Lucian Matis - spring/summer 2009

After Lucian Matis’ hallucinatory spring/summer 2009 showing, I had to wonder if I was at Montreal Fashion Week or the Rio de Janeiro Carnival.

Red bleeds effortlessly into an opulent ivory muumuu with neck beading, though this is merely the conservative cousin to a starfish-shaped swimwear piece with—oops!—no bottom. The banana yellow blouse, paired with a pink frill skirt, has a cotton candy look to it, as does most of the collection. The clothing is not superficial, though, being backed by good design choices. Waists are kept high and delicate, accentuating all that Matis does right this season, and overkill accessories are smartly avoided.

There is a subtle side to this collection, manifesting itself in pieces such as the mint green sleeveless dress with light patchwork and mauve accents. The beige tiled dress is bold for its design, but genteel for its tiny pearl accents. The practical summer blouse and skirt separates reflect a similar, dichotomous mood.

Rampant tie-dying in this collection, not to mention those silkscreened faces, solidifies the playful stranglehold that the 70’s have over the Canadian fashion stage this season.

Daniel Cox, Fashion Editor
Marek Wlazlo, Photographer