Get ready for Montreal Fashion Week

Schedule is jam-packed and MFW enjoys new home.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

It may be election day in Quebec, but fashionistas are also setting their sights on the runway – Montreal Fashion Week kicks off today after a highly-anticipated build-up all summer long. Not only is the schedule a busy one but the event is now taking place at a new venue: the Arsenal.

"It's about time," said designer Marie Saint Pierre to the Montreal Gazette newspaper. “The high ceilings, the fact that it’s an art gallery, the lighting – everything is better for us there,’’ she explained, adding the former venue Marché Bonsecours was not suited to events and it was impossible to get precise lighting. “When you want to do a laboratory to showcase your design you need a clean space with a certain height of ceiling and a certain length of (runway).”

The spring-summer 2013 collections of a number of notable brands will be presented, including international designers Denis Gagnon, Rudsak and Ève Gravel (who is celebrating her label’s 10-year anniversary) as well as innovative collections, presented by Elle Québec, designed by MARTIN LIM, DUY, Tavan & Mitto, and UNTTLD. Travis Taddeo, Anastasia Lomonova, Annie 50, and Anomal Couture will delight audiences with their unique styles, and urban fashion with sleek, contemporary lines will also be featured through showings from Mélissa Nepton, Iris Setlakwe, Nisse, Symbiose by Hinda A., and Rachel Sin.

“We are very pleased with the hand-picked group of creators that will be showing at the 23rd edition of our event,” said Chantal Durivage, co-founder and co-president of Groupe Sensation Mode, in an official press release. “Presented in the heart of a grand and inspiring site, MFW will offer a distinct experience, attracting both national and international attention to the new collections.”