Today is the opening day of Stylist’s Own – Edition 02, a curated trunk show by Azamit, one of Montreal’s biggest stylists and the woman behind Souk@SAT.
I had the opportunity to check things out at a media viewing yesterday and there are some great pieces from both local and international designers that you’d have a tough time finding elsewhere in the city.
A few things that caught my eye were a cropped leather bomber and a copped tuxedo blazer (do we see a trend here?) both from Twenty8Twelve, the label Sienna Miller creates with her sister Savannah. Alongside a few vintage pieces (black patent Gucci boots, grey D&G shift) there were some killer heels by Colcci and Mogil (seriously, where has this stuff been hiding?). Local designer Elaine Ho’s (RoadKill) rabbit fur belts were a great mix of lux and wear ability and complexgeometries silky cutting edge dresses are always lovely, but this cold snap had me coveting a cozy sweater dress from Designers Remix.
Stylists Own at Studio MW (400 rue McGill)
Friday, Oct. 2, 10 am–9 pm
Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 am–6 pm
Sunday, Oct. 4, 12 pm–6pm
Above right: Dress from Designers Remix. Above left: Tuxedo Jacket from Twenty8Twelve
Last night, six of Montreal’s up-and-coming designers—Emilie Brunet of La Fête, Rachel Chan of Contradict, Charlotte Eedson of girlfriend material, Marie-Eve Emond of Betina Lou, Angie Johnson of Norwegian Wood and Flavie Lechat of Le Chat Clothing—presented mini-collections for Puces Pop’s Emerging Designer Award.
It was a packed event (things of this nature are so fleeting here that they inevitably draw a large and curious crowd) and one that delivered a modicum of the excitement and atmosphere of fashion weeks
For the most part, what came down the catwalk was wearable and of the moment—high waisted pants, grey shifts with ruched detailing, capes— with an overall pervading tweeness of the kind that you find on 15-year-olds and the second floor of H&M. Which is, I think, where some designers seemed to draw their inspiration and where their designs would be most comfortable.
The designers who moved away from this safe aesthetic and into more experimental territory (oversized-shoulders, Lycra bodysuits), however, had difficulty in executing the look—with one exception, Angie Johnson.
Johnson, who walked away with the prize, $1000 from Le Chateau and a feature in Worn Fashion Journal, presented a tight collection of body-con dresses, pencil skirts and unconventional jackets with many of the embellishments she’s already perfected; harnesses, fringe and lace.
Montreal Fashion Week is around the corner but Johnson’s show was a good indication of the emerging talent that pushing Montreal fashion in new directions.
One last note: the models, likely all volunteers—brave souls, were appropriately tall but were in dire need of a high-heel-how-to from Miss. J
Above Left to Right: Norwegian Wood’s Fringe Necklace and Keep Warm Leggings pics of the show to come.