The colour explosion on Wednesday’s Montreal Fashion Week runway was replaced with a catwalk loaded with tonal looks last night.
The event’s final evening kicked off with a gray-themed lineup by Mylene B. Designer Mylene Belair has a very conceptual vision for her designs but what was confusing in her convoluted line notes, was simply beautiful in person. Her grays ranged from mauve and mushroom hues to steel and silver in a collection full of loose, modern staples.
Ribbed tanks and racer back dresses had linear, horizontal gathers at their hems. A structured suit was accented with a buttoned up back vent. Hits of washed out yellow in the form of slouchy sack dresses and sheer shells made sure the monochromatic looks didn’t stray into monotony.
The Foxy Jeans show followed next and though it was more fast fashion food than fine dining, the label has a clear understanding of the nightclub princesses and teen queens that make up its clientele. Denim was surprisingly scarce making way for seamed, eyelet frocks and jersey, off-shoulder tops printed with the silhouettes of dandelion stocks. The show ended with a parade of party dresses made for melting the sternest door man.
As usual, the crescendo for the week was Marie Saint Pierre’s presentation and the designer surprised this season mixing long jersey looks with her signature pleated and folded ensembles. She sent her deconstructionist intellectual on a vacation and packed her a wardrobe of a sheer, cowl necked caftan and palazzo pant jumpsuit.
The collection’s other staple element was volume isolated to the sides of garments. Draped pockets, bell shaped side seams and swags of fabric starting at the models’ shoulder and wrapping around to the back of their underarm created casual but contemporary lines.