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“For me, fashion is an expression of rigueur 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.”
Fashion designer Mélissa Nepton specializes in modern, ready-to-wear couture that targets the urban career woman. Hers is a vision that emanates from tailoring mastery and practicality, reflecting both her personality and view of fashion.
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 completes 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 is already noticeable and attracts 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 presents her first runway show.
Back in Montréal, Mélissa furthers 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 comes 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 establishes her eponymous label and followed with a first collection at Montreal’s Fashion Week in 2009.
Her career indubitably takes off and she quickly establishes herself among top designers in Québec. In the following years, Mélissa Nepton presents six collections at both the Montreal and Toronto Fashion Weeks. She succeeds at impressing the fashion press while pleasing the audience. With each turn on the catwalk, Mélissa Nepton innovates and fine-tunes her signature style. Set in an atmosphere of imaginary travels, her runway shows boost innovative collections of impeccably tailored garments made of rich and vaporous fabrics. Mélissa Nepton’s collections are available in an ever-increasing number of boutiques, more than 60 in 2012. The designer also enjoys a strong following amid Quebec celebrities. Actresses Mélissa Desormeaux-Poulin and Marie-Ève Juste wore her designs at the Cannes festival in 2012, which gave Mélissa’s brand international exposure.
In 2012, Mélissa Nepton furthers her commercial power with the launch of an online boutique embedded in her official website. More than an online presence, the virtual boutique offers unique creations for the pleasure of her loyal customers and international fashionistas alike.
In a mere few years, Mélissa Nepton has created collections that made an impact on the Canadian fashion scene, allowing her to become one of the top designers in the country.