For its sixth year, Fashion Preview didn’t waver on its pledge to promote Montréal fashion from every angle. The designers and fashion school students whose catwalk creations took over UQAM’s Cœur des sciences throughout the three-day showcase presented 2017 spring/summer collections that, with the cold season nearly upon us, were a breath of fresh air.
The event kicked off with works from students at the École supérieure de mode de l’UQAM which mixed colour blocking with plays on transparency and the über-trendy fringe, followed by Helmer’s dazzling collection of flamboyant hues and breathtaking pleats. Up next was Leinad Beaudet with an array of highly coloured, surprisingly summery pieces joining the designer’s signature of dramatic draping.Day 1 closed with Naïké: a 2017 spring/summer collection whose loosely cut, ready-to-wear classics are suitable additions to any wardrobe.
The second evening opened with spectacular fur designs from CEGEP Marie-Victorin's École de mode, followed by two local fashion powerhouses: Christian Chenail, whose prêt-à-porter Muse lineis both classic and daring; and DUY, whose impeccable cuts and textile wizardry were an unqualified hit. If newcomer Lovan M. was cutting its teeth at this year’s event, its two designers—Marie-Victorin graduates both—proved the relevance of their casual day wear with a street-smart boho-chic spring collection. Last but not least, Yoga Jeans imbued the runway with a sporty spirit combining performance, comfort and the latest trends.
Day 3 opened with LaSalle College, sweeping the catwalk with a powerful show crafted from recycled scrap. Claudette Floyd’s ultra-feminine collection was up next, fusing festive frills with clean lines, followed by KQK, all timeless sophistication, dark shades and texture, and the colourful active wear of Vancouver-based Karma Athletics.
Back again this year, the Accessories Village had just the right finishing touches from a bevy of local and international brands like Holdur and Maison Bourdon. Coton Mouton was also on hand with its The Petites collection, as was Fibres Collectives, which promotes Montréal talent through its online store.