MFW Day 4: Third Time's a Charm at The Collective Runway Show
Just because we’ve been out all week fraternizing in six-inch heels and up all night trolling photos from NYFW, doesn’t mean we would miss out on Montreal’s last round of shows this season. In the late afternoon, the day kicked off with a collective runway show featuring three designers consecutively within the same presentation – though in all honesty, I wasn’t blown away by all members of the trio.
Keeping true to her esthetic, Brit Wacher opened the show with a white tailored dress whose shape was slightly odd, yet excellently crafted, easily my favorite piece from the entire collection. Balancing her signature duality between heavily tailored silhouettes and free flowing shapes, Wacher displayed a rather dystopian presentation, matched with the tucked in ponytails and strict white, black and nude color palette.
While most pieces kept the All Saints meets Helmut Lang vibe, there were a few that left me confused, like the paneled leather top over the sheer maxi skirt. Though I wish the collection were more cohesive as a whole, I still really enjoyed the show (and was happy to see she revived the socks with heels trend!).
With a subtle change from slow-tempo and heavy bass music, Impair continued the show to the beat of a happier soundtrack. I really appreciated how well the collection mixed boyish charm, from the shirt silhouettes and relaxed fits, with relatable femininity, from the sheer fabric and light patterns.
Not to distract from the clothes, but I was absolutely in love with the shoes in the show – a leather and lucite platform that gave just enough girlishness and all kinds of cool. In all seriousness though, the sheer overlay floral pants sold me on the show, and reminded me so much Misha Nonoo’s Spring RTW collection presented the exact same day in New York, which incidentally, I loved.
Still reeling from the oh-so-fetch sheer pants, I had high hopes for Marilyne Baril who closed the afternoon show. To be polite, I was less than thrilled with the collection. There was no common thread between the pieces other than the incredibly odd bright orange and pastel blue colors, and the fact that each model was wearing a jacket - not that that counts given that Baril was presenting an outerwear collection.
Even at that, each jacket had a completely different feel, shape, and style, none of which was in line with the 70s style hair and makeup sported by the models. Other than the cutout-back trench coat, none of the pieces really piqued my interest, though a big thumbs up to all three designers for heavily using mixed race models.
So the collective runway show wasn’t really a triple threat, but with only one out of three bombing it failing to impress, a fashion week novice like myself can’t complain. If these Montreal designers have anything to say about this season’s trends, they would tell you to stock up on sheer fabrics, leather pieces, feminine styles, masculine accents and tailored items. Time to shop, girls!