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Fashion Week Special

The best trends for Spring from Montreal and Vancouver Fashion Weeks


Fashion Week Special

 

The best trends for Spring from Montreal and Vancouver Fashion Weeks

Editor, Karen Kwan
Photography by getty (bc fashion week); jimmy hamelin for montreal fashion week



Montreal with Shirine Saad

Vancouver with Luisa Rino
 

Poetry in Motion

Marie Saint Pierre’s collection wrapped the body in layers of creased chiffon in black and champagne. The designer, whose Japanese-inspired architectural approach is often lauded as intellectual, used images of sand roses and fern leaves as a starting point for her poetic suits and dresses, and her smart thinking paid off. We’re crazy about the feminine dresses and sexy black nylon tops with long chiffon ruffles.

 

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Pleats, Please

The energy in the Old Montreal industrial space was just right for Renata Morales’s eccentric collection of pleated dresses and sexy suits. With indie rock band Torngat playing from a suspended platform, spring’s pieces showcased cartoon-inspired prints, both in black and white and gorgeous splashes of yellow, red and orange.

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Prints Charming

Spring ’07 marks the sophomore collection for Raymond Boutet and Lyle Reimer of Evan & Dean. Including fresh prints ranging from jacquard to dandelions, the collection evokes ’60s Twiggy and incorporates origami-like architectural details.

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Honour Roll

Ashley Guidi and Sarah Wigman of Asluxe have gained notoriety for being kicked out of fashion school (for focusing too much on BC Fashion Week!), but their debut collection definitely makes the grade. Taking West Coast glam-casual to another level, their draped jersey tops and dresses, hot denim minis and short-shorts exude the sex appeal celebs try to bottle and sell. And
riding the fashion world’s eco-conscious wave, select pieces are made of lyocell, a biodegradable viscose knit.

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Pretty Dresses

Even in the dead of winter, as soon as the sun comes ’round, it doesn’t take long for us to justify our right to bare arms and slip into a sleeveless dress. And we’re in luck: it’s Kulpa’s signature basic this spring, along with skirts featuring hemline darts and pin tucks for the gentlest of poufs. All in a crisp palette of white, black and grey, Joanna Kulpa’s collection makes looking pretty very easy this spring..

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