Montreal Fashion Week closed with impressive shows and some strong design statements on empowered femininity.
Architect-turned-fashion designer Rachel Sin struck a balance between delicate and serious in her new collection. Her models were of different shapes and sizes, reflecting real female figures more accurately. The collection was inspired by Mies Van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House from 1951.
The closing show of the season was by Anomal Couture, with an edgy and avant-garde vision of femininity, also featuring models of all shapes and colours. While the palette of the collection was restricted to black, white and grey, the variety of designs and cuts was impressive.
The last piece of the show, and of the season, was a black mermaid-shaped and corseted outfit, featuring the same tasseled fabric that both Anastasia Lomonova and Iris Setlakwe used in their collections launched at Montreal Fashion Week, but in black.
The sombre music choices and the models’ lack of expression underlined the edginess of the collection; the message was quite obviously that you don’t mess with a woman dressed in Anomal Couture. At the end of the show, designer Sonia Leclair came out onto the runway, accompanied by renowned Montreal stylist Mélanie Brisson. They received a standing ovation from the audience. ■
Kat Sark is a fashion and culture blogger at Suites Culturelles, and the co-author of Berliner Chic: A Locational History of Berlin Fashion (2011) and the upcoming Montreal Chic.
Check out Kat’s photos from the last night of Montreal Fashion Week, including new collections by Anomal Couture and Rachel Sin.