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Who Loves the Sun?

As we bask in this glorious Indian summer, our thoughts may still be drifting towards the beach, hazy days and sunny styles. Let us bring you back to the Spring/Summer 2012 runway collections at the 21st Edition of Montreal Fashion Week, from earlier in the month. One of the highlights of this international fashion showcase was the summery, youthful collection from local fashion maven Sabrina Barilà.

Barilà designs clothing for active women who aren’t afraid to embrace quirkiness and creativity – and who do it with flair. Montreal couldn’t be more suited to this designer. As she says, “I’m from Montreal, this is where I come from, this is where my market is, this is where my work started; I love Montreal.“

Since she started the label in 2007, the main focus of every Barilà collection is the contemporary, urban lifestyle of the woman who lives the life she loves. The always-inventive Barilà likes to be noticed. Rather than presenting a typical runway show for her Spring/Summer 2012 collection, the clothes were displayed in the cocktail lounge of the Marché Bonsecours, where models rotated around a giant triangle-shaped divider. But if you thought this was done only to attract attention, guess again.

“We were shooting the lookbook live, which gave the public the opportunity to stare at each piece longer and appreciate its details,” said Barilà, pleased with her practicality as she stood in her long, burgundy wrap dress.

Lingering on soft pastel colors, the palette had an organic feel to it. From the outstanding shirt-dresses to playful jumpsuits, mao collar shirts and delicately striped extra-wide-leg pants, the collection was full of comfortable, stylish daywear. Dusty, washed-out baby blue was the predominant shade, while floral prints danced on dresses, scarves and belts – another major, yet subtle, theme. Complementing the delicacy of the fabrics, the robust beige leather bags and shoes were sensible, stylish accessories. There was an emphasis on natural makeup and flawless skin, and some of the models wore sunglasses. It’s clear that the sun shines bright on this collection!

A Barilà woman, says the designer, is “quirky, very feminine and socially active, whether a working mom or a fulltime student. This collection is totally a daytime [collection]; very wearable to work and play, fits into different environments, wearing color without being too loud, basically making an effortless statement.”

After the show, Barilà’s supportive fans, friends and family rushed over to congratulate her, pressing through the packed media room. Needless to say, Sabrina’s grin confirmed her satisfaction.


For more information, visit: The Barilà collection will be on sale from October 14 – 27 at the Barilà Pop-Up Shop on 5145 St-Laurent, from 12-7 pm.

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