The first day of Montreal Fashion Week presented a sartorial selection of couture creations, dramatic flair, and a gender-bending moment that sent the crowd in a Twitter frenzy.
Only capturing the last couple of shows of the day (though by the reviews of Tavan&Mitto collection was spectacular), DUY, Melissa Nepton, and, Mode Mother of Montreal, Marie Saint Pierre left everyone in awe and excited for the following three days to come.
A rendition of goth graced with elegance, the Vietnamese-born designer cites as inspiration for his Fall 2012 collection “Grace Kelly meets James Dean." The opposing fancies of tough and chic came way of a dusky palette in ebony, midnight blue, and forest green detailed with zippers and leather softened with lace, cocoon-like jacket, and the ubiquitous fashion silhouette of the moment, the peplum detail. The latter was beautifully redux, designed with a high-waisted band. Proving that luxe can be wearable, the standout pieces were the Shearling jacket, a wool dress curved with crinoline creating a modern shape, and a jumpsuit refined with a mouton sleeve. Thanks to DUY, Montreal can now boast of featuring our very own Andrej Pejic, as stylist cum model-for-the-day strutted the catwalk amongst the rest of the femme fatales.
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Besides the clothes, the beauty was beyond beautiful. With copper two-tone lips and tape lift shaping eyes into an intriguing slant, Melissa Nepton's woman is an ethereal nomadic creature roaming in a winter wonderland. A plethora of oversize cozy knits were designed in wraps, ponchos, and capes in heather gray and charcoal. Casual yes, but oh so appropriate for our Canadian cold. But there were plenty of fanciful fashion from airy chiffon jumpsuits, a dress with lace heart-shape insert, and the refreshing combination of mint with neutrals.
Hush Puppies footwear complemented the collection. Invitation-only online retailer TheVolts.com stated it best by commenting: "We loved the combination, it felt cozy yet stylish!"
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We can always count on Marie Saint Pierre to keep us on our fashion toes. Debuting a short film prior to her runway, (I expect many more Montreal designers to follow suit), the avant-guard spectacle showed why MSP is acclaimed for her unconventional vision and contemporary designs. Abstract notions were depicted in the Leda & St-Jacques video with a Scandinavian-esque nymph rotating on a podium holding a nude toddler. The runway translated the dream-like concept with models pivoting on their Geta-inspired booties and neon lights blaring the modern collection. In a sea of black, a captivating dress in a citrine colour was embellished with a glorious plumage necklace.
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