Two sets of pasties in one night can only mean one thing: sexy time. Coccolily’s Naana Tennachie Yankey got the pulse-pumping party started with a collection of overtly suggestive styles crafted for maximum exposure. Bed-headed models sassed off with each other before taking to the runway, shooting seductive gazes at spectators while blazing by in body-con dresses and bodysuits with peekaboo panels on shoulders and across the décolletages and midsections of the sexy-with-a-capital-S styles. Pantsuits that belonged more in the boudoir that in the boardroom were accompanied by pants-less looks and even one topless ensemble, hence the first set of the aforementioned pasties, trotted out by Canada’s Next Top Model runner-up Tia Aryton-Hill.
Up next was Harricana par Mariouche, and apparently the lone fur protestor standing outside Marché Bonsecours earlier in the evening did not get the memo: Designer Mariouche Gagné uses recycled furs to craft her cozy accessories, which were presented this season along with Quebec sportswear brand Chlorophylle. At Envers, it was exotic and theatrical as always, with rich hues and nomad-inspired designs.
In keeping with the thermostat-raising theme of the night, Judith Desjardins sent out her first set of female models hand in hand. The intimate gesture gave way to some unusually racy pieces for Bodybag by JUDE, a brand that’s customarily business-casual, including bodysuits with strips of lace along the bottom hems, transparent panels and even a long-sleeved fishnet top worn with nothing put a pair of pasties underneath (that would be set number two).
The night ended with playful collection for PYTs courtesy of Ève Gravel. Her collections are always part romantic and part rock ’n’ roll, and she did not disappoint with pretty prints, soft cuts and ruffle details toughened up with studded belts, zipper trims and light-reflecting fabrics and sequins. While the berets were a cute touch on top of the models’ loosely tousled hair, the two cat-ear hairbands remain a mystery…