Montreal Fashion Week: Ones to Watch

Local and international designers present their Spring 2012 collections at the 21st edition of Montreal Fashion Week.

The summer has barely cooled off, but with the launch of the 21st edition of Montreal Fashion Week, it’s already time to start thinking spring again.

Notable names scheduled to showcase their Spring 2012 collections this week include established favourites Denis Gagnon, Soïa & Kyo and Second Clothing, along with buzz-worthy up-and-comers such as Travis Taddeo, Mulcair and Martin Lim.

There’s also Duy (formerly of Pink Tartan and Marie Saint Pierre), who will be presenting his collection in Montreal for the first time since 2004. His architectural approach (indeed, he studied architecture before making the move into fashion design) will be a welcome addition to the lineup of local and international talent. Many of latter will be taking part in Wednesday’s much anticipated Label Europe show, an exclusive presentation that is part of Montreal Fashion Week’s ongoing effort to cross-promote designers through partnerships with international fashion organizations (past collaborations include Tokyo Fashion Week and the Who’s Next trade show in Paris).

For anyone looking to get in on the action, take note that for the first time ever, advance tickets are available at for featured presentations by Travis Taddeo, Dimitri Chris, Label Europe, Duy and Iris Setlakwe Collection. What’s more, last-minute tickets for select shows can be purchased once more through La Vitrine, and you can also view videos of all the shows online and on the official Sensation Mode Facebook page.

In other news: Due to a lack of space, Le Showroom, which brought buyers and designers together for the past few seasons, will not be taking place. The “Art vs Fashion” open house will happen again, however; from 5 p.m. until midnight on Thursday, September 8, select art galleries and shops, including Impact Galerie, M Galerie d’Art, Espace Pepin and Galerie Michel-Ange, will remain open to the public to showcase Montreal’s impressive array of artistic talent.

Montreal Fashion Week runs until September 9. Be sure to check back for FLARE’s coverage of the top trends of the week, and for more fashion news, visit the Fashion Blog.