MFW18 Day 3 - Micalla, Annie 50, Katrin Leblond, Barilà

Semaine de Mode Montréal 18
Silvia Di Iorio
From high-end glamorous jewellery to Alfred Hitchcock inspired clothing to sequins galore – Day 3 of Fashion Week had it all. The Marché Bonsecours was super busy and crowded like the past two days, but the shows were really fun and vibrant.

MICALLA

There was much suspense over what to expect from the Micalla jewellery collection, mainly because of the two neat rows of white trash cans with the words “Don’t Ask” posted on them.

Micalla MFW 18

The Fall/Winter 2010 Micalla collection’s theme is “Old Hollywood elegance with a modern twist”. And they delivered just that. Elegant slender female models in satin dresses walked the runway, which was basically set between the two rows of trash cans in the cocktail lounge, accompanied by fit male models wearing black trousers only. The paired male and female models wore matching jewellery. They were all very interactive with the audience and amongst themselves, silently playing out the roles of top Hollywood celebrities – waving, smiling, and showing off their jewels. The theatrical aspect kicked up a notch when a red carpet rolled out almost mid-show. What about the jewellery? Gor-ge-ous. Large stones and layered chains… and an abundance of the finest Swarovski crystals, which adorned very noticeable pieces. It was hard to miss the elaborately designed jewels that the models carried so well. Superior quality and high fashion at its best.

Micalla MFW 18

Micalla MFW 18

Micalla MFW 18

Micalla MFW 18

ANNIE 50

The collection was very dark, not only in its theme but its color palette as well. The Hitchcock-esque music was dramatic and mysterious, which reflected the clothes as well. Mainly black, a lot of gray, and dark sea-green colors. However, there was some vibrancy from the sequined scarves and very little fuchsia pink in a knit sweater with a sweetheart neckline. Dark floral combo fabrics were also seen in some of the garments and belts. A one-button black tailored blazer was paired with gray trousers, and although the colors may seem drab, the ensemble had nice proportions and fit. There was a hint of femininity behind all that dramatic horror-film inspiration. The ribbed knit sweater is also a staple for this collection, and rib knit slim dresses, too. Belted waists made appearances as well on dresses or sweaters. Simple, but comfortable style. The black canes added a little more theatrical quality to the show. Overall, it was a good show. Though I would’ve liked to see a little more color, texture, or details.

Annie50 MFW 18

Annie50 MFW 18

KATRIN LEBLOND

Katrin Leblond knows how to put on an entertaining show. Firstly, colorful clothes rejected the dark and dreary norm for Fall/Winter 2010. A floral halter dress here, a bright red velours coat there, a head-to-toe lilac ensemble too, and… an elderly lady in a purple velours tailored jacket? After the show, I asked Katrin Leblond herself, why an elderly lady in the place of a standard fashion model? She told me that her clothes are meant to be worn for the real woman, so she exhibits that notion with the use of different types of women. Interesting concept, and it’s a bold statement. The rest of the show was also equally unpredictable as the models performed acrobatic acts, which captured the attention of all and gained several applauds. I was also excited to see three-dimensional floral details on the totes the models were carrying (as I had written about in my Accessories article for Spring ’10). More on Leblond’s views on fashion and this particular collection coming soon.

Katrin LeBlond  MFW18

Katrin LeBlond  MFW18

Katrin LeBlond  MFW18

Katrin LeBlond  MFW18

Katrin LeBlond  MFW18

BARILÀ

This is the show that everyone wanted to be at. It really was that exciting. The show kicked off with a model wearing a white shirt, black bow tie, blazer, and shorts. Long shirts with patch pockets also made their way down the runway. A guitar was also used as a prop for a model wearing a cowl-neck gray knit sweater. I completely appreciated the rock/grunge-inspired collection for two reasons: 1) I love the music. 2) Finally, something other than feminine or military influences. It was different, and different is a good thing. The crowd cheered just as a model walked out. She was wearing a strapless one-piece bustier / skinny pant outfit that was gathered all over. There was a silver zipper on centre back. Fierce. A strapless dress with a slight sweetheart neckline was also a key item. An abundance of sequins was used on many garments. An all-over blue sequined hood was beautifully done. Never thought I’d ever say that. You have to see it to believe it. I thoroughly enjoyed this show and look forward to more collections from Barilà.

Barila LeBlond  MFW18

Barila  MFW18

Barila MFW18

Barila MFW18

Barila MFW18

Photographs by Abir Shah

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