February 4th, 2013
This week, stilettos will outnumber Sorels.
Today is day one of Montreal Fashion Week where top local design talent – think Mélissa Nepton, Martin Lim, Harricana and more – will gather at L’Arsenal to show off their collections to (impeccably dressed) editors, bloggers, celebrities and even the general public.
Always thought you belonged in the front row? $175 gets you a 4-day pass, while single show tickets are between $15 and $25.
Anna Wintour-esque shades and bob not included. —Christine Laroche
September 7th, 2012
Let’s forget Montreal Fashion Week and its SS13 collections and focus on the now: Fall! Here are our top three most coveted essentials.
Anything aubergine: It started slowly – a deep lipstick, a basic sweater – and now, the obsession with bordeaux can’t be stopped. Highest on our wish list is Tory Burch’s 797 Satchel ($580 at Holt Renfrew, pictured). #musthave
Riding boots: We’re praying to the footwear gods for a perfect pair that will hit right at the knee, have subtle hardware and a classic brown and black palette.
Pajama-inspired pants: Must be silk, must be patterned, and must be bicycle-friendly.
What’s on your fall wish list? Let us know: @MTLVitaminDaily. —Christine Laroche
February 6th, 2012
If you see a few more stilettos and double-cheek air kisses than usual around Marché Bonsecours, it’s because Montreal Fashion Week, is on. The best thing about this sartorial affair is that everyone is invited: Tickets to shows including Tavan & Mitto and Duy (pictured) are on sale for the public
Want to fashion week like a pro? Don’t leave home without:
1. Bright lipstick, especially if you want to attract the street style shooters.
2. Snacks, e.g. granola—glamour girls gotta eat!
3. A fancy iPhone case, because if you don’t tweet it, it never happened.
Follow all the action by following us: @MTLVitaminDaily. —Christine Laroche
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May 25th, 2011
We loved ex-Vena Cava intern, Juliana Bennett’s ballet-inspired fall-winter 2011 collection at the most recent Montreal Fashion Week. But with only one point-of-purchase in Toronto, we didn’t want to have to leave the province to buy items from one of Montreal’s hottest new designers.
With just a click of our mouse we found Mulcair’s spring-summer line on their recently launched e-commerce site. Bennett’s draped dresses and figure-flattering cuts are just what we’re looking for to take us from our pencil-pushing days to patio soirées without missing a beat.
Now that’s surf-worthy style.
May 2nd, 2011
Now we can find a few key items from by Thomas and other progressive designers at the new online Trusst boutique. We have to admit that some of the items were a bit out of our world, but we loved the printed tank by Hartmann Nordenholz, the shredded knitwear by Nibelungen and even contemplated the padded Lady Gaga-esque bodysuits by Vilsbøl de Arce.
We’re nothing if not progressive shoppers.
February 22nd, 2011
We remember how nervous we were to attend our first fashion week, so we can imagine how debut designers must feel. Here are our top 5 fashion week first-timers.
It may have been their first time, but we’re pretty sure it won’t be their last.
(Photos courtesy of Jimmy Hamelin.)
March 9th, 2010
After four days of runway shows, here are our top five picks from Montreal Fashion Week:
Among all the woolens and leathers, Coccolily’s SMM debut was a refreshing romp. Models literally strutted down the walk in sexy stockings and tulle-skirted frocks.
Denis Gagnon’s fantastic fringe and zippered pieces have already sold out at Holt Renfrew so we’ll have to settle for a Bedo T-shirt featuring his bespeckled visage.
Harricana par Mariouche unveiled a peppy skiwear collaboration with Chlorophylle. But our favorite piece of the night was a vintage lace and recycled fur-trimmed frock. Slope-side nuptials? I do.
Can’t decide if you're grunge, glam or rock n roll? The Barilà sisters say a lady can work all three. We adored the duo’s electric-blue sequins on blazers and leggings.
Joseph Helmer has been working the patchwork for years and finally his stunning frocks fit the zeitgeist. The multicolored evening gown will surely earn us a bold-faced name at the upcoming Daffodil Ball.
October 23rd, 2008
After scoping out the collections, here’s what has us wishing we could skip ahead to next season already:
1. Andy The Ahn’s cocktail-worthy, sand-coloured top featuring an oversized ruffle paired with ankle tied cigarette pants.
2. Everything by Helmer, but if we had to narrow it down, we’d opt for a little drama thanks to his voluminous patch-work cape in red, white and black.
3. With its violet print, Muse’s strapless tiered dress is the perfect option for brunch on the terrace.
4. We’ll inject our wardrobe with a little colour thanks to Denis Gagnon’s fuchsia and red sleeveless jersey dress.
5. Dinh Bà’s strapless, pleated, asymmetrical purple dress is an elegant (and comfortable choice) for a night on the town.