Damn. Sometimes I wish I still lived in London.
Topshop’s take on Chloé’s wedge boots are one of those times.
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.
Opening Ceremony, the ultra cool New York boutique, has teamed up with director Spike Jonze to create a line of Where The Wild Things Are inspired pieces. The 15 looks are modelled and named after the characters from the classic children’s book and as such, there’s an awful lot of faux fur.
Some of the pieces, like the Alexander Mini Skirt ($220) and Douglas Bomber ($600), are quite chic and classic, while others, like the Bull Shawl Jacket ($635) and Max Sweatshirt ($460), just look silly.
One of the aims of this collection is to bring a bit of that childhood magic and fantasy into our everyday lives and they’ve nailed it to a certain extent here. But what I think is collection speaks more loudly too, is my generation’s love affair with nostalgia and our unwillingness to grow-up.
Above left: Alexander Mini Skirt
Above right: Max Sweatshirt
Spanish installation artist Alicia Martin turns books into art. I love when public art/sculpture uses everyday objects in such an arresting but playful way.
And my favourite.
Growing up I didn’t like to read. There were a couple of reasons for this, the first being that it was the 80s and TV was awesome (why read when I could watch the Cosby Show?) The second was that the books covering the shelves at my school library looked a lot like ones talked about on new(ish) blog Awful Library Books. It didn’t seem to matter that the school was well-funded, nearly all the books (or those that I remember) were relics of the 60s and 70s and had quite possibly been donated leftovers from a Church jumble sale. (It’s Your Future was definitely broken out during fifth grade career week and we totally had this little tome on pregnancy in health class.) With books like these was it any wonder I was functionally illiterate till I was 9?
I’ve been running around these past few weeks, checking out the OFF Festival in Quebec City (and dancing till the early hours to TMDP) and shoe shopping in Toronto. But I wanted to share this video of the always charming Vivienne Westwood on Jonathan Ross (one of Britain’s best late night tv chat shows) talking about making a towel into a statement piece, wearing your boyfriend’s underwear and most importantly her Active Resistance Manifesto, in which she talks not only about climate change but also the need for individuality and DIY in day to day life.