Impressions from Toronto Fashion Week

Impressions from Toronto Fashion Week: Wandering in to the revamped, rebranded Yorkville Village, where Toronto’s new fashion week just wrapped its second season, I was struck by the familiar. Montreal retailers Jean-Paul Fortin, Judith & [...]

The future of smart wear: beyond the sports app

Smart wear is here. T-shirts, bras, gadgets and watches are wired with sensors to enhance athletic performance and monitor health. In Montreal, OMsignal has developed applications for T-shirts and bras that measure heart rate, breathing, [...]

Fashion design: focus on Marie Saint Pierre and UNTTLD

In 1987, Marie Charest had big dreams to launch her fashion design label. Late one evening at the St-Denis St. landmark restaurant L’Express, her friend Thierry made a suggestion: “Use your own name,’’ he advised. [...]

Montreal’s retail experience: Chains, chains, change

Montreal's fashion retailers are the subject of Part 4 in a project exploring the city's fashion history. The project is initiated by the Festival Mode & Design, with support from the City of Montreal. Reitmans, [...]

Manufacturing: Alvin Segal’s Peerless story

Here is the third instalment in a series of essays on the history of fashion in Montreal. The essays are part of a video project, done with the Festival Mode & Design, with portraits and [...]

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Ste-Catherine St.: more than a shopping artery

This is the second in a series of essays on the history of Montreal fashion. Mandated by the Festival Mode & Design, with support from the city of Montreal, the essays accompany a video series [...]

MONTREAL’S FASHION HISTORY: A passion for fur

Well, 2017 is done and gone, and with it, the celebrations for Montreal’s 375th anniversary. There were hundreds of markers for the anniversary, including one in which I was involved – a series of videos [...]

January 4th, 2018|

The comfort of his melancholy: memories of Leonard Cohen. MAC tribute opens Nov. 9

When I learned of the death of Leonard Cohen last November, I got out my copy of The Favourite Game, lit a candle, made a little tribute still life with a mandarin orange and black [...]

Fashion festival kicks off: big shows celebrate Montreal 375 and Canada 150

Olivier Theyskens burst on to the fashion scene around the time I started covering it – in 1998. He was moody and dark, romantic and feminine, and I quickly became a fan. A true talent, [...]

Scouting North Hatley for the Clintons, and other news

I'm back! And you’ll be pleased to learn that I spent my summer vacation previewing the sights and tastes of North Hatley for the Clintons. An advance team for the Secret Service, as it were. [...]

The scene: Fashion flashback to the Grand Prix parties

Race, what race? Yes, Lewis Hamilton took the Canadian Grand Prix for Mercedes, and Montreal’s own Lance Stroll – all of 18 – placed ninth for Williams. But for the beau monde, social scene and [...]

C2 Montreal: Bewitched, bewildered, inspired

How to sum up C2 Montreal, the creativity and commerce conference held for three days last week at the Arsenal contemporary art gallery: Mind blowing? Inspiring? Confounding? Enlightening? Overwhelming? Yes, all of the above. With [...]