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POP 09: Fashion Goes POP!

Posted by Laura / October 1, 2009

20090110fashionpop.jpgSo I went to Fashion Pop last night, as I promised you I would. By the time I arrived, the snacks table was nothing but chip crumbs and salsa juice, and I didn't win the raffle, so frankly I'm not even sure why I'm bothering to write this post.

Just kidding! I had a great time, and not just because of my important-person seat and the game of dress-up-like-an-important-fashion-person I was playing (only player and therefore winner: me). The Le Château-sponsored fashion show featuring six Montreal designers competing for cash was a great way to kick off Pop week and a major step up for the Fashion Pop/Puces Pop crew, who are really making a case for taking the local fashion scene seriously. Fashion Pop co-ordinator / stylist / photographer / street style blogger / Jill-of-all-trades / all-around best girl Marilis Cardinal, along with Puces Pop directors and Mile End style queens Jenny Lee Craig and Amy Johnson, deserve heaps of praise for putting on an energetic and friendly event that still gave us that cool little extra frisson that only fashion can.

Overall, the collections, all by up-and-coming female designers, were surprisingly assured and wearable. I'm probably not the only one who secretly went in expecting to see a bunch of clothes that screamed homemade, so finding the opposite was a lovely turn of events! I have to admit that there was very little that made me sit up and think, 'Wow, I've never seen anything like that before!' But I'm not in Paris, except in my dreams, and considering the limitations these designers work with, there was a lot of imagination and playfulness in the clothes. I also appreciated the fashion-y references that were flying all around, everything from Christopher Kane, Balenciaga and Martin Margiela to Blair Waldorf and Erin Wasson.

As I kind of expected, Angie Johnson's line Norwegian Wood took home the cash prize and will be featured in an upcoming editorial in Worn Fashion Journal. Johnson's mini-collection was excessive in the best way, featuring layers of mesh, stretch fabrics, scalloped lace and grey jersey, ruffles, zipper details, paillettes and fringe, plus Johnson's signature elastic harnesses and elaborate, embellished leggings. Norwegian Wood's level of professionalism was markedly higher than her competitors, though the other five lines deserve some recognition too, as I expect we'll be hearing more from them in the future as well - LeChat, La Fête, Contradict, Betina Lou and girlfriend material each showed up with a clear vision and at least one outfit I would personally wear, so if any of the designers are reading this, I would be willing to sit down and talk.

In all, it was the perfect kick-off to Puces Pop, which runs Saturday and Sunday at the St-Michel Church at St-Viateur and St-Urbain. And speaking of me getting free clothes, Puces Pop happens to coincide with my birthday, which is a perfect excuse for you to give generously. See you soon!

Beautiful, awesome photo by the amazing, wonderful Richmond Lam!!

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Somporn / February 4, 2015 at 05:01 am
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