The 5th edition of Fashion Preview took place in a new venue last week at UQAM’s Coeur des sciences. The Nordic themed event presented fall/winter 2016-2017 collections of Montreal designers to buyers, media and fashion enthusiasts.
There were also exhibitors such as Annick Lévesque, David Charrette, Ella Dugré, Eve & Daphne, Catherine Gaillard, Hurricane, Holdur, Kins, Lavoie, L’Effet Papillon Créations, Les Lares, Maison Bourdon, Maison Godefroi, Mohawki Bijoux, PKY Design and Quality Native Crafts showcasing their work, throughout the event. The capsule space featured students’ work from École supérieure de mode ESG-UQAM, Cégep Marie-Victorin, the technology transfer center Vestechpro, etc.
I had a crush on L’Effet Papillon Créations which was in the Alexandre dit Sandy fashion show, for their customizable designs and for their designer’s beautiful soul. I had another crush on Mohawki Bijoux which use hair in their accessories and look pretty fierce.
Helmer blew my mind with the chic modern medieval meets harlequin collar vibes. The addition of rich colors and different textures made my day. I have always said it, Helmer makes wearable art and once again he delivered and did not disappoint. For a young professional like me seeking originality and colors, Helmer is a god of style inspiration and shopping goals. Being a male and women designer, using destructured cuts, noble fabrics going from sheer to satin, fabric layering and integrated fabric accessories makes his pieces intemporal and unique.
Leinad Beaudet would have probably been a style Coco Chanel would have approved of. It elegantly shows your curves and what makes the beauty of its pieces, is how sophisticated, yet comfortable they look. It’s the perfect outfit to wear to work and to a 5@7 after work without looking like you did not have time to change. I was totally in love with the culottes and the midi skirts and dresses. Before the show, the models were sitting among the audience and got up as their turns came to walk the runway. The designer was inspired by his grand mother’s elegance from when she was going to church to conceive his collection.
Allcovered Fashion presented a collection of destructured cut out classic outfits. Basically, if amazones had 9 to 5 jobs, they would have worn this designer. The cut outs were strategically placed, giving a sexy classy look.
Travis Taddeo’s cool hip and young style went for darker colors incorporating sheer and leathery pieces. For some reason, I would picture mtl blog’s team wearing this collection as a work uniform. This collection definitely vibes cool urbanity and comfort.
WRKDEPT is a brand I am getting to like more with each collection. I loved the colors they used, the zen vibes that emanates from the fabrics, the ample, but centered cuts and the amazing geometrical wooden accessories paired to a creative presentation that was restyled a couple of times to show different features and ways to wear the pieces by the designers. Now, that’s what I call a show! Keep that creativity up guys!
Collectif College LaSalle students made a cool ode to denim by creating many different looks and styles, not usually made with denim, with that very same fabric. Although it was the result of different people’s effort, the whole collection looked like a legitimate H&M lookbook, with a little extra spice.
Jennifer Glasgow’s signature centered dresses went on the darker side with a twist of ombré and light peach for some pieces. Glasgow is known for her dresses, but she also presented longer flowy culottes. The models were gathered in circle as if they were praying and each one went on the cat walk and returned to the circle at the end.
KQK’s signature lined suits and blazers made a comeback with their incorporated line of fabric, colored lines and fabric belts. Some of the things I like about KQK are probably the lines, the destructured asymetrical original cuts and the incorporation of geometrical leathery touches. The red pieces added an extra oomph to the collection.
Elisa C-Rossow, Maison Cyma & Anomal Couture rocked the runway to Emi Jeen’s music and it was a beautiful mix.
Dominique Ouzilleau’s fur coats looked cozy and stylish.
Maison Cyma was a combination of Gatsby meets dark femme fatale. With references to capes, feather crowns, fabric cuffs and furry shoulders, the collection basically makes you look like a classy super hero ready to conquer the world. Maison Cyma was clearly a happy discovery for me last week as I totally am in for women empowerment through actions AND style.
Claudette Floyd fearlessly incorporated florals, satins, embroderies on sheer fabrics all in cuts that perfectly hugged and underlined women’s body curves in chic feminine classy pieces. Subtle chic originality at its best.
Alexandre dit Sandy’s colorful men’s suits were legitimate eye candy. Gentlemen, suits for women are like lingerie for men, a pure delight. The usage of prints, bow ties, scarfs and larger blazer collars definitely added points.
Lushyne closed Fashion Preview with powerful diva outfits in the good sense. Mixing leather, long trains, superposed fringes and metallic fabrics with peplum to underline the feminine waist, Lushyne has a lot of potential as he brings his unique version of feminine statement clothing.
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