Splendor, glamor, and opulence. Women’s fashion seems largely to have forgotten the meaning of these words, but Montreal-based label Nisse certainly hasn’t.
A vision of femininity and drama fit for the great films of the 40s and 50s, the homegrown design house has piqued our attention with an aesthetic that recalls the decadence and romance of an era nearly forgotten.
Launched in 2004, Nisse‘s striking blend of elegance and architecture has already proven the label’s worth at major fashion events – especially at home, with strong showings at Montreal Fashion Week and the Montreal Fashion and Design festival.
Definitely not for the jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, the label seems an homage to a time when a woman never left the house without red lipstick and high heels.
Pencil skirts, sophisticated blouses, tailored jackets, coats, and blazers leave basic womenswear labels in the dust. Though surprisingly wearable, it’s an aesthetic that doesn’t compromise sexiness for comfort, and doesn’t dress down what it can dress up instead.
Even when Nisse does do a more casual piece, like a flowing skirt or simple pair of shorts, there’s always an element of drama to the design or a hint of European chic.
As good as it feels to throw on a cozy cotton basic, there’s more to life than denim and tees, and that’s where Nisse comes in. Because, even though there are days when looking like the girl next door will suffice, more often than not, a woman would much rather be the femme fatale.