Montreal Fashion Week, Spring 2011: Day Two
Day Two: Coccolily and Annie 50
By: Lara Ceroni
Coccolilly Sex and major ‘tude was on-offer at
Naana Tennachie Yankey‘s spring 2011 collection, but the question remains: Are we ready for it? In some ways, yes. The colour-blocked dresses in complimentary colours of pink and camel were nice and wearable (if not slightly too short), as was a few of the cocktail frocks with strategically placed cut-outs (Reminded us of Narciso Rodriguez.) A personal favourite was the shocking cobalt-blue, baby-doll dress that kicked off the presentation and the cutesy floral, ruffled number (with an equally cute model) that was the only real nod to the South African/World Cup theme.
And, in some ways, it fell flat. Although we can always appreciate a model’s sashay down the runway, their walks were almost too deliberate, too cliche. And because of the crawl, you can’t help but notice every single detail of every single look: Hemlines weren’t pressed, and the lingerie offerings ill-fit. Big props go to
makeup: Slick-back ponytails were effortless and gorgeous, as was the interesting two-tone play of pink lips (Was the shade "Funny Face" by
NARS? Anyone know?) Also, of note, the accessories: Wooden, Miu-Miu-esque necklaces, edgy fringe earrings in neon colours. We loved them, almost as much as the designer’s strut down the catwalk and out of the room at the finale. Now that’s a ‘tude we could get used to. Bravo, friend!
Annie 50 Citing French love songs and the ’50s era as the starting points for their
spring 2011 collection, Annie Chagnon and Amelie Gingras-Rioux’s runway was rife with French coquettes in playful prints and classic staples. We never tire of the tried-and-true black and white stripe pattern and especially loved the bloomer shorts paired with the season’s trendiest
footwear: the black brogue. Cute, cute, cute. The florals were pretty enough (especially when we saw them on that corset), but our style sentiments leaned more towards the linen, charcol grey pencil skirt with ruffled pockets and the cream
Mi Amor wrap-dress. C’est magnifique!
Valerie Dumaine Sailor stripes and party-perfect dresses continued to dominate on Day Two with
Valerie Dumaine‘s presentation. The bodysuit with criss-cross stripes and bold shoulders may not be for the body-conscious, but try imagine pairing it with your favourite denims and then it all starts to make sense. The white dress with diaphanous cuts was feminine and the graphic prints and a khaki shirtdress was very relevant for the season.