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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

Speakers’ corner: Hervé Léger-Leroux, Scott Schuman, Charlie Le Mindu and more

  The Festival Mode & Design, known for its fashion-entertainment spectacles, has its serious side, too. Running Aug. 15-20, the festival has an ambitious program of conferences featuring international names. Conference curator Stéphane Le Duc has spent the past year wooing designers, photographers, artists and game-changers: headliners this year include bandage dress creator Hervé L. [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Speakers’ corner: Hervé Léger-Leroux, Scott Schuman, Charlie Le Mindu and more

C2 Montreal: bubbles and brain dates, Want and need, Frank & Oak, Martha and more

Here’s the thing: there’s a lot going on in town. Last week, C2MTL overwhelmed with its brain dates, bubble baths, speakers, food trucks and buzzy energy. This week, Monday was quiet. But Tuesday, there were some 10 events around town for fashion and beauty bloggers and the general beau monde. Let’s start with C2, the [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on C2 Montreal: bubbles and brain dates, Want and need, Frank & Oak, Martha and more

End of an era: Buzz Jeans closing on St-Viateur in Mile End

After 40 years, George Krausz is closing his St-Viateur St. Buzz Jeans store at the end of April. A destination for premium jeans – J Brand, Mother, AG, and from Montreal, Yoga and Naked and Famous  – Buzz will maintain a sole store on Sherbrooke St. W. after closing another outlet on Monkland last year. [...]

By | April 18th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on End of an era: Buzz Jeans closing on St-Viateur in Mile End

April in Paris: Stylish Sugar Sammy hones his act for Paris

Sugar, Sugar Sammy. The comedian known for this wicked humour on the Quebec language landscape is sweet as pie when I arrive early at Café Orange, his neighbourhood diner in N.D.G., and he’s wolfing down a large plate of eggs between interviews. He’s cool, casual and friendly, wearing a high-low fashion mix: Zara T-shirt, Diesel [...]

By | April 1st, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on April in Paris: Stylish Sugar Sammy hones his act for Paris

The seasons they go round and round: Judith & Charles, Marie Saint Pierre preview fall fashion

The fall/winter fashion previews continue apace. In the past few days, as winter has re-emerged, Judith & Charles and Marie Saint Pierre have invited media to view upcoming collections. It's a little bit funny. The fashion seasons are becoming a thing of the past: Burberry was the biggest recent name to dispense with the six-month [...]

By | March 24th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The seasons they go round and round: Judith & Charles, Marie Saint Pierre preview fall fashion