylor Boileau, PR for @20YS.
ABOUT TAYLOR BOILEAU
Ottawa-based French Canadian Blogger Taylor Boileau is Twenty York Street’s Resident vintage bargain shopping expert. With 10 years experience sifting through racks at Value Village, she’s got all the tips and tricks you need for finding those tags worth scouring the racks for. Taylor describes her style as quirky, bohemian and retro. She loves to mix and match to create a perfectly unique outfit. She’s currently studying public relations at Algonquin College and hopes to make on career copy writing and blogging. Taylor’s interests lie in fashion and beauty, writing and reading fantasy novels, knitting and sewing, as well as social activism, politics and current events.