Montreal Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011-12 Recap

“Don’t be tardy for the party!”

Well Kim Zolciak, I suppose I am, but better late than never. Below are my impressions of the latest edition of Montreal Fashion Week, which came to a close this past Thursday:

Samuel Dong






I must have looked like a frightened child after seeing this boogeyman of a collection.  While some pieces stand out beautifully on their own, the collection we saw on the runway this past Wednesday was a true mishmash. Too many frills, too many prints piled up one on top of the other, and so little cohesion. Montreal Gazette‘s Eva Friede sums up the hotchpotch that is Samuel Dong’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 collection with such exactitude, I really couldn’t have put it better myself.

By Thomas





Natasha Thomas’s collection: clean-cut, supple designs, and asymmetrical goodness. Minimalism at its best. The blazers with torn sleeves at the shoulder and the ones with embedded sleeves (background model pictured above) are both fanciful and innovative.

Samuel Mercure


Christian L’Enfant Roi




Both Samuel Mercure and Christian L’Enfant Roi delivered strong, cohesive avant-garde collections. Since menswear has, for the better part of history, consistently been far more restrained than womenswear, it’s certainly refreshing to see audacious and ornate menswear collections on the runway.

Alas, my shedule did not permit me to see all runway shows (Nadya Toto, Post-Vernissage presented by Trusst, and Melissa Nepton received rave reviews.) For more photos, and videos of the 20th edition of Montreal Fashion Week, please visit

Photos by Jimmy Hamelin and Radu Diaconu


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