The Marquis De Castelbajac proved to be a very joyful and lighthearted man. Although he had a long day prepping for a show that brought together no less than 65 models and an intense live composition, he still had the energy to receive well his guests at the private party he hosted. After the show, around 200 guests made their way to the W where a red carpet was rolled to celebrate the passage of the marquess in Montreal. Surrounded by his two sons, Louis-Marie and Guilhem de Castelbajac and the adorable, Ai Canno. I was quite touched to witness this special bound and unconditional, obvious complicity between all of them. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac was redeeming an air of kindness and humanity – which made me better appreciate the man in honor.
Ai Canno‘s style is very eclectic and unique – and so I noticed the numerous times I bumped into her through Mr. De Castelbajac’s events. “I love movement. Casual movements” She said. That night, she was wearing a white t-shirt where the iconic creator signed ” Montreal Fashion Police”, an authoritarian cap and wide-legs pant. Montreal’s very own eclectic designer, Denis Gagnon, also brightened the night by his presence. His signature style composed by rigid vs smooth black material was mixed with a playful neon touch. I loved it ! Francois Grapeloux is a colleague of mine at my day time job, and I ran into him by chance that night! Francois have a sharp European style and he always looks perfect (Even super early at the office, when I, in the other hand, put my mascara in the elevator).
I really loved the palette of colours Francisco Randez chose for that first day of Festival Mode & Design. He also sports this European flavour, I often feel is missing in Montreal. The Montreal-Born famous Model is know for walking for Jean-Paul Gaultier in the past and was also the face of some characters from Assassin’s Creed series. I have to confess that I prefer him with long hair, doesn’t he look like a Don of a Spanish Hacienda ?
Mayoral candidate, Melanie Joly, was proudly representing Montreal’s colours that night through her outfit signed Denis Gagnon. I find politician rarely supports Quebec fashion and I really appreciate Mrs. Joly for this significative gesture. In my last discussion with Mrs. Chabot, director of Musée du Textile et Des Beaux-arts, we were saying how economically important it is, that our politicians support their local designers and also set example to the population.