Montreal Fashion Week kicked off with an exhibit and slide show commemorating Marie Saint Pierre’s 25 years of design. Saint Pierre was present in the audience, along with fellow designers such as Denis Gagnon and Tavan & Mitto. For the exhibition, Marie Saint Pierre used one live mannequin and two plastic ones.
Tavan & Mitto opened the new catwalk with their collection of flowing fabrics and emerald green and deep purple colours. Denis Gagnon was among the first-row guests.
Mélissa Nepton used a lot of see-through materials and a softer colour palette in her new collection, while Anastasia Lomonova experimented with different fabrics, cuts, and accessories, covering many of her models’ faces with decorative tassels and chains.
The event’s new venue, the Arsenal Gallery of Contemporary Art, is much more spacious than Marché Bonsecours, but not as conveniently or centrally located. With the exception of a larger VIP Room, no new additions have been added to the event layout. The theme colour of the VIP room was red, with red lighting, a suspended circle of mannequins hanging over the room, and red flowers on the tables. ■
Montreal Fashion Week continues to Sept. 8. Most events take place at the Arsenal Contemporary Art Complex (2020 William). See the festival’s program for details.
Kat Sark is a Montreal fashion and culture blogger at Suites Culturelles.
Check out Kat’s photos from the event last night, including looks from new collections by Mélissa Nepton, Tavan & Mitto and Anastasia Lomonova.