, Montreal runways aren't exactly known for forwarding fashion, although insiders do admit Toronto Fashion Week is even deeper in commercial focus than the former. But, all things considered, there were clear gems sprinkled throughout Montreal Fashion Week's Fall/Winter opener yesterday evening as held at Arsenal, MFW's headquarters.
Above: designs by Montreal menswear maven Samuel Mercure. Photo © Evelyn Reid
Above: a houndstooth/checkered mish mash pattern was among the highlights of Montreal designer Melissa Nepton's 2013-2014 Fall/Winter collection. Houndstooth has been trending in abundance, with legions of celebs sporting the classic print at one time or other over the last year. Photo © Evelyn Reid
Above: a nano ceramic coated design molded from a heron's beak salvaged from remains lying around a professional hunter's home base, as created by Montreal-based Freekart jewelry designer Daniel Loiselle. Loiselle's clients include UK new wave revivalist La Roux
, who snapped up his sterling silver lucky dice ring. Photo © Evelyn Reid
Above: designer Pedram Karimi (center right, in the black cap), sporting what's fast becoming his signature predilection for loose-fitting, wide waisted unisex activewear
. Photo © Evelyn Reid
Above: Nadya Toto paired two hugely popular street sightings over the last two years: the high-low dress hem and the lace trend, sprucing the whole with poofed-up chiffon and lacy socks. A safe, commercially-appealing decision. Photo © Evelyn Reid
Having had a chance to catch a few shows in person -- until I caught the sick-as-a-dog virus midweek, which led me to missing some key shows -- stay tuned for more finds as I peruse the goods in their entirety, as presented during Montreal Fashion Week.