Glam­our in the Ham­mer for a good cause

The Hamilton Spectator - - Go - SH­ERYL NADLER

An ex­pected 800 fash­ion­istas and food­ies are ex­pected to gather at the Hamil­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre for an evening of Hamil­ton-made run­way fash­ion and gourmet treats, one week from to­day.

In its fourth year, Glam­our in the Ham­mer show­cases a broad range of home­grown tal­ent on the run­way in sup­port of Good Shep­herd, fea­tur­ing 14 lo­cal de­sign­ers, 10 lo­cal celebrity mod­els and food from 11 lo­cal restau­rants.

“My whole rai­son d’être was to make sure that it’s com­mu­nity help­ing com­mu­nity,” says event chair Patti Leonard. “So the lo­cal de­sign­ers who have a hard time get­ting their names out … this is an­other venue for them to get their names out there. And then they, in turn, help to get the Good Shep­herd’s name out there. So, to me it’s all about win-win and how Hamil­ton co-op­er­ates and works to­gether.”

Not sure whose de­signs you’ll see head­ing down the run­way? We’ve high­lighted a few of the de­sign­ers for you here.

Mal­lory Gos­selin

Mal­lory Gos­selin was two years out of Cathe­dral High School, work­ing in a fab­ric store and toy­ing with the idea of putting to­gether her own de­sign col­lec­tion when op­por­tu­nity pounded on her door: an in­vi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate in a fash­ion show in Toronto. That’s when ev­ery­thing changed.

Gos­selin got to work de­sign­ing her first col­lec­tion, a brand name and logo. And be­cause she hails from a fam­ily of artists, grew up sur­rounded by art and mak­ing art, it should come as no sur­prise that when it came time to cre­ate her own de­signs, she looked to art for in­spi­ra­tion.

“This first one, I re­ally wanted to go graphic with it,” says Gos­selin, 25, of the first col­lec­tion she de­signed for Glam­our in the Ham­mer, three years ago. “I was re­ally in­spired by pop art. Hence a lot of the polka dots and the bright colours. So Andy Warhol was def­i­nitely a big in­spi­ra­tion.”

The fol­low­ing year, a Ja­panese paint­ing of wa­ter­fowl and lo­tus flow­ers served as muse for a col­lec­tion rife with browns, creams and swishes of green. Pink lo­tuses, sim­i­lar to the flow­ers in the paint­ing and hand­painted by Gos­selin, graced the hems of some of the full, flared skirts.

So what can we ex­pect this year, from Gos­selin’s third col­lec­tion for Glam­our in the Ham­mer? Roses are Red is about pas­sion, she says, about her re­la­tion­ship with fash­ion, about where she is right now as an artist. The col­lec­tion is lay­ered with tex­ture like lace, bro­cade, or­ganza flow­ers, in a monochro­matic pal­ette punc­tu­ated with splashes of red.

“To me, pas­sion can be scary and there’s a lot of pain that can come from it but then at the same time, there’s so much good that can come from it,” says Gos­selin, who also works at Black­bird Stu­dios. “And I kind of like that con­trast and how close they are to­gether, so that’s kind of why I went with the dark tones, the black, the white and the red to show this sort of power.”

The Eye of Faith

Aaron Duarte was work­ing the counter at Booster Juice in Lime Ridge Mall seven years ago when a tall drink of wa­ter by the name of Paul Heaton ap­proached with a friend. Their eyes met, some­thing clicked. But it wasn’t until an­other chance meet­ing at a night­club later that evening that they ex­changed num­bers and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.

Be­cause on Nov. 11, 2011 (11-11-11), soon af­ter em­bark­ing on a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship, Duarte and Heaton formed the brand The Eye of Faith for blog­ging, sell­ing un­al­tered and up­cy­cled vin­tage from their Etsy shop and even­tu­ally tran­si­tion­ing into de­sign­ing orig­i­nal pieces for stage pro­duc­tions and run­way shows.

“We like to play off es­o­teric ideas and ide­ol­ogy,” Heaton says of the brand’s es­thetic. “And just the idea of nu­merol­ogy and all those sort of al­most se­cret so­ci­ety things, is where the idea came from.”

“(The Eye of Faith) is a sym­bol of the eye in the sky that you can look to that rep­re­sents your destiny, and just hav­ing faith in that, so build­ing on your dreams,” adds Duarte.

The pair have been with Glam­our

SH­ERYL NADLER PHO­TOS SPE­CIAL TO THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Mal­lory Gos­selin wears a de­sign from her first Glam­our in the Ham­mer col­lec­tion.

Carla Cri­m­in­isi at Charles and Hunt in the Lis­ter Block.

Paul Heaton, left, and Aaron Duarte are the tal­ent be­hind the brand The Eye of Faith.

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