FASHION

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 [...]

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 speakers including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, BuzzFeed’s Laura Henderson, venture capitalist Leonard Brody, A+E’s Amanda Hill, designers Dror Benshetrit and [...]

Happily ever after: Love is Love closes Jean Paul Gaultier world tour

They’re the icing on the wedding cake: 36 creations – frothy and not – by Jean Paul Gaultier. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts exhibition is wrapping up its record-breaking Gaultier retrospective with Love is Love: Wedding Bliss for All, a show in the tradition of haute couture: the bridal gown finale. The installation features a [...]

Shopping Toronto: a picture diary. Captivating shoes, department store blur, plus salami

It's a big blur: four days in Toronto shopping from Yorkdale and Yorkville to the Eaton Centre and Ossington St. Saks, The Bay, The Room at The Bay, Nordstrom times two (at Eaton Centre and Yorkdale), Uniqlo, etc. What stood out: mainly the shoes. Darling Miu Miu Maryjanes at Nordstrom, Erdem at The Bay, Dries Van Noten [...]

Éditions de robes opens shop in Museum Quarter, stocks red collection by the Joncas twins

Welcome Editions de robes, second edition. The Mile End dress shop, known for its dedication to the allure of the dress and for nurturing fresh design talent, has opened a branch on Crescent St., in the heart of the Golden Square Mile. Julie Pesant and partner Michel Lepage are carrying the award-winning collection of Frédéric and Mathieu [...]

Lessons in retail from Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff can tell a compelling story, that was clear as the designer held sway at an intimate lunch for media at Ogilvy’s Tudor Hall last week. That storytelling knack is certainly one key to her company's success. A California native who burst onto the scene in New York with a version of the  “I love [...]

Style for a certain age: my rules (which I don’t always follow)

It has been suggested that I position myself as an “advanced” style influencer – not so advanced as Seth Cohen’s dames, perhaps, but someone who dresses like a grown woman, who is not overly eccentric, and still looks cool. There are not too many examples out there in Instagram-land of cool, non-eccentrics in the mature-boomer-adult category. [...]

My long-awaited closet cleanse: what I learned

I am a constant shopper, a clothes horse, a fashion professional. Naturally, my closet is overflowing with stuff, designer and not, colourful and black, dressy and everyday, boho and minimalist. Most of the stuff is good – some stuff is even great.  But I have nothing to wear. Each morning I reach for the same black [...]