Fashion

Balenciaga: McCord exhibition sheds light on the master of couture and his legacy

Balenciaga is a label that can generate strong opinions. On the one hand, you have the “master,’’ as his contemporaries called Cristóbal Balenciaga at the height of the haute couture years, the 50s and 60s. On the other hand, today Demna Gvasalia is at the helm of the storied house, upending fashion as we have [...]

Closet confidential: contemplating a fashion diet and what I wore to the Grand Prix

(Headline with apologies and in homage to the late, great Anthony Bourdain) A funny thing happened to me at the Hermès carré counter: I swooned, and felt as if I were about to faint. Was it Stendhal’s syndrome, in which I was overcome by the beauty of the Fleurs de Giverny and Jardin à Sintra [...]

Wearing Canada proud at the CAFA gala

Oh Canada! At the fifth annual CAFA awards in Toronto last Friday, fashion’s glitterati came out to shine in a manner that has hardly been a hallmark of prudent, practical, nice Canadians. Sparkle, tulle and trains were the trends of the evening, in most spectacular fashion. There was Toronto socialite and philanthropist Sylvia Mantella in a [...]

Impressions from Toronto Fashion Week

Impressions from Toronto Fashion Week: Wandering in to the revamped, rebranded Yorkville Village, where Toronto’s new fashion week just wrapped its second season, I was struck by the familiar. Montreal retailers Jean-Paul Fortin, Judith & Charles and Sarah Pacini as well as the fabulous Galerie de Bellefeuille have moved into the luxury retail space, formerly [...]

The future of smart wear: beyond the sports app

Smart wear is here. T-shirts, bras, gadgets and watches are wired with sensors to enhance athletic performance and monitor health. In Montreal, OMsignal has developed applications for T-shirts and bras that measure heart rate, breathing, calories burned and other biometrics for health care, personal care and sports. Hexoskin has developed biometric shirts for aerospace, medical [...]

Montreal’s retail experience: Chains, chains, change

Montreal's fashion retailers are the subject of Part 4 in a project exploring the city's fashion history. The project is initiated by the Festival Mode & Design, with support from the City of Montreal. Reitmans, Le Château, Dynamite, La Vie en Rose, Laura, Tristan, Marie Claire, Lolë, Frank + Oak, Aldo – and then some. Montreal [...]

Manufacturing: Alvin Segal’s Peerless story

Here is the third instalment in a series of essays on the history of fashion in Montreal. The essays are part of a video project, done with the Festival Mode & Design, with portraits and videography by Dario Ayala, to mark Montreal's 375th anniversary. To come: retail with LE CHÂTEAU's Herschel Segal and Frank And [...]

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Ste-Catherine St.: more than a shopping artery

This is the second in a series of essays on the history of Montreal fashion. Mandated by the Festival Mode & Design, with support from the city of Montreal, the essays accompany a video series that is in its final stages and seeking a broadcast partner. There are six capsules: today, here is a look [...]

Fashion festival kicks off: big shows celebrate Montreal 375 and Canada 150

Olivier Theyskens burst on to the fashion scene around the time I started covering it – in 1998. He was moody and dark, romantic and feminine, and I quickly became a fan. A true talent, he was hired to design the Rochas line, Nina Ricci and then Theory, which put me over the moon as [...]

Shopping Toronto: a picture diary. Captivating shoes, department store blur, plus salami

It's a big blur: four days in Toronto shopping from Yorkdale and Yorkville to the Eaton Centre and Ossington St. Saks, The Bay, The Room at The Bay, Nordstrom times two (at Eaton Centre and Yorkdale), Uniqlo, etc. What stood out: mainly the shoes. Darling Miu Miu Maryjanes at Nordstrom, Erdem at The Bay, Dries Van Noten [...]