SLEEK SOPHISTICATION BY WAY OF MONTRÉAL
Story by Odessa Paloma Parker
Photos by Michael Ho
With a clean colour palette (black and white dominated, punctuated by olive green and brilliant bronze foil looks) and minimalism as their guide, UNTTLD‘s designers, José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger, imbued a sense of mystery and flair into their collection through the use of micro-pleating and dramatic draping.
Sheer paneling, which was prevalent throughout much of the week’s offerings, was done with alternating solid fabric strips to create a sense of discreet sexiness rather than giving the audience a full-on flash of skin.
Texture – crinkled metallics clashed with delicate chiffon – was created through both the textiles and the clever construction of garments. Billowing capes, narrow dresses overlapped with oiled canvas and distressed leather folds, and kimono-style cover ups over flowing pants and dresses were all part of the cohesive collection.
One of the most sophisticated shows of the Spring/Summer 2013 season, these two young designers achieved in both revealing an artful point of view and creating a variety of intriguing yet mostly wearable looks.