Montréal Fashion Week: DUY Collection
Imagine for a moment “It Girl”/singer, Lana del Rey, socializing on the tropical island of St. Tropez. Imagine the sophisticated ambiance of Riviera. With these images in your head, you can imagine the world that inspired DUY Collection’s most recent presentation at Montréal Fashion Week. With its combination of modified peplum-style gowns, pale denim classics, and chic pieces in aqua, red and metallic gold, the designer once again delighted his growing fan base.
When I spoke to Duy last month, he used the words, “young, fresh and golden”, to describe the collection. And the result was like taking a walk through a city where all of the women exude confidence, sensuality and elegance. At the runway show, Duy wowed the audience by installing a wind machine at the end of the catwalk, and by adorning the models with siren red lipstick and coiffed low chignons. The effect was a runway show that felt like a modern day version of a Marilyn Monroe photo shoot.
His SS13 formal gowns are the epitome of Hollywood glamour. Some of the dresses feature a unique take on the peplum style, which Duy created by designing a more structured version of the ultra-popular waistline. He further emphasized his modified peplum by choosing a light, floating silk on the lower half of the dresses.
My personal favorites have to be the knitted tops and dresses. The red and white knitted tops are woven from satin spaghetti straps, and would add a beautiful layer of texture to any outfit. And the blue mini-dresses are actually made from denim; Duy told me the material was first cut into strips, then knitted and washed several times to create the final effect. The resulting dresses are incredibly unique, and would look amazing worn under a cropped denim vest or jacket.
Of all the collections presented at Montréal Fashion Week Duy’s line is, without a question, one of the most wearable. Overall, I loved the way Duy modified some tried-and-tested wardrobe staples like his redefined denim jackets, peplum dresses and brightly colored summer blazers. These pieces, among his others, would be perfect additions to any Montréaler’s summer wardrobe.