If you sit back and think about what makes Montreal evolve in the fashion scene, you may think of the daring collaborations between some local players and international brands. We’ve seen it at the fashion & Design Festival, when Sensation Mode collaborated with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (by the way, have you seen the costume he created for Lady Gaga’s latest videoclip, Applause?). A week later, I’ve seen it again when Usula B. brought Prabal Gurung‘s fall collection for a private show at the Ritz Carlton’s residences.
Behind the beautiful store that displays numerous international designers collections, the owner Ursula B. is a passionate woman who travels repeatedly to dig out newcomers and conquer the experts, bringing to the city the most sought-after pieces to the great delight of a very select clientele. It is with a big smile, and bright eyes, she welcomed us that tuesday evening, to show us de prés Prabal Gurung’s fall collection. A premiere in Canada.
If the whole collection implied a strong position on women empowerment and force, femininity was nonetheless imposed through structured/adjusted cuts, strategically mixed materials and patterns. The first looks for example, suggested a military movement accented by army-green wool dresses, contrasted by big peplums, touches of satin here and brocade. Then followed a movement of black satin married with leather and wool vests, genuinely accessorized with knee-tall fierce shoes. And just when I thought the theme of women strength was reaching its paroxysm, soft and fluid white dresses smoothed down the show, portraying the woman as a Goddess this time. A soft, pure and thrilling Goddess – which I perceive like another hint of strength. Le Coup de Grace : the show closed on a long, magnificent, oscar-esque purple-grey dress that literally took my breath away. The long train flowing behind as the model walked near me made me want the same. In White. For my wedding, one day…
Credit Photo : Josée Lecompte