STYLE

Caitlin Power goes bold in sophisticated separates for the modern woman

10/24/2013 09:56 EDT | Updated 12/24/2013 05:12 EST
TORONTO - With vivid hues, striking patterns and razor-sharp tailoring, Caitlin Power offered a fresh, bold take on classic womenswear at Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week on Thursday.

The Calgary-born, Toronto-based designer cited a recent sojourn to the French Caribbean as inspiration for her spring-summer line, aiming to pack a punch with bright shades and prints channelling influence from the islands.

Indeed, Power demonstrated that outerwear, suits, blouses, pants and other polished separates designed for the office or after-hours don't need to be staid or steeped in basic shades like black, navy or grey.

There were plenty of deep reds, rich browns and lush greens in the range, and no shortage of details to add visual interest to the garments, like leather panelling on shorts, enlarged keyhole accents on blouses and plunging necklines on fitted suit jackets and dresses. Power added inventive flavour, texture and eye-catching embellishments with criss-cross designs, large-scale graphic print emblazoned on coats and skirts and subtle patterns dotted on shorts and blazers.

Despite the injection of stronger colours, teamings of traditional and more muted hues were also on display, such as black panelling and trims on a sleeveless blouse to the flash of tan fabric adorning the hem of a black dress.

A trio of models sporting fitted, chevron-patterned leather dresses closed out the presentation of cohesive looks.

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