Montreal Fashion Week reviews
It was a paper bag envelope clutch, in paper bag brown leather, and very, very cool. This was Thomas’s sixth colle Swarovski ction, and not her first as part of fashion week, but she was featured as part of the designe Swarovski r debut series.
She really is just starting out, though, showing just 12 ensembles. To the soundtrack of This is a Man’s World, we saw cool autumn coats, with a slight frill here, or double lapel there, leather look embossed cotton in rosy gold, and textured minimalist coats, in burgundy in dusty rose, made of wool but with the look of luxurious shearling. Another neat look, a repurposed vintage mink with cream sleeves in that textured wool. Show us more, Natasha.
Next up was avant Swarovski gardiste Pedram Karimi, who told me earlier that he was going for the handsome woman and flamboyant man in this show. He showed layer up layer of tunic, coat and anorak, often with extreme wide shorts in shiny laminated fabric. Fabrics ranged from aqua laser quilted nylon, to silver spandex jersey, to turquoise crushed silk velvet, with a touch of neoprene.
Models wore vinyl shiny caps and strong geometric jewelry, bottomed out by orthopedic platforms cement blocks, quipped by seatmate.
Through it all, y Swarovski ou could see pieces that might translate to saleable street wear an anorak, coat or vest. Karimi has talent and a vision: that is clear. He might like to make his vision a bit more accessible.
Mlissa Nepton does cosy well.
Mlissa Nepton, nine months pregnant and due to give birth any moment, did what she does best for the fall show: cosy, comfortable and easy. Best were the cosy greys: sweatshirt dresses and dhotis, scrunched below the knee, and big collared sweaters and swingy shawl coats. She reprised sheer striped pieces that were a hit for spring, and also played quite successfully with herringbone plaids. And, again, there was a hit in the handbags, clutches and shoulder bags with fuzzy black fox were probably the first fur bags I ever liked. Bonne chance, Mlissa, with the bb!
From Nadya Toto, came lace and flowers a whole procession of the same tiny floral print on black reminiscent of Betsey Johnson back in the day. Toto’s esthetic remains constant: a pencil skirt or body hugging dress, softened at times with a peplum, fringed bolero, or ruffled collar.