Montreal Fashion Week 2012 showcased local designs that spanned wearable everyday looks to truly dramatic ones. Three runway shows are presented in this article as respective samples of easy girl next door looks, glamorous yet tasteful outfits and finally, uber high fashion styles.
Music: Indie Punk, Rock
Models: Poufed, teased hair decorated with flowers and feathers. Use of Venetian masks as accessories. Fair complexion with a generous amount of pink blush on apples of cheeks.
Collection: Palette of soft, neutral and earthy colors. Standout pieces include fitted trumpet skirts, romantic long-sleeved blouses, flattering lace dresses with waist accent, Eiffel Tower printed dress.
Customer: Fresh, optimistic girl.
Tavan and Mitto
Music: Jazzy, funky love songs.
Models: Sleek ponytail with black leather bangs and headband. Neutral face makeup with a red lip. Majority of girls had red or strawberry blond hair, fair porcelain skin and high cheekbones.
Collection: Palette of mustard, cream, navy blue, tan and metallic rose gold. Standout pieces include oversized jumpers, sheer flowy miniskirts, rose gold sequined suit, lightweight navy blouse with large front pockets.
Customer: Sophisticated, flirty lady.
Music: Dramatic film soundtrack with strings and orchestra.
Models: Most recalled European and Asian heiresses. There was even a long-haired male model. They wore staggeringly high pumps and ankle boots with a needle heel. Dark intense makeup was applied.
Collection: Palette of dark colors and black used in matte, metallic and sheer finishes. Standout pieces include thick minidresses with center back zippers and lace embroidery, navy floor length long-sleeved dress, see-through panelled micro mini dress, ruffled jumpsuit.
Customer: Edgy, confident woman.
Even if runway pieces cannot be worn by everyone, fashion is an art form with intrinsic value, even off the body. Fashion lovers acknowledge that runway shows are special events that encourage people to dream, and provide inspiration for personal style. After all, every moment of your life can become an opportunity for fashion.
Photography by Eldon Tarnowski