Simon Chang - fall/winter 2006

Simon Chang, Canada’s ageless, self-styled fashion maverick, presented a colourful though overdone collection for fall/winter 2006-07 as part of CIMM’s 25th anniversary.

The aristocratic tapestry, consisting of puffed taffeta and enough embroidery to choke a horse, feel like a little much. Perfect silhouettes are cluttered by unnecessary frills, and otherwise snappy jeans are covered with distracting patches.

The more formal Simon Chang gets, the more cohesive the look is. The patchwork bell dress with mohair seams goes swimmingly with the mohair jacket it is paired with. Jacquard, lace and embroidery conspire to create a one-of-a-kind jean jacket.

Outerwear may be what saves this collection. The snow-white button-up jacket is frosty and minimal, with an immaculate finish also seen on the pea coats.

Daniel Cox, Fashion Editor
Marek Wlazlo, Photographer