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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 tea, and played Suzanne on Spotify. Leonard was the poet troubadour of my youth, and well beyond. I turned to [...]

Duyorama: having fun with the Vetements phenom

It started as a joke, says Duy Nguyen, the couturier with the lavish label DUY. Now he’s opened a popup shop with his Duyoorrr  line of sweats and street wear, in concert with a few other Montreal labels. “You have Valentina on St-Hubert St., you have Prado, and why not Duyoorrr?’’ he said on opening day [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Expo 67: one square-toed pump in the past, a giant fashion leap forward

It’s a given that Expo 67 was the dawn of a bright new era for Montreal, a beacon to the future – in fashion, arts, architecture, technology and society in general. But it might come as a surprise that much of the fashion on display at Fashioning Expo 67, the new exhibition at the McCord [...]

By | March 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Expo 67: one square-toed pump in the past, a giant fashion leap forward

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

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

Simply Uniqlo: Japanese retailer set for Toronto debut

Simple Made Better. That’s a compelling motto in this age of overload, and Uniqlo, the Japanese mega-retailer, gets it. In fact, the motto recently changed – from Made for All to LifeWear, with the secondary line Simple Made Better the secondary tag. Uniqlo's simple basics span the rainbow. Below, campaign images from the Uniqlo [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Simply Uniqlo: Japanese retailer set for Toronto debut

Behind the scenes at the Rockland fall campaign

Journalist, editor, writer, blogger, fashionista – and now, apparently, I'm an influencer. Rockland Centre, which I have frequented forever, picked five women of influence to headline its fall campaign. In this ever-changing media landscape, it’s people with a personal sense of style and their own niche in cyberspace – social media numbers are key – who [...]

By | September 27th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Behind the scenes at the Rockland fall campaign