Photo Courtesy of Montreal FW/Allen McEachernIt wasn’t until I was graciously invited to attend Montreal Fashion Week by the Bureau de la Mode Montreal that I realized our neighbors up north had such impeccable fashion talent.
Not only is Montreal home to local brands including ALDO, Le Chateau, Parasuco and more, but it’s also an underrated force in the fashion world that specializes in ethical apparel, specialized costumes (Cirque du Soleil’s ostentatious ensembles are custom-made in town) and winter wear, just to name a few.
During my stay, I was completely charmed by the adorable picturesque French city, the friendly people and, of course, the ingenious style of the city. I was ever the girl about town — attending back-to-back fashion shows daily, mingling with designers, visiting specialty boutiques and ateliers, taking in the city sights (the exquisite Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit is not to be missed!) and gorgeous architecture — all while soaking up every ounce of the Montreal fashion scene.
I discovered a gem of a city that offered everything a fashion capital would — without a dose of negative nuances, overwhelming ego or manic pace of living. Montreal, you won me over. Here are a few of my Canadian fashion favorites:
Philippe DubucKnown as the master of menswear, Philippe Dubuc wowed me with his contemporary, chic designs. During my visit to his studio and store, I discovered a truly distinguished designer — one who creates modern, urban silhouettes with refined finishings, exquisite details and a dash of complexity.
His looks were so compelling; I was wistful for a women's wear collection with the same sort of understated edginess. Luckily for me, his debut collaboration with Simons department stores timed perfectly with my visit. I packed home a few stylish souvenirs thanks to Dubuc’s design genius.