FASHION

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 & Charles and Sarah Pacini as well as the fabulous Galerie de Bellefeuille have moved into the luxury retail space, formerly [...]

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, calories burned and other biometrics for health care, personal care and sports. Hexoskin has developed biometric shirts for aerospace, medical [...]

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. That she did, but changed it to Marie Saint Pierre – St-Pierre being her mother’s name. The anecdote is one [...]

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, Le Château, Dynamite, La Vie en Rose, Laura, Tristan, Marie Claire, Lolë, Frank + Oak, Aldo – and then some. Montreal [...]

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 videography by Dario Ayala, to mark Montreal's 375th anniversary. To come: retail with LE CHÂTEAU's Herschel Segal and Frank 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 that is in its final stages and seeking a broadcast partner. There are six capsules: today, here is a look [...]

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 on the history of Montreal fashion mandated by the Festival Mode & Design, with support from the city. There are six [...]

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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, he was hired to design the Rochas line, Nina Ricci and then Theory, which put me over the moon as [...]

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. Ha! Seriously, the town is a gem, picturesque, quaint and lovely, with some excellent eats – at Hovey Manor (where [...]

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 blogger crowd, Grand Prix weekend is all about getting out and about to the myriad festivities around town, being seen [...]