Since being crowned “Canada’s Breakthrough Designer” at the 2011 Telio competition of Montreal Fashion Week, Earl Luigi has gone on to design, among others, a capsule collection in collaboration with the Japan Love Project – an art show to raise money and help rebuild Japanese communities affected by last year’s tsunami. He has also ranked among the top 20 finalists in the London-based international Hand and Lock embroidery competition. Now in his final year at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he is completing a Bachelor of Design, Fashion and Technology.
Payam Tavan and Mike Mitto have been designing together since 1995. It was in Montreal that each established a solid technical base, before going on to perfect their knowledge in Europe. Earning a Master’s Degree from the Domus Academy in Milan, Payam Tavan also worked with the head stylist at Gianfranco Ferré, while Mike Mitto chose to pursue his studies at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, where he went on to work at Chanel for a number of seasons.
The 9th Fashion Week in Berlin (July 5-10, 2011) revealed the new Spring/Summer 2012 collections at a new location on Strasse des 17. Juni, with the main entrance across from the Brandenburg Gate (also known as the Fan-Mile during the World Cup public viewings). The key players of the Berlin fashion scene who were invited to present in the main tent this year included: Michael Michalsky, Michael Sontag, Vladimir Karaleev, Katja Will (C’est Tout), Iris van Herpens, Lala Berlin, Marcel Ostertag, Kaviar Gauche, and others.
The 2oth anniversary of the Montréal Fashion Week (Feb. 7-10, 2011) brought great shows and organizational improvements. The shows were spaced out in one hour blocks, which allowed more time for setting up the show and less delays, the press access and registration was done more efficiently, and the spaces of the Marché Bonsecours building were utilized even better, by staging some of the shows and events in the cocktail room. Many of the great designers from last year’s show returned, and many more got to present this time, including Montréal’s star, Denis Gagnon.
Montreal Fashion Week 2010