Mélissa Nepton is a Montreal designer who specializes in “modern, ready-to-wear couture that targets the urban career woman.” She studied and developed her craft at Marie-Victorin College, L’École supérieure de mode, Motreal, and L’École Nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris— where she presented her first runway show. In her World MasterCard Fashion Week Designer Bio, Mélissa recounts that:
“For me, fashion is a vigorous expression that impacts women’s lives in a positive way. And in return, women bring to fashion a sense of sensuality, fluidity and femininity. It’s a communication rooted in comfort, practicality and confidence.”
And indeed it is this sensuality, fluidity, and femininity that come to life in Mélissa’s work. Her Spring 2015 collection, shown this past Tuesday at 8pm, was full of life, vibrancy, and unique and exciting patterns. Her line featured a lot of squares and stripes, as well as off-quilter semi-rectangles that sort of link in a way which is really eye-catching. Most of her line is very casual, which speak to her notion of fashion being “rooted in comfort and practicality.” This level of comfort was emphasized with the extremely casual footwear, as most of the pieces made their debuts on the runway accompanied by low heeled or flat sandals and sneakers. The dresses were flirty, daytime wear, and the shirts, shorts, and pants were light and breezy; made for down-time and relaxation.
Yet, that hint of feminity is in every piece, with flowing skirts, form flattering cuts and lines, staple low cut necklines and designs that flaunted exposed skin, serving to be both feminine and sensual. The colour palette was one of soft hues, not unexpected for spring, which were off-whites, pinks and blues, and beige. There were also some nice contrasting black and white pieces.
My favourite pieces were two fun and flirty dresses. The one was a beige and black dress with contrasting stripes. It had an inner halter top and shorts that was mid-thigh length and an outer top and skirt cover that draped to below the knees. The material was quite sheer, allowing each layer to show through, along with some strategic hints of flesh. The dress offered an element of sexiness, but was ultimately classy and captivating.
The second dress was a flirty off-white striped sun dress with a plunging neck line. Again, the material was striped with opaque and sheer fabric, so that skin became a focal point. The skirt was a flowing A line and fell to just above the knee. Beneath the dress is a visible body suit that accents the feminine contours of the body, playing again on exposed skin around the legs and arms. Despite the plunging neckline, this dress emits a feeling of pretty and flirty instead of being overtly sexy or over the top.
Mélissa has a gift for merging contrasting notions and playing with lines, making her work very fresh and intriguing. Every piece in her collection is something that can be practically worn in day-to-day life but yet is something you know you would feel good wearing; that would help you beam with confidence and charisma. I can’t wait to include some of her amazing work into my own Spring 2015 wardrobe.
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Published in Fusia magazine Oct 2014