Saturday, March 7, 2009

MFW Day #3 - Dress To Kill Magazine's 1st Anniversary Cocktail Party

Our 3rd day at MFW was great! We didn’t attend any shows, but we did attend Dress To Kill Magazine's fabulous 1st Anniversary cocktail party.

Because we were attending a party and not a show, we decided to spice up our outfits a bit with leopard print and studs! Joanna wore a black dress with leopard print belt and earrings. She flattered her great outfit with a beige snakeskin clutch, black leggings and her black wedge boots. Yussie wore black shiny AA leggings, black cardigan and ruffle top. She wore silver stud teardrop earrings, her snake skin clutch and black ankle boots. So fab!

We walked around sippin on some delicious cosmos, while admiring Montreal’s fashion industry, up close and personal. There were so many amazing shoes, dresses, bags and hairstyles! Below are pictures of some of the amazing people at MFW!!

She was one of our fave models from the shows!

A few of Montreal's fashionista's!

Sexy models and fashion lova's!

So hot right!?

Our lovely bartender of the evening! Ain't he fly?

These are cool promo people for [dress to] Kill Magazine!
Yes... those are stripper shoes their wearing as hats!

Check out these oh-so-fab shoes!

We heart them all!
Esp. the gold studded Nikes!

We may not have picked up any swag bags at the shows, but Montreal Fashion Week was sponsored by P&G beauty, so their hostesses were handing out a variety of products in the cocktail lounge. Some of the products we picked up included the Pantene Shampoo & Conditioner, Cover Girl Highlights and Blast Luxe mascara, Venus razors, and Gillette M3Power Razor and shave gel for the men and more!

Thanks for checking in with us for our coverage of Montreal Fashion Week!

MFW Day #2 - Ralph Leroy and Myco Anna

On Wednesday we went back for more fashion at Montreal Fashion Week. For our second day we decided to brighten our outfits up a little and the outcome was great!! Joanna wore a funky multi-colored dress, black and silver studded belt, black leggings and her black wedge boots. She complimented her look with silver hoops and her black leather 2-way zipper clutch. Yussie wore a multi-colored flowy top with a black cardigan, dark blue jeans and her Alice + Olivia patent wedge heels. Her look was topped off with large gold hoops, gold chain and cuff and a snake skin clutch. The outfits turned out great for our semi-sunny-licous day!



Our first show was newcomer Ralph Leroy and we were blown away!! The menswear show started off with a projection on the back wall and a voice over the speakers. It was in French, so we didn’t quite catch it all, but it spoke of the 4 elements, earth, wind, fire and water. It was a cool start, but the words on the screen were not timed correctly with the spoken words on the speakers. Once the intro ended, the lights turned off, and there were flashes of bright lights, as if there was lightening in the room. Some really intense warrior music then began, the lights went on and the first model hit the runway; it was quite dramatic. The collection consisted mainly of slim-cut trousers and solid shirts. The looks were classy and sophisticated, but the colors were bright and fun, which we thought really livened up the usually dark and muted fall/winter colors. The accessories included fedora hats, handbags, motorcycle gloves, bow-ties and some kick ass patent leather shoes. At the end of the show, the lights flashed again, and the models emerged, walking two by two down the runway. Once they were all lined up, they faced each other and the designer walked down the runway between them. He then turned back walked to the top of the catwalk and the models began to walk back and formed a semi-circle behind him. We thought it was a very cool way for the designer to present himself; it was fun, dramatic and really coincided with the theme of the show. The mens collection was superb. It was chic, urban and ultra modern… perfect for our Montreal business men! The show was great, the music was even better and the collection was breathtaking… we are definitely looking forward to Ralph Leroy’s next show! What a great Montreal Fashion Week debut!

After the Ralph Leroy show we went in to the cocktail area and got some tasty Cosmo’s to get us ready for the Myco Anna show!

Myco Anna’s show had a great music selection that kept up with the quirky, multi layered collection. It was very fun, and kept your head bobbing throughout the show. The collection is a little different then most, as each outfit is made, either wholly or in part, of recycled and equitably traded materials. What a great way to be in style and go green! The models walked confidently with dark makeup and different funky braided hair-dos. The collection consisted of a variety of patchwork, knit items, with lots of layering and fun colors. The items were also, often accented with fun fur pompoms or collars. The whole vibe of the show was really reflective of the style and quirkiness of the brand. We loved it!

That was end of day 2 at MFW! We had a blast! More fashion fun to come for day 3!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

MFW Day #1 - Dinh Ba & Muse By Christian Chenail

To start off Montreal Fashion Week right, our first plan of action was, of course, picking out our outfits to attend the shows. On the first day, Yussie wore a sheer star printed black blouse; black skinny jeans and Alice + Olivia patent wedge heels. She topped her look off with a snakeskin clutch, big black earrings and a black pearl necklace. Joanna was wearing a black dress, black, white and pink houndsooth tights, a black caped coat, and a DIY brooch necklace. She completed the look with her black wedge boots, a black, leather, 2-way zipper clutch and hot pink leather gloves!



The first show we were privileged to attend was Dinh Ba Design. As we entered the room, the first thing we noticed was the décor and the loud surrounding music, which began to set the mood for the show. The music that was playing was simulating the sounds of a thunderstorm, which we thought was an interesting start. It played in well with the blue ceiling and lighting, a brick wall backdrop, and silver bare branched trees that lined the opening were the models would come out. As we were directed to our seats, we were pleased to see that we were placed in the 3rd row.

The show began and the models starting walking strongly down the runway. The hair styling was the first thing that stood out to us. It was not hard to miss! They were all (men & women alike) rocking wild and messy fauxhawks down the runway, with the exception of one female model who went bald. The clothes were edgy. The collection started strong, with great outfits for men and women. The designs played with volumes and straight lines in a color palette of black, grey, off white, brown and red. The models were painted with silver makeup that was sort of splashed all over the eyes and temples, which, mixed with the metallics of the collection, gave off a futuristic vibe. They also wore large chain necklaces and tall boots with gold wedge heels, (that remind us of those heelless boots Victoria Beckham wore once). The show sorta tanked in the middle with the incorporation of tribal graphic prints and huge hoop earrings. The show, however, picked up at the end with some of the designs reminding us of ultramodern British punk wear. The men had on great boots with chains and oversized sleeveless hoodies, some made with this amazing sort of furry/feathery textile. The show ended with some great party dresses with long sparkly trains. All in all… it was a great show! We did notice, however, that they did not provide swag bags at the show, which was slightly disappointing, but Oh well… these are tough times! Gotta cut costs where you can!

After the Dinh Ba fashion show, we walked around a bit to check out the scene and hung out in the cocktail lounge. We took some cool photos and then proceeded to the second show. P.S… we are working on getting a better camera, so bare with us!!

The Crowd

Outside Marche Bonsecour and the hostesses looking cute in matching yellow black

The second show was Muse by Christian Chenail. It was set in a similar fashion with the seating and runway. We stood this time though, but it kind of gave us a better view from above (the back of people’s heads didn’t obstruct our view). The music that started off the show made us think of old school Paris boudoir music. It went great with the first set of clothing shown on the runway. The color palette was similar to that of Dinh Ba; there were a lot of blacks, grays and browns with hints of red, orange and fuchsia. With the consistency of this color palette, it would be safe to assume these are the colors of the season, so you may want to keep that in mind when shopping for Fall/Winter. The lighting on the other hand, was horrible!! It was very dark (hence the picture quality it gave us!!) and had spotlights directly on the models, which really only benefited viewers in the front row. This was disappointing since the whole purpose of a fashion show is to display a collection in the best possible light (no pun intended). The music quickly changed to a sort of wacky Euro Pop, and dance songs. It was a little inconsistent and gave mixed impressions on what the vibe of the show was supposed to be. The clothing featured a lot of leather and fur. Some of the dresses had fur collars, fur shrugs and fur trimming at the bottom. The music got weirder and weirder throughout the show, as did the clothing. In the end… it was an okay show, and we were more then happy to see it!

What really caught our eye while walking around and scoping out the scene was men’s fashion. We are going to have to say that men killed the women’s look completely yesterday!! We can’t even remember seeing any woman in an awe-inspiring look. Nonetheless… the men really stepped it up and kudos to them!! Check out the pictures below to see what we’re talking about!

This small crew of gentlemen reminded us of Kanye’s entourage, photographed by Jak & Jil Blog at at the Comme Des Carcon show at Paris Fashion week.

Front Row Men's Fashion

So that was day one… keep checking for updates because we will be going back tonight in great new outfits, for more shows and more fashion!!