Thursday, January 22, 2009

Forever Montreal

Great new for Montreal fashionistas!

It has been announced that the oh-so-popular, Los Angeles based store, Forever 21, is FINALLY coming to Montreal!

Their first store is set to open, this year, at the 18,000 to 19,000 square-foot Complexe Les Ailes location in the heart of downtown Montreal before the back to school rush.

They also plan to set up shop at the Champlain Mall in Brossard by the end of the year, and will be taking over the three-floor, 30,000 square-foot Gap store location at the corner of Ste. Catherine and de la Montagne by Spring 2010.

"Montreal is a very desirable and vibrant city for retailers," Jeff Berkowitz,
president of Aurora Realty Consultants Inc., said. "There's a lot of growth
potential despite the economy."

Forever 21 is known for providing all the latest styles and trends to fashion forward teens and college students, for a reasonable price.

Check out these amazing, complete, head-to-toe outfits for men & women for less then $175, including shoes and accessories!

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Fashion Lova’s Beware: SERIOUS FASHION OVERLOAD!!!!

John Galliano continued to turn heads with his 2009 Spring Couture collection for Christian Dior.

In Paris on January 26, 2009 John Galliano showcased his 2009 Spring Couture collection. It was filled with Victorian influences and layers of silk taffeta that created a collection of some of the most fabulous dresses I have ever laid my eyes on. He played with hemlines, pouffy shoulders, organza, floral designs and gorgeous silky hats.

The show featured a stained glass backdrop and corseted crinoline gowns that took 300 to 400 hours each to make. Some of the models included the gorgeous and my personal favorites Chanel Iman and Sasha Primovera, as well as Michelle Westgeest and Laura blokhina. STUNNING!!

When asked what his inspirations were and what do he thought about the recession, John Galliano answered "Flemish painters and Monsieur Dior," and to the point, "There's a credit crunch, not a creative crunch. Of course, everyone is being more careful with their discretionary purchases. I am. But it's our job to make people dream, and to provide the value in quality, cut, and imagination." ‘Nuff said. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

YES WE CAN! - A Moment in History

Today is a day that will go down in history.

At noon today, Barack Hussein Obama II will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America and will become the 1st ever African American President.

We, at Montreal Fashion Minds, would like to congratulate the new president and his supporters in this momentous occasion.

Barack Obama is indeed, an extremely powerful and influential man on today society. His greatness has not only inspired his country, as well as people around the globe, but Obama has additionally, made a great impact on the world’s fashion scene.

Here’s a look at some Obama inspired fashions:

In stores....

On the runway....

Barack Obama dress by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Preppy homage dress by Sonia Rykiel seen at Paris Fashion Week

Versace described her Obama-dedicated collection as one designed for “a relaxed man who doesn’t need to flex muscles to show he has power.”

More designer support....

At the end of the program notes for her Paris fashion show, Stella McCartney wrote, “P.S. Vote Obama!!” & Designer Zac Posen, shows off his political sense of style with an Obama T-shirt.

Celebrity support....

Pete Wentz & Ryan Phillipe

Halle Berry, Beyonce & Jay-Z and Madonna

Kim Kardashian and Joel Madden & Nicole Richie


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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fabulous Fashion Opportunity for Designers

Attention all Fashion Designers!!

This is an amazing opportunity for you!

Starting today, Gen Art, the leading arts & entertainment organization, is accepting applications for their 11th annual Styles International Design Competition & Runway Show.

Each year, Gen Art produces a fabulous, high profile runway show in New York City to showcase the designs of the world’s most talented, up and coming designers.

They accept applications from all emerging fashion designers, including students, from around the world, who have worked under their own name for 7 years or less.

Finalists of the competition will include 5 different designers in each of the following categories: Ready-to-wear, Eveningwear, Avant Garde, Menswear and Accessories.

Ready-to-wear finalist 2008
Eveningwear finalist 2008

Avant Garde winner 2008

Accessories finalist 2008

Menswear finalist 2008

They will have the amazing opportunity to showcase their work at this grand event and will be judged by fashions finest, such as, Betsey Johnson, Diane Von Furstenberg, Patricia Field and Nicole Miller. The winners in each category will be rewarded with $5000 and variety of amazing opportunities in the fashion industry.

All applications for this competition must be submitted between January 15th and March 17th, 2009.

For full details on application submission visit Gen Art’s website here.

Good Luck to all those who apply!! And please keep in touch with us, here at Montreal Fashion Minds if you do, so we can document your progress here as well, because we too, love to support our readers and up and coming fashion designers.

In addition, for those of you not already familiar with Gen Art, they not only support up and coming fashion talent, but are dedicated to helping emerging talent in filmmaking, music, and visual arts as well, and produce a plethora of events each year.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Movie Screening with Director Peter Sollett

With offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago, Gen Art’s goal is to provide emerging talent with access to the art and entertainment industries that often seem impossible to break into.

I, personally have had the opportunity to intern for Gen Art’s fashion department this past summer in New York City, and can attest to the fact that they work very hard, and are extremely passionate about helping up and coming talent in various industries, achieve success. They become a mentor to all emerging talent, providing them with the tools and advise needed to achieve great success in their field. They also produce killer events that will blow your mind!

Me at Gen Art's "My Life in Smiles" event hosted by Nigel Barker
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