MFW20 - Annie 50 Goes 50’s Retro

Semaine de Mode Montréal 20
Silvia Di Iorio
The Annie 50 Fall/Winter 2011 collection, designed by collaborative duo Annie Chagnon and Amélie Gingras-Rioux, was nothing short of its expectations. As the show kicked off with Eastern European beats and the retro-inspired clothing emerged, it was very clear that we weren’t in present-day Montreal anymore.

A-line skirts and dresses were a big focus. Some characterized by pleated waist treatments, while others were adorned with bows at the waist. And yet, it was the fabulous accessories - leather gloves, a variety of hats, and knee-high boots - that really pulled the looks together quite nicely.

Annie 50 - Montreal Fashion Week 20 - Falll/Winter 2011

Annie 50 - Montreal Fashion Week 20 - Falll/Winter 2011

There was something about Annie 50’s Fall collection that made it so special - the fabric selection. The ideal blend of wools, tweeds, sheers, and lace created a fluid softness. Chanel being the dominant pioneer of tweed in women’s fashion, Annie 50 looked up to the world renowned fashion house for inspiration. A touch of lace peeking out from underneath the dresses may have been subtle, but there was nothing subtle about its strikingly flirty effect with every movement.

Annie 50 - Montreal Fashion Week 20 - Falll/Winter 2011

Annie 50 - Montreal Fashion Week 20 - Falll/Winter 2011

Annie 50 - Montreal Fashion Week 20 - Falll/Winter 2011

Classic hourglass shapes and timeless fabrics elevated the traditional femininity quality. Simple knits with cowl necklines as well as tailored jackets in combo fabrics were well exhibited. The color palette consisted mainly of navy, charcoal, and cream, with red being a very important hue for the Fall season.

Simplicity can be difficult to achieve in fashion without looking too redundant or repetitive, yet Annie 50 was able to overcome that notion with a polished collection. As Gabrielle Chanel once said,

"Fashion fades, only style remains the same".

Annie 50 succeeded in not only creating "fashion", but timelessness in style as well.

 

Photography by Jimmy Hamelin

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