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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

Not in the bag

  Those who know me know I have been on a quest for a good everyday bag since, well, almost forever. Here's my last post on the never-ending quest. Yesterday, I almost scored. First, there was a flash sale at The Bay – 60 per cent off selected models. I ordered three, including two saddle [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Not in the bag

The best of the fashion fest: P.K. Subban, Parachute, the Sartorialist – and my runway debut

The Festival Mode & Design, the annual celebration of fashion on the street for the people, came to a close Saturday night. There was something for everybody in this 16th edition – 20 conferences from lofty names like Hervé (Leger) Leroux, Scott Schuman and Charlie Le Mindu, catwalk shows from our high street brands – [...]

By | August 21st, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The best of the fashion fest: P.K. Subban, Parachute, the Sartorialist – and my runway debut

Getting set for the fashion festival: you won’t believe what I will be doing

I’m back! For two weeks and counting, my online activity involved posting pictures of sunsets on Lake Champlain, checking the weather and GPS routing. And maybe a touch of Facebook and Instagram trawling. Now the countdown is on to the Festival Mode & Design, Aug. 15-20, when fashion takes its place at the Quartier des [...]

By | August 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Getting set for the fashion festival: you won’t believe what I will be doing

The red shoes

Here’s a story about how fashion works today, how an image can go almost viral, and how one seasoned fashion journalist fell under the spell of a pair of red shoes. Last week, browsing Instagram, I saw a photo of fetching red shoes with an oversize bow, from Zara. The post was a regram – [...]

By | July 7th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The red shoes

The Sleep Shirt: from bed to lounge to beach

It’s looking like the little shirt that could. Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, inspired by a vintage man’s shirt found in a market in London, is building a brand of luxury sleepwear called The Sleep Shirt. Megan McEwan, left, and Alexandra Suhner Isenberg at a showing of their pre-fall line in Montreal. Suhner Isenberg, based [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Sleep Shirt: from bed to lounge to beach