Festival mode & design

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 [...]

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 – [...]

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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

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

When Stephen Jones came to town

So Stephen Jones, charming and gracious at his opening conference at the Festival Mode & Design, opened with a story about his connection to Montreal, which dates back to 1984 and his welcome to the city by Iona Monahan, the legendary Montreal Gazette fashion editor (and my predecessor, whose brown Robert Clergerie shoes I was [...]

By | August 20th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on When Stephen Jones came to town