|Semaine de Mode Montréal 19|
Lambina’s show was simple and to the point. Keeping things fresh for the Spring season, she worked with a pastel color palette for her latest collection. The complete look appeared clean and sophisticated. Bow sashes made the dresses and tops really pretty.
One look that appealed to me was a sheer lavender one-shoulder top with silk slub shorts. Also, a grey ensemble made up of a one-button jacket with cascading asymmetrical collar and basic trousers was very nice and feminine for springtime. Perfect for the working woman. The show was brief, with roughly 10-12 outfits, which made me want to see more. However, all the garments were very well fitted and put together nicely. There is a lot of potential for Lambina’s brand to grow even more successful. Very modern, chic, and appealing to a broad target market.
From the very beginning, the entire crowd seemed curious as no one knew what to expect from Néron’s latest collection. A 4-piece band with matching white outfits played tribal music on drums and flutes as everyone was shuffling to get to their seats. And so, the show began on a high note.
A model slowly made her way, wearing a black bodysuit, dark jewels draping over her shoulders and bodice, and an extraordinary feather headpiece. Similar looks followed, along with black dresses. The long silver chains were very beautiful, but not overbearing.
Then, a series of neutral, light colored sheer dresses appeared onto the runway. The headpieces were interesting on their own, as they were embellished with jewels, pearls, and flowers. A model wearing a robe-like hooded garment (with braids in self fabric along the seams of the hood – gorgeous!) took off her robe mid-runway. Her bare bodice was exposed and decorated with silver draped chains. Judging from the applause and standing ovation, everyone loved it.
All the models walking down the runway together really had a striking effect. Now THAT was a fashion show worth watching. What was especially thoughtful was Néron taking the mic after the show to thank her helpful team. She also announced her first donation to breast cancer research, a total of $40 000. Very inspirational. Overall, a fantastic show, not only in clothing but in performance as well.
Things quickly became less dramatic and exaggerated with the showing of Barilà’s Hawaiian inspired Spring collection. Watching Barilà’s show made me feel like going to the airport to get a one-way ticket to Hawaii ASAP!
There were so many pieces, and all could be mixed and matched to create different fun outfits. The recurring purple/ blue/ pink palm tree fabric pattern was very lovely. Dresses and skirts with elastic at the waist made it very casual and easy-going for the woman who wants to spend less time getting dressed and more time by the beach. Exposed zippers on skirts and dresses also upped the casualness and were very modern.
The pineapple design on white tank tops and t-shirts tied in with the whole summery Hawaiian theme. Some black and white patterned dresses also appeared towards the end of the show, and offered a little variety within the collection. Barilà’s collection was one of my personal favorites at Fashion Week; can’t wait till the clothing hits stores!
Photographs by Abir Shah, Nadeje
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