by Maude Bourcier

Last Wednesday night in Montreal, I had the chance to attend the GRISFFÉ fashion show, which is organized by Gris-Montreal, “a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure a better awareness of the homosexual and bisexual reality and to make it easier for gays, lesbians and bisexuals to integrate into society,” according to Gris-Montreal website. 

This once-a-year event – held for the first time in 2011 – is helping Gris-Montreal to finance its interventions. By inviting big names from Montreal’s field of fashion, it ensures a high visibility. The show took place in a beautiful and spacious warehouse, well furnished, with a bar and SiNTEG playing its DJ set live.


The fashion show itself was very interesting. Under the supervision of the artistic director Khoa Lê’s, ten Montreal designers presented their collection following the rhythm of Foxtrott, a musician and producer, singing and playing live all show long.


I liked how each designer has been chosen for his own style, providing a nice variety to the show: Anna Note’s theatrical creations, Samuel Mercure’s mixes of smooth and structured pieces, Melissa Nepton’s fluid materials and classic cuts, Philippe Dubuc’s famous use of grey and black shades, Valerie Dumaine’s sophisticated clothing, Travis Taddeo’s leather and fur, By Thomas’ color punches, Lyn’s knitted pieces, Barilà’s retro looks and Christian L’Enfant Roi’s patterns and rich materials.


As much as the GRISFFÉ fashion show was great, as a stylist, I have to say that there was a lack of accessorizing. I would have created a concept around each collection or I would have added at least accessories, such as bracelets, hats or glasses, to transform the creations into complete outfits. It’s important to create a lifestyle around clothing. Not only because it makes it stand out, but because it also helps everyone to figure out what it can be worn with and for what kind of situations.