It was only a Wednesday, but the red carpet was rolled out and Champagne was popped at Wave ( Remember this amazing event space where RSVP Magazine launched their second edition?). The Association Pulmonaire du Quebec gathered a lot of people for a sumptuous fundraising event to promote and stimulate their activities – that not only aim to help patients who suffers from respiratory diseases, but also fight for health promotion and disease prevention.
Around 11 designers took the opportunity to show 5 typical pieces from their spring/Summer collections. A great show that was commented in live by the notorious Jean-Claude Poitras, who introduced his colleagues brilliantly to the crowd. Mr Poitras is considered as a mainstay when it comes to evolution of design & creativity in Quebec. A wonderful man who just celebrated his 40 years career as a designer, he was also the spokesperson of the event.
It’s always a pleasure to rediscover our local designers ready-to-wear collections. However, I discovered Julia Abraham for the first time through this terrific wedding dress. I feel like getting married only to wear it :) Designers here in Montreal are unique if we study closely their style of creating. They are all different and moving. Let’s take such as the rising brand Ca Va De Soi, I find it so charming for a perfect casual sunday, to wander in the city with our shopping bag and heels:
If you ask me, Yves Jean Lacasse is among the most revered designers who have done their country and community very proud. I love the gold shades mixed with the pastel fabrics. I know I already said it a lot and all those who knows me directly or indirectly maybe tired of hearing me say how much I respect this designer. I ran into him in many fashion shows I attended lately ( TNM, Bulles et tapis rouge or the one he did for Sainte-Justine- you will read about it tonight) and each time, the pieces he presented were different even though the crowd wasn’t the same.
It was the first time I was discovering Héléne Barbeau. Colors fading from the hot to the cold, fluid material that falls on the body and this gypsy look that reminds us of the arid desert…
Then, we had MARTIN LIM, known for their graphic SPRING/SUMMER collection which take the local industry by storm.
Guests were taken by surprise when 3 patients who suffers from lung fibrosis came to the podium wearing Kollontai. Brave gesture to raise awareness about lung diseases. Let me introduce you one of these patients: – Amelie Perron:
The show continued with Melissa Nepton, notorious for the transparency and draping we find on her creations.
Introduced by Jean-Claude Poitras as our local Yves Saint-Laurent, I was happy to rediscover Michel Desjardins. I am definitely coucou about his refined cuts, elegant and amazingly luxurious fabrics. I went to his store afterwards, and I took the time to see closer his collection. I was seduced !
Tavan & Mitto are absolutely divine. They always make the dress in the right proportion - Makes the models look like divas. The volumes are just perfect and the cuts… the cuts are just fine!
Designers also created tee-shirts especially to help the foundation raise funds. I invite you to check them out on their website, and PLEASE buy them to support the research and the services L’association Pulmonaire du Quebec offers to the patients. Here is the link : http://www.pq.poumon.ca/bulles/tshirts/