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Montreal Fashion Week Day 2: Nisse, Ralph Leroy and Martin Lim

by Jennifer Nachshen

Nisse

Though we wouldn’t call it the most original, this was one collection we could easily imagine in our closets. Featuring leather and lace, bustiers and business suits in body-conscious tailoring, Nisse is wearable fashion for the working woman who likes her look to include a soupçon of sexy. Our fave? The red and black lace dresses from the finale. We’ll take one of each, please.

Ralph Leroy

Creating the biggest buzz in MFW history with his star-studded audience including Will Smith (seriously!), P.K. Subban and Jeanne Beker and a high-energy performance featuring a dance-off between a traditional Haitian troupe and some uber-lithe ballerinas the real star of Ralph Leroy‘s show was the clothes. Known for his colourful collections, Leroy dialed it back a notch with elegant tailoring, supple suede and Chanel-esque blazers. But his signature vibrant style was still present in the glam touches including red lapels and laces and shimmering sequined dresses.

Martin Lim

Always a crowd pleaser, Martin Lim‘s show didn’t have dancers but that doesn’t mean it didn’t have movement. Swinging fringe, flowing ruffles accented everything from oversized tops to figure-hugging shifts. Is it possible to Cousin Itt, but in a good way? We think so. And we want the golden fringed top asap.