Fresh Faces/Bright Ideas at Pop Montreal 2013

WORN's pick Christina Julien plus some other memorable moments from the festival's shows

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We are pleased to announce that Christina Julien is the Fashion POP winner for 2013. Her designs will appear in an upcoming issue, photographed by our own Allison Staton. Thanks to all the participants, and we can’t wait to see what Montreal comes up with for next year!

Christina Julien’s designs stood apart for me because they possessed that allusive simplicity necessary to truly call something a staple piece. Simple, but by no means dull. Christina has a unique approach to dressing the body, using black and whites shapes in sections to create the impression of two dimensionality. Pockets peeking out from under shorts and dresses, shorter waists, and dramatic volume in the arms and shoulders also serve to shake up what might otherwise have been conservative silhouettes. One of the most impressive things about this collection is its versatility; the pieces lending themselves well to both pared-down or bolder looks.

I look forward to creating an editorial around these clothes. We can tell virtually any story we want with them. They speak at that perfect volume, allowing the woman wearing them to say exactly what she wants. Their graphic nature will certainly be striking yet their wearability will keep them down to earth and accessible.

- Allison Staton, WORN photographer & Fashion Pop judge

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photography // Laurence Philomène

Fashion POP Finalists

The 7th Annual Fashion POP Fashion Show takes place at this year's POP Montreal, and we have a first look at the finalists

The weather has cooled, the leaves are starting to turn, and if you’re in Montreal, this only means one thing—it’s time again for POP Montreal, one of the city’s largest and coolest arts festivals. It also means it’s time for Fashion POP, the festival’s fashion design competition, now in its seventh year. This year sees six of Montreal’s hottest young design talents go head-to-head for a chance to win $1000, a pop-up exhibition in Espace POP, and a fashion editorial in the coolest fashion mag in Canada (if I do say so myself): WORN Fashion Journal. We’ve gotten an exclusive first look at the finalists. Who do you think should take home this year’s prize?

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WHO
Viviane LaBelle
THE LOOK
Finely tailored menswear and sportswear, with a modern twist.
DESIGNER CRED
Menswear Design, Marie-Victorin College; Bachelor of Design and Fashion Styling at the École Supérieure de Mode de Montréal; Internship at Aether Apparel.

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WHO
Andrea Montle
THE LOOK
Dark and ethereal with attitude. A focus on knitwear and some slightly unpretty materials, like plastic and quilted padding. Miley Cyrus in her current incarnation would be all over these looks.
DESIGNER CRED
Fashion Design, LaSalle College; Collections shown at O.P.P Galerie et Boutique and Nowhereland in Toronto.

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WHO
Madeleine Voizard
THE LOOK
Dark, edgy, modern rock and roll. Very cool, and very Montreal.
DESIGNER CRED
Art and Communication, Brébeuf; Fashion Design, LaSalle College; Fashion Design, UQAM.

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WHO
Christina Julien
THE LOOK
Julien is inspired by mid-sixties art and films, and her clothes feature clean, uncomplicated lines, with a focus on sustainability. This translates to a lot of black and white, and clothes that wouldn’t look out of place on tuxedo-clad R&B queen Janelle Monae.
DESIGNER CRED
Fashion Design, LaSalle College; Internships with Christian L’Enfant Roi and Valérie Dumaine; Contestant in the 2013 Télio design competition.

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WHO
Daniel Quiroz
THE LOOK
Fur, feathers, lace, and tulle are this designer’s fabrics of choice. I could totally see Katy Perry and Lady Gaga duking it out over that tulle bodysuit studded with lights.
DESIGNER CRED
Fashion Design, Marie-Victorin College; 2nd Year Fashion Styling at École Supérieure de Mode de Montréal; Assistant to Maryla Sobek; Interships with José-Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Belanger of UNTTLD; Finalist in 2012 Télio design competition.

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Fashion Collection

WHO
Benjamin Lafaille
THE LOOK
Bright, eclectic streetwear inspired by socio-cultural issues, a love of opulence, and a desire to provoke. Korean superstar G-Dragon and Missy Elliott should wear these epic suits in their “Niliria” videos.
DESIGNER CRED
Industrial Design, Cégep du Vieux Montréal; Fashion Design, LaSalle College.

The show will be taking place next week, on Wednesday, September, 25th, at the Théâtre Rialto. The doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show is completely FREE, so if you’re in Montreal there is literally no excuse. For more information, head to the official event listing.

portrait photography // Allison Staton

Win a Spread in WORN Fashion Journal

Fashion POP seeks entrants for their annual fashion design contest

Attention emerging designers! Fashion POP is once again searching for up-and-coming Montreal talent to participate in their seventh annual competition on Wednesday, September 25 at The Rialto Theatre in Montreal. Each designer will present a 6-look collection to a panel of industry judges for the chance to win a $1000 cash prize courtesy of Le Chateau, a spread in WORN Fashion Journal, and a pop-up showcase at Espace POP. Previous winners include Dane Richards, Norwegian Wood, and Isabelle Campeau.

For more information about how to submit your work, visit the website. The deadline for submissions is August 23.

A Day at the Market

WORN Fashion Journal pairs up with CultMTL for a celebration of summer style

In June, WORN took a road trip to Montreal to launch Issue 16 and take part in a summery shoot for former wornette Emily Raine’s amazing CultMTL. What better way to spend the perfect summer day than with flowers, food, and fashion?

photography // Allison Staton
styling // Casie Brown