Friday, February 27, 2009

Montreal Fashion Week

The 16th edition of Montreal Fashion (MFW) week kicks off next week from March 2nd to 5th, at Marché Bonsecours in the heart of Old Montreal. There, the hottest and most talented local, established and up-coming designers will be presenting their 2009-2010 Fall/Winter collections.

Marché Bonsecours - 350 St-Paul Street East

In addition to the regular fashion shows, Sensation Mode has brought back Le Showroom for its third edition. Le Showroom is a popular aspect of MFW, and is essentially a marketplace for buyers and sellers. It welcomes nearly 100 exhibitors and gives designers and manufacturers an ideal environment to conduct business.

Yussie and I are really looking forward to attending a few shows next week, including Dinh Bah, Muse By Christian Chenail, Ralph Leroy and Myco Anna. We will most definitely be reporting back on Montreal Fashion Minds about our experience, so stay tuned for photos and all the juicy details!

Joanna & Yussie at the last edition of MFW

And great news for you Montreal fashionistas dying to attend….

For the first time ever, Sensation Mode is offering last minute tickets to the shows! All you gotta do is show up at Marché Bonsecours (350 St-Paul Street East – Champ-De-Mars Metro) between 4pm and 8pm from March 2nd – 5th. Tickets are only $25 each.

Don’t forget to say hi, if you see us there!

For more information and full schedule of events check out


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Unexplainable xquisiteness... Atelier Versace's Spring 2009

Below you can see some photos from the Atelier Versace's spring 2009 collection and wow!

They are all beyond beautiful and I am honestly in love. I only featured a few photos with their sketchs, but feel free to check out the rest at the Versace website… guaranteed you’ll be in awe.

Just the photography alone is stunning and the gorgeous scarves across the models faces is absolutely breathtaking!

Which is your fave?
I can't really decide but this black strapless... is just so... wow.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

No Excuse for Abuse - Princess RiRi

As you all must have heard by now, Rihanna and Chris Brown did not make it to the Grammy awards Sunday night because of an argument that lead to assault after the Clive Davis pre-Grammys tribute event on Saturday night. Brown left Rihanna with contusions, a split lip, bloody nose and bite marks over her body. (for full story, and constant updates see

As HUGE Rihanna fans, and women, we, at Montreal Fashion Minds, were deeply saddened by the horrible news of the ‘lovers quarrel’ between Chris Brown and Rihanna. Violence is NEVER the answer, and Brown surely crossed the line.

Our hearts go out to Rihanna at this horrible time, and only wish for her a speedy recovery.

If you have been in a similar situation, or feel like you are stuck in an abusive relationship with nowhere to go, please remember you are not alone! Be strong, and always call for help. There is no excuse for abuse!

If you are living in the Montreal area, and need to reach out, here are a couple of local resources you can use to make a happier and healthier life for yourself.

Assistance aux Femme de Montreal Inc. – Tel. 514-270-8291
Women’s Shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. Intervention with immigrant women and their children. Languages: French, English, Spanish.

L.O.V.E. (Leave Out Violence) – Tel. 514-938-0006 –
Helping those who have been affected by violence (victims, witness or perpetrator).

McGill Domestic Violence Clinic – Tel. 514-398-2686
Counselling by Social Work Master-students with professors’ supervision. Clients: women and men with or without children involved in violence. Individual and group meetings for women victims of domestic violence, group for men batterers. Couple meetings (post-violence). Languages: French, English.

Spousal Abuse / S.O.S. Violence Conjugale – Tel. 514-873-9010
Referral and listening service, 24hrs / 7 days. Languages: French, English.

For those of you seeking help outside of Montreal., research your local help centers or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline – Tel. 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

In honor of her bravery, and greatness, we would like to dedicate this post to Princess RiRi. She is a fabulous and fierce female, with an impeccable fashion sense, and not to mention one of our most favored stars!

Here’s a look at some of Rihanna’s fashion forward moments….

Rihanna on the red carpet....

Rihanna wore this beautiful black gown from Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2008 collection for the 2008 Fashion Rocks red carpet.

Rihanna wore this Spring 1991 Alaia black and white signature hound’s-tooth cotton/elastic tank and mini at Z100’s Jingle Ball 2008 Hosted by H&M.

At the 2008 American Music Awards, Rihanna donned this beautiful beige Zac Posen dress from his Spring 2009 Collection with matching accessories.

Rihanna 'blue' our minds with this hot Zac Posen S/S 2008 dress at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards

Rihanna wore a red hot Monique Lhuillier dress and Sang A clutch to the 2008 Spirit Of Life Award Dinner in Santa Monica

Rihanna out and about….

Rihanna was spotted wearing this cashmere and silk scarf printed with a monogramouflage motif created for Louis Vuitton by Takashi Murakam.

Rihanna protected her eyes from the sun with these fab Louis Vuitton “Suspense” Gold Tortoise Sunglasses.

Rihanna wore a See by Chloe patch pocket silk mini skirt with a green Theory bodysuit leaving Restaurant Da Silvano in New York.

Rihanna wore this Givenchy inspired outfit while dining at Cafe Med at Sunset Plaza in Los Angeles.

Rihanna was seen shopping in West Hollywood with her family wearing a Matthew Williamson Butterfly print vest, and those kick ass Balenciaga knee-high boots.

The performing princess....

At the 2008 American Music Awards Rihanna wore a custom made leather corest and neck ornament by Phillipe and David Blond Fall 2008.

Rihanna wore this Balmain Spring 2009 one-sleeved sparkling mini dress to perform at the Verizon & BlackBerry Pre-Grammy Party.

Rihanna performed on CBS' "The Early Show" wearing a feather-trimmed blazer from the Olsen's Elizabeth and James collection.

Rihanna wore this grey and white sequined bandeau Betsey Johnson dress, when she sang her hit single on the Spanish version of American Idol.

Rihanna wore this hot pink Betsey Johnson Spring 2008 taffeta and tulle dress when she performed at a benefit at Vision Nightclub in Chicago.