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Montreal Fashion Week: The F/W 2013 Lineup

In the words of Nina Simone, or one of the other umpteen covers: it's a new dawn, it's a new day. Because it's 2013 see, which also means it's time for a new season. As London and New York gear up for their fashion-fests, Montreal is the first Canadian city out of the gate with an announcement of its Fall/Winter lineup, taking place February 4 to 7 at the Arsenal.

The initial list includes 13 hand-picked designers and more than 30 are expected for the complete F/W 13 program, including Mélissa Nepton, Harricana, Ralph Leroy,  L'autre couture de Luko Marion, RUSH COUTURE by CLAUDETTE FLOYD, Nisse, Pedram Karimi, Matière noire, COKLUCH, Symbiose by Hinda A., Maryline Baril, Jennifer Glasgow Design and Voyou.

Montreal Fashion Week serves as a launch pad for designers to showcase their upcoming seasonal collections and is known for its quality program that stands out from other fashion weeks around the world. In addition to runway shows, it will also present a series of exhibitions, conferences, artistic performances and fashion films during the four-day event.

"Our team is very excited about the upcoming edition of MFW," says Chantal Durivage, co-president and co-founder of Groupe Sensation Mode. "The success of Spring/Summer 2013 left us inspired and so we have kept the standout elements and are working on adding new ones. One of these additions is the creation of a new room for the small collections that will feature a more intimate format, giving the designers a greater level of creative freedom."

And do you remember that $25,000 Target/TFI competition I mentioned a few weeks ago? Well, the five designer finalists from that contest will show their creations at MFW, with the grand prize winner announced at the end of the event.

If that's got you scribbling across your Moleskins, you can purchase one to four day passports (ranging from $50 to $275) that are on sale now, but hurry since the Mecca gathering is only four week away!

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