Denis Gagnon Continues Reign Over Runway at Montreal Fashion Week SS13
Denis Gagnon: for Montrealers, he doesn’t really need an introduction. For those further abroad who haven’t heard his name before, Denis is one of Canada’s most well-recognized, talented and avant-garde designers. His recent SS13 presentation at Montreal Fashion Week was that of a designer who is celebrating a career that has taken him to the heights of Canadian fashion. His show was such a celebration, and really a true show in every sense of the word; his production was the week’s stand-out with its incredible music, unique mix of models and, of course, its great clothes. By the time the models took their final walk, the room felt more like a party than a runway show.
Denis brought together a group of models and some friends to walk for him, as well as popular Montreal drag queen, Mado Lamotte, who further added to the spectacle. As she made her way down the runway, her expressions were pure theater and brought so much joy to the room. Denis’s color palette was dominated by black and white, with a few splashes of grey, and a touch of red. The models’ bright, dramatic make-up really jumped off this monochromatic platform — all were made up in full drag-style makeup, and beaded headpieces.
The Montreal-based designer added a lovely personal touch to the collection by printing black and white family photographs onto some of the designs. The leather detailing on many of pieces was particularly impressive. And Denis, known for his leather work, didn’t disappoint with the accessories he featured in the show. My favorite was the oversized black leather clutch — so versatile and chic.
The overall construction of the collection was impeccable. His fine detailing and merging of feminine and masculine attributes created clothing that is very close to what I would call gender neutral. His designs force you to think about how you define something as beautiful, or handsome, regardless of the wearer’s gender.