Montreal Fashion Week: Ezra Constantine, Caroline Neron, Barilà and more from day four [gallery]
By Ashley Joseph
The last day of fashion week is always bittersweet, but this season, the shows went out in true Montreal style–or at least, adopted Montreal style.
Toronto-based design duo Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong showed true inspiration at Ezra Constantine, menswear counterpart to Greta Constantine. The dark, androgynous looks in shades of black and blue struck a chord with the Montreal audience and Wong said of showing away from home: “Since we started the menswear, I always felt it was more suited for Montreal. And, from the response, I was right!”
Up next, jewelry designer Caroline Neron sent out a collection of wearable art to a packed house. Complete with a smoke machine, the tribal themed show saw scantily clad models, draped in gold and silver chains, stomping the runway to live drummers in full face makeup. The look was part Tiger Lily and part S&M bondage, with sky-high feather and fur headpieces and leather everything, from body suits to wrist cuffs to dominatrix-style to-the-knee boots.
Barilà ‘s spring collection was inspired by a set of antique prints from Captain Cook’s 18th century explorations, designer Sabrina Barilà (in collaboration with British-born Montreal-based artist Danny Lawless) sent island-themed pastels, floaty florals and dare we say, Hawaiian print done well, down the runway to a retro surf pop soundtrack. Barilà described her collection as “the Godard girl goes to Hawaii,” but don’t think you have to be Anna Karina to pull it off. Flirty rompers, exposed zipper linen shorts and summer tweeds make this line as wearable as it is ironic.