After fighting against the trend for months, pastels have finally begun to grow on me. Ever since abandoning them before high school for being too “girly” and “washed out”, I vowed never to wear them again. But here I am, seven years later embracing the trend yet again!
I think I was most convinced to give pastels and more feminine colours a try, yet again after seeing Martin Lim’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection last September at the Montreal Science Centre. Rich, convincing hues of cornflower blue, fuschia, and cream were showcased on an assortment of wearable, yet exquisitely designed separates and dresses. Two weeks ago during the major heat wave that hit Montreal, I visited “Une Ile en Amerique”, a boutique on Rue Laurier Ouest that stocks collections by Montreal designers such as Denis Gagnon, Marie Saint Pierre, and Martin Lim. After trying on pieces in bold hues, the wonderful owner suggested I try this 100% silk “Carly” top in the cornflower blue. It was love at first try. Unfortunately, the colder weather after the heat wave prevented me from wearing such a lightweight piece. However, with the warm weather accompanying Easter this weekend, I was delighted to finally debut this gorgeous top. As for the coral pants, this pair was another one of the fantastic $30 pairs I picked up at Urban Behaviour last week. While Martin Lim paired their tops with modernistic, black and light brown trousers, I chose to keep things a little brighter – blame it on all of these pretty Easter egg candies I’ve been getting.
I must say, I am thoroughly impressed with the stitching and the quality of the garment – it’s one thing to see the piece being modeled on a runway and another to feel and examine every detail up close. Would I buy another piece from Martin Lim? Of course! I already have my eye on several pieces from their Fall/Winter 2012 collection (see my review on their Fall/Winter 2012 from Montreal Fashion Week and Toronto Fashion Week)