This week is not only vital to the Montreal Fashion industry, but it is also a significant one for us. A new group of superb interns have started working for TBR and we are so pleased to have them here. We noticed each of them had an intense personal sense of style, so we decided it’d be interesting for them to put together outfits for each other with the different garments we sell in our store. The exciting thing about Fashion Week is that you have to manage your everyday life mixed up to the crazy-cool Fashion events taking over the city, while remaining your top Fashion-self. Not easy, indeed! Well, we’ve got your back, here at TBR, with three Fashion Week approved outfits that you can wear during the day also, straight from our vintage urban closets.
Up first, we have the lovely Monique, Psychology graduate & (aspiring artist), wearing a white Generation cropped tank top with an Entourage black leather pencil skirt. Since Monique is, as we would call her, petite, a cropped top adds length to her upper body, showing off her belly button. This way, she is free to pair it with a high-waisted skirt, like the one we used. Plus, the color of the skirt reminds us of the darkness of her hair, which works out really well for her.
In order to add a little bit of shape to her tiny body, we tied up a Ralph Lauren striped shirt around her waist, giving her look a very classy urban vintage touch, just as her personality is. The beauty of this outfit is that it really can be worn thorough the day, and then, at night. You can either switch your shoes from flats to high heels, or simple take off the tied shirt to make it more evening-out friendly. Finally, we decided to add to her outfit this beautiful Shop Rebel statement necklace so the white tank is not to boring by itself. And so, we have a perfectly balanced look for Montreal Fashion Week, day one!
Keerah, our second intern, free spirit & full-time clothes lover, was styled quite simply without forgetting about the Fashion statement making. Her look was directly inspired from the 80’s with its oversized blazers and very short bottom garments. On her, our stunning Donna Karan taupe blazer over a plain grey tank, since both colours go pretty well together. And… That’s it! The thing with oversized blazers, and even shirts, is that if they’re long enough for to you be wearing them in public and still look decent, simply add a pair of leggings under it. This way, you are safe from any types of misfortune (!), and you can still rock your casual & effortless urban vintage outfit!
As for the accessories we chose for her, we decided to use the gorgeous Shop Rebel pieces of jewelry that we have in store. Starting with this gold cuff bracelet that will be very IN this fall season. It’ll kind of replace the bangles sets trend of the past few years. Also, we put together the statement necklace that we previously used in Monique's looks, and a necklace created by linking two studded rose gold bracelets together. Since the outfit is so simple, we weren’t afraid to show-off our ring-bling side in this one.
Finally, we have Devin who recently graduated from Concordia in Political Science and Human Rights. Along with her internship here at The Backroom, she is also a Domestic Media Monitor for Burma at the Montreal Institute of Genocide Studies. Here, she is wearing here a Les Tricots Tenkel cream sweater, over a vintage silk oversize shirt and DKNY dark blue jeans. This look was pulled for her specifically because of her light-colored hair. Colors like white, cream and buff tend to brighten her skin tone a lot. Also, it contrasts pretty well with the colorful abstract patterns of the shirt. Since the shirt has darker colors on it, we paired it with these amazing DKNY blue jeans, in order to make the sweater stand out even more.
Because of her academic background and her quite poised personality, Devin can pull off geeky urban looks like this one. Simply wear the collar inside the sweater for a more neat look or you can wear it outside the sweater, as we did here, to make it look more casual.
Monique: Hi everyone! My name is Monique. I am that girl that loves to do a bit of this and a bit of that. I enjoy painting during whatever free time I have and hope to hold an exhibit sometime in the near future. As for fashion, I have always had a passion for it. Over the years I have always found myself helping style many of my friends and family. If I were to describe my style I don’t think I could because I love to mix it all up. My style changes with my everyday mood.
One thing that won’t change about what I choose to wear is, I’ll always rock that “faux fur”, especially during our cold winters because of my huge love of animals. This love also is the reason behind me choosing to be a vegetarian. Currently I am working on a blog about my life as a vegetarian. I hope to share it by the end of the month. In this blog I will be sharing my struggles along with a variety of delicious dishes (www.vegetarianplease.com).
I also love collecting quotes, I end this little autobiography with a much loved quote of mine which I have come to appreciate: “follow your heart”.
Keerah: My name is Keerah, I am born and raised in Montréal. I have a live in the moment mentality and that reflects in my style. I usually dress for whatever I’m doing for the day and of course my mood has a lot to do with the choices I make. Because of my neurosis I usually wear black and when it’s not black it’s grey or navy blue. Jay-Z is my spirit animal, and Beyoncé is my god. I’m the usual socially-awkward confused girl in her twenties that wishes she was Carrie Bradshaw and knows she’ll never be her. I have this unsettling feeling ill only find my purpose in life when I’m on my death bed, so I’m just enjoying every opportunity I’m given. The direction I’m heading towards is Retail Design, and I’m content with that. Social Media gives me anxiety, but I do it anyways.
Devin: My name is Devin and I am a recent graduate from Concordia University. I studied Political Science and Human Rights and I have continued to be involved in this field through my internship at the Montreal Institute of Genocide Studies as a Domestic Media Monitor. Now that I am done school, I am taking some time off to explore my other interests. Street fashion and styling have always intrigued me, but I never had the time to get more involved. Now, I am finally able to explore both my interests in Human Rights and International Development as well as my passion for street style and I hope this will lead to many more opportunities in the industry.