What makes for a good Saturday night? How about drinks, music, and hot-off-the-press fashions by Sugarmilk and Dom Rebel at Stereobar, everyone's favourite electronic music basement watering hole? The evening started off with a couple of rum and cokes at the bar (well, for me at least), as the venue filled up with a style-conscious crowd, there to enjoy beats provided by DJ B'ugo and visuals provided by a parade of lithe young models wearing a combination of distressed T-shirts and extremely short dresses.
Sugarmilk, the brainchild of designer and owner Tania Forget, was first up. Tania's clothing simultaneously channels decades past and has a fresh, modern feeling. Her pieces have distinct structural elements, such as asymmetrical hemlines and ruching, but they also convey softness. This was certainly a feminine collection, and the models were vamping it up accordingly on the runway. As Felix Da Housecat blared over the sound system, the audience was treated to pearls, sparkles, zebra print, cowboy boots, and a darling 1950s-esque strapless dress. Sugarmilk is a versatile collection that offers something for every woman who likes to dress with pizazz and who appreciates clothing cut in nontraditional ways.
Next was the Dom Rebel portion of the show, beginning with a nod to *Fight Club*. Think Brad Pitt in aviators, and you have a good idea of the essence of Dom Rebel style: relaxed in an attitude-y kind of way. The clothing featured consisted of jeans, distressed T-shirts, and leather for the guys, and more tees and logo panties for the girls. Slogans such as "Mother Fuckin' Rock Star" and "Fuck Pink" (emblazoned on pink tops, no less), paid homage to the line's slogan of "Enjoy the Luxury of Imperfection and Join the Rebellion". Dom Rebel designer Justin Svatina prides himself on the individuality of his garments, which are sold in small runs and each of which is totally unique. With a little more exposure, Dom Rebel pieces should become a hit with Diesel-loving Montreal men. The looks that Svatina has engineered have real-life wearability with an edge.
As the show wrapped up, Crunk & Funk residents Jeff Fontaine and Matt Dimond from Boston took over from B'ugo at the turntables. I got the distinct feeling that there was going to be one hell of an afterparty going on post-show. Although fashion shows aren't always involved, Crunk & Funk is perenially on point as the ideal primer for your afterhours adventures. You can check it out at Stereobar on every third Friday of the month.
Sugarmilk is available at
3 monkeys - Les Cours Mont-Royal
jnj - 1281 Avenue du Mont-Royal east
glam - 364 St-Paul west
Dom Rebel is available at
Boutique Toxik, in Lasalle, Brossard, and downtown Mtl in Les Promenades de la Cathedrale
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