Annie Melissa Etienne’s Tmel collection at Black Fashion Week Montreal echoed the playful, ageless beauty of the Caribbean. I imagined each piece being paraded down St.Catherine street announcing the arrival of summer.
The night was filled with African fabrics, but the Tmel collection was a medley of patterns reminiscent of a trip to the West Indies. There were skirts with hundreds of miniature suns, pants that resembled lizards and tropical bird feathers, dresses with ocean waves and flowers, and two-piece ensembles with circles that resembled sliced limes that made you think of margaritas.
Etienne’s collection at Black Fashion Week Montreal 2014 screamed millennial woman quite ebulliently. I loved the walk-of-shame-chic elements. It was feminine and powerful, with crisp white shirts, bow ties, and an assortment of hemlines.
The fascinators were a precious touch; my personal favorite was her take on the straw hat. Etienne has a knack for accessorizing. She pulls all the elements of her collection together with accessories. By doing so, she creates an effortless fusion of work and play—characteristic of a good Montreal summer—and of course—the Caribbean.
Photos by Petra Stewart