Prepping for MFW23 with Help from Friends

Editors Notes
My prep for this fashion week started with attention from Madonna’s (yes, you read right) make up artist. An auspicious kick-off, I think. I’ve never done a facial, ever. So I must admit I was a bit apprehensive when Gina (apart from touring with Madonna, she has also worked with Anne Hathaway, Giselle Bundchen, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake etc.) explained the non-invasive face care concept at the Bella clinique.

Though I was not aware of Gina Brooke’s impressive credentials at the time, our own Jennifer Brodeur runs this clinique and arranged for me to get pampered. I trusted Jennifer enough to at least give this ‘Intraceutical’ layering treatment for the face a try. After all, the stars themselves seems to be swearing by it.

Jennifer Brodeur, Gina Brooke, Shilpa Varghese

I must say I am impressed with the results of my one hour facial pamper fest. My face was indulged with lotions, serums, and a well deserved massage.

They said it was like a ‘Fresh glass of water for my face’ and I do believe it, especially 24 hrs after the treatment! My only regret is that I do not have clear before and after pictures to show you the results.

Bella Clinique

Well pleased with the benefits from my time at Bella clinique, I’m now having to decide on outfits to go for the 4 days (maybe 3, I’ll probably sit one out) of the upcoming fashion week.

Luckily for me, three of the finest designers from Montreal are styling me with their fabulous creations.

Here’s a sneak preview.

From Ralph Leroy’s eclectic fashion arsenal, I’ve got:

A beautiful white blouse,

Ralph Leroy Blouse

A head turning yellow Jacket

Ralph Leroy Jacket

Ralph Leroy Jacket

A red modern blouse with a flowing wrap

Ralph Leroy blouse

A red, black, white tweed jacket

Ralph Leroy Tweed Jacket

From Tavan and Mitto’s creative palette, I picked

A beautiful blue georgette blouse

Tavan and Mitto Blouse

A well tailored pair of charcoal pants

Tavan and Mitto Trousers

From the inspired fashion of Anomal Couture

A custom fitted sheer blouse

Anomal Couture Blouse

Anomal Couture

Being spoiled for choice is a challenge. Will be more so in the future, because we have more Montreal's finest fashion designers joining our exclusive store.

For this season, I have decided to follow Alexander McQueen’s tip:

I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern — wearing head-to-toe designer has become a bit passé. 
It’s a new era in fashion — there are no rules. 
It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.

~ Alexander McQueen



So I’ll be proudly wearing the above Montreal designers, incorporating my own sense of style into the mix. Some mass-market fashion, with exclusive creations, and perhaps even something from my cultural roots (India).

After all, you are what you FEEL. It's amazing that things have worked out so incredibly well thus far. What would we do without our friends, right?

I’ll be posting updates on what I come up with; here, on the facebook page, as well as a bit on twitter.

In the meantime, wish me luck and do tell me this: If you had to pick one of the above items (with what little you can see), which one would it be? Any tips on how YOU would style them? What colours do you think work best for me?

Ralph Leroy

Tavan and Mitto

Anomal Couture

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Shilpa VargheseShilpa has over 20 years of experience in the Fashion Industry. She has been involved in various areas of the fashion business like Imports, Manufacturing, Buying and Sales.

She brings her love for fashion and the written word to her role as the editor of this online publication. Also, her fondness for connecting with people and her fashion biz savvy are invaluable to the buying team at the Exclusive from Montreal's Finest store.

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