While London Fashion Week just ended and the shows in Milan started this morning, we’re going back to revisit the fourth and final day of Montreal Fashion Week. This year Groupe Sensation Mode launched a new event, Exhibit 22, that showcased up-and-coming designers. Most of the invitees were from Montreal, including Betina Lou by Marie-Ève Émond. New discoveries included knitwear designer Maude Nibelungen and accessories line Aime by W. by Bertrand W. Delancourt. I’ve also been personally following fellow local ladies Evelyne Fay from White Label and Hayley Gibson from Birds of North America, but I must send out a special shout-out to B.C.-boy Earl Luigi from LLUI—we’re both from the Philippines and I love how he incorporates Filipino textiles into his work. Read more »
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Day three was a lull in the Montreal Fashion Week storm. Fashion mavens, it appeared, were saving their most spectacular looks for day four’s finale. Today was a time for investment shopping.
Since I met Cinthya Chalifoux, the scissor whiz behind CIN Tailleur, I’ve enjoyed her feminine approach to made-to-measure. Having learned her trade from an old-school Montreal master tailor Roger Paquin, she’s been carving out a nice little niche for herself, crafting quality, fitted clothing. The short-but-sweet collection she presented in the cocktail lounge totalled about a dozen looks (for both men and women), all of them showcasing a suave English-countryside sophistication in tweed and cashmere, but amped up with black over-the-knee platform boots—for the women, that is.
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How to survive Montreal Fashion Week? A roll of Mentos; it’s like breath-freshening gum that you can swallow. And breathe! I don’t mean simply inhale, but breathe in the moment. Season after season as I watch the evolution of designers maturing with each collection, I feel like I’m learning and growing too.
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Montreal Fashion Week: The shows kick off with an androgynous ode at Marie Saint Pierre, an Andrej Pejic–inspired runway appearance at DUY and more
I started Montreal Fashion Week with a major misstep; I missed the Tavãn & Mitto show. But Dressed to Kill’s EIC, Stéphane Le Duc, raved about T&M’s expert cuts and the luxurious repositioning of the brand—also how they’re going to sell exclusively from their boutique. It’s an interesting move that seems in line with the city’s growing niche market of quality and made-to-measure garments. As for the clothes, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Hours before, I had received an early-bird Tweet from stylist Cary Tauben that he’d be styling DUY’s runway. “Get ready for a couture show,” he wrote, dropping a few crumbs about a “surprise.” Indeed, Duy Nguyen delivered a very haute-lifting experience. The Parisienne Madame focus was clear; the rich urban palette was solid. The “surprise” was Tauben himself, who—in an obvious Andrej Pejic–inspired move—strut his bare, model-esque legs beneath a fur-collared coat down the stage to rippling applause.
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