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!
Yesterday marked Day 4 at World MasterCard Fashion Week with four fabulous shows hitting the runways! I can’t believe there’s only one day left – such a fun week but I’ll be honest, my feet need some pampering and I can’t wait to relax all weekend!
First up, we saw Triarchy in the studio at 5pm. You must have killer abs to walk in this show – wow – talk about eye candy!
This luxury denim brand from Vancouver presented a collection inspired by a night to remember in St. Tropez, the morning after and the adventures in between. The show definitely gave off a nautical S&M vibe with ropes for shirts on super fit models – an interesting concept but it’s all about the jeans with Triarchy! I loved the tie-dyed jeans in pink, blue and grey and the ombré effect on basic blue denim. One thing’s for sure, form fitting skinny jeans aren’t going anywhere! Here are some of my favourite looks:
I was beyond excited for the next show – my friend Rachel Sin‘s debut at World MasterCard Fashion Week! I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Rachel over the past few months and styled her Fall 2012 collection in my Fall Fashion Photo Shoot. I couldn’t wait to see her shine on the WMCFW runway with her SS’13 collection. After rave reviews at Montreal Fashion Week, I knew she was going to wow the crowd in Toronto too!
Wearing one of my favourite Rachel Sin dresses (F/W’12), I sat in the front row and enjoyed every single piece that came down the runway. Rachel’s designs are truly wearable and represent the modern contemporary working woman who wants to look professional and sexy at the same time. I really enjoyed the tailored blazers with delicate lace details and edgy exposed zippers, the use of peplums and peter pan collars on fitted dresses and the dressed up jersey knits in a fabulous colour palette of nude, grey, coral and navy. The beauty was fresh and natural and the underpinned bob hairstyles were reminiscent of Mad Men. Everything was simply stunning and I’m not gonna lie, I got a little teary watching Rachel accept her applause from a full house of fans. Congrats girl! I want everything, but here are my faves:
I’ve been a fan of Soia & Kyo outerwear for a few years, but since I’ve only ever purchased from their F/W collections, I looked forward to their SS’13 collection. I have to admit, the show was slightly over accessorized with turban head wear and over-sized clutches, but once you get past the distractions, the coats really are lovely.
There was an obvious Eastern influence throughout the collection with obi belts, kimono sleeves and origami pleats in elegant evening wear and tailored separates. I cooed over every single design that came down the runway, especially the dresses and the glittery numbers. The palette extended from pale salmon and yellow-green to deep royal blue and fuchsia with some dazzling metallics thrown in for good measure. It was a stand-out 10 year anniversary collection and I look forward to the next 10 years which according to Arthur, may include shoes and bags! Here are my favourite looks from the runway:
It was a fabulous night of fashion and great times with friends in the tents at David Pecaut Square. I look forward to the final night of shows and maybe even an after party!
Apparently I’m the #3 Tweeter from World MasterCard Fashion Week next to WMCFW and The Toronto Star! So stay tuned for my Day 5 recap and follow me on Twitter for real time updates!
Since falling for the Rachel Sin brand on the runway, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Rachel and style her dresses in my own Fall Fashion Photo Shoot. It’s been an absolute pleasure watching her star rise on the Canadian fashion scene as well as abroad and I couldn’t be more excited for her debut at World MasterCard Fashion Week next Thursday!
I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek into the Rachel Sin S/S 2013 collection with an exclusive pre-fashion week interview! Keep reading for a special promo code to enjoy on RachelSin.com!
Getting to know Rachel Sin:
How did you get started in the fashion industry? I’m one of those want to do it all people. Fashion design is another channel for creative release, it was something that I always wanted to pursue, but did not think I had to go to school to study. I took sewing classes while completing my Masters in Architecture at Carleton University.
What inspires your designs? As an architect, you are foremost a designer and you are passionate about good design. You are typically the obsessive controlling type that has the need to shape your own environment. I have learned to open my eyes to the every day and pay attention to details. I get excited when you see something well-made or elegantly designed. When I see something beautiful, I can’t take your eyes off it and I can’t keep it out of my mind. I hope to extend this feeling to my designs, so they become the must-have item in your closet.
Tell me about your Fall 2012 Collection (shapes, materials, inspirations etc.). Reminiscent of the fashions from a Pedro Almodovar film creation, Rachel Sin FW 2012 is darkly romantic defining today’s modern style – an appealing contradiction of strength and vulnerability. The Almodovar protagonist, a.k.a Penelope Cruz – you can’t help but notice as she walks by, the simple form-fitting dress is as visually stunning as her beauty. FW 2012 is a compilation of work to evening dresses, featuring textured lace, faux-fur and shimmering sequins. A feminine neutral toned colour palette consisting of camel, charcoal gray and peach nude elevate the contemporary expression of the collection.
Describe the Rachel Sin woman. The independent working woman inspires me, because this is who I am and what I love to see in other women. I love seeing strong women who take pride in what they wear and use their wardrobe as an extension of their confidence, originality and personal style.
What’s next for Rachel Sin? We are looking forward and counting down to World MasterCard Fashion Week. As a designer, producing a runway show is a huge responsibility, because you want absolutely everything to be an expression of your creativity and personal style. 99% of everything happens behind the scenes, the runway show is the last 1% of all the hard work put together for that big moment that ends in 20 minutes. We are working hard at making sure we can do everything ahead of time to ensure that the runway show runs without a hitch. A year ago, I would have never thought of showing at Toronto Fashion Week and here I am.
And I can’t wait to watch the show at WMCFW next Thursday October 25th at 6pm! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the gorgeous designs we’ll see on the runway for SS’13; lots of watermelon pink, navy blue and classic neutrals…
Photos courtesy of Elliot Mak taken at Montreal Fashion Week
Rachel was so kind to allow me to style pieces from her F/W 2012 collection for a recent photo shoot. I had a fabulous time primping and posing in some gorgeous Rachel Sin dresses and a faux-fur embellished blazer – such elegant and statement making pieces that exemplify the strong yet feminine working woman with an active social calendar. Hope you enjoy my photos featuring Rachel Sin…there more to come featuring fabulous local designers!
Like what you see? The F/W 2012 collection is now available to purchase at the Rachel Sin online shop as well as some stunning previous collections. Rachel has generously offered Dainty Girl readers 20% off using the promo code: DAINTY20. Simply enter the promo code at checkout to enjoy this exclusive discount! This promo code expires on October 31st so scoop up your favourite styles soon!
Special thanks to the lovely and talented Rachel Sin for the interview and the discount! You have an eternal fan in Dainty Girl and I wish you the best of luck at WMCFW next Thursday! I’ll be there cheering you on and adding to my Rachel Sin wishlist
These two lovely designers made their collections available to me for the shoot and the vision blossomed from there. Fast forward through a few weeks of planning, countless hours running around the city pulling pieces for the shoot in my spare time (I have a full time job) and the shoot went off without a hitch – minus the fire ants and mosquito bites
Considering it was my first time playing the model and the stylist, and Leanna’s first fashion photo shoot – I’m so incredibly proud of the results! After 8 hours of shooting, sore feet and growling tummies, Leanna still managed to send me a stunning sampling of photos the following day. I’m blown away with these photos and can’t believe that’s me! It was super fun playing dress up and showing off such beautiful fashion. Hope you enjoy this sneak peek…
I can’t believe it’s over…still high on the rush of it all and can’t wait to share more of this experience and the photos with you! I’ll be sure to go into the fall fashion and beauty trends that we captured as well as the wonderful designers and vendors that came together to make this happen. I can honestly say that I’ve made some fabulous new friends in the process and can’t wait to work with them again! The biggest thrill of all? Supporting and showcasing the INCREDIBLE fashion and beauty of Toronto and collaborating with so many inspiring local entrepreneurs. I am constantly impressed by the creativity and innovation in this city. Congratulations to everyone involved and thank you for making this happen with me! xoxo