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Understated Elegance and Serious Style

Taking a glorious bow, Day One of Montreal Fashion Week instilled great pride into the city’s fashion followers.  Regardless of the cloudy day, a sea of stylish souls headed out to Marché Bonsecours to witness the talents of our metropolis. The cocktail lounge, with its multicolored reflections, offered a perfect space to relax, grab a drink, get a make-up touch-up, and of course, people-watch in between runways. Everyone, from media to staff and the public had their fashion game on, proving that Montreal can certainly hold its own against New York style. But was there ever any doubt? Feathers, see-through blouses and flashy accessories sparkled from within the crowd.

Dinh Bà Design, of Montreal, presented a stunning womenswear collection for Spring/Summer 2012. Ultra feminine, young and elegant, the collection was composed entirely of dresses. Black was the predominant colour, but gray, off-white and royal blue made occasional appearances. Subtle sophistication was achieved from materials gathered into waves and flower shapes. Models wore coloured nylons in red, burgundy and dark brown – creating a solid visual background to accentuate the fine fabrics. Hair was styled up into a bun but with a front twist – classic with an edge.

The pieces came together to form a seductive evening collection, one that favours understated yet mysterious looks over showstopping glamour. Perfect for the cocktail hour, the gallery vernissage or a chic soiree, the simplicity and innate elegance of the gowns flatter the figure in a non-revealing, yet utterly intriguing way. The handcrafted details on collars and skirts, created by layering chiffon tone on tone, emphasized the rich textures and materials. The collected oozed a youthful spirit, enhanced with grace and effortless class.

Dinh Bà’s menswear collection seemed somewhat disconnected to the women’s. Although the colour palette of black, white, royal blue and burgundy was a continuing theme, the pieces formed a look that was closer to casual, daytime chic than evening elegance.

The public rewarded Dinh Bà with a warm wave of applause. Legions of media representatives rushed over to squeeze out information on his inspirations, achievements, and future projects. The designer eagerly shared his current project of creating a line of ties for the Japanese market, which is making fashion’s big players take notice. A well deserved merit for Dinh Bà who, with this most recent collection, has demonstrated his refined vision and incredible skill – just a little bit closer to perfection.

For information on current and past collections, points of sale and more about the designer visit: For more information on the other designers and Spring/Summer looks from MFW, visit their website.

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