The difficulty of interpreting trends in a personal way is palpable. Yet at Montreal Fashion Week the stylish attendees and bold designers managed to sashay through the trend-o-sphere with incredulous individual flare.
At Montreal Fashion Week’s spring/summer 2013 presentation, multiple designers capitalized on Montreal’s reputation as a “trendy” city. References to fall/winter 2012 and even spring/summer 2012 repeated themselves on the runways. Asymmetry and leather trims dominated the Rudsak show; sheer pieces paraded down the runway at UNTTLD; and peplums popped up at Rachel Sin. Nevertheless, in true Montreal fashion, each show imparted a moment of pure innovation.
At UNTTLD an avant-garde fashion film started the show off differently than most others and the final look featured a heart-stopping copper gown. Though bookended by strong, reactionary pieces, the middle of the show featured a temperate transition between earth tones and shades of black and white. Designers José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger organized the show by colour, giving the audience an easily digestible and overall enjoyable esthetic experience.
My personal favourite was Rudsak’s unparalleled craftsmanship. Perpetually classic, the Rudsak brand knows how to present trends to the public. Their women’s spring jackets were accompanied by oversize, transparent John Lennon–esque sunglasses, alluding to both the festival culture of Montreal’s music bonanza, Osheaga, and first-class 1970s style. Each model walked with a serious serving of attitude that gave a street style feel to the show as a whole.
”Trendy” or not, the ability of Montreal’s designers to adhere to trends while being partially unpredictable is a confounding dichotomy that keeps me coming back for more.