It isn’t yet spring, but in the fashion world, it’s all about fall. At last week’s Montreal Fashion Week, a few menswear designers stood out above the rest. Three of our favourites:
1. Philippe Dubuc
After launching his line in Europe, tailor extraordinaire Philippe Dubuc returned to his hometown runway with a dark, elegant collection of washed cotton slim suits, sexy knit tees and cardigans, fur bombers and shiny wool jackets. Overwhelmingly black with touches of chocolate, taupe or charcoal, the collection exuded both sportiness and luxury. Essential item: the drop-crotch pants.
2. Ur Imij
Designed by new kid on the block Dimitri-Chris Alexiou, this collection boasted sharp tailoring techniques with a touch of humour: there were vests and pin-striped pants paired with cotton tanks and oversized scarves, grey kimono-style vests, and two-toned suits reminiscent of the minimalist designs of Helmut Lang. Alexiou, who owns a chic made-to-measure boutique in Old Montreal that shares a name with his label, obviously had a blast reinventing the basics. Essential item: the two-toned jacket.
The tough look doesn’t work for everyone, but at Rudsak it seemed like it could, as leather pants, biker boots and bombers – all black, bien sûr – seemed accessible. A safer bet is the cashmere jacket with leather linings, perfect for dressy evenings; or, if you’re feeling especially mod, splurge on a leather jacket. Essential item: the classic bomber jacket.
Image courtesy of Reza Vaziri.