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The Fashion & Design Festival has announced the six designers who will be presenting their spring/summer 2015 collection in a grand collective runway show taking place August 18-19 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.


Niapsou Di is a young emerging self taught designer born and raised in Senegal, a country in West Africa. He launched his clothing line two years ago and has been showing since then at the Arts and Fashion Week in Toronto. Niapsou Di loves the brightness and vibe of African patterns and uses it as a medium of choice when it comes to designing his collections. For his spring/summer 2015 collection, he mentions that he will most likely be working with African patterns. As for comments on what the show would be like, the designer says he’s seeing beyond the clothes, “the whole show will be an unique experience: a combined creativity that is evocative and emotional. At this very point all I’m saying is I’ve nothing to say only to show. I’m totally going by instinct and drafting what I feel.”

Be sure to check out Niapsou Design’s Facebook page, as well as the designer’s instagram and twitter.



On a rainy Monday afternoon, despite being busy with preparations for a new store and work to get done at their studio, José and Simon took the time aside to answer a few questions in a seven minute phone interview.  José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger, first met in a bar when they were in fashion school – St-Jacques at Marie Victorin and Bélanger at Collège Lasalle. At the time they didn’t know that they were going to be the vibrant duo that was to launch UNTTLD, that story comes many years later when the duo met again when Simon came back from studying in Milan. Jose went to the airport to pick up Simon and that’s how the journey of the partnership began. As fate would have it, six years ago while Simon Bélanger was walking through the Marais in Paris, blogger Garance Doré stopped and captured his leather jacket and big fur in all its fabulosity in a single shot. According to the duo, Garance Doré stands for something six years ago, she’s someone that they have a lot of respect for as well admire. Winners of a cash prize of $100,000 from La Collection-Loto Quebec, they launched UNTTLD in 2010. The duo will not be showing a S/S 2015 collection during the show but rather pieces from their fall collection as well as other special pieces because they want their clients to be able to buy what’s on the runway with products that are already stocked in stores instead of sewing a collection six months in advance. The essence of the UNTTLD brand is authentic timeless clothes that mean business and makes one look sharp but still allow a certain space for you to have your own space to be fabulous.

Be sure to check out the duo’s store which will be opening in October on Mayor street as well as the boutiques and their website here, as well as the duo’s instagram and Facebook.


After jumping in to launch his eponymous label shortly after graduating from LaSalle College in 2007, Montreal-based designer Travis Taddeo has proven to be a strong contender on the Montreal fashion scene with his brand celebrating its six year anniversary this year. Minimalistic edge is the essence of the Travis Taddeo brand and throughout every season the designer enforces that silhouette through his sleek cut collections. The theme of the designer’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection is Hustler Elite which is inspired by the capacity to use one’s imagination. Evolving from emerging new designer to industry veteran this talented designer hosts open house days sometimes even with fellow designers during the year, opening his studio up for old and new clients to take a look at what’s taking place behind the scenes from the beginning steps of how a garment is constructed to its final stage on the hanging racks. In a interview with Spoiler Magazine, Travis Taddeo is quoted saying, “Its a jungle out there, you have to work harder, grow up fast, and leave your ego at the door. People enter into this industry for fame and money, but its still a job at the end.

Be sure to check out the designer’s Facebook page for upcoming open house dates, and his website and online shop here. If you ever find yourself wandering the streets of Old Montreal, his store and atelier is located at 209 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest (Suite 400) Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2A1.



Recipient of the Phyliis-Lambert Design Montreal Grant, based in both Geneva and Montreal, designer Ying Gao wears the hat of both fashion designer and the head of fashion, accessories and jewellery design program at the Geneva University of Art and Design. Best known for her use of sensory technology in aspects of her designs which can be seen captured through the lens of this amazing video, her designs are frequently shown in museums and galleries worldwide. As for the designer’s present project, the designer commented, “This project is a conceptual fashion project; it is much more about the poetic concept of uncertainty than the technology itself. Technology has been, and will always remain, a tool to demonstrate my metaphorical ideas. In this case, I was inspired by the sound that the dressmaker pins make while they move,  I wanted to create a subtle, enigmatic dialogue between the spectator and the garments.”

Be sure to check out the designer’s website here and her instagram page which is a great place to view her inspirations here.



Mylène Bélair, a Montreal based designer launched her label 10 years ago which she designed and produced out of a atelier in Villeray. The collection she’s currently working on for the Spring/Summer 2015 preview plays with the contrasts of structure and lightness by using a lot of linen and natural fibres to give a more relaxed look to the more architectural pieces like jackets. As for comments on what the show would be like, the designer says, “and as usual, I am working mostly with black and creme but I’m adding a touch of indigo this time. It’s a collection that stays in the Mylene B essence, a masculine inspiration, minimalism and a contemporary design.”

Be sure to check out the designer’s website, and stop by to browse her store which is located on 529 Boulevard St-Laurent.



Montreal based designer Eve Gravel, originally from Chicoutimi, left her native city of Saguenay to pursue studies at the prestigious Richard Robinson Academy of Fashion Design in Ottawa. After completing her degree, the designer moved to Montreal to continue her studies under the mentorship of several immenient designers, one of which was Georges Lévesque. The main inspiration of the designer’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection comes from the thematic of “hanging out at the sea.” Every fabric and the style of its cut within this collection relates to the thematic in every which way. In one group, a humouring sailboat print done in a cream and scarlet red colour palette displays a air of fluidity and a light touch of feminism. In another group, the use of linen for more deconstructed comfortable pieces amidst classical timeless black and creme stripes all together make up for a group blend that’s both intemporel and contemporain. The team’s favourite look from this collection is, “a printed cotton with a “ink blend in water” print which looks like a work of art and which reminds one of water, waves, and the sea.. the cut is oversized and minimalistic because the fabric does all the work.”

Be sure to check out the designer’s website here, where you will be able to shop the designer’s collections online and find out where you can get your hands on some Eve Gravel goodies at nearby retailers.

Hopefully these words give you all a great inside teaser to make you want to attend the show!