Montreal’s Black Fashion Week (Pictures)

May’s fashion frenzy is officially done. The third edition of the Black Fashion Week in Montreal finally kicked off last weekend. Same bat place, same bat time.

The two day event welcomed hundreds of guests inside the beautiful Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in the Mont-Royal Plateau.

The first night welcomed designers Dede Reelia, Kine Dione, Dominique Ouzilleau, Vala Bella and Indra Libong. As the tradition goes, fashion veteran (and camera shy) Helmer closed the celebration with a theatrical performance.

The second day was filled with even more visual delight. From Sweet Secret’s african type kimonos to Martial Tapolo’s romantic garments, the show almost felt like a romantic play from Paris. While some collections like French Couture Box and  Indra Libong played a lot with color, some designers decided to play it safe. Fashion pioneers Ralph Leroy and Adama Paris both presented an all white collection. Nonetheless, both designers showed us sumptuous (and detailed) dresses and some very fashionable two-pieces.

Take a look at the beautiful creations below.

DOMINIQUE OUZILLEAU

Don’t scroll down if you’re a Peta supporter. The Quebec elegant fur line is now selling in United States and Japan. We loved the pieces who remind us a sexy fashionista from New York.

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              Designer Dominique Ouzilleau.

VALA BELLA

Being able to dress women with elegance and style has always been Valdine Behenka’s dream. For her first time at the BFW, the designer presented romantic dramatic dress, red carpet worthy. Vala Bella was one of the few designers who presented wedding gowns.

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KINE DIONE

Que bella! You could easily feel the Italian inspiration throughout Dione’s collection. We loved the classy suit for the modern business woman. Kine Dione also had fun with texture and feathers with her eccentric dresses.

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INDRA LIBONG

The Belgium designer and stylist was also a newbie to the Black Fashion Week. Libong’s main purpose has always been to create stylish and timeless garments for women. You could say she hit the mark! The designer added beautiful details in the back of her dress, giving them an edgy look.

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UNIQUE BY REELIA

You cannot complete an outfit without some killer accessories! Dede Reelia’s pieces were big, round and screamed Africa all over them. We loved how the models were dressed in a simple white dress which helped showcase the funky neck pieces.

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             Designer Dede Reelia Kouevi.

HELMER

The Haitian designer did it again. From the dramatic opera music to the baroque inspiration.The couturier gave us an amalgam of flower patterns, tulle and sequins. And yes, it worked perfectly.

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Less is more. This year, the designer decided to present only a few pieces.