Fashion alert: It’s Fashion & Design Festival 2018

Isa Tousignant

Catwalks in the street, thumping beats, champagne flutes and stilettos left and right – the annual Fashion & Design Festival is afoot! From August 20 to 25, 2018, don your finery and experience what Montréal’s style scene has to offer, right here in the hot spot of Quartier des Spectacles.

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Free open-air fashion shows throughout the day are more than enough reason to show up, but that’s only the start at this stylish gathering. In the heart of downtown Montréal, you’ll find live music shows, indoor workshops and presentations, film screenings and more shopping opportunities than your VISA will be able to handle. Expect a dozen pop-up shops to, um, pop up on the Place des Festivals, featuring Montréal brands both indie and established.

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Guests of honour

The roster of honoured guests at this 2018 edition is as gleaming as ever: some events, like the talk by Balenciaga’s Luca Marchetti, are even sold out, months before the event! See the world through top perfume designers at talks by Maison Christian Dior’s  Vincent Leret and François Demachy. Watch the latest designs of men’s fashion brand Vincent d’Amérique parade down the catwalk at 9 p.m. on August 25, or go to their afterparty at Furco at 10 p.m., organized in collaboration with Ton Barbier. Make the most of your lunch hour with the series Midis Business, featuring presentations on cool themes like women in business and the place of luxury in Montréal. Get tips for success from Caroline Issa, chief executive and fashion director of TANK magazine and editor of the online mag Because. And hear Québec performance art icon Robert Lepage’s views on creativity.

Time for a tipple?

Don’t miss some of the best of Montréal’s food trucks onsite every day. You’ll also find beer tents and beverage counters all over the site, for bubbly and martinis best enjoyed runway-side. Beyond that, Montréal offers an incredible wealth of food and drink options in the blocks that surround the site.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s eclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

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