With an adjustment of your air-con, the beginning of the CNE and the looming threat of TIFF, you know summer is coming to an end. But drawing out the warmer months just that little bit longer is the new batch of Fashion Week festivities, which will soon begin with the 25th anniversary edition of Montreal Fashion Week.
In a week entirely dedicated to fashion, taking place September 3 to 6 at the Arsenal contemporary art complex in Montreal, designers from across Canada will descend upon the city to show off their shapes and styles. And to mark this special 25th anniversary occasion, as well as to acknowledge the talent, contribution and creativity of local designers, festival organizers Groupe Sensation Mode chose to invite designers to show their collections without charging a participation or production fee — a first for a Fashion Week in Montreal. So who can we expect to see on the runways?
Well, MFW S/S 2014 will feature collection launches from some 20 designers, with the programme going a little something like this:
- Tuesday, September 3: Pedram Karimi, Muse par Christian Chenail, Bodybagby jude (15th anniversary), Dinh Bà Design (10th anniversary), Mélissa Nepton and UNTTLD
- Thursday, September 5: Oldwig, atelier b., Cokluch, Nisse, Annie 50, Rush Couture and Helmer
- Friday, September 6: Impair, Brit Wacher, Maryline Baril, Caroline Constas, Xavier Laruelle, Ève Gravel, Travis Taddeo (Spring 2014 presentation) and Martin Lim
Wondering what happened to Wednesday? Well that particular hump day will be dedicated to a series of off-site events, which will include Cabinet Éphémère, a creators’ nomad boutique showing off original artworks designed specifically for the event, and the FLASHMODE Old Montréal evening, which will showcase the neighbourhood's fashion identity and its offer of Québécois design.
If you happen to be in the area, I suggest you drop in on the shindigs, but in case you need that little bit of inspiration to do so, I'll leave you with an eloquent quote from Martin Lim co-designer, Daniel Lim:
"As the wind blows on fashion, as the water flows under the bridges of Montreal, years pass and creations do not look the same at fashion week in Montreal. The 25th edition is the best platform to showcase and promote our spring 2014 collection."
Images via Montreal Fashion Week