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MONTREAL FASHION WEEK TRENDSPOTTING
By: Amy Arnott
Date: 2007-03-27 18:42:17
 
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MONTREALFashion week 2007 descended on Montreal on March 19 in a whirlwind of shows, launches and after-parties. You can bet your bootyshorts that Hype was there, so if you missed it don’t fret! You can check out the event photo galleries and get an eyeful of the fall-winter collections. The week was riddled with shining designer newcomers and seasoned veterans. There was really something for every age, taste and style. It confirmed Montreal’s status as a pillar of fashion-forward energy and creativity.
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But what you really want to know are the standout trends, right? You want to have that censor in your brain during your spring cleaning telling you to keep it or to toss it. And you want it there while you’re shopping too so you’ll know whether the item you’re considering buying will be out of style before you can wear it or will have a longevity that perseveres six to eight months down the road. Well, all you have to do is read on my friend. Here is the fall-winter fashion 411...

This year sexy is put together, not put it all out there.

SHAPES
The new proportions continue into fall. On top, its cut just below the chest (shrug-style... yes the shrug length lives on) or below the waist - NOWHERE in between. What does that translate to in terms of your dressing strategy? Showing your midriff this fall is showing that your fashion sense is stuck in the past.

The same logic goes for bottoms. Those low waisted mushroom-cap making pants are gone. You know what I’m talking about! Current fashions are keeping love handles under cover in medium and high waisted pants and skirts. This year sexy is put together, not put it all out there.
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Now that you’ve got the waist in order, what about the leg? Lengths of legwear will run the gammit - from short shorts to long shorts, and short pants to long pants. But, whether it’s a pant, a tight or a legging, fall-winter is all about the skinny. It’s the absolute MUST HAVE, not only chic, but versatile. Designers are layering tunics over leggings, skirts over cigarette cut pants and knit dresses over tights. Basically, if you can imagine it, you can layer it. Layering is not only a chic way of dressing, but also a smart way of getting the most range out of your wardrobe. You’ll see layering over legwear as soon as the cool air hits this fall, maybe even before. The streets will be teeming with this look, so your challenge will be making it your own by adding touches of your personal style.
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If skinny legwear doesn’t flatter your body shape (not everyone can or should sport this style), don’t fear. Go for a straight cut - its both flattering and hip this year. Its also much less "eighties" once you take your boots off! And you can still have fun with layers. As for the flare, its all but burnt out. Save it for the next seventies revival.

COLOURS & PATTERNS
As far as colour goes, there was a clear cut theme. Neutrals, neutrals, neutrals ruled the catwalk. From black to charcoal to dove grey, brown to beige to ivory to white, we saw neutrals over and over on the runway. Some collections were completely devoid of any colour whatsoever. Others punched up the palette with red in cherry and tomato shades. There were also hits of electric blue, the odd hot pink and juicy orange. But they were always shown in conjunction with neutral shades, not other colours. Head to toe monochromatic dressing has always been a slimming tactic, but this year it’s also a styling stunner. On the other hand, if you do want to mix and match, keep it simple with one focal point. The general rule is to guide the eye, don’t overwhelm it.

If patterns are near and dear to your heart, anything in black and white will fly, whether it’s a unique pattern or a more traditional houndstooth or herringbone, done extra-large. Love plaid? Try a glen plaid in grey. Stripes are also still good to go in neutral combinations. And the animal prints are hanging in there by a claw. What did we NOT see... polka dots, florals and gingham. Which makes sense since these patterns are usually confined to spring and summer gear.

FABRICS
Do I even need to tell you? Every fall we have a love affair with rich, lush textures. This year is no different, with natural fabrics taking the spotlight. The runway spilled over with wools, leathers and silks (anything from soft chiffon to crisp taffeta). Soft knits and chunky twills were a hit. Ask yourself the question, does it feel good? If so, it probably works for fall.

FINISHINGS
Oversize was the finish of champions in the collections we saw for fall-winter 2007. Cuffs were extra-long, collars were extra-high and buttons were extra-large. These are the details you should be looking for when selecting your wardrobe for the cold months.

ACCESSORIES
Belts are still worn at the waist or above. I know this can be tough for the frugal-minded since all those low-slung belts you’ve been collecting over the past five years are too big for your waist or torso. But I’m telling you it’s safe to invest in some new smaller belts because you’ll be wearing them well into next winter. When deciding to how wide to go, I would say as wide as possible while still maintaining a nice fit. You don’t want any gaps. Now I’m not saying you should throw away all your hip-sized belts. Just stash them in storage until they come back in style, which they eventually will. Just look at skinny jeans!

Hats are huge, literally. For fall-winter we are seeing hats of all sizes on the runway, from smart little caps to obnoxiously oversized fabric-wrapped monster hats. More conservative dressers can opt for the smaller chapeaus, and those who like to be noticed should definitely try rocking a large hat at an event this fall. As long as you have the confidence to pull it off, it looks very high fashion. I’d recommend coupling it with a black suit or a formal gown. You go!
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