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Paris Fashion Week 2017 – Recap











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Lost and Found – Ria Dunn

Living in Paris over the past year gave me a chance to catch up with an old work colleague and friend Ria Dunn. Ria and I had worked together in Montreal for many years, but, on one of her many fabric buying trips Ria met and fell in love with the dashing Italian artist Alessendro Esteri. Together they started the men and women’s wear collections
‘LOST AND FOUND by Ria Dunn’ and ‘ROOMS’.

Walking into their showroom on rue Charlot in the North Marais is always a flurry with boutiques from all over the world in to buy the collections. This time was no different but between dazzling store owners, fitting the model, and even trying the clothes on herself for clients, Ria was able to answer a few of my questions.

How important is sustainability to your design process?
Ria: The collection is designed and created in Italy but even more importantly Tuscany. We use many of the natural fibers that come from this region including linen and hemp.

Where are your collections manufactured?
Ria: Locally in Tuscany. It wasn’t easy in the beginning because of how structured and renowned Italians are for their craftsmanship. It took awhile to convince them that the same craftsmanship can be applied while deconstructing the garment itself.



Things everyone should know about Ria:
She can skateboard.
She has two ridiculously good looking children that keep her on her toes.
She lives in the Tuscan countryside where she gardens and cooks like a pro.
She loves to ride her horse.
She is one of the only illustrators that I have ever met that can depict a garment so realistically through a sketch.
(which is great when you are her design assistant and have to translate that information to pattern makers etc…)
I know she is gorgeous too so you probably want to vomit right now but you can’t because she is also really down to earth and totally lovely. She works hard designing all four collections twice a year herself, so she has earned her success.


After having worked closely with Ria, I am the first person that can attest to her talent for details. Not one stitch goes unnoticed. She has had a deep understanding of luxury and finishing from an early age. At the core she is an artist and fashion is one of her mediums. Lost and Found by Ria Dunn is one of those collections that will immediately make you look edgy and cool (yes I know its not edgy and cool to say edgy and cool but this is a SAFE fashion zone)….but it will also make you look refined and sexy. She has also created a more affordable sportswear collection for men and women called ROOMS. The looks may be more casual but there is still the same attention to detail.

Shop the Collection

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Wow, once again I have been amazed by the quality of fashion brought forth by students! This time it was Montreal’s Ecole superieure de mode…


Velvet, satins, and sequins at
Collage…



Silk and braids at
Coquette en soie…



Black/white and Twiggy eyes at
Robert Atelier….


Designer Mark Antoine showed an edgy and strong collection to end off another great Montreal Fashion Week…





Streetstyle…

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As with Day 1 of Fashion Preview Montreal, so was Day 2, an incredibly strong start with the fashion students, this time with Cegep Marie Victorin…



The looks at Muse par Christian Chenail were elegant and soft…



I may be biased because he is a friend, but my favourite of the night was Leinad Beaudet’s romantically chic Outremont femme fatals…




KQK rocked the runway with some very urban sportwear…



V-Franz continued the red theme of the night with fun layering…and lets be honest…the perfect footwear for March in Montreal….




My streetstyle photos are few and far between because I was too busy giggling with my girlfriends…its their fault…
Designer Joseph Helmer…

Artist Emeline Villedary…

Blogger Angelique Gay wearing a Marie-Lise Lachapelle necklace…

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Day one of Montreal Fashion Week did not disappoint. I was most impressed, like a proud mom, of my alma mater Lasalle College. There is an incredible pool of talent emerging in this city and I look forward on what is to come. Here are a few looks from Lasalle College…


Brit Wacher came out with a strong colour palette and exaggerated sleeves….

Naike’s colours were much more subdued in luxurious knits and wovens…

Menswear designer Helmer showed great new ways to layer…


So lets get to the street style. Montreal is a city of beautiful people and they have the style to go with it…






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Chanel











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Stella McCartney







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Celine and Valentino

















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Loewe













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Chloe














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