Melissa Nepton For Target: An Urban Capsule Collection

Nov 8, 2013
Designer Mélissa Nepton (7th from the left) at the unveiling of her capsule collection for Target

My Interview With Fashion Designer Mélissa Nepton
Mélissa Nepton is THE name on every fashionista's lips these days in Montreal. The fashion designer specialized in modern ready-to-wear and recipient of the Target Emerging Designer Award unveiled her capsule collection last night in front of a mesmerized audience. Her exclusive collection designed for Target in Québec available on December 8th will be comprised of fifteen pieces ranging from $29,99 to $69,99. Exciting, isn't!

That is an impressive accomplishment for the young woman who has had a steadfast road to fashion perfection. Mélissa was introduced to fashion at a very young age while watching her mother create theatre costumes and children's clothes. She soon understood that fabrics were creative tools she wanted to explore. That is how she went on to complete the renowned fashion program at Marie-Victorin and to study at Montreal's École supérieure de mode and also at École Nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. 

Back in Montreal, Mélissa furthered her understanding of the industry's business side by working for the Marie-Claire Group. Her dream of creating her own label came true when she was casted in the reality TV show La Collection, Québec's version of Project Runway. She then established her eponymous label, followed by her first collection at Montreal's Fashion Week in 2009.

I have recently had the pleasure of meeting her. Here are some interesting things I have learned about her personality:

What are your wardrobe must have?
Definitively leggings & tunic!

A few words to describe your style:
Fluidity, femininity, practicality and comfort.

Who is the Mélissa Nepton woman?
A professional woman who cares about elegance but will not sacrifice her comfort.

Who are your favorite designers?
Philip Lim, Alexander Wang and Chloé

What food do you usually crave the most?
That's easy, anything with chocolate! I particularly enjoy going to Juliette & Chocolat, they have so many different ways to enjoy chocolate. It's a great place to satisfy all my chocolate cravings.

Which qualities do you look for in a friend?
Confidence and smile. I like to be surrounded by strong personalities and genuinely happy people. I find it quite inspiring to have self-confident friends and loved ones in my life. 

What is your ultimate indulgence?
Doing nothing! Since I am so busy all the time, I find it such a luxury when I allow myself to take time for myself. It's rather difficult to take some alone time, but when I manage to unplug the computer and turn off the phone, it's what I called a blissful moment. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen often.

Where would you like to go on your next trip?
I have never had the chance to visit the far East. I would really enjoy to travel to India and Japan. I am curious to discover their culture, their delicious culinary traditions, their breathtaking landscape and of course, their fashion.

What are you most grateful for in life?
I am extremely grateful for having been able to carry a baby (Olivia!). Bringing new life to the world is the greatest honor and it's also a very humbling experience. I feel very privileged because I know how difficult it is for so many women to get pregnant. I am fully aware of all the efforts some women got through just to try to get pregnant while others aren't simply unable to conceive. That's why I feel so blessed.

What was you inspiration for the capsule collection for Target?
I created this collection by keeping in mind what urban, modern women look for: style, accessible sophistication and comfort. My collaboration with Target will hopefully give a more diverse group of women access to the collection. I hope that it will be a nice addition to their closets. For me, fashion is expression of confidence and femininity that should be rooted in comfort and practicality. 

Mélissa Nepton (in the middle) thrilled to be unveiling her capsule collection for Target

Here are some of my favourite pieces from her upcoming collection:

Mélissa Nepton's iconic fox on a blouse with black piping
Black holiday dress with gold jacquard and faux leather
Floral print crewneck sweatshirt
White and black trimmed shirt and leggings with geo patterned sides

See my previous post about Mélissa Nepton entitled Not Your Average Poncho.

Catherine xo

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