Last week, Groupe Sensation Mode in partnership with P&G Beauty & Grooming presented Montreal Fashion Week at Arsenal in trendy Griffintown. I wasn’t able to get there myself, but I really enjoyed watching the runway from afar! Over 4 days (Feb 4-7), more than 25 Canadian and International designers presented their fall/winter 2013 collections to hundreds of well-dressed guests, including Will Smith!
The A-lister surprised show-goers by showing up in the front row of the Ralph Leroy show on day two of Montreal Fashion Week. The Twitter-sphere went crazy with rumours about his attendance, but he just happened to be in town and was invited by one of Leroy’s models, Sarodj Bertin (Miss Haiti Universe 2010), who works with the designer to help Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010.
Probably one of the most exciting front row sightings in a while! Not to be outdone by a Hollywood celebrity, Montreal Fashion Week saw strong showings from some of my favourite Canadian designers and wrapped up with the highly anticipated Target Emerging Designer Award showcase.
Day 1 Fave: Melissa Nepton Melissa Nepton’s fall/winter 2013 collection has a chic equestrian influence that bridges the gap between couture and comfort. Nepton’s signature elegance was apparent throughout the show among themes of fluidity, structure and anti-structure. I loved the loose billowy silk blouses and tunics juxtaposed by sleek leggings and sophisticated outerwear. Textures included sleek leather and luxurious fur accents, plaid tweed, soft heathered fabrics and silks of varying transparencies. I really enjoyed the creative necklines, figure flattering tunics and chic sweater dresses.
It looks like the black and white combo is still hot for fall, along with sheer, geometric and leather accents. These trends were big at WMCFW last spring and it looks like we’ll be seeing more of the same this season…with a little more layering, higher necklines and a darker colour palette.
It was another great week of Canadian fashion and it’s just the beginning! I can’t wait to report to you live from World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto March 18-22 – stay tuned!