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Revealing Marie Saint Pierre: documentary exposes Riopelle connection and a bit more

There is a photo of Marie Saint Pierre as a teenager in a new documentary about the celebrated Montreal designer. Her hair is a frizzy mess, her eyes rimmed and smokey with makeup, and she's holding a cigarette and playing with a straw with a provocative open mouth, clutching what may be a coke, or a rum and [...]

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A fearless Oscar red carpet prediction: Valentino will rule

When it comes to the red carpet, three counter-currents are in style play. There is classic Old Hollywood glamour, the fairytale princess and modern minimalism. To win the star wars on the red carpet, the gown has pay tribute to at least two of those three clashing currents. You want glamour, but you want modern. The [...]

By | February 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A fearless Oscar red carpet prediction: Valentino will rule

Subban suits up for RW&Co.

The one and only Subbinator, P.K. Subban, is carrying on his ambassadorship for Montreal-based retailer RW&Co., showcasing its spring 2016 menswear suit collection. RW&Co., a division of Reitmans, aptly uses every hockey phrase in the book for its promotional film: it's taking an "offensive stance with this power play," the company writes. Jimmi Francoeur of Jet Films shot [...]

By | February 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Subban suits up for RW&Co.

A shrine to Barbie in Montreal: find out why

 Cher is there of course, as well as Marilyn, Elizabeth, Grace, JLo, Beyoncé, Farrah and Cleopatra. There are Dancing with the Stars dolls, cowgirls, mermaids, fairies, pirates, vampires and African and Native American fantasy figures. But mostly, these are fashion dolls – outfitted by Bob Mackie, naturally, but also Coach, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, DVF and so many [...]

By | February 10th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A shrine to Barbie in Montreal: find out why

Never mind Groundhog Day: signs of spring at Aritzia

Forget Wiarton Willie, Punxsutawney Phil, and assorted groundhogs who emerge Feb. 2 and are seen as (very unreliable) prognosticators of spring. Signs of spring are everywhere, including yesterday's high of PLUS!! 8 Celsius, and despite tomorrow's forecast of freezing rain, ice pellets, snow and rain, the high of PLUS 5. The off-shoulder shirt, as seen [...]

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After the Ball gets Jutra costume nod

How cute is this little pink coat? Just as cute as the fashion in the fairytale film After the Ball, produced by Le Château CEO Jane Silverstone-Segal. The movie got a Jutra best costume nomination for Mario Davignon. The Quebec cinema awards air March 20. The film centres around Katie, played by Portia Doubleday, who must prove herself [...]

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The fine art of dressing up: take a lesson from portraits by the Beaver Hall Group

It took a while, but I finally visited the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to see the lovely exhibition 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group. What an inspiration – on female artists and their intimate vision, on the modernism of the jazz age and on fashion. What struck me was how we no longer dress [...]

By | January 25th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The fine art of dressing up: take a lesson from portraits by the Beaver Hall Group

Shooting a new profile pic: my new challenge facing the camera

My hair has a life of its own, clothes that look fabulous in the mirror can be awful on camera and I don't photograph well at all. The dull mauve-brown lipstick I love really doesn't suit me that well. And what's more, I've aged. None of this is new to me, but I have decided to [...]

By | January 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Shooting a new profile pic: my new challenge facing the camera

New year, new dance, new workout wear? Discovering 5 Rhythms and Ula Sport

Too bad it's January, snowing and freezing out there. Because in Nosara, Costa Rica, I discovered not only a new dance, but a fashion line to go with it, which does not quite work on the Montreal streets until July – and even then it's iffy. Nosara, on the Nicoya peninsula, is yoga hippie central. The [...]

By | January 18th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New year, new dance, new workout wear? Discovering 5 Rhythms and Ula Sport

Lessons in packing: how one fashion fan got it all wrong – again – this time for Costa Rica

The sunhat is essential to avoid sunstroke – and to hide and flatten frizzy hair. Happy new year! I am back, with stories to tell. First up: my packing issues. I did it again. For a supposed fashion pro, I am the worst packer in the world. I just read EnRoute magazine's profiles of [...]

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