Fashion designer Mélissa Nepton specializes in modern, ready-to-wear couture that targets the urban career woman. Hers is a vision that reflects both her personality and view of fashion: “For me, fashion is a vigorous expression that impacts women’s lives in a positive way. And in return, women bring to fashion a sense of sensuality, fluidity and femininity. It’s a communication rooted in comfort, practicality and confidence.”
Mélissa understood at a young age that fabrics were creative tools she wanted to explore as she watched her mother create theater costumes and children’s clothes. Mélissa quickly embraced a steadfast road to fashion perfection. She completed her prep school years attending the renowned fashion program at Marie-Victorin College before entering Montreal’s L’École supérieure de mode. Mélissa’s talent was already noticeable and attracted her teachers’ support, encouraging her to pursue studies abroad. This called to Mélissa’s sense of adventure, and she set sail for Paris to complete her academic education at L’École Nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris—a formative year where she presented her first runway show.
Back in Montréal, Mélissa furthered her understanding of the industry’s business side by working as a buyer-designer for the Marie-Claire Group. Her dream of creating her own label came true in the unique form of a reality TV show when she was cast in La Collection, Québec’s version of Project Runway. Mélissa soon after established her eponymous label and followed with a first collection at Montreal’s Fashion Week in 2009. Since then, Mélissa Nepton has quickly established herself among top designers in Québec and enjoys a strong following amid local celebrities.
This time around for SS13 Melissa Nepton presented us with a seaside luxury that was teamed up with practical chic and audacious comfort. Her collection was inspired by movements, colors and her well-known maîtrise du détail. There was a ton of “flowy” and silky materials in soft colors. The was a suttle complexity to the cuts and shapes of her clothing which made it more luxurious. I enjoyed this runway show very much I can see myself wearing quite a few pieces from this collection which I always find very important when presented with a new collection on the runway.
Have a look at the photos below to see my favorite pieces from Melissa Nepton’s SS13 collection.