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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 [...]

Éditions de robes opens shop in Museum Quarter, stocks red collection by the Joncas twins

Welcome Editions de robes, second edition. The Mile End dress shop, known for its dedication to the allure of the dress and for nurturing fresh design talent, has opened a branch on Crescent St., in the heart of the Golden Square Mile. Julie Pesant and partner Michel Lepage are carrying the award-winning collection of Frédéric and Mathieu [...]

Duyorama: having fun with the Vetements phenom

It started as a joke, says Duy Nguyen, the couturier with the lavish label DUY. Now he’s opened a popup shop with his Duyoorrr  line of sweats and street wear, in concert with a few other Montreal labels. “You have Valentina on St-Hubert St., you have Prado, and why not Duyoorrr?’’ he said on opening day [...]

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Fashion Preview: Mark Antoine emerges, as does a dystopian view

The buzz about Mark Antoine has been building since his student days at UQAM  just two years ago. This week, fans packed the closing show of the seventh edition of Fashion Preview for a rousing finale to the week. Bursts of orange from burnt to bright and neon green stood out, as did touches of glitter (sleeves [...]

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: [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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

A bijou of a hotel: Birks to become boutique hotel, store to stay

Big news for Montreal: Maison Birks, the jewelry store founded in 1879, which has pride of place on the corner of Ste-Catherine and Phillips Square, will be transformed into a boutique hotel. Construction of the Hotel Birks is slated to start in spring 2017, with opening in spring of 2018. The transformation of the building, [...]

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