MFW20 - Couture Inspires At Samuel Dong

Semaine de Mode Montréal 20
Silvia Di Iorio
The art of haute couture is such a delicate and rare craft in the days of commercial trendy fashion. Those who have mastered that fine art are among the most admired in the fashion industry. It is true that fashion evolves with the blink of an eye season after season, and yet Samuel Dong has managed to capture the raw essence of couture in his Fall/Winter 2011 collection in which he gracefully presented at the 20th edition of Montreal Fashion Week.

To begin the show, black and white ensembles including wide leg trousers emerged onto the stage. It was like being treated to a tasteful appetizer prior to the colorful, embellished main course. Dong’s latest collection is meant to "challenge the duality of nature and urbanity".

Exaggerated peplums and full circle skirts, drawing attention to tiny waists and creating the perfect hourglass shapes, made their way on stage. It  was undoubtedly evocative of Christian Dior’s 1947 "New Look" era, mixed with John Galliano’s interpretation of Dior today. Traditional meets edgy. It seemed that Dong assembled a fantasy-like collection, all the while being wearable and fun.

 

Samuel Dong - Montreal Fashion Week 20 - Fall/Winter 2011

Samuel Dong - Montreal Fashion Week 20 - Fall/Winter 2011

Samuel Dong - Montreal Fashion Week 20 - Fall/Winter 2011

Classic black and white pieces added the right amount of sophistication, and was balanced by an array of prints that brightened the runway - floral, leopard, animal and geometric prints brought a certain je ne sais quoi to the entire collection. One of my favorites? A fuchsia pink tailored jacket paired with leopard leggings and a floral handbag to accessorise. Be-auti-ful.

Samuel Dong - Montreal Fashion Week 20 - Fall/Winter 2011

Samuel Dong - Montreal Fashion Week 20 - Fall/Winter 2011

The couture inspiration was very well carried throughout as the talented designer had intended. The richness of the reds and golds contrasted well with the black full circular skirts and patterned dresses. Ruffles and layered pieces added more dimension to the already vivid collection. The gloves as well as exquisite jewellery complimented each ensemble with the flawless finishing touch.

Truly a picture perfect collection, and a designer to look forward to for many more lovely collections to come.

 

Photography by Jimmy Hamelin

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