Montreal Fashion Week 25th Edition

Montreal Fashion Week Spring 2014 was a season that brought about some big changes in the future of Montreal's fashion industry. On Day 3 it was announced at a press conference, that Montreal Fashion Week will be coming together with Fashion Design Festival in 2014 to strengthen the ties within the industry. In other words instead of 3 shows every year, the industry will be seeing 2 shows, fall-winter and summer-spring. It will be interesting to see this unfold, since this clearly is big news for Montreal's avid fashion crowd.

And now here's a quick rundown on the actual shows.The event began with memorable and classic designers, BodyBag by Jude who showed us the surf beach trend mix with a hint of European flavour. There was a definite reference to the reds that will surface in spring, while keeping in check classic black-whites, and letting blue and green pastels remind us beauty in flowing rivers. Downplaying the simplicity of maxi dresses and jumpsuits, BodyBag by Jude focused on fabric and draping, allowing the clothing to literally flow. Celebrating 15 years in the industry, this design label knew exactly how to grab attention.

BodyBag by Jude

 

It was a season of anniversaries, it seems as Dinh Ba Design also celebrated a milestone event. His 10 year anniversary show opened the with his best creations over the years; the packed runway couldn't take their eyes off the models and the stunning creations they carried so well. Dinh Ba Design then proceeded to show us his spring line... with taste and class to a demanding black and white, while throwing in bright blues and patterned pastels.

Dinh Ba

 

Melissa Nepton as always has a crowd looking forward to her shows, and was once again well received, and well loved. Throwing in red polka dots with cobalt blues, flouncy skirts and loose fitting black and white jumpsuits, Melissa Nepton let women know that any trend can be worn with personal style, it's just how you pull it off.

Melissa Nepton

 

Unttld closed the show on Day 1, with black, white and grey nets, mixed with cropped pants and blazers. The designers attracted a ton of attention by throwing glitter on the models, and then on themselves. Overall it was a good closing night.

Unttld

 

Day 2 gave the crowd a little break, as it was a day for offsite conferences and cocktails for industry insiders.

On Day 3, NISSE began with a strong opening, and an eager crowd, and as always she never disappoints. Styled with a lot of care and attention to detail, NISSE let even the simplest pieces look elegant and high end. With pops of bright colors mixed white, we were easily transported to spring.

Nisse

 

Annie 50 had their collection dominated with reds, blues, and white, and lots of dresses, predictably what they are known for.

Annie 50

 

Rush Couture had an interesting presentation of tribal headdress with their modern black and whites. At some points though, this was a bit of a miss. Lace took over some aspects of the collection, and the show ended with a beautiful white net gown, textured florals covering and revealing here and there.

Rush Couture

 

Helmer decided to close day 3 with beautiful gowns, where no attention to detail was neglected. The fabrics were rich, well designed, and a romantic delicate atmosphere complemented the show. Helmer indeed left the crowd wanting more.

Helmer

 

Pressure was on for Day 4, the last day of Fashion Week, as most industry representatives decided to come then. Caroline Constas showed her New York flair with well draped fabrics, simple yet sophisticated styling, and the right amount of bright colors. With a full house, and an appreciative audience, Caroline Constas left a lasting impression.

Caroline Contas

 

Eve Gravel was enjoyable, with denim taking over, and a fun rock twist to her show. Not forgetting about the constant presence of blacks and whites, Eve Gravel decided to punk rock it, and that twist made the show truly enjoyable.

Eve Gravel

 

Travis Taddeo showcased his collection via an installation, so to speak, having models stay poised on cubes and stairs while guests walked around them, getting a good look at creative designs in blacks, whites, blues, and silvers. The crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy this form of presentation.

Travis Taddeo

 

However it was Martin Lim that had the honours to close the 25th edition of the MFW, which needless to say was done marvellously. The theme was that of underwater, and the designs appeared to be floating. Lots of appealing backs and whites, with beautiful pops of blue and pinkish coral left audience was breathless, wanting more.

Martin Lim

So that's my round-up for the season's show, but stay tuned to this page for continuous fashion updates from me!

Images Credit: AJPM


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