FASHION

The week in fashion: Battling the February blahs with spring previews, potions, florals. And sizing up New York Fashion Week

February. Blah. The cruellest month in these parts has seriously set in. My skin is cracking dry, black is the tone du jour, and I walk around in a trapper hat that makes me look, kindly put, eccentric. There are antidotes to the cold, ice, wind and assorted other unpleasant elements. Shopping, online, in store [...]

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The week in fashion: G-Star Raw, Frank + Oak, Beautitude, Lady Gaga, Sophie Grégoire

Things are gearing up in Montreal, with PR agencies battling the February blahs by holding spring showings. Last Thursday, there was street artist Whatisadam (no, he won’t give any other name or show his full face) live printing super-cool drawings (maple sugar is his signature) G-Star Raw jean jackets at the Dutch denim brand’s new [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The week in fashion: G-Star Raw, Frank + Oak, Beautitude, Lady Gaga, Sophie Grégoire

The BT Montreal interview – in writing

I never go into an interview unprepared. If you caught my segment with Joanne Vrakas  on Breakfast Television Montreal – or missed it – here are my "notes" going into the interview, part of the BT Montreal influencer series. I must say I was flattered and honoured to be part of the series. Anyhow, as [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The BT Montreal interview – in writing

The Golden Globes: the prettiest in pink, the passé plunge and the trend du jour

Let’s just call the deep plunge passé. J. Lo did it way back in 2000 with her tropical print Versace, and now, to make an impression, the plunge is going deeper and wider to the point of ridiculous. But a few new ideas emerged at Sunday night’s Golden Globes: particularly the cold shoulder with a covered [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Golden Globes: the prettiest in pink, the passé plunge and the trend du jour

In the pink: looking back on 2016 and forward to a rosy 2017

I’ve taken a bit of a break recently. Call it writer’s block, call it indolence, call it a holiday – the empty screen has been haunting me to the point that it’s become a thing. Like not thinking elephant. I wanted to write my traditional year in fashion wrap – how Canada actually made it [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on In the pink: looking back on 2016 and forward to a rosy 2017

Retail report: we’re shopping, not dropping

Surprise, surprise: Canadian fashion retailing is healthy. So says Randy Harris, president of Trendex North America. From Ohio, based in Florida, and specializing in Canadian, Mexican retail and e-commerce apparel markets, Harris shared his Canadian apparel insights at a recent meeting of Vêtement Québec – his 13th time as a guest of the industry association. [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Retail report: we’re shopping, not dropping

Building a fashion empire for girly girls on Montreal’s Main

“More is more,’’ says Castle Ho, a Montreal girl boss who is building a fashion empire on the Main. She’s talking about her thoroughly girly retail philosophy, which has indeed translated into more of everything. The entrepreneur just opened her fifth boutique – La Petite Garçonne Chapitre 2, which is her fourth outpost on St. [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Building a fashion empire for girly girls on Montreal’s Main

A bijou of a hotel: Birks to become boutique hotel, store to stay

Big news for Montreal: Maison Birks, the jewelry store founded in 1879, which has pride of place on the corner of Ste-Catherine and Phillips Square, will be transformed into a boutique hotel. Construction of the Hotel Birks is slated to start in spring 2017, with opening in spring of 2018. The transformation of the building, [...]

By | November 2nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on A bijou of a hotel: Birks to become boutique hotel, store to stay

Fashion Preview wrap: bright spots but slow going

In the runup to Fashion Preview, a three-day showcase of Montreal labels, I asked: Is this the new fashion week? Well, it is trying hard, but there was not enough exciting content for a three-day event. First, on the negative side, everything was slow, excruciatingly so. When Fashion Preview launched six seasons ago, it was [...]

By | October 29th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fashion Preview wrap: bright spots but slow going

Fashion Preview: the new Montreal fashion week?

For Emanuela Lolli, Fashion Preview is a labour of love. Lolli, who is Italian, has a background as an accessories designer and, by chance, found her passion in promoting the Montreal scene after she arrived here nine years ago. As designers and organizers get ready for the sixth edition of the Montreal fashion showcase, running for [...]

By | October 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fashion Preview: the new Montreal fashion week?