Matière Noire designer Cécile Raizonville might be one of the new kids on the block as far as the fashion scene goes, but her cutting edge designs are already making her a go-to designer for trendsetting fashionistas. Born in the South of France, Raizonville studied industrial design and fashion at Barcelona’s Felicidad Duce Institute before getting her start at the house of Haute Couture Josep Font (Barcelona), as well as at Maxime Simoens (Paris) and Bodkin (New York). When she was ready to launch her own brand, the young designer relocated to Montreal in 2012 to start Matière Noire. The Canadian-made label hit the runway last night at Toronto Fashion Week…
Tell us a bit about yourself. What should people know?
I was born and raised in the South of France. I have mixed origin – French, Vietnamese and Indian. I lived in four cities (Barcelona, Paris, New York and Toulouse) before settling down in Montreal. I was originally considering becoming an industrial designer but I preferred the freedom and creative side of fashion. My parents work in a space agency in France, and I named the brand Matière Noire or “dark matter” as a tribute to them.
What are the biggest challenges and best rewards about what you do?
The best reward is to see people wearing and enjoying my clothes. The most challenging part is that, since I manage the creative direction of the Matière Noire brand, I am accountable for both good and bad decisions.
What are three things you can’t live without?
My laptop, my snowboard and a sketchbook.
Finish this sentence: I love Toronto because…
…people are open-minded and curious.
I love Montreal because…
It has the best of both worlds, combining the culture of Europe and the energy of North America.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Bethlehem XXX in Montreal. It’s a new restaurant showcasing an eclectic menu changing every day.
As for Toronto, I’m still fairly new to the city but I like Weslodge on King St. West. Being in Toronto for World MasterCard Fashion Week will be a great opportunity for me to discover new hot spots in the city.
What’s one of your favourite fashion labels?
The Comme Des Garçons shirt line by Comme Des Garçons. I find it well-designed, austere and affordable.
What style trends are you obsessed with right now?
Oversized shoulders and adjusted waists.
What’s your favourite spa?
I love Bota Bota in Montreal.