A-list apparel from Mikael D
Former Montrealer Mikael Derderian’s designs get red-carpet treatment
By Eva Friede, GAZETTE STYLE EDITOR January 16, 2014
MONTREAL — Mikael Derderian is flying high. En route to Paris from the Middle East, the designer of the Mikael D collection has seen his creations appear on red carpets and galas at least seven times in the past week or so.
Prominent among them was Ariel Winter, a star of Modern Family, in a burgundy draped gown at the Golden Globes, Britney Spears in a lace frock at the People’s Choice Awards and Sarah Bolger of Once Upon a Time at the InStyle Golden Globes after-party.
Derderian, half of the former Pavoni label, now calls himself a former Montrealer, having moved his company to L.A.
“Canada was not supportive,’’ he said, adding he will show in Toronto this spring, has a public relations agency and showroom in L.A. and lives out of a suitcase. He was on his way to Paris for the pre-fall showings.
Asked how the system works — i.e. how his dresses wind up on celebrities — Derderian would not name his PR agency, but noted it represents major brands and works with celebrity stylists.
Derderian and a partner started Pavoni in 2010 after studying at LaSalle College; since then, he has dressed Céline Dion, Kylie Minogue, Shakira, Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood, among others.
The line’s signature is extravagant beaded lace embroidery over illusion fabric, but Winter’s dress was one of a few draped, Grecian style gowns always part of the collection. Derderian wasn’t 100 per cent pleased, however, having found the gown not properly steamed. “These are samples. I wish the stylists had contacted me,” he said.