MFW wrap up
It was easy to forget Montreal's couture cred as shamrock-crowned St. Paddy's day boozers filled its streets on the Sunday before the start of their 10th fashion week. But on Monday, March 20, the city's style sophistication came out to show at Old Montreal's Hotel Place d'Armes . Jean label Parasuco (www.parasuco.com) pleased the franco fashion pack with a mini collection of cheeky chic argyle sweaters and deep dyed denim.
Montreal Fashion Week relishes in its mix. Old-guard couturiers like Marie Saint Pierre (www.mariesaintpierre.com), costumers like Cluc Couture (www.cluccouture.com) and down-right affordable and wearable lines like Falbala (www.falbaladesign.com, available in Toronto at Skirt , 903 Dundas West, 647-436-3357) showed their stuff in studios, shops and restos around town. Falbala's show at their Outremont boutique included tweedy tailored waist coats and button tab detailed slacks.
Couture central was Victoria Square as buyers, editors and fans hopped between the fashion week tent and the W Hotel 's Wunderbar , where maple mojitos guaranteed sugar shock. On Tuesday night, Montreal's favourite fashion son, Andy Thê Anh ( andytheanh.com), had his audience of devoted stylists and Quebec TV personalities high on bravos with his ruffled rosette blouses and toile-print evening wear.
And just as we were feeling fashion tuckered out, Vancouver underoos outfit Ginch Gonch (www.ginchgonch.com) closed the night with a bang-bang. Cowboys and -girls moseyed down the chapiteau runway in gingham tanks and tighty bandana-print briefs, injecting the week with that little squirt of super sex we crave from Montreal style.
Meanwhile, back in Toronto...
Under Hazelton Lanes ' courtyard canopy on Wednesday, March 22, the Toronto Fashion Incubator 's four New Labels finalists ( Fashion Psychology , Karamea , Las Valentias and Desperately Different ) sent out a pageant of well-designed duds that looked everything but elementary. Desperately Different's Katya Revenko was crowned couture queen, and her collection of velvet dresses and damask print coats will be available this fall at TNT Blu (Hazelton Lanes, 87 Avenue Road, 416-972-1593, www.tntblu.com).