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Fashion Week Frenzy

Historic streets, cobblestones and horse chariots lend their starlight to high fashion during this week’s 21st edition of Montreal Fashion Week (MFW), taking place in the heart of Old Montreal at le Marché Bonsecours. From September 6th to 9th, daring designers of local, national and international origin will unveil their Spring-Summer 2012 collections – highlighting new, unconventional and cutting-edge interpretations of style.

The fashionistas are holding their breath, anticipating the unparalleled excitement of this year’s program. From the most exquisite runway shows complete with daring make-up and hair styling, to high-caliber designers both local and international, along with fashion conferences and art exhibits, MFW has your fashion fix covered.

On September 7th, European flair lands on the Bonsecours runway. Here are some sassy designers you can expect to see: Celia Czerlinski’s collection of leather accessories and bags (Germany), Rhum Raisins’ chic casual wear (France), Les Chats Perchés’s dreamy, vintage-inspired pieces (France), and 85/86 (France) with its minimalist and soft-yet-structured Spring collection.

Regardless of the numerous international displays of glamour, Montreal’s local talents won’t be upstaged. Well-established creative souls as Dimitri Chris, Zenobia Bawa, Simon Chang, Anastasia Lomonova, Anomal Couture, Barilà, and Annie 50 will offer up their diverse collections of ready-to-wear and couture throughout the week.

For those who like a bit of high art with their haute couture, the “Art vs. Fashion” art open house happens on Thursday, Sept. 8th. Follow the red carpets lining the streets of Old Montreal to enjoy artworks displayed at participating establishments such as Café des Arts, Espace Pepin, Impact Galerie, Galerie AKA, Galerie Michel-Ange, Roland Dubuc Joaillier and many others. The galleries will be open until midnight and rue St-Paul will be closed to traffic, so be sure to take advantage of this autumnal nuit blanche opportunity.

It wouldn’t be Fashion Week without the notorious nightly after-hours frenzies. On Sept. 8th, Dress to Kill magazine will be launching its Fall issue with a glamorous night of champagne and celebrities, happening against the backdrop of Carl Lessard’s photo exhibit. This decadent affair will be held off site, at 901 Square Victoria, at 10pm. For those able to tuck themselves in at a reasonable hour, the following day begins at 10am with “La mode sort ses griffes” – a conference on counterfeit design and intellectual property at the Marche Bonsecours Cocktail Lounge.

Take your inner fashionista out to play this week in Old Montreal. See for yourself why Canadian designers are huge on the international arena. Witness their boundless creativity, strut down the red carpet (it’s everywhere!) and of course, shop ’til you drop.


For further details about MFW visit Advance tickets for events can be purchased at Last-minute tickets and exclusive fashion packages for select shows will be sold through

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