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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 [...]

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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

The art of bijoux on show and sale at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

At the first edition of Bijoux = Art, I admired the burnished yellow gold jewelry of Dania Chelminsky, but I bought a rubber necklace by the Dutch artisan Annemieke Broenink. It's a marvelous piece, everything jewelry should be – art, fashion, adornment, embellishment, crafty and very interesting. It's made of leaf-like petals in a silvery-moss-grey that have a [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The art of bijoux on show and sale at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Mark your calendars, take 2: Bridal Boudoir Affair

You've got to love Maddy Kojakian, or Maddy K, as she is known. The gal knows how to throw a party, and proves it every year in the lead-up to her luxury bridal show, Bridal Boudoir Affair. This year, media and friends got a taste of the finer points of entertaining with a cocktail party [...]

By | March 9th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mark your calendars, take 2: Bridal Boudoir Affair

Mark your calendars, take 1: ArtFifa

The 34th ArtFifa festival unrolls Thursday, March 10, and goes for 10 days. There are a few fashion flicks for my fashionista friends. First, Revealing Marie Saint Pierre, an exploration of the influence of Jean-Paul Riopelle on Quebec's fashion doyenne, has its world premiere March 12, with a second screening March 14. My post about the film [...]

By | March 9th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mark your calendars, take 1: ArtFifa