Fashion

Mark your calendars for Fashion Preview #7: Leinad Beaudet, Helmer are headliners

Fashion Preview, Montreal’s semi-annual showcase of fashion and accessory design, is two weeks away, and Daniel Beaudet will once again be one of the ones to watch with his Leinad Beaudet collection, titled Outremont, ma chère. Always poetic and evocative, Beaudet’s words match the mood of his fashion. From the invitation to the upcoming show: [...]

By | March 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mark your calendars for Fashion Preview #7: Leinad Beaudet, Helmer are headliners

Suitsupply lands in Montreal, part of retail changeover on de la Montagne

Prepare to be awed by the latest addition to Montreal's Golden Square Mile retail renaissance on de la Montagne. And ladies, prepare to be jealous. Suitsupply, the Dutch menswear company, has landed on the block of stately Victorian mansions between de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Sherbrooke St. W. The store is breathtakingly modern and spectacular, 4,000 [...]

By | March 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Suitsupply lands in Montreal, part of retail changeover on de la Montagne

The BT Montreal interview – in writing

I never go into an interview unprepared. If you caught my segment with Joanne Vrakas  on Breakfast Television Montreal – or missed it – here are my "notes" going into the interview, part of the BT Montreal influencer series. I must say I was flattered and honoured to be part of the series. Anyhow, as [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The BT Montreal interview – in writing

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

Retail report: we’re shopping, not dropping

Surprise, surprise: Canadian fashion retailing is healthy. So says Randy Harris, president of Trendex North America. From Ohio, based in Florida, and specializing in Canadian, Mexican retail and e-commerce apparel markets, Harris shared his Canadian apparel insights at a recent meeting of Vêtement Québec – his 13th time as a guest of the industry association. [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Retail report: we’re shopping, not dropping

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

Fashion Preview wrap: bright spots but slow going

In the runup to Fashion Preview, a three-day showcase of Montreal labels, I asked: Is this the new fashion week? Well, it is trying hard, but there was not enough exciting content for a three-day event. First, on the negative side, everything was slow, excruciatingly so. When Fashion Preview launched six seasons ago, it was [...]

By | October 29th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fashion Preview wrap: bright spots but slow going

Fashion Preview: the new Montreal fashion week?

For Emanuela Lolli, Fashion Preview is a labour of love. Lolli, who is Italian, has a background as an accessories designer and, by chance, found her passion in promoting the Montreal scene after she arrived here nine years ago. As designers and organizers get ready for the sixth edition of the Montreal fashion showcase, running for [...]

By | October 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fashion Preview: the new Montreal fashion week?

Ogilvy’s at 150: In transition and celebrating being part of the canvas of Montreal

It is quite the milestone: Ogilvy, the stately department store, turns 150 years old this year. To celebrate the anniversary, the Montreal institution is continuing its philanthropic path, now supporting with the Montreal Children’s Hospital with fashion shows, shopping events and more. More includes having commissioned about 15 designs from the likes of Stuart Weitzman, [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Ogilvy’s at 150: In transition and celebrating being part of the canvas of Montreal