Joeffer Caoc - spring/summer 2006

One of Canada’s most exquisite designers shows us how easy it is to look sharp, and that you don’t have to be drowning in pearls to be elegant.

If Joeffer Caoc’s spring-summer 2006 collection can be said to celebrate anything, then it is the art of the dress.

Floral-patterned grey gowns give a sinuous look, laying the locus on those sashaying hips. Two-tone halter dresses cut in navy blue satin are wonderfuly symmetrical, though a pink and brown number defeats its own simplicity by combining multiple fabrics. The hidden brilliance in this collection may lie in its concept of luxury; a more extravagant (read wasteful) designer would have used silk satin where Caoc deemed peau de soie sufficient, and fake Hollywood styling that clearly has no place in this collection.

No designer who tailors to his own drum beat is entirely immune from keeping within reach of international trends. He uses the obi sash sparingly to create strong but not overpowering silhouettes, something that Dries Van Noten paraded in front of a Paris audience for spring.

There are plenty of separates to choose from. A black silk camisole is layered to perfection, weighty enough to be worn on its own over a bias-cut smoke blue silk skirt. Leave it to Caoc to pepper his collection with dashes of futurism, delivering a structured silver blouse we would recognize as his, no matter what the century.

Daniel Cox, Fashion Editor