Recently, we experienced Startup Fashion Week from the kickoff launch party Wednesday at Santos to the Business of Fashion Conference and fashion networking event at Halt Hotel and the fashion show at the Crowley Arts Center.

Emy Armor introduced us to a whole new world of statement accessories and showed us how to make some basics like a little black dress edgy. The designer Bianca Cordileone creates body harnesses, bracelets and fur like accessories as well as other statement necklaces that elevate and give that punch of empowerment to any style.

Hatchi design had very edgy young professional vibes stamped all over the collection and that just left me looking forward for more! Sheerness, bold statements on tshirts (literally), satin highlights, fitted cotton mixed with pencil skirts and midi skirts. Wait where is Meghan Markle Rachel, she need to wear Hatchi for one last date night with Michael! Extra bonus points, the collection is sustainably made and defines its core style as sleek minimalist for comfortable chic pieces. The name comes from the Japanese language and means “8” which is a lucky number for wealth and prosperity.

Malika Rajani presented a next level cool biker collection. The level of edginess, rebel vibes mixed with some classic pieces made me want to jump on a motorcycle with one of the leather biker coats and accelerate my way to conquering the world. Operating with values of social contentiousness, Malika graduated in fashion design from Parsons School of Design in New York, has interned for powerhouses such as Khan Lucas, Ralph Lauren, Red Cat Group and John Varvatos and her work was showcased at Lord & Taylor’s 2008 line debut.

Colors of the sky (COTS) designs custom made swimwear for women that are incredibly adjusted, comfortable and original with colors and strategically placed cuts to highlight women’s silhouettes.

Beverly designed the most entertaining pieces of the night with futuristic looks incorporating plastic and different other materials.

F. Capuano inspired us some laid back romantic looks with floral, body hugging dresses and maxis. The 20 year old designer, Fanny Capuano, designs clothes since she was a child. To her “Every piece of clothing, as simple as it is, must be an absolute coup de coeur. Since it represents our personality, we choose it for what it makes resonnate with us, so that it WOWs us every time.”

BKANNE showed a very feminine collection with elegant delicate subtle details in a zest of modern cuts. They also operate within social responsibility and ethical values

Ageselao gave us a testosterone filled runway. Once we cooled down from the hotness of the models fashion, we were totally digging the details and asymetry of the athleisure like collection and, to be honest, I was kind of debating whether I could wear this menswer brand or not, because it seems to be the perfect go to for those frisky days when you want to dress down, but still look cute. Oh and they only use ethical materials in the process of creating their ancient cultures meet modern society styles.

Jillian Joy had some gorgeous original bridal gowns with some of which had incorporated lace, high end fishnet like material and literal capes. Jillian Joy, the designer, hand crafts made to measure one of a kind bridal and evening gowns.

Monkland Village Design served us some fitted winter coats with stand-up collars and alpaca fiber insulation. They work within a framework of values such as cruelty free manufacturing, the use of sustainable natural materials and the collaboration with local professionals.


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Tap2Tag Connect is a wearable that lets you connect your medical data, social media or business details with others through a bracelet.

Seam lets you share your location in real time with your loved ones and send them a danger alert with a click on the fashionable round wearable. It’s meant to democratize safety.


** Read a recap of Montreal Startup Fashion Week’s Business Of Fashion Conference here.

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