Day 2 - Iris Setlakwe, DUY, Denis Gagnon, UNTTLD

From the highly eclectic collection of Denis Gagnon to the very practical wear-to-work collection from Iris Setlakwe, the 2nd day of Montreal Fashion Week had it all. Here is what we found...

Iris Setlakwe

At the young age of 21, Iris Setlakwe launched her own retail clothing company featuring designs for men and women. Within the next decade her passion for design inspired her to create the Pur label, which eventually morphed into her own label Iris.

Our Top Picks:

This is a beautifully tailored soft grey outfit with heavily embellished shoulder straps. Classy. Elegant. Fun.
Iris Setlakwe - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Always looking for something stylish to wear to work that will take you from day to evening with ease. Well, here you go.

Iris Setlakwe - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Iris Setlawke - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Iris Setlakwe - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Hits and Misses:

Very 'Chanel'isque. This pantsuit was a definite hit, but then I'm always a sucker for such styles -  bold and dual toned.

Iris Setlakwe - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Iris Setlakwe - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

While I appreciate the attention to detail on this jacket, the soft shoulders didn't let it shine as much.

Iris Setlakwe - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Must Have

Seemed simple, yet  a stunning and sexy dress this was!

Iris Setlakwe - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

This is a statement piece, let them know you have arrived. Loving the big print flower action on the skirt of this dress.

Iris Setlakwe - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

DUY

Duy studied design at Lasalle College and since graduating has collaborated with the some if the biggest names in fashion. His collections are often described as timeless, luxurious and wearable

Our Top Picks:

An unusual silhouette, superbly crafted. This one is a winner!

DUY - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

DUY - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Toned down gold double breasted jacket, with white skinnies. What's not to love!

DUY - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

DUY - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Hits and Misses:

Lots of orange to make life fun; a severe white collar to balance it all.

DUY - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

DUY - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

This was a bit much in the fabric department, too bulky, and too dull I thought.

DUY - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

DUY - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Must Have:

This sea green works effortlessly with a serious gold fabric to create this stunning piece

DUY - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

DUY - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

This taupe dress in organza and satin, add a peplum for extra drama, and now you know you want it.

DUY - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Denis Gagnon

Denis Gagnon's affinity with sartorial splendor needs no explanation; the designer has developed a cult-like following. Though we were not too impressed with the show, one can still see genius at work.

Our Top Picks:

This full length body romper looks complicated, but comfortable. My vote for a versatile piece that will make one stand apart in a crowd.

Denis Gagnon - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

This dress with oversized prints, very chic and very modern.

Denis Gagnon - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Hits and Misses:

Leather pants that would style up any old top, a denifite hit. And in this case, the top was quite awesome too.

Denis Gagnon - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

 

This grey, black, and white ensemble come together well, very cool indeed.

Denis Gagnon - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Must Have:

This grey skirt and bustier-like top with muted drama, is classic, clean, yet very fashionable.

Denis Gagnon - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Denis Gagnon - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

this long grey coat will keep you looking young and preppy.

Denis Gagnon - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

 

UNTTLD

Unttld is the collaborative work of Montreal designers José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger. In their words, they are "unashamed, unrestrained, untamed" bringing creative freedom to new heights in their designs.

Our Top Picks:

This is how do you catch a flame and pin it down. LOVE.

UNTTLD - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

UNTTLD - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Army green and black leather, never looked so feminine. Effortless chic.

UNTTLD - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Hits and Misses:

Mystique and strength, both come through in this show stopper.

UNTTLD - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

UNTTLD - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Almost a nice outfit, just too much busy-ness, methinks.

UNTTLD - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Must Have:

These green slim pants and somewhat-halter top are screaming your name. Beautifully crafted pieces.

UNTTLD - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

UNTTLD - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

Statuesque dress in black, classic cut, and organza stripe drama below the waist.

UNTTLD - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

UNTTLD - Spring/Summer 2013 at the Montreal Fashion Week 23

 

And thus ended an eventful day 2 of the Montreal Fashion Week - 23. Among other things, we were glad to be there when Denis Gagnon broke into his impromptu dance.

Denis Gagnon dances at MFW 23


We'll post more photos on our facebook page. Meanwhile let me know if my choices work for you.

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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