Thursday through Sunday, shop Mount-Royal avenue's side-walk sale from 4 pm to 8 pm Thursday, from 3 pm to 8 pm Friday, 10 am to 8 pm Saturday & 10 am to 5 pm Sunday and enjoy some outdoor entertainment.
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Your 2018 Montreal Fashion & Design Festival Guide
Montreal's Fashion & Design Festival is back this year for another edition with some pretty cool new concepts and micro events. Here's a round up of our coup de coeur events taking place this week in the city. We broke down the fashion talks and fashion shows by day and we grouped the other multi date and activities such as networking, music, fashion movies and food in a different section.
MONDAY AUGUST 20thFMD TalksBusiness Lunch - Women in Business | 12 pm | Wilder Building, 1435 de Bleury Street
This women in business talk will bring together Elisabeth Rioux CEO of Hoaka Swimwear, Sofia Sokoloff CEO of Sokoloff Lingerie and Andreanne Marquis CEO of Womance and will be moderated by Debbie Zakaib CEO of mmode.
TUESDAY AUGUST 21stFMD TalksBusiness Lunch - Luxury's Place in Montreal | 12 pm | Wilder Building, 1435 de Bleury Street
Learn from the host Jacques Nantel, professor emeritus of the marketing department at HEC Montreal and luxury figures in Montreal such as Christophe Bedos, CEO of Birks, Marie Saint Pierre, designer and CEO of Maison Marie Saint Pierre, and Michel-Andre St-Jean director of digital marketing at SAQ and Marie-Claude Lortie journalist at La Presse.
Montreral a Fashionable History | 4 pm | Wilder Building, 1435 de Bleury Street
Learn more about Montreal's fashion history since the beginning of the industrialisation with Eva Friede, former fashion editor at the Gazette and her guest of honor Herschel Segal, founder of Le Chateau, also the first in Canada to sell low rise pants, one of the instigators of John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s bed-in and their velvet outfits.
Caroline Issa, Communicating Fashion | 5:30 pm | Wilder Building, 1435 de Bleury Street
Caroline Issa chief executive and fashion director of TANK Magazine and editor of Because online magazine will talk about communications and marketing in the fashion world. After graduating the prestigious Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, she started her career as a strategic management consultant in San Francisco for clients such as Nordstrom and, Dr. Pepper/7Up. She then moved to Singapore and London where she worked with Standard Chartered bank and Boots. She was twice named on Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List, on The Business Of Fashion’s Most Influential list and has created 8 collections for Nordstrom among many other things.
Roundtable: Diversity in Fashion and Advertising | 8:30 pm | Wilder Building, 1435 de Bleury Street (Free by reservation)
Join this important conversation about diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry with Chris Bergeron Content Experience VP at Cossette, Julie Artacho photographer, Sage Paul fashion designer and artist and moderated by TPL's Josiane Stratis.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22ndFashion ShowsReluxe | 6:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Fashion show featuring preloved luxury rocked by Montreal business and public figures on the runway. The featured pieces will then be shoppable the following day at the Magasin du Chainon, at 4375 Saint-Laurent during a VIP viewing, followed by a cocktail reception and auction benefiting Le Chaînon foundation at the TD Galerie Lounge. Tickets for the VIP soirée can be purchased here.
Yung_Alexander | 7:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Emerging Toronto fashion label by Alexander Kershaw playing with forms and garments smashing the standards of gender as we know it.
No/Shelter by Marie-Eve Aubry | 7 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Local outerwear designer balancing nature and the city.
Eve Gravel | 8 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Local womenswear designer making timeless and versatile designs with original details and casual vibes.
Mode & Design Editorial: Mode Mobile | 8:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
FMD's model squad will parade from dowtown to Quartier des Spectacles to present Montreal's best of fashion.
THURSDAY AUGUST 23rdFashion ShowsEthical Fashion From Here And Abroad By Ethik Eco-Design Hub | 6:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Local NGO presenting local and international designers and brands supporting eco ethical and zero waste values.
Autre Riche Genderless FW2018/19 | 7:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Local genderless street brand aiming to break standards.
Incluses by Les Jumelles de la Mode | 8 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
TPL's Josiane Stratis in collaboration with the National Bank's realize your dreams project is presenting a fashion show from her favorite designers in a diverse extended range of sizes. There will also be a pop up store making the fashion show items available for shopping in the pop up village.
Giving Life by Sage Paul| 8:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
"Cheeky exorcism of sickness possessed by loss, failed systems and a lust for trust. Mint green, gauze, cranberry red silk, crimson bugle beads, rawhide. The tailored colours, fabrics and materials used by Sage Paul are designed to challenge western hospitals and healthcare."
Robert Atelier | 9 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Expect a harmonious balance between fluidity and flexibility, modernity and timelessness with a touch of femininity.
La Vie en Rose | 9:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Winter Wonderland fashion show presenting the winter 2018 collection by the biggest lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear brand in the country.
FRIDAY AUGUST 24thFMD TalksPop Couture | Fashion After Cristobal Balenciaga | 5 pm | Musée McCord, 690 Sherbrooke Street East
In synergy with the Balenciaga, Master of Couture exposition at the McCord museum, Luca Marchetti will discuss the late 60's transformations in the fashion world. The talk will be followed by William Klein’s film Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? about this disruption in the history of fashion.
Fashion ShowsRelève Mode a Project by Fusion Jeunesse| 6:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Fashion Show featuring designs of talented high school students from the following schools: Honoré-Mercier, Calixa-Lavallée, Louis-Joseph-Papineau, Saint-Henri and Jacques-Rousseau.
Complexe Desjardins | 7 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Discover Complexe Desjardins' boutiques' fashion during their Pause Mode fashion show.
Arti Gogna | 7:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Plunge into local designer Arti's expression of human growth using nature in her evening wear collection.
Kata Fashion Co | 8:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Oversized and anti-conformist statement graphics inspired by Montreal’s youth and culture.
Wonderbra | 9 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Preview Wonderbra's Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 collections AND the first-EVER European micro-collection, exclusively available on their online boutique.
Collage by Lasalle College | 9:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Discover and encourage the next generation of local emerging designers from Lasalle College.
SATURDAY AUGUST 25th#MODECMV École de Mode du Cégép Marie-Victorin | 6:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Discover and encourage the next generation of local emerging designers from École de Mode du Cégép Marie-Victorin.
Beurd, Fun Streetwear, Proudly Made in Montreal | 7 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Local brand making casual sophisticated funky streetwear.
Alton Gray | 7:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Discover the curent fashions of this Carrefour Laval retail destination.
Guillaum Chaigne.Underestimated 18 | 8 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Local little-Italy designer using eco-friendly and Montreal woven materials to create simple and minimalist designs.
Bonvilain Canvas | 8:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Artistic streetwear using apparel as a canvas for painted art.
Vincent d'Amérique | 9 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Local Quebec brand using a personalized cut showcasing four major themes this fall: Beatnik Bohemian, Poetic Depth, Velvet Opulence and Cyborg.
Urban Gentleman Presented by Ton Barbier | 9:30 pm | Quartier des Spectacles
Ton Barbier is celebrating the 5 years of existence of its blog with a very masculine fashion show.
OTHERS + MULTIPLE DATESThe Gospel According To Andre | Tuesday Through Sunday | 2:45 pm & 7 pm | Cinema du Parc | Plunge into Andre Leon Talley's journey and experiences to becoming one of the most influential people in the international fashion scene.
Food Trucks | Wednesday | 12 pm | | Quartier des Spectacles | Discover Montreal's finest food trucks like L'Gros Luxe, Bleu Homard & Loop.
Karaoke 90's Presented by Centre Phi | Wednesday | 9 pm | Quartier des Spectacles | Reivent Karaoke with Tranna Wintour and Thomas Leblanc, Montreal comedians and podcast creators (Chosen Family podcast).
McQueen | Wednesday & Thursday | 4:45 pm & 9 pm | Cinema du Parc | Plunge into Alexander McQueen's fascinating life and his journey to becoming a fashion legend.
Master Bougaricci Agressivement Confortable | Thursday | 7 pm | | Quartier des Spectacles | Live multimedia aggressively artistic sewing performance by the sewing master.
Les Metiers de la Mode | Friday | 8 pm | Quartier des Spectacles | Network with industry players and possibly open your horizons for your next job in fashion. Company representatives from Ssense, Groupe Dynamite, La Vie en Rose, Heels and Brains and la Grappe Métropolitaine de la Mode Mmode will be present.
Pop Up Shops Presented by Cominar | Wednesday through Saturday | 12 pm to 11 pm | Quartier des Spectacles | More than 30 shops featuring a variety of local designers to explore and shop in. See complete list here.
Yoga Lunch Presented by Lole | Wednesday through Saturday | 12 pm | Quartier des Spectacles | Unwind during your lunch break with a yoga break.
Placottoirs | Wednesday through Saturday | 12 pm | Quartier des Spectacles | Take a break and meet some new fashion curious friends in the chit chat zone.
Apero Musical by Rouge FM & Virgin Radio | Wednesday through Saturday | 6 pm | Quartier des Spectacles | Get some earspiration and sharpen your dance moves with your radio hosts.
Live Art Programming by Soir | All Times | Quartier des Spectacles | Enjoy the visual arts by The PESTACLE division of SOiR in partnership with emerging Mtl cultural artists.
Find the complete FMD18 program here and find other fashion and shopping events happening this week here.
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From Friday through Sunday, shop Collab à 3's local fashion by 3 local designers (Stephanie Davis Designs, Twiss & Weber, Rowe's Fashion) at Espace Pop (5587 Parc) from 3 pm to 9 pm Friday, 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm Sunday.
From Friday through Saturday, shop June Montreal's vintage summer sale from 12 pm to 8 pm Friday and 11 am to 2 pm Saturday.
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Saturday through Sunday get your vegan shopping fix during the Vegan Pop-Up shop at Station F-MR's outdoor metro wagons' set-up from 11 am to 11 pm.
Shop Flohmarkt Pop-Ups' Vintage Pop-Up sale grouping 50's through 00's fashion finds from noon to 8 pm at 115 Prince-Arthur East.
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Celebrate African fashion during Afro Fashion Expo with Miss Kabi from 12 pm to 8 pm at 5723 Park Ave.
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Exchange clothes you no longer wear during RV Shwap with Shwap Club (4000 Saint-Ambroise, suite 471) from 1 pm to 3 pm.
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Find the next unique IT piece of your wardrobe during Flohmarkt Pop-Ups' vintage clothing sale at 4123 Rue St-Denis from 10 am to 5 pm and revisit the 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 00s.
Get your Mile-End cool hypstery vintage touch with Citizen Vintage's monthly studio sale at 5333 Casgrain ave. Studio #712 from 1 pm to 5 pm.
FASHION SHOWS, CONFERENCES & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
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Recharge your pattern and color inspiration tank during Montreal's African Fashion Week from 6 pm to 2 am at Le Livart (3980 St-Denis). You'll be in for African and Caribbean fashion, trade shows and networking. You can also check out there official website here.
Open your fashion horizons with the intercultural fashion show at Jardins Gamelin (1500 Berri) from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. In case of rain, the show will start at 2:30 pm at theMorocan cultural center Dar Al maghrib. This event is presented by Carrefour de ressources en interculturel in collaboration with Quartier des spectacles in partnership with ALPA, Centre Afrika, Maison des familles du Centre-Sud, Afghan Women's Centre of Montreal, le Centre culturel de la mosquée Tawuba, le Centre communautaire de Loisirs Sainte-Catherine d'Alexandrie et les Femmes En Action, Le Service à la famille chinoise du Grand Montréal, le Centre Culturel Marocain Dar Al maghrib à Montréal, McGill University et Femmes du Monde à Côte-des-Neiges, Y des femmes de Montréal et Fringues boutique-friperie, Naïade MTL & The Models' Coach -Nel.
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Shop local designer Dinh Ba's pieces during its side-walk sale from 11 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Friday at the corner of Saint-Catherine and Amherst.
Shop some of Mylène B's samples, overstock and unique pieces during their biannual sale from 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday, 10 am to 6 pm Wednesday and from 11 am to 7 pm Thursday at 5259 St-Laurent.
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Shop one of Fashion Preview's runway star designers Markantoine samples (and throw it back to fashion week) during their eventful sale from 5 pm to 9 pm at 1889 Amherst. You'll also be able to shop other local designers such as Charlie Paille, Pretend Play, Frikal Patrick, Alexandre Bergeron, Laugh by Lafaille. Oh and we're loving the event promo photo!
Get your foot scanned and discover Scarzza's made to measure handcrafted men shoes as well as their first women collection during their Evening of Flair & Luxury at Bar George (Le Mount Stephen,1440, Drummond) from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Get your Cokluch on during the brand's studio sale with up to 80% off online and in-store (410A Villeray). Pieces in-store may vary from the online boutique. The sale starts Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 7 pm and through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.
Shop some funky vintage pieces during C Pop's 2nd edition Pop Up Vintage Shop at 6524 St Hubert St from from 10 am to 6 pm from Thursday to Sunday.
Want to meet some hand made piece local designers? Stop by Pop-Up: L'Art du Fait Main hosted by Diametris and featuring Dominique Ouzilleau (recycled furs), Diametris (watches and bracelets) and Philippe Urban (milliner) from 11 am to 8 pm Thursday and Friday and from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.
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Join the Ste-Catherine street celebrations downtown as boutiques, musicians, street artists and acrobats take over from Friday noon through Sunday 7 pm. This yearly event, usually promises good sales and entertainment.
Will you accept ELMNT Studio's sweat challenge followed by some active wear shopping with Lorna Jane's pop up from 9 am to 1 pm at 6000 Monkland Ave.
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Discover one of the coolest local African designers Zympala, who skillfuly mixes occidental to African fashion, through a fashion show at Hotel Omni (1050 Sherbrooke West) from 11 am to 2 pm.
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Recently, we experienced Startup Fashion Week from the kickoff launch party Wednesday at Santos to the Business of Fashion Conference and fashion networking event at Halt Hotel and the fashion show at the Crowley Arts Center.
Emy Armor introduced us to a whole new world of statement accessories and showed us how to make some basics like a little black dress edgy. The designer Bianca Cordileone creates body harnesses, bracelets and fur like accessories as well as other statement necklaces that elevate and give that punch of empowerment to any style.
Hatchi design had very edgy young professional vibes stamped all over the collection and that just left me looking forward for more! Sheerness, bold statements on tshirts (literally), satin highlights, fitted cotton mixed with pencil skirts and midi skirts. Wait where is Meghan Markle Rachel, she need to wear Hatchi for one last date night with Michael! Extra bonus points, the collection is sustainably made and defines its core style as sleek minimalist for comfortable chic pieces. The name comes from the Japanese language and means "8" which is a lucky number for wealth and prosperity.
Malika Rajani presented a next level cool biker collection. The level of edginess, rebel vibes mixed with some classic pieces made me want to jump on a motorcycle with one of the leather biker coats and accelerate my way to conquering the world. Operating with values of social contentiousness, Malika graduated in fashion design from Parsons School of Design in New York, has interned for powerhouses such as Khan Lucas, Ralph Lauren, Red Cat Group and John Varvatos and her work was showcased at Lord & Taylor’s 2008 line debut.
Colors of the sky (COTS) designs custom made swimwear for women that are incredibly adjusted, comfortable and original with colors and strategically placed cuts to highlight women's silhouettes.
Beverly designed the most entertaining pieces of the night with futuristic looks incorporating plastic and different other materials.
F. Capuano inspired us some laid back romantic looks with floral, body hugging dresses and maxis. The 20 year old designer, Fanny Capuano, designs clothes since she was a child. To her "Every piece of clothing, as simple as it is, must be an absolute coup de coeur. Since it represents our personality, we choose it for what it makes resonnate with us, so that it WOWs us every time."
BKANNE showed a very feminine collection with elegant delicate subtle details in a zest of modern cuts. They also operate within social responsibility and ethical values
Ageselao gave us a testosterone filled runway. Once we cooled down from the hotness of the models fashion, we were totally digging the details and asymetry of the athleisure like collection and, to be honest, I was kind of debating whether I could wear this menswer brand or not, because it seems to be the perfect go to for those frisky days when you want to dress down, but still look cute. Oh and they only use ethical materials in the process of creating their ancient cultures meet modern society styles.
Jillian Joy had some gorgeous original bridal gowns with some of which had incorporated lace, high end fishnet like material and literal capes. Jillian Joy, the designer, hand crafts made to measure one of a kind bridal and evening gowns.
Monkland Village Design served us some fitted winter coats with stand-up collars and alpaca fiber insulation. They work within a framework of values such as cruelty free manufacturing, the use of sustainable natural materials and the collaboration with local professionals.
Booth PresentersTap2Tag Connect is a wearable that lets you connect your medical data, social media or business details with others through a bracelet.
Seam lets you share your location in real time with your loved ones and send them a danger alert with a click on the fashionable round wearable. It's meant to democratize safety.
** Read a recap of Montreal Startup Fashion Week's Business Of Fashion Conference here.
Shop during Miljours Studio's sale at Ateliers Capitol (5795 avenue de Gaspé,202-C) from 5 pm to 9:30 pm and enjoy some discounts and watch the movie River Blue with your wine and popcorn (byob, byopc).
Exchange the clothes you no longer wear for some new treasures during RV Shwap from 6 pm to 9 pm at Shwap Club (4000 Saint-Ambroise, suite 471). Basically, give one piece and get another in exchange.
FASHION SHOWS, CONFERENCES & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
Discover emerging designers and fashion startups during Startup Fashion Week's runway show at the Crowley Arts Center (5325 Avenue Crowley) from 6:30 pm to 11 pm.
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Station Service, which allows you to rent locally made work and everyday attire, is having a boutique launch party Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm at 72 Rachel E. You'll also find some accessories, lingerie, shoes, swimwear, cosmetics and a zero waste section.
If you're looking to add some refined jewelry with a little extra oomph, check out Kyvengy during the brand's launch party from 5 pm to 8 pm at Cabinet Éphémère (2305 Chemin Rockland).
Dress your little ones during Cokluch Mini's studio sale at 410 Villeray from 10 am to 6 pm Thursday and Friday and from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday.
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If you are pregnant or expecting, you might want to check out Belle & Belly's launch party and discover this new Montreal concept that lets you rent trendy pregnancy clothes. The launch party is happening from 5 pm to 8 pm at 5587 Parc Avenue.
Tshirt and street wear lovers, stop by Carl Carmoni's pop up shop at the C'est Beau boutique (1556 Mount-Royal E) from 6 pm to 9 pm.
FASHION SHOWS, CONFERENCES & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
Friday June 8th through Saturday June 9th: Two of the hottest Montreal designers (who happen to have neighbor studios) are opening their doors for a flash atelier sale! Valérie Dumaine & Marigold by Marilyne Baril invite you from 12 pm to 7 pm Friday & from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday to 7080 Rue Alexandra for some exclsuive shopping of their current and previous collections as well as some samples all available at discounted prices.
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Saturday June 9th: Find your next spring/summer 2018 cool piece at June Montreal Vintage's studio sale at 3897, Bannantyne #210 from 11 am to 3 pm.
Saturday June 9th: For the Grand Prix weekend, Maison Pepin opens its inner courtyard for an old fashion carwash served with refreshments at 378 Saint-Paul West from 11 am to 7 pm.
FASHION SHOWS, CONFERENCES & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
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Wednesday June 6th: Attend Dress To Kill Magazine's 10th anniversary party at Bar George (inside Le Mount Stephen, 1440 Drummond) from 10 pm to 1 am.
Wednesday June 6th: Join Mastered's Spring Fashion Creatives Meetup with other fashion image creatives and collaborators for an interactive networking event hosted by Liana Carbone Photography & HAVEN Creative Space at their Mile Ex studio (7080 Alexandra # 505) from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. This event is BYOW and asks of its participants to bring a 8.5 x 11 fashion image. MASTERED is a global 10-month fashion accelerator - that blends online and in-person learning, with feedback, coaching and opportunities.
Saturday June 2nd: Alice Kass, the lingerie extraordinaire designer with the very artistic campaigns which recently circulated through social media will pop kick off their summer lingerie collection at Chez Ann from 11 am to 2 pm (988 ottawa street).
Saturday June 2nd: Le coffret de Rachel invites you to their spring pop up shop for an exclusive look at their new legging and shorts collection with some exclusive discounts from 10 am to 4 pm at 709-5333 Casgrain avenue.
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Tuesday May 22nd: Join Elle Quebec's May edition of Elle Inspire featuring Joanie Rochette and Catherine Raiche for an inspirational panel followed by some networking and Elle's cool heavy gift bag at Loews Hotel Vogue (1425 de la Montagne) from 5 pm to 8:30 pm.
Wednesday May 23rd: Attend Editorial Magazine's 18th issue party at SSENSE (418 St-Sulpice) from 7 pm to 11 pm. Editorial Magazine is a publication of up and coming art and fashion based in Montreal. There will be music by DJs ts ellise & goth shakira, with visual displays by artist Cole Kush.
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Thursday May 17th: Discover Les Collections Mademoiselle Earth, the feminine clothing brand that flirts with retro influences, during an evening of looks unveiling at the Mademoiselle Earth Appartment (1116 Laurier West) from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Thursday May 17th & Friday May 18th: Get the first looks at Rose Buddha's new yoga clothing collection and enjoy some special discounts during their studio sale at 5376-a Park Avenue from 11 am to 7 pm.
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Saturday May 19th: Stop by Pionnier Retro, a small boutique selling retro chic & kitsch clothing and furniture for their VIP sale from 5 pm to 8 pm at 3731 Notre-Dame West.
Saturday May 19th: Poche & Fils, the funky pocket brand you can add to any t shirt or shirt, is having a pop up sale at 2049 Parthenais from 10 am to 5 pm. Check out their funky pockets, enjoy some discounts, games and networking and learn more about their inspiring entrepreneurial adventure and involvements in the fashion and startup ecosystem.
Saturday May 19th: Vintage shop at Bazar Vintage Montreal at 1871 Boulevard Rosemont from 9 am to 4:30 pm. You'll find clothes, furniture, toys, deco stuff and much more.
FASHION SHOWS, CONFERENCES & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
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Thursday May 17th: Discover Constanza Piña's research about Khipus, node weaving system from the Inca empire, using the binary language to store information. The event will be hoted at Perte de Signal (5445 avenue De Gaspe) from 6 pm to 10 pm. Constanza's work is mainly focused on experimenting with electronic media, open-source technologies and DIWO practices. This project was originally developped for Mexico's National Center of Culture and Arts.
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Saturday May 19th: Dive into alternative Japanese fashion with Montreal's Harajuku Walk 2018 organized by Montreal Harajuku Walk at La Fontaine Park from 12 pm to 3 pm. You can even participate to the walk and rock some Japanese styles like gothic, visual kei, lolita, fairy kei, mahou kei, cult-party kei, larme, gyaru, mori, otome, shironuri, decora, etc.
Saturday May 19th: Audition for Montreal Startup Fashion Week during their Model casting at Le 402 (8815 Park Avenue, #402) from 12 pm to 3 pm.
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Tuesday May 8th: Join Lola Jeans'fitting party to help the brand perfect their fit! Talk about listening to their customers, body positivity and representative sizing!! The party will be happening at their offices at 9855 Meilleur from 6 pm to 7 pm. They'll be supplying wine, cheese and even a free pair of jeans!!
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Wednesday May 9th: If you're into networking, glam and luxury, join Let's Bond's shopping spree at Holt Renfrew supporting the Douglas and Jeune en Tete Foundations. Happening from 6 pm to 9 pm, the experience will be complemented with a DJ, some drinks and small bites.
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Thursday May 10th: Towards the end of the week, you'll hear the call of Mile-End, on the other side of the call, Bodybag by Jude, inviting you to their atelier sale from 5 pm through Sunday 5 pm. As customay, for atelier sales, you'll find some samples of the coming collection, previous collections and some discounted minorly damaged items.
Thursday May 10th: Thursdays are great for atelier sales in Montreal! Eve Lavoie is inviting you to shop their spring-summer collection, previous collections, samples and some items presenting small defects, all at discounted prices. There will also be some drinks and small bites.
Thursday May 10th: Montreal-based brands Camille Côté & Esser Montreal will be launching their respective collections at Espace POP (5587 Avenue du Parc) from 5 pm to 9 pm. Camille Cote promises simple and minimalist esthetic that fits everyone & Esser Mtl's first summer collection will be all about offering a refreshing and unpretentious vision. We totally see the synergy here!
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Friday May 11th: Plunge into Puce Pop's fair and discover their more than 100 designers, artisans, and artists at Eglise Saint-Denis (5075 rue Rivard) from 3 pm to Sunday 5 pm. Here's a partial list of their vendor list (happy discovery!) :)
LISTE DES ARTISANS / VENDOR LIST:
► ACCESSORIES :
Julie Carmichael textiles
Les Épingles Oubliées
Lulu B. *nouveau/new!
Potato Paddles *nouveau/new!
Tokyo Bag + Tokyo Kimono
► JEWELRY :
Bilak Jewelry *nouveau/new!
Claudine Moncion Joaillière
Garnotte de luxe
Geeklightful-Bijoux de pâte fimo *nouveau/new!
Kris Warren Mtl *nouveau/new!
► BODYCARE :
7 Deadly Soaps *nouveau/new!
Be-U Cosmétiques *nouveau/new!
Caprice & Co *nouveau/new!
Gars D'Bois *nouveau/new!
Kloris Soins Terrestres
► CLOTHING :
Coline & Bobettes *nouveau/new!
Janine sérigraphie *nouveau/new!
Only FIVE Reasons *nouveau/new!
The Sunners *nouveau/new!
Saturday May 5th: Ovate, ARC Jewelry, YYY & Lvena perfume are having a studio sale of handmade clothing, jewelry, perfumes and ceramics along with some vintage pieces to shop from 12 pm to 6 pm at 6545 avenue Durocher suite 301.
Friday April 27th through Sunday April 29th: Lamarque is having a sample sale with up to 80% off on leather jackets, down puffers, knits, clothing, etc. at 9150 Meilleur, Suite 405 from 10 am to 7 pm, 10 am to 5 pm, 12 pm to 5 pm respectively.
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Saturday April 28th & Sunday April 29th: C Pop is having a vintage pop up shop from 9 am to 6 pm at 52 de Bellechasse street. C Pop promises a variety of sizes and aims to dress women and men.
Style: Very funky, fashion forward and over the top runway. Let's put it all out there kind of vibe (which I LOVE!)
Where to wear it: Fashion week worthy pieces, a fashion forward party or you can even borrow some pieces to create an original Halloween costume.
We love: The goldmine of creativity that shines through all the different textures, fabrics, materials, colours.
Style: If we mixed classic style with harlequin influences and goth notes, Brit Wacher's FW17 collection would be the end result. It's a very Harley Quinn goes to the office or Harley Quinn shows a little less skin kind of style.
Where to wear it: You can definitely mix some statement pieces from the collection with more sober pieces and hop on your day to work or to a party. You may also rock one of the flirty Harleyish dresses for a date or your Friday night.
We love: The Harley inspiration (sorry can't get over it!), the destructured cuts, the incorporated accessories and the unusual colors (unusual for a runway).
Style: Ledback chic, Afternoon at the marina, effortless chic
Where to wear it: Work, Sunday brunch, a walk at the Old Port and pretty much throughout your lifestyle.
We love: The effortless chicness, the comfort, the apparent purity and quality of the fabrics, the stylish coats and the lovely maxi winter dresses signé Naïké.
Style: Chic extravangant, think Sex & The City and how Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte used to wear the latest collections and could literally jump onto a couture runway and fit in with the originality, sumptuousness and statement of their outfits.
Where to wear it: When I think Helmer, I think party, refined cocktail party. However, you can always borrow a statement piece for a little extra oomph to your office look.
We love: When you wear Helmer, you literally wear art and that's a guaranteed show stopper!
Shop: 2020 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2T2, Canada
MUSE by Christian Chenail
Style: Office chic with a twist of modern à la Jessica in the tv series Suits.
Where to wear it: This collection has office attire written all over it and who doesn't want to look like Jessica?! Networking events, chic formal cocktail parties and girl tea parties are also an option.
We love: The blazers have a certain je ne sais quoi, that rebel biker, yet feminine touch and it's got my seal of approval!
Shop: 4467 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2L2
Style: Mature pinup, Sunday at the church.
Where to wear it: This collection can be office friendly if paired with a blazer or cardigan. The chic stamp on it gives it a more evening vibe.
We love: The flowy culottes and the apparent comfort.
Shop: https://www.leinadbeaudet.com/ (online shop coming soon)
Style: Endrogynous, minimalist, edgy classic.
Where to wear it: You can wear this designer pretty much anywhere in your day to day life. It basically embraces your lifestyle. That includes work, a more led back activity or a dressier happy hour with your friends.
We love: The edginess of the random fabric cuts and asymetry. I am literally dying for the dresses, blazers and rompers!
Style: Edgy oversized street wear. This collection has some punk references.
Where to wear it: To your laidback activities or friendly gatherings. Some pieces can be transposed into a chicer or more formal outfit for the more adventures.
We love: The asymmetry and translucidness of some pieces. We also love how every collection is full of surprises and plunges us in a new culture.
Shop: http://www.v-franz.com/shop (coming soon)
Style: Romantic glam, glittery, satin, velvet, fringes.
Where to wear it: The key word here is chic glam, so any cocktail, chic party and even your glorious days at work can use a touch of glam (hey some people dress everyday as if it were their birthday!).
We love: The velvet game of this collection and the tapestry inspired vests and blazers are to die for!
Coquette en soie
Style: Classic romantic or fifty shades of silk textures (silk is one of the most fascinating fabrics to me as it comes in different textures and appearances).
Where to wear it: Work and date friendly. Happy hour with your friends also works.
We love: The subtle shine of silk and its romantic touch!
Style: Sober classics revisited with a touch of originality in details.
Where to wear it: Work and regular activities.
We love: The volume which speaks comfort and the simplistic classic looks!
Style: Young edgy eclectic fireworks (fireworks are turned up vibes). Could this be... Could Markantoine be our Alexander McQueen? So this would be your Sex & The City style if the characters were 20 years younger TODAY.
Where to wear it: When you go out with your friends and you're on a mission to SLAY! You can also edge-up an office outfit by mix and matching with one of these pieces.
We love: The fabric/color mix and variety! The statement behind each piece of clothing might leave you speachless (in a good way, promise!).
École supérieure de mode
Style: Chic neutral original looks in the form of asymmetrical draped designs. Some femme fatale matrix style designs also slipped onto the runway.
Where to wear it: Business in the front, party in the details gives the students' collection that work and after work activities with your friends.
We love: The originality and level of professional attire students came up with.
Style: Spiritual meets led back active vibes kind of style. Chic points added by fur coats and pureness of materials and neutral colors like white.
Where to wear it: cozy weekend at the chalet.
We love: The zen vibes and the overall allure of the fur coats.
Photos courtesy of Fashion Preview
Interview - Beauty Board Hub's One Swipe Away Glam
1) What's Beauty Board Hub? (Types of professionals, features, etc.)Beauty Board Hub is a platform that facilitates the exchange of beauty services and goods between beauty professionals and clients. Our platform is open to hairstylists, makeup artists, nail artists and more.
2) How does it work?
It's simple to join our platform; simply search a service that you are looking for and book the nearest professional. All you have to do is sign up and set up your personal page.
A beauty professional wanting to display services and acquire clients, he/she must, describe his/her services, add prices, pictures of their best work, as well as other pertinent specification making it easy for clients to book.
3) What differentiates it from what's currently available? (Social media groups, apps, etc.)
Beauty Board Hub offers a platform that enables service providers to be mobile and customers to book hair, nails, and makeup appointments based on their schedule for free. In just a minute, you can book a service! It's the easiest and fastest platform to book and offer beauty services.
4) What are the advantages of using it?
For clients, we eliminate the hassle of waiting in line for the next availability. We understand people are busy, so we actually have enabled our service providers to be mobile and come to the customer instead, as a preference.
For the service provider, we have simplified the booking process and ensure that the payment has been rendered as soon as they are booked.
Beauty Board Hub offers competitive prices and a variety of beauty professionals to choose from. Services are displayed per City, and per Price. Beauty Board Hub is convenient, affordable, simple and secure.
5) Who can use it? Only fashion and beauty industry insiders or does it extend to regular customers?
Beauty Board Hub is for everyone, men or women. One can use it for daily purposes as well as for special occasions such as a party, wedding, gala, birthday, graduation, fashion show, photo shoot, etc.
6) What's the price point to use the platform and what are the price ranges used by the professionals?
Using or joining the platform is actually free. The prices on Beauty Board Hub are very competitive and do vary depending on the service. Anyone can book a service within their budget.
7) Where is the platform available currently?
Beauty Board Hub is a responsive cross-platform site that can be surfed easily on the web as well as on a smartphone. We serve clients all across North America (Canada and USA). We are constantly on-boarding professionals -- We have a huge presence in metropolis such as Toronto & GTA area, Montreal, Ohio, New York, Texas, Georgia, and we're looking to grow in more areas.
8) Who is behind the platform?
Aidy Oni, CEO and Major Oni, CTO. We are just passionate about creating simple solutions for people. We came up with the idea after we experienced difficulties finding a hairstylist and makeup artist while traveling. We figured, other people may be going through or may have went through such situations. And that is how Beauty Board Hub was born.
9) What are the winning practices to succeed as a freelancer or as business on the platform? And in general?
Competitive prices and clear pictures of past work do play a huge factor in being booked. Sharing your profile link on your social media platforms is another great way of being booked. Furthermore, giving a great customer service is key to acquiring and keeping customers.
10) Which service has most demand in the platform from consumers or other businesses?
Hair, makeup and nails.
11) What's next for Beauty Board Hub?
Grow in each city in North America -- we want to make sure our community is well served. We also want to be the go-to platform when people think of booking beauty services in minutes.
12) In your opinion, what will be the beauty trends of Christmas 2016? Of year 2017?
Makeup wise, the graphic eye liner is IN. It lifts the eye, and hides your fatigue very well. Highlighting and contouring is also another trend that is IN right now. What is Christmas without the color red, right? We might see different shades of red lips, red hair, red nails etc...
6) Can you tell us more about your bespoke products?
Our bespoke business is a huge part of what we do at Lajoie. We want to create heirlooms for the future for our clients, and the most meaningful valuable way to do this is through a bespoke piece. "One of one - none before it, none to come". We will sit down with the client and start sketching out ideas, taking measurements and discussing everything from colours to the way that they intend on using their piece. It is a very intimate experience that has led us to making everything from briefcases to gun straps to hijabs and everything in between.
7) Who are you targeting as customers? What's your mission?
Our mission is really to change the way people approach leather accessories. We want to challenge the way your products are designed and the way they are created. For example, our bi-fold wallets don't feature any specific pockets for change. We found that when you load up with coins, it creates a hard pocket to sit on and not only is that terrible for your back but it just doesn't look stylish. And as far as the visual aspect, we want to tell a story with the line movement and shapes of our products. Leave it up to the audience to try and offer their perspective on why it was designed that specific way - just like any other true art.
8) What did you learn as an entrepreneur and what would be your advice to other entrepreneurs?
The great part of the day-to-day thing is that the learning never ever stops. There are new challenges every day. What you need to be great at is time management and staying true to your vision no matter what. And above all, you need to work extremely hard. An open schedule needs to be looked at as an opportunity to gain ground on your competition when they get caught up sleeping in. If it's something you're interested in, and are ready mentally and financially, then do it. Just try. Make something, cook, build a website, sell a service - whatever your idea is just try it. You'll find out quickly if it's something you want to keep doing.
9) What did you learn as a brand designer about design and the fashion industry?
Subtle details are key. Whether it is in your story and how you present, or in the actual product itself. These are the things that customers will base their decision on and eventually tell their friends about later (for better or worse).
10) What would be your predictions regarding the future of handbags in general and in a bespoke perspective?
I would like to educate consumers in what they should be expecting in terms of quality vs. what they are paying for. There is definitely space to be made for beautiful products which are also made to last 100 years. Bespoke products is nothing new but it is hard to find at a reasonable price in the leather accessory market.
11) What's next for Lajoie?
Well we actually just wrapped up a week-long pop up on Newbury Street in Boston, and will be heading to the One-of-a-Kind show in Toronto starting on the 24th of November. We will be releasing two new styles and colors as well in the weeks to come as well as a full new collection next Spring.
Photo credit: Colin CuthbertRush by Claudette Floyd dared to include fall/winter tints of purple and red along with pure bright white and ruffled cuts which was pleasant for the eye. We could certainly retain elegance, color, comfort and femininity from her collection.
Duy kept it very pastel bright with two main inspirations: Modern formal meets middle age combined to some Asian inspiration on collars and cuts on blazers. The male model kind of looks like he's wearing the most stylish karate outfit and the girls look like they would be a modern version of the ladies from French Court with the bulged sleeves, the apparent nobleness of the fabrics and the accentuation of the waist.
ESG UQUAM presented a fashion show comparable to established designer shows. Attention to details, original elements, quality fabrics, trendy designs and tints, ballsy well calculated risks. I was pleasantly surprised. College Lasalle students presented a festival of white blouses with interesting details differentiating each piece. I totally wanted them all! Cegep Marie-Victorin presented a festival of colored furs paired with colored tights, which kind of reminded me of the harlequin style.
Helmer, true to his reputation, gave us a show filled with extravagant details and accessories enhanced through vibrant colors. The runway got quite cheeky as the pieces were quite short. I have been a fan of his work ever since I saw it for the first time a few years back. Helmer took the opportunity to announce he was launching a fashion design course during Fashion Preview and I cannot wait to see the new generation of designers he will train.
KQK is another one of my favorite designers who masters the art of soft layering, asymmetrical lines and superposition of different fabrics in effortless chic signature looks.
Naïké brought a breath of fresh air with its Sunday at the Marina kind of looks. Light fabrics, blue overcoats combined to Holdur Fannypacks emphasized that theme.
Leinad Beaudet brought back the midi culottes in black and white with some rich yellow and creme pink pieces. Comfort and elegance seems to be the recurring message of the brand.
Muse Par Christian Chenail kept it sober with black and white pieces through a balanced proportion of chic and weekend pieces. I really loved the see-through knit dress.
Lovan made it seem like it was possible to want to hug your clothes with their wrapping comfy soft hoodied pieces. Those pieces, in my opinion, are the closest to wearing a teddy bear, a stylish one that is.
Karma rocked the fit category with its stylish workout pieces. The designer explained how they use designer quality fabrics to create trendy pieces.
Yoga Jeans added their own twist to jeans with cute recurring embroidered flowers on jeans and jackets. I totally had a crush on the blue jean culotte. Save one for me Yoga Jeans!!
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The skin assessment entails a qualitative evaluation of skin concerns by a Healthcare Practitioner/Dermatologist and a Blend & Boost questionnaire. The healthcare professional will then determine the client's skin care demands. After the evaluation is complete, the clinic will send the results of the Blend & Boost questionnaire to a licensed dispensary (pharmacy) who will then prepare a fresh, customized blend with your own Blend & Boost code within a 48 hour period.
Blend & Boost consists of 5 dermatologist-tested advanced cream bases and combines the bases with up to 3 out of 13 active cosmetic boosters. The boosters target fine lines and wrinkles, pores, sensitivity, skin texture, dark spots, blemishes, redness, dryness, skin shine, and sun damage. And voila! You now have a customized cream made just for you by a healthcare professional. Not only does Blend & Boost target multiple skin concerns simultaneously, but it reduces the amount of time you spend on your skin care regimen. Hallelujah! This is finally the answer to my prayers!
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Grand Prix is incontestably one of the biggest events of the season in Montreal with people travelling from all over the world to watch the races and cheer for their favorite teams. The speed festival, happening from June 10th through June 12th this year, not only revives the inner child in us who secretly (or loudly) wishes to be on the circuit, because he feels like he belongs there alongside Louis Hamilton feeling the power and the adrenaline of those gorgeous race cars and the crowd's energy, but promises fabulous Formula 1 parties with beautiful people, dreamy outfits and scrumptious food and bubbles in the chicest set ups. Auberge St-Gabriel, known as the official F1 party spot offers a program to look forward to as announced at their press conference on May 24th.
Auberge St-Gabriel's owners Guy Laliberté, Garou and Marc Bolay in partnership with Flyjin and Jatoba's Nic Urli and Circo de Bakuza's Vincent Drolet, in what could compare to a Danny Ocean's party version team will present a series of F1 events, recommended by the festival's official promoter Octane, under the name ABGE. You can expect red carpet experience, local and international celebrities, renowned chefs and high end elegant everything.
Thursday June 9th's red carpet & BBQ will be hosted by Francisco Randez, Felipe St-Laurent and Cindy Simard. Cindy Wollenschlaeger, a south African chef, a Silwood Kitchen graduate just like Gordon Ramsay and former executive chef for Guy Laliberte, will be in charge of the evening's flavors taking form in a south African inspired gourmet BBQ. Rudsak, Rythme FM, Moët & Chandon, notable.ca, Jus Pur, Heineken & Romeo’s Gin will be part of the evening which will kick off at 5 pm. Tickets can be purchased here for $45.
Friday June 10th's Bagatelle brunch will also be seasoned with Cindy Wollenschlaeger's culinary savoir faire, with a south of France concept inspired by St-Barth, Dubaï, St-Tropez and Rio brunches with campari and dill salmon gravlax, citrus fennel salad among other plates. Lacoste, Veuve Clicquot Rich, Romeo’s Gin, notable.ca, Heineken, Jus Pur, M0851 and Dulcedo Management will be part of the brunch which will kick off at 12 pm. Tickets can be purchased here for $60.
Thursday June 9th through Sunday June 12th, Auberge St-Gabriel's swedish executive chef Ola Claesson will offer a special Grand Prix menu, inspired by his culinary experiences in France, London and around the world, with fish, meat and combined platters such as roasted lamb, minted chimichurri, grilled tuna, miso oysters, bourbon and maple ribs, etc. from 7 pm to 10 pm. Tickets can be purchased here for $125.
Sunday June 12th's Angel & Pilots F1 exclusive closing party where pilots come to celebrate with local and international celebs. Devon Windsor, model for Victoria's Secret, Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier and H&M will be part of the evening. In the previous editions, attendees list counted famous names such as Bono, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Dom Perignon, Air Canada, Notable.ca, Lacoste, Romeo’s Gin, Heineken, Jus Pur and LUXE Magazine will be part of the party which will kick off at 10 pm. Tickets can be purchased here for $60.
Press conference photos by Manikmati Photography
Niapsou's F/W 2016/2017 Will Bring Sun To Your Winter
The first time I laid eyes on Niapsou's work was at the Fashion & design festival a couple of years ago when Garance Doré chose him as one of the emerging designers to present his collection on the runway. We also had the pleasure of working with him last summer for our FMD young professionals inspired fashion show here. I was blown away by his originality, you know the kind that allows you to go with your gut and go above the limits of safe cuts and colors. Niapsou's creativity is the gift that keeps on giving. Each of his collections has that Niapsou stamp without being a nearly reproduction of the previous ones, he constantly reinvents his collections which follow a new inspiration directive line each time and are oh so refreshing.
On May 4th, the young designer presented his Fall/Winter 2016/2017 collection UNIFORM "yoo' n9-form " at the Musha Galusa Art Gallery. The pieces were a clever modern combination of traditional African prints, vibrant colors and classy hip hop. One word describes this collection: cool (too cool for school even). Green, red, yellow and blue were the main colors seen on the runway with some other tints such as purple and orange. The wooden accessories have not gone unnoticed as they could be called wearable art. They are the wooden equivalent of COS' fabric necklaces. Another thing to underline is the ankle long winter coats, which I believe are a new addition to the designer's line.
From the styling of the pieces, the choice of shoes, accessories and models, the music and the set up to the hair styles, the food and drinks, the event was a success with a remarkable attention to detail.
Photo Credit: Manikmati Photography
LORI.biz Fashion Show: When Local Designers Dress Women Of Influence
LORI, ladies of real influence, a networking and media platform for women, put together quite a fashion show a few days ago. On April 28th, Phi center's 4th floor was a great gathering of professional and business women, accompanied by a few men, eager to network and attend a fashion show showcasing local Montreal designers.
Imagine getting in a room full of stylish and professional women and men with a variety of food and drinks that would make you drool for days: Petit Lapin's gluten free cupcakes, Guaufrabec's waffles and chocolate fountain, Baiser velouté's fried mini donuts, squish candy and small bites circulating. Then, Daniele Henkel kick starting the evening with an inspiring speech about the importance of following your dreams and passion, followed by Camille DG taking over the stage to animate the fashion show where 12 influential and real women walked the runway making wearing local so effortless and chic.
About the designers:
The designer selection was diverse and presented different styles for the stylish woman of influence. The list included Jesse Rowes's young and sexy lace and leather dresses, Melissa Bolduc's led back casual and comfortable cuts and fabrics, Lococina's classy feminine dresses that seem easy to convert from chic to casual, Elsoa's sophisticated silk and refreshingly colorful blouses, Jennifer Glasgow's chic and boho chic dresses that strategically emphasize on feminine curves, Elama Fur's modern fur outer wear and accessories, Isabelle Deslauriers' Long jackets for active women and NISSE's original chic work and cocktail suits & outfits. Accessories were also part of the runway with Anne-Marie Chagnon, JOTI, Jade, Virginie Louve, Kristina, all of which are not your ordinary jewelry pieces due to use of different materials, techniques and designs. Holdur's Hunter boot actual version of the fanny pack. Veinage's leather and wood bags and Jeanne Lottie's classic handbags.
About the influential ladies:
Amy Assaad top 5 Quebec realtors and 2015 notable award winner, Caroline Codsi founder of La Gouvernance Au Féminin and winner of many distinction awards from organizations such as Réseau des Femmes d'Affaires du Quebec and top 100 most influential women in Canada, Catherine Feuillet France general consulate in Montreal and international business consultant, Debbie Zakaib general director of Grappe métropolitaine de la mode and president of MAC's museum ball committee, Drea Wheeler life coach and personal trainer founder of Bodylicious, Erica Diamond business & lifestyle coach and Global Tv correspondant, Grace Odumo editor of 613style named top 20 beauty blogs by Lancôme Canada, Janie Duquette author of Les 7 clés du leadership au féminin and artist manager, Louise Lapierre founder of École de danse Louise Lapierre and winner of many prizes from Montreal's chamber of Commerce and Réseau des Femmes d'Affaires du Québec, Mariella Katz digital presence specialist and founder of Frenzr, Sevrine Labelle VP strategy and public affairs at Montreal's Chamber of Commerce and member of the board at Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations and Shauna Feldman branding specialist and founder of Paisley Promotions.
Interview With FashionWoo - Vintage Luxury Shopping Made Affordable
1) Who is behind FashionWoo and how did you come up with the idea?
We are two childhood friends, Claudia and Ephigenie, who have always wanted to be entrepreneurs. We both earned our bachelor degree in business and worked a few years for a well-known enterprise.
We became moms and it was time for us to put our dream into execution and start our own business. We are determined to work as hard as we have to to succeed and provide for our families the best they deserve, including quality time!
Selling pre-owned high end accessories online is the result of endless conversations about us spoiling our kids and forgetting about ourselves, donating kids clothes online, different fashion topics, environmental issues and trading clothes and accessories between us.
And there, our idea of FashionWoo took form: selling accessories we no longer used to get a little extra cash, offer it to someone else for a fraction of the price (you know, amazing option for moms who spend most of their money on their kids), promoting reuse to help the environment and society and selling online will allow people from everywhere, even those living far from major cities, to have access to luxury items. All this, combine to our passion: fashion accessories.
2) What type of products and designers are available on FashionWoo?
We have 4 product categories: handbags (primary), wallets, watches and sunglasses.
We carry a wide selection of designers in consignment with a focus on products under 500$. You will find Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, and even some Prada and Chanel sunglasses as well as many other similar designers.
3) What's the coolest product currently available on your website according to you?
Ephigenie: Humm… that’s a hard one! I will go for the Retro Coach Borough Bag for its bold and unique colors. Everything about it is stylish and well-designed (handles, colors, compartments, shape…) and it definitely makes the kind of statement you want for the summer. What makes it even cooler is its brand new condition and its 200$ off retail price
Claudia : I would say this Rebecca Minkoff bag for its neutral color that can easily match any outfit while still being chic and outstanding. I love the shape and the design. Its front with the latch can become its back and its back becomes its front, depending on what look you want to go for.
4) What about quality, trends and warranties? (what's the return policy?)
Pretty much everything currently available on our online store is in excellent or brand new condition. When we first started building up our inventory, we weren’t sure what our clients would be looking for and we tried different approaches, from older models to less of a good condition, etc… We now focus on good condition and recent models to offer a selection of high quality accessories to our clients.
We also guarantee the authenticity of all our items. It is very important to us to ensure complete peace of mind about products authenticity to our customers when shopping with us.
We offer an easy return policy for refund within 7 days of delivery. We also make sure to photograph and mention any mark of wear an accessory may have, so that the client is fully aware of the item condition before its purchase.
5) What is the price range?
We are looking for items selling under the 500$ range. We do have a few over 500$ but our average selling price is 200$ as of right now (for an average Retail price of 400$ in store).
6) How can you offer such reasonable prices?
Our goal is to offer very competitive prices to our clients but also give a good compensation in return to consignors. We compare each product selling price with our competitors and make sure to be competitive. We give back to the consignor 65% of the sale price and that is one of the most generous consignment plans on the market. We want to be seen as an opportunity for both, sellers and buyers and we want to focus on volume! Volume, volume, volume is our vision! We launched our online store in December 2015 and we want to increase our inventory to offer a wide array of beautiful pre-owned designer accessories.
7) What differentiates FashionWoo from other luxury vintage sellers?
First, we are a Canadian based store and this is a great advantage for our customers. No custom fees, no exchange rate for Canadians, while USA customers get about 30% off as of right now with the strength of their dollar.
We also offer 4 categories of products, whereas other sellers mostly sell only handbags or only sunglasses for example.
And, as we previously said, our range of accessories are mainly focused on accessories under the 500$ range. Most online store selling pre-owned accessories go for very high end designers and don’t have much under 1000$. We can say we are very affordable and that was part of our vision and we created FashionWoo.
8) Will you add other products and designers in the future? What would be the timeline?
Since FashionWoo is still in its startup phase (we launched about 2 months ago), we want to work hard to increase our inventory and aim to have thousands of accessories to sell. That being said, we want to focus on our 4 main categories and have no plan to add other categories as of right now. Perhaps, once our inventory will have reached our desired size, we would love to add Canadian and local designers to promote them.
9) What other services do you offer? (gift certificates, etc.)
We are shortly going to launch a new section on our website promoting our other services. We will offer a “personal shopper” service, where you can ask us for a specific bag you are looking for or a particular style, and we will be in charge of finding the perfect bag for you.
We will also launch our “girlfriends party” services, where we will showcase a selection of bags during girls get together and will work in collaboration with a nail technician and makeup artist for a perfect glam night with friends!
We do also offer gift certificates.
10) How does it work when someone wants to sell with you or to you?
We accept accessories in consignment and make everything in our power to make it as simple as possible.
The person has to fill out the consignment form on our website and include pictures of the accessory. Within 2 business days, we get back to you with the price we could sell your item for and the consignment contract to be filled out online. We also include a prepaid shipping label to send us your items. So all you have to do really, is to pack it in a box and ship it out to us, for free!
If you expedite 3 or more accessories in one shipment, you will receive 25$ in store credit. Time to clean up your closet girls!
To find out more about consignment with us, please visit FashionWoo.
11) What's next for FashionWoo?
We have BIG plans for this Fall. We can’t say much about it at this time, but all we can say is that it is going to be a first in Canada in the Fashion/handbag industry! We can’t wait to tell you more about it, and we will do so as soon as all the details are settled.
12) What's the shipping delay?
Customer service is extremely important to us. That’s why we make sure that items are shipped within 1 business day of purchase. We know how excited we all get when we buy a fashion item, we just can’t wait to try it on and show it off!
13) Which fashion icon represents best FashionWoo?
We definitely have to say Lise Watier. She is such an inspiration to us. She proved that women entrepreneurs can succeed. Her word of wisdom is: “prove them wrong”, and we love it! We love everything about her story and how she started her empire from scratch. She is an icon in the cosmetic/fashion industry, but most of all, she is the perfect combination of business minded and moral values. She ran her business while raising her kids and being there for them, and that’s exactly what we want for our family. Just like her, we believe in our dream and we want to work for women, just like us.
14) What's THE accessory everyone should own to rock their style?
We believe every woman should own a trendy pair of designer sunglasses. Not only does it add a touch of “celebrityness” to your look, but designer sunglasses also provide a better UV protection. You always look stylish when you wear a great pair of shades, even if you’re wearing a comfy pair of sweat pants!
15) Which local designers, in your opinion, could compare to couture designers and why?
We really like Eve Gravel. She offers high quality clothing and her collection is the reflect of her personality and is just one of a kind. Her designs are innovative and stand up to haute couture designers. We wish she would design handbags, that would be awesome.
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LaSalle College one of Montreal’s renowned institutions and the launching pad of many fashion leaders holds its place as a seat of learning for upcoming fashion trend setters and business drivers in Canada and on the world stage. MFS recently got an opportunity to attend the industry Icon series held at LaSalle which featured none other than Azamit. Azamit is quite simply nothing short of a Montreal fashion wonder. She was kind enough to share some of her insights with us in a brief interview.
MFS: As a designer, stylist and now business woman what do you think is the future of the industry here in Montreal?
Azamit: Not that I’m hoping, but I think the old gamers, you know the companies that are established right now either are one by one going to die and the young, I don’t want to say the young, but the ones that have a new way of doing things are going to take more and more. When you look into all these big companies that are crumbling like I was saying earlier it’s because they found their formula and then they just sat there. They were making millions and they were just sitting there. Whereas there’s a whole new generation, [and people say] “oh but the Zara’s and the H&Ms [are doing fine]”. Yes because the Zara’s and the H&Ms stay fresh, they always deliver something, they make you dream and they make you want to be part of the dream! Whereas, here you are selling me an old dream, I’m not there anymore. I think there’s a whole new generation coming up with new ways of doing things. People that are more active on social media more active with their awareness. It’s not the most amazing design but [the brands] that know how to communicate.
MFS: Do you think technology will make it easier for aspiring designers to enter the market or are they coming up against a wall?
Azamit: I think both [technology and traditional ways]. When you look at eCommerce it’s barely 10% of how we shop but the experience, and by experience I don’t mean the store, it’s how you interact with people. You can shop anywhere in the world and you can click anywhere in the world so shopping is more accessible than during my generation but what makes a difference is the experience… And that’s what the companies in Montreal are lacking, they don’t know how to communicate the experience. It’s not necessarily the product.. yes the product has evolved and has more quality but the experience they get is what makes them shop more.
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MFS: On a personal note you have this story of origins where you came from Eritrea, and this is the story of Canada and Montreal how do you think the future of fashion will be influenced by new faces that are coming into the industry?
Azamit: I think people are more open-minded than when I first started, I would have never thought I would be here at Lasalle College doing a conference… I think your origins can speak a lot, I grew up here but I grew up mostly [in Eritrea]. My childhood was all back at home so there’s a lot of that in what I bring into the community. When I talk with people I can be funny but I’m not crazy you know, it’s how you interact with people also and you know people just embrace you.
MFS: Finally what can we do, we in the fashion media to help your project [Project Azamit], what message do you want us to get out there?
Azamit: [Laughs] Encourage locals! The more you encourage them, the more they are going to keep on producing beautiful stuff, cause if not, if no one is encouraging them, then they’re just going to end up being something boring! [Laughs]
Vanessa Pilon: Quebec Fashion Ambassador For Le Carnet
Le Carnet de la mode montréalaise, in collaboration with Lyd Mtl, launched on January 18th, its local designer campaign.This initiatives' objective is to familiarize people with local designers and encourage them to purchase locally. The initiative's first Quebec fashion ambassador is non other than tv host Vanessa Pilon. Vanessa stars in Vrak Attak on vrak.tv, a trendy program for younger viewers.
Every Monday, Le Carnet will share 3 looks worn by local fashion ambassadors in their favorite spots in the city of Montreal. People are encouraged to publish pictures of their favorite local spots with the hashtag #CMM16. The showcased designers will be then exhibiting at Café de la mode montréalaise the following week and then highlighted by the contest Concours de la Mode Montréalaise.
3. Burst of Montreal designers on international runways. To increase chances of this happening, dear designers, you need to add that extra oomph, that extra original cut, accessory, fabric or color. Take a page out of Denis Gagnon and Helmer's note books for inspiration.
4. More industry events. I want to see more initiatives for industry events to connect people and help naturally create great collaborations.
5. A deeper general connection with local shops and brands. I get the feeling we don't give local brands as much attention as we should be. It might be because they don't do as much advertising as bigger international brands, or they're not as exotic as the Spanish Zara or the Swedish H&M, or maybe because they are located in different areas compared to big shopping arteries. Let's explore, have fun and see what potential Montreal can offer our wardrobes. These pieces from NISSE are a good example.
TVA Publications announced it was no longer going to publish 6 of their magazines Décormag, Le Lundi, MOI&cie, Signé M, 150 plans et Animal to concentrate its efforts on its most popular magazines such as 7 jours, La Semaine, TV Hebdo, CHEZ SOI, Coup de pouce, Les idées de ma maison, Canadian Living, Elle Canada, Elle Québec, Clin d’œil, Canadian Gardering, Style at Home and The Hockey News. The last editions of most of them will be offered this December except for 150 plans and Décormag which ended last November. TVA Publications annonced they would contact customers regarding their memberships and that the decision would not affect the tv shows MOI&cie and Signé M. The announcement did not. TVA is trying to reorganize their efforts and ressources in what they said to be a saturated industry.
Also, in case you haven't heard, Lucky Magazine recently announced it was ending its operations. Lucky, was once an important avant garde player in the fashion magazine industry and one of Conde Nast's best selling magazines next to Vogue and The New Yorker. The magazine was targeting young fashionable professional women looking for more affordable shopping lists than what we can find in the pages of Vogue. In 2014, Conde Nast sold to beachmint who had ecommerce shopping conversion plans in mind. After laying off some full time employees, the resignation of its former editor in chief Eva Chen, now Instagram's new head of fashion partnerships, the change from monthly to quarterly publication, then becoming an electronic publication and finally announced the end of the magazine's life.
The tragic end known by the magazine is due to the competition that rose through social media, blogs and other magazines adjusting and offering a shopping sections in their editorials. Lucky Magazine failed to adjust to the new realities of the market and lost its competitive edge.
Also recently, Premières en Affaires announced it was closing its doors after 8 years of operations. The announcement was made on their Facebook page and its founder Margarita Lafontaine thanked all who shared the big adventure. The magazine was dedicated to the thrive of business women. We can observe some similarities with Lucky's fate after the rise of social media and blogs.
Weekend Au Masculin - Recap Of The First Men's Salon In The City
I was impressed and happy to see so many men walking around and discovering what the salon had planned for them. As a huge fan of the National Women's Show myself, I love getting spoiled with gifts and getting to know and learn about many new products and services that were thought just for us women and I was excited to see the equivalent for men. So, as the curious adventurous person that I am, I went there and I found out men liked the surprises that were awaiting for them. They liked being spoiled, discovering what exists out there for them and gathering around manly activities.
Weekend Au Masculin, which took place from November 27th to 29th at place Bonaventure, was the first salon absolutely dedicated to men. For the first time in Montreal men could go to a salon created and thought for their well being only, unlike other salons they usually attend such as the annual auto show or other tech gadgets oriented shows. They now have an annual rendez-vous where they can find different workshops, attend conferences about interesting topics like business, entrepreneurs’ experiences and shared success stories, sports, health and grooming products or trends, a salon full of activities like gaming, boxing and many others. Clothilde N’Dri and Carly Fils-Aime took the initiative of creating this. I really enjoyed the experience. Think about that men, salons and shows are a good place to find a potential girlfriend when you’re single.
There were many conferences. I attended the one about e-commerce and small businesses presented by Francois Charron: “Easily sell online with a small budget” explaining how e-commerce has evolved and what customers are really looking for online. I also discovered the entrepreneurial journey of Kevin Creuer, one of the founders of Bec Cola, a tasty organic soda mixed with maple sirop which quickly became very popular in Quebec and is now selling internationally. We also heard the stories and advices of Olivier Primeau from Beach Club, Ali Gerba former Impact player and Charles Harvey pilot for Nascar, just to name a few.
I also had the chance to visit different stands for health and grooming products from companies like Arbonne, Groom, Mtl shaving supplies, etc. a tattoo stand, clothing, paintball, motorcycles and of course cars, yes it wouldn’t have been a men's salon without some cars at stands offering a chance to drive race cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini. One of my favorite stands was Lcodeseduction, a seduction coach which Lily previously interviewed here. It's all about the seduction code, its advices and workshops for men regarding the topic, how to enhance your attractiveness in order to seduce the woman of your dreams, I tried to approach the coach afterwards, but the he was circled by a big group of guys asking questions and left them have their men bonding moment.
The salon can help women find fun and useful gifts or good ideas for the men in their lives, and men can enjoy something different and let the part of them that likes being pampered learn and experiment freely. It's a good moment to spend with friends, family or your other half. Therefore, I want to congratulate Weekend Au Masculin's organizers, guests and exhibitors for coming with the idea, for making men the center of attention for a weekend for the first time in Montreal and for the great work they have accomplished.
I am looking forward to the next edition.
Photos in post Credit: Chris M. & Photos in slideshow: Christos P.
Justin Trudeau is benefiting from a huge worldwide popularity. I remember as soon as he was elected, some flattering and somewhat funny memes were flooding the internet. There was even one comparing him to Disney's prince charming and, I have to admit, the resemblance was striking with his long silky hair. Reinforcing that funny meme, Trudeau recently was named in Vogue Magazine's top 10 "unconventional alternatives" to the sexiest man alive, next to international celebrities, athletes and other famous people. The caption under JT's picture was " Sexy, feminist, and capable of balancing a baby on one hand: Prime Minister Trudeau gets our vote."
And yesterday, the magazine release an online version of the upcoming printed interview with JT and SG, which focuses on politics, family and relationship with SG. The article calls Justin Trudeau the New Young Face of Canadian Politics. The first lady, former buyer at Holt Renfrew and wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress, was since then named the Canadian fashion ambassador by media. The pictures show a beautiful chemistry between the pair.
One of my favorite office looks is by far the high waisted skirt, whether it's a pencil or a bit shorter one, paired to a tucked in blouse. In this case, I mixed it with a plaid blouse, that looks like a men's shirt. And it's time for a style confession: I LOVE men's shirts, as they always use cool sophisticated prints, vibrant colors and refined details.
To that, I like adding pumps and a little statement necklace (the preferred accessory color to match with blue is silver as they are both cold tones). A little cuff also adds a little something.
I love this outfit for its feminity, power statement and great balance of accessories and of shades of blue.
Maripier Morin and BonLook have collaborated to produce a capsule collection composed of one pair of prescription glasses and one pair of sunglasses, available in 4 and 5 colors each. As to the details of this collection, BonLook is keeping some mystery for the launch expected this week on December 2nd. The rounder trendy frames can be used as a fashion accessory.
The first ever Men's salon in Montreal called Weekend Au Masculin, an initiative of Clothilde N'Dri and Karly Fils-Aime will take place from Friday November 27th to Sunday November 29th at Palais des Congres.
With over 60 exhibitors, the salon promises many interesting discoveries and encounters. To that, you can expect very inspiring conferences, workshops and many activities. Although I am not a man, I couldn't miss out on the great program planned for the occasion and will channel my masculine side. It goes without saying that it was hard to choose our favorite activities of the salon. First of all, all the conferences are a must to learn and boost your motivation. Here is a summary of the program by activity type, more details on WAM's website here and you can get your tickets here at the price of $13/day, $23/2days, $33/3days.
Nicolas Duvernois from Pur Vodka: "An entrepreneur at the purest state", Nov 27th.
Olivier Primeau from Beach Club: "Mon histoire en tant qu'entrepreneur", Nov 28th.
Kevin Creuer from Bec Cola: "Donne moi un Bec", Nov 29th.
Nutrition and health
Winston McQuade from Procure: "The Prostate Cancer", Nov 27th at 3pm.
Dr. Patrick Owen from The Canadian Liver Foundation: "Nutrition and health", Nov 28th at 12pm.
Involved Athletes: November 28th at 5pm.
Ali Gerba, professional footballer and former Impact player.
Charles Harvey, Nascar Pilot.
David Loiseau, Mixed martial arts and UFC athlete.
Francois Charron: "Easily sell online with a small budget", Nov 29th at 11am.
Men's fashion trends: Nov 28th at noon.
Cocktailogie: Nov 27th, 28th and 29th at noon.
The secrets of seduction with David Pare, seduction coach (throw back to our interview with him here): "Joke and flirting" on November 27th, 6 to 9pm and interactive conferences during the expo on Nov 28th to 29th.
Style and perfume by Clarisse Morneau, Nov 28th at 2pm.
TOURNAMENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Gaming Tournament, more than $1000 in prizes to win over the weekend.
Mixt martial arts demonstration
Game simulator area.
Humour and seduction night.
Mo'party by WAM.
There will also be a gastronomy area, a lounge bar, a car-motorbike area a style bar, etc.
Photo via Weekend Au Masculin.
Lilac, red, blue, with polka dots or flowers, we love our tights!
Autumn arrived, winter is coming and I am thinking of these beautiful fall/winter dresses, shorts, pleats, flared skirts I will be wearing and combining with my tights. I am in a constant hunt for originality, freshness, trendy colors and the last fashion trends.
I was, therefore, thrilled to discover Rachel’s box, quality tights and stockings made in Italy and Quebec, directly delivered to our doors. I can say, it has changed my life and I’m very happy and satisfied to have found a way to get cool and classy tights easily, quickly and when I want. I recently received a box at home and it has been a fun and easy experience for me as it was stress free, based on my personal tastes, delivered to my home, included style tips and fit perfectly. I was also happy to feel warm while wearing them outside as the weather can get crazy here in Montreal. And the fact that they come in different colors, prints with different details, they give your outfit that extra oomph. I received a lot of compliments when I wore them. If you take a look at their look book, you may want the whole inventory, be warned.
How it works? It's simple! Choose your tights in the shop section and receive them at home within three to four days. And for those who love good surprises, get a subscription to receive a box containing 2 pairs of tights periodically, complete a form and a stylist will choose your tights based on your style. You have the choice to receive a box once a month, every 2 months or every three months. Prices start at $27.50 for a box every 3 months. Rachel's Box also offers gift cards ranging from $33 to $82.50.
Fashion Preview is going strong with its 4th edition and the addition of new designers and exhibitors extending the event to 3 days compared to previous editions. This time, some designers such as Naïké and V-FRANZ even included kids in their collections.
Last week, Maison Ogilvy welcomed, for the occasion, exhibitors such as Annick Lévesque, Holdur, Tshu, Maison Bourdon, Jérôme Bocchio, PURPLE LUXE, Ella Dugré, LLY Atelier, Effet Papillon Créations, Miss Cocotte, Quality Native Crafts and ByKilani.
WRKDEPT. The intriguing brand opened Fashion Preview and was the the energizer to our eyes and souls. The Spring Summer collection will bring color and vitamin to any under colored wardrobe with some Indian and Asian influences. I am totally adding the plastified baby face dress on my wish list.
MB Alphawear's men collection was stamped with urbanity and slightly hipsterish references. There were also small little signature details on each piece reminding us of nature like the use of neutral colors such as beige, sweat pants fabric, the red plaid shirt and the strong use of brownish beige pieces and details.
HUTCHISON's light cotton fabric pieces looked perfect for minimalist style lovers. It was the perfect representation of comfort and feminine girl next door. I was plunged in the memories of a warm summer day at the old port or on a boat while contemplating the collection.
JONCAS' light flowy fabrics screamed comfort and style. It was like seeing elegant feminine ghosts. The way the cuts and details were put together combined to the subtle superposition of pastel toned over pure white fabrics gave a high end feel to the pieces. The brilliant marriage of fluidity, lines accentuation and incorporated belts was an enhancement to that feel.
Naïké. I loved the chic family dinner theme with the kids. A brilliant mix of professional and weekend from the sheer top to the short shorts suit and the long sleeveless vest. Naïké, I love your long vests, you're officially my go to designer for long vests amongst other pieces. What I like about Naïké is their ability to deliver stylish quality timeless modern sober pieces.
Denis Gagnon, our very own enfant terrible de la mode, did it again. The black and white spring summer collection was an exploration of both sexy and conservative poles. The whole presentation had a spiritual feel to it with the inspiring music, the projection of mountains and nature images, which is a little different from his previous shows where we usually feel his inner child in every aspect of the fashion show. If I compare to his last spring/summer collection, the pieces were this time a little more sober with longer and ampler cuts, but still included some sheerness, sexy necklines and shorts.
Leinad Beaudet, brought elegant long dresses and some professional attire that I would totally wear at the office. I was also happy to see the use of different age models, which has now become a signature runway move for the brand.
Dominique Ouzilleau. Did you know Ouzilleau previously collaborated with big names such as Lagerfeld, Chanel, Givenchy and Fendi? Well now you do. The recycled fur label included more sober designs such as wool coats with subtle fur touches and other all fur made coats with different art work techniques. My favorite pieces are the wool/fur combinations and I am in love with the red lined cut sleeve coat.
Les Incompétents. Large fits, nurse looking outfits (in a cool way) and effortless vibes. I would totally wear the over sized white and blue dress with dark blue pumps and a tie as a belt. I feel like I don't necessarily see people sporting that style on the street, but I would definitely love to. I find it brings a zen ambiance (I mean, who could yell at or punch someone looking that effortlessly zen?!) and an interesting trend to explore, as we should never become prisoners of one style only.
Brit Wacher. I loved the usage of a large variety of fabrics such as sheer, leatherish, suit pants fabric and overlapped colors and textures. This offers variety in wearables that can be used for 9 to 5 and 5 to 9. Who has time to go change before happy hour?
Les Enfants Sauvages. The only designer who made a strong use of prints through some retro references and Indian sari inspired colors for the office wardrobe.
V-FRANZ. I was so in love with the sexy original brilliantly cut dresses. The curved lines and lacing and the strategic fabric cropping accentuates the female body curves, which is great for the most memorable nights of summer 2016 to come.
Photo credit: Chris M & Mode Montreal ( for Naïké)
The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work. - Robert T. Kiyosaki
Many people think networking is exclusively destined for accountants, lawyers and people launching their startups. Well, this couldn't be further from reality. Networking is for everyone and for many reasons:
1. Learn. Stay updated about all the latest trends and news in your industry, learn about all the existing opportunities for internships, programs, networking, practice and improve your pitch with people's feedback and reactions, get express external advice, etc.
2. Increase your network. Meet new people and connect to a large spectrum of professionals from different fields, influencers and leaders. You should never wait until you need a solid network, you should start building it naturally sooner rather than later. The day you realize you need a lawyer, an accountant, a dentist, a stylist, etc. your Linkedin or Facebook should simplify your research.
Poverty, I realized, wasn’t only a lack of financial resources; it was isolation from the kind of people that could help you make more of yourself. - Keith Ferrazzi
3. Inspire and get inspired. You may inspire the juniors and you may be inspired by the seniors and the speakers. This girl who just came back from a trip to Japan for an international summit, the guy who is launching his business, or this girl who is the editor of that magazine you love reading that you could learn so much from and whom can inspire you so much with their stories, just like you can inspire the student or the person who hasn't yet tried or gone through the same experiences as you. When you are around inspiring people, it gets contagious and their success and determination becomes the norm and reality that defines your life.
More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than at any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject. - Peter Drucker
4. Offer your social life a 360 makeover. Make new friends, discover new cool venues around town, try different types of networking events such as speed networking, special projects, sports networking, social networking, etc. You may score your next job or business deal while sipping wine at your next 5@7.
Networking is an essential part of building wealth. - Armstrong Williams
5. Find partners or collaborators. You have to agree that while you're at home, or always seeing the same people, your chances of new opportunities falling into your lap are very thin. Which is why you have to put yourself out there to increase your visibility, to find potential business partners or suppliers, or to let them know about you.
Photo credit: Geovanni Solis and Chris M.
As you may have heard or seen, COS will be opening a store in Montreal this October 9th, on St-Catherine West (1310) between De La Montagne and Crescent. The brand, which is a higher end version of its sister brand H&M, is the acronym for Collection Of Style, first opened in Stockholm in 2007 and is now operating in 26 countries retailing women, men and children clothing, shoes, bags, accessories and underwear.
The first time I entered a COS store was in Florence, Italy, last September, while I was lost in the small streets of the city and you know what happens when you're a tourist and you're lost, you're happy you just discovered a new street, new statues which means more shopping and more exploration and pictures, you'll worry about the lost part after... It was in the same area as Chanel and other luxury stores, which reinforces their higher end image.
First glance inside the store: quality fabrics, interesting and original designs, but sober colors and classic pretty geometrical cuts. The decor inside the store was pretty minimalist. It screamed sober, original and professional. I tried on many pieces (like more than what my hands could actually carry, which is a sign of the beginning of a great shopping adventure).
What I like about the fashion brand is how they combine comfort, femininity and professional chic in a very European way. This selection of our favorites of COS' current collection illustrates it perfectly. And their accessories are to die for, it's like wearing art mostly made using worked metal and fabric, like the one I am wearing here.
Photos via COS
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman
Goals101 is a new segment on the blog thought to inspire you to live the best experiences and learn about all the different opportunities you can seize in Montreal and elsewhere. The first step to your upgraded life is inevitably finding and following your passion.
Step 1: Listen to your inner self."The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." Mark Twain
How do I determine what my true passion is you may ask. First, you may have an idea since you know what you like and what you don't by now. Try exploring those things you like or that you'd be curious to learn more about. Sign up for that motorcycling class, attend that fashion show, book a meeting with that school that offers that program you always wanted to start, try that speed dating activity, sign up for that internship at Google, etc. While doing those things you like, try to understand what it is that you really like about them. Is it meeting new people, learning more about that topic/industry, making something with your own hands, etc.
Step 2: Explore outside your comfort zone.
"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." Les Brown
This requires you to channel your inner curious self and increase your willingness to try new activities. Personally, I am always open to try about almost anything. Worst case scenario, I won't like it and at least I will know I don't like it instead of always doing the same things and wondering what would happen if I'd try something else. If I didn't think that way, I would have never lived many amazing experiences like booking a last minute flight to attend a conference in LA, cover fashion shows, network and meet great people, interview pretty cool montrealers, etc. The most magical thing about exploring outside your comfort zone is the adventures you live, the things you learn, the people you meet and that enriches your soul like no other thing.
Step3: Do what you love."The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire." Ferdinand Foch
This will basically transform you into an expert with regards to your passion. Subscribe to all the news sources, leaders that concentrate on that industry and attend all the events you can attend to meet and learn from people from that industry. Try to go step by step, you can start blogging for an established blog, volunteer to build your experience and get your name out there. The beauty of it is, it won't feel like work because you love it. When I love something I can work on it until 5am and still feel the energy and excitement boiling inside me.
Have you ever had a hard time finding the perfect suit for work or for a special occasion? Tailor2go was thought by Nathon Kong to make it easier for us to get a quality tailored suit. I sat down with him to better understand the concept.
1. Can you tell us little bit about yourself?
After graduating from McGill college, It took me 6 months to find a decent suit. It was a 1.6k Harry Rosen suit, which I had to alter a lot to make it fit me. I spent time shopping online and in store and I was frustrated, so I started thinking about the idea of customized suits. I also always loved fashion and in fact, as a student I was awarded most fashionable during my MBA in uOttawa.
2. Can you tell us more about Tailor2go?Tailor2go started in June 2014. It's for men and women. We now offer suits only for women at the moment, but we offer shirts for both. That all happens in our mobile tailor truck, where there's a scan room that 3D scans your body and 50 of its measurements and translates them into a patron which are later sent to our factory where they are hand made. Our customers can also personalize the collar, the buttons, the length, the colors, the contrast, the fit, whether the shirt is fitted or not. The whole ordering process takes 30 minutes for a suit and 15 minutes for a shirt and we also ask about your budget, the purpose of the purchase to see if it's for a special occasion and the style you are researching versus what you already own. We go to your office or house door with Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a running gag in the company. It's the truck's name. I call her my mistress, because she took all my money. So the whole process is designed to be effective and personalized to get our customers exactly what they want in less time. We are also working on an eCommerce platform that will make it even easier to order as you'll be able to choose all the options and since we have your body measurements from your scan, you just have to wait for it to be produced and delivered within 3 to 4 weeks. We also focus on relationships with customers, we keep track of our exchanges with them, so we can follow-up with them. We take appointments with one customer at a time to focus and offer our 100%. Elizabeth is heated, displays an epurated interior with hard wood floor and a coffee machine to make you feel comfortable in a chic tailoring space.
3. What's the price range?
Since we don't pay rent we can offer affordable prices for higher fabric quality and finishes. Our prices range from $650 to $1250 for suits and $55 to $125 for shirts. Basically, we are selling a Ferrari at a Lexus price. We also offer corporate discounts for employees of corporate partners. I was pitching in front of potential investors one day and one of them asked about the quality, so we compared the Tailor2go Jacket I was wearing with his Prada Jacket and after 15 minutes, the investor saw it was comparable and handed me his business card and said call me.
3. Who are your target customers?
Busy corporate individuals of all ages, but mostly between 25 and 45 years old.
4. I saw that you won many prizes. Can you tell us a little more?
I was awarded the Winner of Media Award at the International Startup Festival, First place at the McGill Dobson Cup, First place- Montreal Region at Concours Quebecois en Entrepreneuriat.
6. What advice would you give other young entrepreneurs?
Know your customer, what they want and give it to them. Study them and how they think. Also do your homework and do some market research and study groups. It could be on the street and with your close friends and family. You should always stay close to your customers and understand their needs, so it's a non stop process. If you don't have what they need, listen and find out how you can give it to them to improve your service or product. Also, as my mother taught me success is how much you give, not how much you can get, which pretty much illustrates that.
Remember back in May, when Kendall Jenner et Jourdan Dunn wore 2 creations of the HMxBalmain collab next to the designer Olivier Rousteing at the Billboard Music Awards. New pieces of the collection were recently shared with the public on ELLE UK's and, its editor in chief, Lorraine Candy's instagram to revive our eagerness to discover the whole collection instore this November 5th.
Olivier Roustaign on this collaboration: "H&M m'a donné l'opportunité unique d'ouvrir l'univers de la maison Balmain au plus grand nombre, d'offrir une part de rêve et de créer #HMBalmaination : un mouvement convivial à l'échelle mondiale, porté par un hashtag. Cette collaboration m'a parue tout à fait évidente : H&M est une marque qui s'adresse à tout le monde. L'objectif est d'appeler à plus d'unité, ce que je soutiens pleinement."
Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M: "Cette combinaison entre l'héritage Haute Couture et l'inspiration urbaine fait de Balmain une marque au style unique, à la fois somptueux et moderne, mais aussi sensuel et dynamique."
The design of these pieces reminds of the Balmain signature style as we saw a couple of time on Kim Kardashian and her famous sisters, especially the embroided dress and the delicately striped top worn by Jourdan. Based on the pictures, we can expect quality, modern elegance and attention to details. The dress is expected to retail for 499 €, to give you an idea of the price range.
To celebrate the 13th edition of the famous Art Tattoo Show. I had the pleasure to interview Valerie Emond, co founder of studio tattoo mania. We talked tattoos, fashion and tattoo show! The Art Tattoo Show will take place in Place Bonaventure from the 11th to the 13th of September. It will reunite more than 250 artists, local as well as international. Tattoos, performances, live music, and much more on the site of the event.
1. Why do people become tattoo artists?
It’s different for everyone, but most of the time, it speaks volumes to people who want to differentiate themselves, have their own lifestyle. In general, it’s for people who truly value their autonomy, people who would rather work for themselves and have the freedom to explore artistically.
2. Is there a typical path to become a tattoo artist?
Usually, the most respectable way to start is to find a mentor. To show respect for the other tattoo artists, you have to start at the bottom. This way, you also minimize risks of potential mistakes by learning from someone who has a lot more experience.
3. What are some qualities of a good tattoo artist?
It’s really important to be comfortable around people. The job requires you to be with the same client for several hours so you have to know how to make them feel at ease, in order to offer him the best possible experience. You also have to know how to reassure a client. A lot of people come in and they’re afraid the tattoo is really going to hurt; you have to show some empathy.
4. What is the place of tattoos in the fashion industry?
Since tattoos have always existed, I think it’s hard to see them as a trend. You could say that some trends do exist when it comes to the style or the location of the tattoo. For example, it’s safe to say that Rihanna’s under-boob tattoo has a certain influence, it is trending right now. Although, some classics, just like a chanel bag, never fall out of trend. You also have to know that a lot of well known designers have collaborated with tattoo artists. It has a strong influence as a part of popular culture; it’s something the fashion industry can’t ignore.
5. What are the classics that never fall out of trend?
Usually, it’s the small tattoos people don’t regret. I would say roses and butterflies are always coming back, but their meaning is different from one person to another.
6. Who should attend the Art Tattoo Show?
Everyone! Whether they’re passionate about the lifestyle or simply art enthusiasts who are intrigued by the industry, everyone is welcome. People usually come for many different reasons. They come to get inspiration for their new tattoos, to discover artists from all over the globe and even to purchase prints from well known tattoo artists. Everyone there, is really open minded and welcoming, they love to share their passion. It’s a really good way to demystify the scene, to know everything there is to know.
7. What are you hoping to bring to the Montreal tattoo scene with the Art Tattoo Show?
Since it’s going to be our 13th edition, we can already see the evolution regarding the quality of the work. Receiving all these people from all over the world allows everyone to compare their work and refine their style. It’s really important to us that Montreal keeps its good reputation in the tattoo world. Other than that, our main goal is to showcase talents, whether they’re local or international.
Photos via Art Tattoo Show
Reitmans made a bunch of announcements a few days ago and we love what's coming.
First, the brand announced that Meghan Markle, who plays Rachel Zayne in the tv series Suits, is their new leading lady and she will represent the brand in their new "Reitmans.Really" campaign. Reitmans on Meghan: " Curious, multitalented and overachieving, she is the founder and curator of a fashion, lifestyle and food website called The Tig. Meghan has considerable reach on social media and very engaged followers, many of whom are Canadians." Also, Meghan kind of is the young professional impersonation in suits, which is a good fit for Reitmans.
Also, not too long ago, RW&Co, owned by the same brand, announced a collaboration with non other than, hockey player, P.K. Subban and his father and brothers Malcolm (Boston Bruins) and Jordan (Vancouver Canucks). Stay tuned for the campaign's launch this September 14th at New-York fashion week's opening (yes, not a typo) with Ashley Graham for Addition Elle.
Last, but not least Reitmans announced the opening of a new sportswear banner called Hyba in 17 former Smartset stores across Canada. Hyba is said to be "‘move wear’ rather than active wear.” says Walter Lamothe, president of retail and chief operating officer. It was conceived for women who do not necessarily look for high performance activewear.
Don't freak out, but Xavier Dolan, writer, director, actor, french voice of Ron Weasley in Harry Potter, Jacob in the Twilight Saga, and now, just became the new ambassador of Louis Vuitton. How crazy is this?!
How it happened - Xavier wore a lot of Louis Vuitton outfits on the red carpet during the last Cannes festival while he was a member of the jury, which captured LV's attention. He was even featured on the brand's instagram a couple of times as he was wearing the brand in style. The announcement was maed back in June and the first pictures of the collaboration just surfaced.
What it is - The black and white, James Dean inspired, photos showcase the new handbag collection.
Xavier & Fashion - Xavier reportedly said he dreamed of being the face of a prestigeous brand as a kid, just like others would have dreamed of becoming astronauts or doctors. This proves that dreaming is the first step to accomplishing great things! Xavier previously was featured on Interview Magazine and attended Chanel's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris in Sept 2014.
Photos via Louis Vuitton
Last week we had the pleasure to try Jack Saloon's new menu and the dishes were exquisite and quite innovative taking our favorite recipes to the next level by adding a little twist to them. As I was tasting, I could feel the different ingredients explode and mix in my mouth and it was pure magic.
Imagine eating a burger with Krispy Kreme donut buns, a general tao tempura nuddles burger, a variety of tartatres mixing yogourt, wasabi, salmon, beef, tuna, vodka and clamato, a gratin mac and 4 cheeses that melts in the mouth (one of my faves), giant beer-battered onion rings with Stout caramel drizzle, smoked chicken wings drizzled with Stout caramel, a big slice of steak covered in pepper and enhanced with Grand Slam sauce of dill and mustard (another fave), a big slice of filet mignon With fennel and coffee crust, covered in ancho, guajillo and pasilla chili Bordelaise sauce emulsified with butter and dark chocolate, a big slice of tuna steak with japenese marinade or a a beyond exquisite cocoa crème brulée (no words can express the feeling of its taste!).Enough with my favorites, check out the menu and make your own fave list of must trys here.
The Jack opened about a year ago in the heart of old Montreal, on St-Paul near Place Jacques Cartier. The restaurant also has its terrasse on De la Commune. The building has its own historical building plate and when you go down stairs to the unisex washroom, you can see the remains of a historical stone wall protected by a glass wall. And, as strange as it may seem, I loved the concept of the toilets which were designed considering our needs: Ladies, there's a mirror in each individual toilet to tuch up your makeup and a shelf and handle for your jacket and your purse. The restaurant decor was inspired by the american secession war, so you'll see portraits of Abe Lincoln and other generals. It could be described as historical meets modern references in a refined ambiance, which is a refreshing, never seen before, mix. One of the things I surprisingly LOVED, was the live professional singer playing guitar at just the right level of decibels. It gives the ambiance a personal touch. I was also told that Wednesday night was open mic night, your time to shine...
Last Wednesday, Jack had the media launch of their new night club called 2SIX9, which takes its name from its address on De la Commune. The club's ambiance has a glam lounge feel. It's basically the living room of your dreams in a bar, lounge, restaurant and night club. Oh and in case you haven't seen the pictures on social media the One tree hill cast spent some time at the restaurant a couple of weeks ago, see it here. Jack has also a presence in quebec city and Dix-30.
Photos: Courtesy of Jack Saloon.
From the opening night last Monday in Jardins du MAC with Stephen Jones, covered here by Chris, to the inspiring, entertaining and very educative conferences with notable speakers, the different pop up shops, fashion shows, here are the highlights of #FMD15.
1. The opening night with models wearing Stephen Jones hats, stylish guests, exquisite ambiance in the garden of Montreal's Museum of Contemporary art, followed by Jones' conference.
2. The conferences and especially: Stephen Jones the international millinery who makes arts we call hats, Patricia Fields the stylist behind Sex & The City's memorable outfits, Adam Katz Sinding the urban international photographer for VOGUE, Scooter Laforge the talented and notable designer who has worked with celebs such as Madonna and Beyonce, Jacques Nantel HEC's marketing expert and Feriel Karoui the style trends analyst.
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3. The fashion shows: Collectif, The Montreal Fashion society (ours, pics here) and Lasalle College's Z GENERATION designers, dancers and musicians, each had different vibes from urban to young professional and futuristic.
4. The shopping at the fashion trucks and booths. We have to admit we had a major crush for My Addikt's jewels.We wanted to purchase the whole store basically, i.e. the definition of a store crush.
5. Nota Bene: The mentoring session in round tables with Chantal Durivage, Denis Gagnon, Britta Kroger in the form of Q&A round tables between beginners and those established fashion personas. Chantal Durivage hinted at a possible F&D festival in europe and put the emphasis on the importance of having a partner with complementary skills in business to share the highs and lows and build a strong team together as she does with her husband, the cofounder of FMD. Britta spoke about the importance of passion, that secret ingredient that drives you and makes you move mountains and the importance of not burning steps in your quest to the top of the mountain. Denis Gagnon reinforced Chantal's point of having a complementary, skills and knowledge wise, partner, focusing on your primary activities and avoiding to spread yourself and risk confusing your customers and the importance of not being affraid to be more hands on at the beggining to gain experience through volunteering and learning the basics of sewing. He also spoke about the rarity of seemstresses on the market, observed by many designers in the industry.
Photo credit: Chris M. My Addikt and Nota Bene (Benoît Vermette).
By Chris M.
What a wonderful cocktail for the opening of the 2015 Montreal Fashion and Design Festival, with the conference of the well-known milliner Stephen Jones. I was very pleased to be in the garden of the Modern Art Museum last Monday enjoying a fabulous glass of wine next to great designers such as Jean-Claude Poitras, Denis Gagnon, Judith Desjardins, Marie St-Pierre and Philippe Dubuc.
The Montreal Fashion & Design Festival was happy to celebrate its 15th birthday this year and offered us a beautiful program covered with conferences of different leading figures in the fashion industry such as Jean-Fançois Fullum, Patricia Field, Adam Katz Sinding, Scooter Laforge, Marc-antoine Coulon and many others. The Fashion and Design Festival is also an opportunity to attend fabulous fashion shows presented by local designers and fashion bloggers. The Montreal Fashion Society was also part of this edition.
Stephen Jones' conference officially opened this 15th edition. Want to know a little bit more about him? Stephen jones is a great figure in the fashion world, a London-based Milliner who has worked with designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, John Galliano (Dior) and Marc Jacobs. He has designed hats for Grace Jones and Princess Diana and has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth for services in fashion. Stephen Jones studied Fashion at St Martin’s University in London and opened in the 80’s his first millinery salon in the heart of London’s Covent Garden. In 1985, his hats were for the first time exhibited in the renowened Paris Louvre Museum. After his first day as a tailor trainee, he realized what he wanted to do and decided to be a Milliner. He shared a great advice with us during the conference: to succeed you have to target and believe you'll be THE best and THE reference in your field.
Among his celebrity clientele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Dita Von Teese and Mick Jagger. A passionate and fascinating personality with a legendary style, Stephen Jones brings you through his hats, in a world filled with sensitivity, different forms, fabrics and materials. Each of his hats has strength and power, Stephen Jones wants to design hats which go first with ethics and sensibility, it’s what gives you this stunning emotion when you first see one of his hats.
Stephen Jones likes to work with younger generations, people who begin in fashion and the already established. He is the Milliner of all times, through years and generations his hats are going strong with the fashion moods of history.
Photo credit Chris M.
I have always been a fan of the Montreal Fashion & Design Festival, always eager for August to arrive, so I could hurry to the Eaton center and grab a copy of the festival's schedule and create my own itinerary. This eadition is particularly dear to my heart as we will be presenting a young professionals themed fashion show in collaboration with the festival (checkout nb 14). That being said (or written), here's our top 18 must see events of FMD15 by chronological order:
1. Wednesday, August 19, 12:30pm, Corner of Jeanne-Mance / Ste-Catherine: Stiletto race. I think this one is a fun as a participant as being part of the crowd.
2. Wednesday, August 19, 5Pm, MAC: Jacques Nantel Marketing professor at HEC Montréal (proud graduate :) ) and National Post honored him with a prestigeous prize for Leadership in Management Education, is the author of many articles in scientific publications and was the object of many distinctions. I heard him on tv once commenting about Target closing in Canada and he had many relevant and never heard before points, he knows what he's talking about.
3. Wednesday, August 19, 7Pm, MAC: Marc-Antoine Coulon is an illustrator who works for fashion magazines such as VOGUE, l'OFFICIEL DE LA MODE, MADAME FIGARO and PALACE COSTES. His work has been exhibited in St-Tropez, NY, etc.
4. Wednesday, August 19, 7Pm, MAC: FMD Collections presenting collections from local designers Bodybag by Jude, Harricana par Mariouche and Hip & Bone. At the end, Jean-Claude Poitras will select a piece that will join the MCTQ (remember JCP is the president of MCTQ's board as mentioned here) collections for perennial recognition. Stephen Jones, commissioner of FMD Collections selected the three local designers to present their creations on the Casino de Montréal runway.
5. Wednesday, August 19, 7:30Pm, MAC: Challenge 12 is an original concept by IMPAIR in collaboration with Télio, where emerging designers and professional stylists team up for a challenge. I love discovering emerging designers and see their materialized creativity.
6. Wednesday, August 19, 8Pm, MAC: Instaglam by Jason will present men’s fashion capsules showcasing local creators.
7. Wednesday, August 19, 8:30Pm, MAC: Montreal Creatif showcasing local designers.
8. Thursday, August 20, 1pm, MAC: Nota Bene invites young entrepreneurs, professionals and students to meet with Chantal Durivage, FMD cofounder, Denis Gagnon, renowned designer and Britta Kröger, designer at Maison Simons.
9. Thursday, August 20, 4pm, MAC: Isabelle Gleize member of the board of Village des Créateurs de Lyon, an organization that supports emerging fashion and design brands.
10. Thursday, August 20, 5:30pm, MAC: Adam Katz Sinding fashion photographer who has worked for LE 21eme, Harper's Bazaar, Flare Magazine, The Fashion Photo-Journalist
11. Thursday, August 20, 5:30pm, MAC: Exposé par Télio presents the national fashion design competition's finalists collections.
12. Thursday, August 20, 6pm, MAC: The Young Chamber of Commerce of Montreal presents 6@8 MODE&DESIGN which is a networking 6 to 8.
13. Thursday, August 20, 7pm, MAC: Vincent Leret is a temporary exhibitions commissionner at Christian Dior Museum in Granville. He also regulary contributes to works on the history of fashion and perfume, both in France and abroad.
14. Friday, August 21, 7pm, MAC: The Montreal Fashion Society : We will be presenting a young professionals themed fashion show showasing many local designers designers such as Jennifer Glasgow, Bodybag by Jude, Masabni, dinh Ba, Valerie Dumaine, Niapsou, Naike, KQK, El soi, Annick Levesque, Tshu, Anne-Marie Chagnon and Mlle Veste.
15. Friday, August 21, 9:30pm, MAC: Generation Z an FMD presentation inspired by Generation Z in collaboration with Lasalle College.
16. Saturday, August 22, 7:30pm, MAC: Marie-Victorin Cegep students' fashion show.
17. Saturday, August 22, 8pm, MAC: Alton Gray fashion show to get a better idea of the vibe of the brand.
18. Saturday, August 22, 9:30pm, MAC: Numéro 15 is a concept where style, culture, fashion & technology unite presented by FMD in celebration of their 15th anniversary.
Fondation De La Mode De Montreal Honours Jean-Claude Poitras
Last May 4th, Chris and I attended the Charity event organized by Fondation de la Mode de Montréal honoring Jean-Claude Poitras this year.
The olympic stadium, the event venue, was overflowed with stylish people dressed in gorgeous gowns and distinguished suits. As soon as we checked in, we were directed to the vip section with the medias, designers and the Quebec gratin. Amongst the guest list, Alxandre Taillefer from Dans l'oeil du dragon (who is the president of the contemporary art museum's board of directors), Denis Gagnon, Christian Chenail and many other fashion people. So if you are looking to expand that fashion network of yours, this annual event is a good investment.
JCP made an emoving allocution speaking about his passion and determination and how proud he was to see his creations on different generations. Towards the end, I couldn't help but tell him how his speech resonated with sincerity and inspiration. He was surprised to hear my spontanious comment, but seemed pleased. Goodness exudes from that man and I am not saying that just becasue he reminds me of my sweet businessman gran'pa.
We, then enjoyed a delicious tapas dish with shrimp, sushi, etc. accompanied by a soft fruity wine just as I love. We learned that his artworks were now part of Roccia Art Gallery's permanent exhibition, he designed the uniforms worn by STM employees which, thank goodness, have now a pop of color.
This remarkable man presented his collections in 10 different countries, has won several awards, such as the menstyle awards in Toronto, Fil d'Or in Montecarlo, Moda del Amor in California, 3 Griffes d'Or, several designer of the year nominations in Quebec and, also heard he is the president of the board of Quebec's textile and costume museum.
Fondation de la Mode de Montréal aims to encourage the next generation of talent in fashion, research and development and it has honoured many distinguished guests of honor over the years including Sensation Mode cofounders Chantal Durivage and Jean-François Daviau, Lise Watier, designers Paco Rabanne and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, president of Browns Shoes Morton Brownstein and Holt Renfrew President Joel Rath, etc. some of whom were present at the evening to present awards to scholarship recipients.
The evening ended with a fashion show showcasing Lasalle College graduates' talent and imagination, enjoy and yes there were some medieval and animal inspired costumes pieces.
Photo credit: Chris M.
I have been wearing the same eye wear style for a while now and I felt it was time for a change. I have been thinking I should be more adventurous with that every day accessory I sowcase on my face, the part of me that gets looked at the most, wears. I then recently picked a pair of round glasses at Firmoo, even if I apprehended they'd would make my face look as round as a balloon, probably because of some face shape and appropriate glasses article I red a hundred years ago.
The glasses look amazing and different and the burgundy adds color to my face. You can see my complete look for the Montreal Fashion & Design Festival program launch on instagram. It really changed my style and gave me that extra oomph I needed and their glasses are original and very affordable. The selection of frames is very large, from sports adapted ones to vintage and designer ones, and many are street style icon worthy. I liked how easy it was to just upload my prescription and give my PD number, which basically is the distance between your retinas to get your lenses accurately fitted. People can compare the dimensions of their current frames with the ones they view on the website to see if they will fit and some frames are adjustable. Their inventory is updated on a daily basis and here is the link. And what surprised me the most is that they ship to more than 60 countries and Canada is one of them. Processing takes 3 to 7 business days depending on lense type and shipping delay depends on chosen delivery method.The price is in average $30.00-$40.00 and new customers get a 15% off, which is a good deal for the quality and originality of the frames. I never thought of my frames as a big style statement piece, but I am revising that thought.
Our Selection Of The 5 Best 2015 Grand Prix Parties In Montreal
1. The Ritz Carlton and its star studded party. A couple of years back Hugh Grant was spotted at the refined Sherbrooke West Hotel along with Lewis Hamilton, amongst many other familiar famous faces. The party is scheduled for Friday June 6th.
2. Auberge St-Gabriel's Velvet. Last year the McLaren party was hosted there and there was a lineup of amazing cars at the entrance. I wish I could have taken them on a tour. (new life goal? added to the bucket list!). I spotted Cirque du Soleil's founder Guy Laliberte. and Garou, both cofounders of the organization. Many parties are scheduled at the Velvet this year, but we have a preference for the Sunday night after party. It promesses to bring together F1 pilots and celebrities. Oh and there will be an intimates fashion show with Sokoloff lingerie.
3. Jack Saloon, which has that wild wild west ambiance. The DJ for Friday June 5th. is non other than world renowned top moel Eve Salvail. She has that undescribale cool aura... And she was one of Jean Paul Gaultier's models and mayble muses. That's HUGE! Rumor has it the attendee list has a couple of notorious names... Ahum.. Mitsou Gelinas and Joey Scarpellino for the media soirée on June 4th, which will also be pen to the public for a couple of hours.
4. Time Supper Club will welcome on Saturday June 6th a very special host for F1 festivities... Scott Dissick. Yes, so if you're a fan of KUWTK, it's your chance to get close to one of the personas composing the clan. Between us, I think Scott is pretty cool.
5. Pitstop party at the W Montreal Hotel. This is happening on June 6th as well and will celecbrate local fashion and music talents such as Nicolas Bilodeau and Jason Noel, Masabni, Wizemen, DJLERYCK, etc.
Enjoy your Grand Prix extravagant parties and be safe!
Photos vias the respective venues.
It has been an honour for me to be invited to the 2015 edition, the 4th one of this international event which has the mission to promote designers from Quebec and other parts of the world to reveal their talents to the Quebec public.
HAUNITI was the thematic of this 4th edition which has been very successful during the whole three days of the event. In an understated elegant atmosphere completed with warm lighting, models were proud to present designers’ collections, walking on a good sound of DJ Gardy GIRAULT and under their guru’s supervision and advices, Gerry Pitt, Models Coach and Choreograph for the 3rd consecutive year.
HAUNITI or Haiti United, is a carefully chosen name by Yves de Lima, Founder and Artistic Director of Black Expo Design and director of AMA Afro Modern Art, to give to the Haitian community through Quebec and through the world a message of union and strength. He wants to support young designers and artists from Haiti and help them achieve success. And in through his message of union, Yves de Lima regroups designers from other different parts of the world such as afro-Caraibean and African designers who were there to present their collections. Mix culture (multiculturalism)is the essence of the ethno-contemporary design says Yves de Lima. The aim of his event is to bring those artists to the public, to show the passion behind their talents, and for the 4th time the event has proven to be a success.
The designers where invited to present their collection at the sumptuous Loft Hotel, located downtown Montreal. From Friday April 24th to Sunday April 26th, you could have seen different designers: NSB Style (Montreal), Béké Bobo and Alexandre dit Sandy (Montreal), Malou (Haiti), Syryzya (Martinique), Tim Creations (Ivory Coast), Vala Bella (Montreal), Ixchel Valazquez (Mexico), Habesha (chine), Ava Paris (Paris), Mirmonde (Montreal), Soro’Bis (Atlanta), Deux par Deux (Montreal), Eliane Cauvin (Montreal).
On April 27th Toronto Men's Fashion week, aka TOM, held its first ever national press conference in Montreal at the Windsor Hotel. TOM is the 8th menswear fashion week in the world after Milan, Paris and London showcasing established and emerging Canadian menswear designers and brands exposing their work and talent to buyers, media and fashion enthusiasts at an international level. This initiative aims to stimulate the fashion industry and the economy. Amongst present Montreal designers at the press conference that will be presenting their Spring/Summer 16 collections in Toronto, CAFA award Best menswear designer winner Philippe Dubuc, Alan Ta from Just Ta Designs that we met last summer at the NDustry launch party here, Diodati, Pedram Karimi, Hans Koechling and Finezza, which I enjoyed exchanging with team members.
The press conference also announced the return of the Emerging Menswear Designer Award, EMDA, in partnership with the Toronto Fashion Incubator to promote and inspire local talent to specialize in menswear. TOM also have philanthropic initiatives like MensFashion4Hope supporting Kol Hope Fund at SickKids.
"TOM is an affluent, sophisticated, sexy, irreverent, stylish man. He is also multi-racial and multicultural in his thinking approach. TOM* has a degree and is well educated. He loves to look good, eat out, shop and enjoy the great things in life. He is a professional, has a wonderful abode, loves to travel for business and pleasure. He is a big spender, but appreciates the value of wealth management and investments." I met the official model of TOM and he kind of looks hot, George Clooney style. Ever since its launch, TOM was featured in GQ Brazil, Vogue Italia, Forbes, NBC, CBC News, etalk, WWD, The Globe And Mail.
Applications are currently open for emerging designers until June 1st and the top 5 will have the chance to present their work at TOM on August 21st and the winner will get a package of $10,000.00 and a one year membership at the Toronto Fashion Incubator. Here's the link to apply as the more you show, your work, better are your chances of getting noticed by the public.
It recently came to my attention, that Montreal will have its own menswear fashion event from May 26th to May 28th. This fashion festival called Just For Him is a presentation by ArtMtl and will be featuring designers such as Just Ta Designs, Diodati, Nico Designs, Pascal Labelle, Theroux, Tristan, RW&Co, Jean Paul Fortin, Tom Tailor, Karv and XOOS. Accessories will also be part of the night with Guillotine, Maison Godefroi, Exorphe and Feri.
TOM runway photos: Courtesy of Toronto Men's Fashion WeekJust for him photo via Just For Him
I have always dreamed of being a super hero, walk through Montreal's darkest streets to save people from truands, drive the Betty mobile (An improved version of my car Betty), wear a super cool costume and have a super power or two. While I am still working on achieving this dream, I do feel like a super hero when I take a few minutes to show someone somebody cares about their stories, to help out people in need and when I offer guidance to the younger generation... And last week I found out about a new way to be a super hero while at the AVEDA press conference on April 22nd with Ray Civello, president and director of Aveda Canada, and Margaret Trudeau, President of honor of WaterAid Canada.
I found out we can offer water access to a person for her whole life with $25.00, yes her WHOLE LIFE. They both spoke about their experiences in India and Africa where water pumps were installed and the importance of educating people so they can maintain the structure through its lifetime. Ray Civello shared touching memories of people showing their gratitude and offering their best food and sodas, which they generally save for special occasions only. I can only imagine how humbled you feel when you witness such gratitude for things we are blessed to effortlessly have access to in Montreal. The press conference was followed by a 6km march for potable water access in 15 Canadian cities including Montreal. This distance symbolizes the daily distance women walk to bring water home. It kicked off at 8:30 am at the Aveda Art de Vivre Concept on St-Laurent boulevard. The objective: raise $600,000.00 in 2015. Last year Aveda Canada raised $520,000.00 and approximately $6.2M since 2006 which helped improve the life of 50,000 people in Africa, mostly children, which is pretty impressive and inspiring. April being earth month showcased other initiatives such as Light The Way candles and t-shirts, $15 limited edition candles with proceeds going entirely to Global Greengrants Fund, a non profit organization which helps other environment oriented organizations around the world. This initiative was launched in 2006 and helped raise $9M to help shed the light on a better future for kids ever since.
What brought these two organizations to collaborate together? AVEDA Canada, in parallel to hair, body and makeup beauty products making, fully commit their core values to environmental responsibility. In fact, their products are made entirely using aeolian energy. They were pioneers in the beauty industry. The company also received a Cradle To Cradle title for their durability orientation for products and bagging. Their engagement since 1999 raised $32M to support environmental projects around the world. AVEDA's values were a perfect fit with WaterAid's mission, which is to help the less fortunate have access to potable water and support durable development projects in relation with hygiene and water. WaterAid has been operating as a non profit organization since 1981 touching 21M people's lives.
A new culinary destination opened its doors in Montreal on April 20th on Metcalfe, corner Sherbrooke under the name MKT. The opening took form of a Media and VIP launch presented by Felipe del Pozo Public Relations. The talent behind this new venue is Chef Marino Tavares. He will be bringing to the table, literally, 25 years of experience, Portuguese culinary influences and his Mediterranean Italian savoir faire. His reputation is not to be made with his nomination as chef of the year by Société des chefs cuisiniers in 2001 and his earned star in 2008's chefs' gala. He combined his vision to Parry Kyriakodis' and Joao Pereira's, who comes from the Globe, to mold MKT. Warning: You may recognize some people and salivate when you see the plates on the photos from the opening party.
The restaurant's name MKT represents the abreviation of Market as the idea behind it is to bring to your table and instantly evoke freshness in your mind, by serving you fresh vegetables, meats and fish directly from the market. Basically, MKT wants to bring the market freshness experience to our tables downtown.
Chef Tavares' culinary inspiration comes from familial recipes to which he adds a touch of modernity such as slow cooking and marinades. The comfit duck risotto, the spaghettini amalfitana with anchovy (rarely seen in restaurants and looking forward to trying it), giant shrimp with polenta, braised meat sea food bouillabaisse are amongst the promising items on the menu, and can be accompanied with one of the fine wines offered. The restaurant aims to position itself as an inviting and mindful place.
Restaurant photos: Courtesy of Buzz Marketing
Restaurant Grand Opening photos credit: Chris M.
Ok, so I've tried a pair of Go Wood glasses and I love the way they look, pretty fresh that is.
The manually assembled natural wood shades, thus the name of the brand, are comfortable and they're the perfect mix of chic, laid back and original. I like the greenish blue ones because they remind me of California, the beach, summer, the relaxing sound of waves slowly erasing on the golden sand. The material makes the shades' style statement and the color adds a certain je ne sais quoi to it. The sunglasses are incredibly comfortable and light despite the material they're made of. And the icing on the top, they come in an amazing wooden box.
I am usually conservative with my sunglasses' colors (I usually wear brown, black or purple) and I was quite happy to see the result of getting out of my comfort zone and try the greenish ‘Vancouver’ blue skateboard wooden sunglasses. They have many other colors, take a look here.
The VIYP Private Events At The Museum Of Fine Arts
I love art (art is like fashion you can't wear, and fashion is like art you can wear and play with) and Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts is one of my favorite museums in the world, yes in the world. People who know me also know I love 5@7s and networking events, so imagine my enthousiasm when I first found out about The Young Philanthropists circle and I know it's something you'd want to know about and experience yourself! To further explain what the circle does, I had the privilege to interview Danielle Champagne, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts' Foundation.
1) What inspired you to create the Young Philanthropists circle?
We had previously launched a series of events called Yeux Grand Ouverts, inspired by the movie Eyes Wide Shot, for the younger generation, which lasted for about 8 years. The artistic direction was assured by Cirque du Soleil and was more on the trendy, fashion, fun, wild side. Tickets quickly sold out and some would end up in auctions on E-Bay. Afterwards, we wanted to create something that young people who love art could identify with and that would make them want to learn about art, becoming a collectionner and about the museum in general all while networking with like minded young people. After consulting with the younger crowd, which showed interest and enthusiasm to contribute to the museum's concrescence, the Circle was born.
2) How did you come up with the idea of the Unplugged events (D-Vernissage in French) versus the traditional Vernissage?
People often wait until the last minute to visit an exposition, thus the long lineups outside the Museum everytime an exposition ends, so we thought it would be a good idea to create a private exclusive event for members of the Circle one or two weeks before the end with no lineups followed by a networking cocktail with music, small bites and drinks.
3) Who is behind the event organization?
Young professionals from a large variety of fields and industries such as accountants, lawyers, people in finance, marketing and communication, artists, etc.
4) Who can be part of the circle? (is it only for young professionals in the business community?)
No, the only applicable criteria to be part of the Young Philanthropists Circle is to be between 25 and 45 years old. There are no profession criterias as we have, amongst our members, doctors, artists, lawyers, accountants, people from the fashion industry, the car industry, etc.
5) What are the perks of being a member?
The membership gives access to all the expositions, concerts, unplugged events, art chats and to a 100 museums in north America, discounts at the boutique, privileged seats for conferences while contributing to the advancement of the Museum through the membership which gives you a fiscal receipt for charity.
6) What type of events are organized through the circle other than the unplugged events? ( I saw some collectionner workshops. What is it exactly?)
Red carpet art chats, meeting collectors, sponsors, curator of the Museum. As a matter of fact, we welcomed Paul Marechal, a young collector whom lended us the Andy Warhol collection for the expo, for our last red carpet art chat. He started his collection 10 years ago by purchasing Warhol pieces through e-Bay. Some art pieces can be purchased for $300-$400, so you can be a collector as well.
7) How many D-Vernissages are organized for members of the circle per year?
Approximately 3 per year.
8) Are the events oriented towards social or business networking?
They are for both.
9) What's the feedback you receive from members regarding events?
The feedback is very positive. People generally renew their memberships and we regularly welcome new members.
10) How could someone get involved in the behind the scenes organization?
We actually have a wait list for young people who would like to be part of the organizing team. In order to give a chance to more people to get involved, we shortned the mandate length to increase team rotations. Being part of the committee is a fun adventure that comes with organizing responsibilities and meetings.
11) When is the next D-Vernissage?
Our next Unplugged event Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: Benjamin-Constant in His Time is scheduled for May 21st.
Editor's personal experience
I personally am a member of the circle and I enjoy their soirées. When people tell me they are not into museums my answer is: You haven't been to the same museums and events I go to. My museum experiences involve art, a killer ambiance with young interesting people and a refined decor, tasty small bites, wine and other drinks. Oh.. And I almost forgot to mention all the concentrate of style and fashion I get to witness in one place. So, this is an absolute must try and if you see me, come and say hi :)
Photos: Courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts
On March 18th and 19th as previously announced in a previous post here, was the 3rd edition of Fashion Preview, presented by Lolli Communications. This time, the much awaited fashion shows took place at the Tudor Hall of Ogilvy. It was hard to resist making a stop or two before getting to the 5th floor, but we made it!
We spotted Denis Gagnon, who recently collaborated with Place Montreal Trust for a special series of events which kicked off last week (details here), Serge Jean Laviolette, Jean-Claude Poitras, and many others, you could spot by yourself through the photos, the outfits are AMAZE!
Ok, so enough with the contextualization, let's get to the main course of the post: THE COLLECTIONS. Just remember, if some collections seem to be too wild for your everyday style, you could borrow a piece or two as the statement piece for your outfit to be matched with sober complements.
WRKDEPT opened the runway with zen samourai meets urban comfy looks showcasing neutrals with a slight colour pop in fluid materials combined to waist emphasizing ropey belts. My favourite piece is, without a doubt, the elevated boat neck (which is a derivative of the elevated round neck we saw on the NYFW runways when we talked about medieval inspirations here). I also loved the high buns (I mean that's my signature look ;) ).
KQK celebrated basics with black & White (& sometimes Grey). I loved the office friendly direction of the collection and the destructured touches. I can't help but have a punchant for the half short/half long skirt, which leave place to the imagination, the kind of business chic sarouel, the mix of leather and suit fabrics (always a winner) and the black destructured coats.
V-Franz or the master of original layering bluffed me as I was expecting rather casual pieces. There was casualty combined to strategic cuts and layering toggling the pieces right on the fine line between casual and chic, combining the best of both worlds. If you're looking for statement pieces, that's a brand you may want to consider.
Elisa C-Rossow confirmed the empowered women image of her brand with standing static dark model quatuor. There's something dangerously attractive and mystic about black especially when mixed to leather, you just can't take your eyes off of it, maybe because it reminds you of Batman, Cat Woman or Maleficent (talking about Angelina here) which are all badass! People were also able to try and feel fabrics of pieces from the collection which was displayed on two racks. I loved the armored style shoulders on the black dress and the woolen leathered perfecto.
Vaiken and its sexy shorts and dresses made me forget it's actually cold in Montreal during winter, but we do need some light sexy outfits for winter's best nights out! I also love the way the cuts embrace and accentuate the feminity of a woman's body.
Naïké also opted for neutral tones and clean 9 to 5 cuts. My favorite piece is the printed dress with that plunging V-neck and the sexy centered leg slit.
Les Incompétents went for comfort, with non adjusted sweatpants and mattress fabrics, yet feminine and masculine slightly futuristic pieces.
Leinad Beaudet's floral prints, fluorescent yellow and sparkly gold with his signature runway model age diversity and their effortless proximity with the crowd. Pay attention to the details of the plunging V necks.
Niapsou Design threw a boost of energy with the opening dance show right before models rocked the runway with hair bowes and coloured lozengy harlequin inspired fabrics.
Photo credit: Chris M. & Geovanny Solis.
The 3rd edition of Fashion Preview presented by Lolli Communications is scheduled for March 18th and 19th. The event which replaced Montreal Fashion Week has built its notoriety by working with caliber Montreal designers allowing them to show their next seaon's collections in a modern classy decor all thorough a professionally organized events. That's my personal impression of the last edition. The event will take place at Ogilvy's prestigious Tudor room (5th floor). You can find the schedule below and you can get your tickets here for day 1 and day 2.
Day 1 - Wednesday, March 18th
5:15 : Arrival of guests
6:00pm : Fashion shows
• Elisa C-Rossow
Day 2 - Thursday March 19h
5:15pm : Arrival of guests
6:00pm : Fashion shows
• Les Incompétents
• Leinad Beaudet
• Niapsou Design
5 Montreal Hot Spots Filled With Hot Young Professionals
Now that Valentine's day is behind us, I thought some of you single ladies and gents would want to meet a Mike Ross, Harvey Spector, Rachel Zayn or even an Olivia Pope and here's my selection of hot spots for cute YPs in suits, because let's be real, nothing's hotter than a man in a suit! Remember to be open to meet new people for networking, possible friendships or relationships and mostly to HAVE FUN! :)
1. Houston, Square Victoria. This restaurant/bar is downtown near the big corporate towers. The first time it captured my attention was while randomly driving by and seeing many hot young men dressed as they were shooting a Suits episode. I almost lost my concentration on the road, so I obviously had to try it out afterwards. I was not deceived by the ambiance, the menu and the eye candy!
2. Newtown on Crescent. This place is 50/50 as there are older professionals as well since it's near the offices on Crescent and Rene-Levesque. The delightful cocktails paired with the choice of tapas can be qualified as date-friendly. Oh and the jewel of the place is, without a doubt, the roof top terrace during summer.
3. That little Parc on Rene-Levesque and Peel aka Dorchester square. This is a must try during summer. Grab something to eat and improvise a lunch escapade there! It used to be my breath of fresh air during my busy work days back when I worked on Rene-Levesque. Trees, very fashionable young professionals, people picnicking or doing yoga on the grass. Ahhh damn you winter!
4. Hotel W's Plateau Lounge. It's a kind of Dress to Kill and See and be Seen type of place. Love the cocktails, although a tad bit pricey if you're on a budget. If you're on the hunt make sure the person you're making your target is aligned with your objective; It's an hotel after all and there could be some tourists possibly leaving town tomorrow.
5. Pullman and their vast selection of wines and young attractive young professionals. ;) They also serve tapas. Try their Russian-style Gravlax and the mini bison burgers with the tiny tiny fries that look like toothpicks. However, it can be a bit crowded and noisy sometimes, so it could be great to meet new people, but not for a first date (I personally like hearing what my date is saying without having to yell from the bottom of my lungs).
Photos via Houston, Square Victoria, Newtown, Hotel W's Plateau Lounge, Pullman, Wikipedia.
Girls, you've probably witnessed some of these fails first hand and guys, if you're reading this, please use it as feedback to improve your dating and seduction techniques. No offense, but some of you desperately need it! ;)
1. Asking me to be Facebook friends or literally searching for me on FB and sending me a friend request or a poke (which is weirder) after exchanging 2 words or worst, none or, even worst, before I even get a chance to swipe on your profile. I don't know you, you may be a crazy creepy stalker and I have some personal details on there that are destined for people I know at least a minimum. It also could be a sign that you want to see more pics of me and that you're possibly shallow?
2. Asking for my phone number after exchanging 2 words. Same stalkerish reason as above. Remember we want to get to know you once you trigger that "Oh he seems interesting" thought in our brains and that hasn't happened yet!
3. Pressing me to answer your last message with question marks. If I did not answer yet it means I either didn't have time (because you know I am busy and that's one of the things that got you interested ;) ) or I realized I don't see myself dating you after exchanging a few sentences. Rushing someone can get irritating and it makes you look needy (not very attractive!).
4. Bragging with your career, car, apartment, etc. in a very long monologue on our first date. I mean, if it feels like I'm the 3rd wheel on that date with yourself, what's the point?! Also, humble successful guys are way more attractive!
5. Being boring. If all your messages can be summarised as "Hi, How are you? Good and you?" you're not giving me anything to work with, sorry bro! You have to show me who you are through what you do and what you like and show that you have a good sense of humour (No one likes boring people and I genuinely think no one is boring. Some people just get paralysed by self consciousness or shyness). Play the let's explore each other's creativity and wittiness game! It's fun I promise!
6. I may be old school, but I think the guy should initiate the conversation and if it takes you a month to do so or to get back to me. Well... I have already forgotten about you (No jokes!) and I literally think to myself, who is this?!? In the mean time, I probably had 60 dates, got engaged, called off the engagement, travelled to Laos, adopted a kid... Just kidding, but you get the point! ;)
7. Don't play childish, provocation, or manipulation games. I have a pretty good sense of humour in general and I am easy to talk to, but my time is valuable and I ain't got none for drama or mind games. This triggers the "OMG, need to get the heck out of here!" process. To me the only game worth playing is seduction!
8. Don't be a jerk, be a gentleman. We love it when you open the door for us, morning texts are the sweetest, offer your help, take initiatives, be in charge, BE THE MAN! Oh and most women expect the man to pay on the 1st date. It's kind of an unwritten rule of dating. Most women won't let you pay for them after insisting if they're not interested, or if they are die hard feminists.
9. Don't be selfish and dishonest. We, women, have a radar for BS. We like sharing and being with real guys with good vibes who don't calculate every thing.
10. Don't be the bitter loser. If I see that in you, be assured that'll push me away faster than a Ferrari on a descending icy racetrack slope and it will confirm my decision about calling it A Dios with you! You want the girl to think waw he's taking this like a MAN, a mature human being. Could I have been wrong about him?!
11. I know you guys look at our pics and our profiles often (VERY often), but it sounds creepy when you say stuff like "Do you work downtown, I saw you were 1km away" a couple of days after initiating the convo, "Where are you, it says you are 39999km away", "I like looking at your pics while I'm at work".
First of all, let me tell you a little more about ECCO, as I am not sure everyone knows a whole lot about the brand. It was founded in Denmark 5 decades ago. It is oneof the only shoe manufacturers of its caliberto managethe entire productionchainfrom productionofleatherupto their own shops located in 87 countries around the world. ECCO shoesare createdbased on theScandinaviandesignphilosophy "The shoe must follow thefoot" and, therefore, combine comfort and functionality to fashion. The representative I spoke to also shared that Louis Vuitton uses some of ECCO's workshops to workleather fortheir products, which is a sign of their high quality standards.
So as part of the BrillxMtl event at Hotel Le Crystal, I was introduced to this brand I was not so familiar with and I wanted to share my perceptions and understanding of it and its next season's collection. If you scroll through the pictures, you'll notice the generally thick sole which increases comfort and that's what I would picture myself wearing when I travel or when I plan on walking all day. As much as I like heels, I love my feet and I love me some good cute comfy shoes for those kind of days. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection emphasizes on neutrals and pastels on stylish moccasins, wedges, sandalsand elegant sport shoes (great with a suit à la Cara Delevigne or with your fave pair of jeans). My favourite pieces of the collection are indisputably, the white little envelope bag and the white sandals.Accessories such as shoulder bags, totes,clutchesand walletsofferelegance andintelligent designsto keep youritemswell organizedand can be a great match withcasual and formal wear.
When I was invited to the BrillxMtl preview with Conair, at Hotel Le Crystal, I saw it as an opportunity to discover new products on the market and mold my opinion based on experience and here are the products that captured my attention (great gift ideas for him, her and ME ;))
So I tried the Conair True Glow Sonic Skincare Solution cleaning brush after washing my face with soap and another time after using makeup remover wipes and I could see some BB Cream that was still on my face removed by the brush. I guess it makes sense since it oscillates 300 times per second, yes it's not a typo, per second! And the best part is, I used the MED level, not the High level. My face felt clean and strangely a bit tighter. The brush is programmed to beep every 10 seconds, signaling it's time to clean another one of the 6 zones of your face, for 60 seconds and then it stops to keep your cleanse even on all regions of your face. The brushes are meant to exfoliate and reduce blemishes and must be used with a cleaning Gel. I personally like using the Neutrogena one.
The package includes 2 brushes. One for your face and the other for your body. It also comes with a charging stand which allows a cord free usage.
Other cool stuff that captured my attention during the event:
During the presentation, I also had the chance to try the Curl Secret on a mannequin which is the device that helps curl your hair automatically, by inserting little locks of hair in the little curling chamber made of tourmaline ceramic that automatically rolls the hair and uniformly heats it. The estimated time to curl your hair is 15 minutes approximately and the result looks quite professional.
I also would add the True Glow Facial Sauna to my wish list. I liked this because, as you know showering opens the pores of your skin and makes cleaning way easier, and this basically reproduces the hot steam shower effect without having o shower right before your face beauty ritual. And the best part is, it also has a refreshingdrizzle setting great for hydration, reducing aging signs and closing pores.
I also took other pictures from the presentation. If you have any questions regarding other products don't be shy, send an email or comment below ;)
I was recently invited to the BrillxMtl event for the preview of Tristan's Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Hotel Le Crystal and anyone who knows me knows how I am fond of the brand for the quality, the attention to details, the richness of the fabrics used, the large choice of colors, designs originality and the affordability of the pieces.
SPRING/SUMMER 2015 COLLECTION
With February starting in just a few days, I am slowly adjusting some parameters in my head to spring/summer mode and it is a great way of getting through the remaining winter days and prepping for spring, my favourite season! For the 2015 warm season collection, you will find structured pieces combining different garments and strategically placed stripes.
You'll also notice a sportswear influence trend like tennis court inspired polos and skirts. Other key pieces such as midi skirts, cropped tops and jackets, oversized sweaters, perfecto cut blazers and fluid masculine pants fill the racks in prevision of the very upcoming warmer days. Pastels are enhanced this season with a pop of vibrant colors which in my opinion is a great match as pastels alone don't always look so great on all types of skin tones. Flower prints and flower embroideries on sweat pants fabric (LOVE!) and graphic prints will be omnipresent and are coming back in force. Other prints of the collection evoke a seventies folkloric accent.Tristan's dominant colors for SS15 are cobalt blue, red, vibrant yellow, mint green, pink and purple (which is generally a fall color, but I love fashion adventuring).
The Spring/Summer 15 collection is currently available in stores, check out the sneak peak.
LUXE COLLECTIONTristan recently launched its TRISTAN LUXE line for women which combines refinement and elegance. The line, made in Canada, and crafted fromsumptuousFrenchjacquardswithclassic andmodern cuts for alloccasions is available in select Tristan boutiques and on their website. The men's LUXE line on the other hand concentrates on suits complemented with sweaters and shirts also crafted with European fabrics, mainly from Italy. The suits and the pants are made from the same fabric roll to insure absolute quality, symmetry and same colours.
The prestigiousannual contestArista,organized by theYoung Chamber of Commerce of Montrealand presented byBMO Financial Group,is in full swing. Theprovince-widecontest, this timewitha "Buildingthecity" theme,is opento all of Quebec citiesandis designed to rewardand putthe spotlight on the young business community between18and 40 years old working invarioussectorswho stand out fortheir achievementsand their implications.
Aristahas 7 categories:young entrepreneurin Quebecforstart-ups, young entrepreneurin Quebecforgrowing businesses,younginternational leaderin Quebec,young executive in Quebec,young professional in Quebec, young self-employedin Quebec, young leader in social responsibility in Quebec. Contest rules anddetailsby category are available on theArista contest link. Please notethat the deadlineforentries isFebruary 9th, 2015.
The finalists whom will be selected bya panel ofinfluential leaderswill beinvited to theGalato be heldnextMay 27that St.JamesTheatre, which will be themeeting place forbusiness personalitiesin an event marked with entertainment and sophistication. Tickets for the Galawill be available for purchase shortly.Photos: Courtesy of the JCCM.
Valentine Ô Valentine Event Invitation: Fashion Show, Shopping And Other Surprises
Hello ladies and gents,
I thought I should share this event with you fashionistas as it seems like a cool valentine's prep activity. It also involves shopping, a fashion show and other surprises (see description below). The event will take place at Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent Boulevard) from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Thursday January 29th. The entrance is free and you can register here (sorry couldn't find the EN link, let me know if you do).
Come and say hi. I'll be there with Chris and other friends.
Event descriptionMe, Myself and Montreal invites you to a pre Valentine's Day event presented by Prestige Box .
Discover Club Soda like you've never seen!
Get carried away by the charm of a lingerie fashion show made in Quebec by Sokoloff Lingerie for women.
Going out afterwards? Make a stop at the MMM beauty area.
Teams from Mary Kay Canada will offer you a professional makeup while Mekka Studio will do your hair - and both are free!
You like beauty products ? Les Industries Groom, artisans of male beauty, offer quality items and made in Montreal.
For women , one will find BKind , first brand of vegan cosmetics , not tested on animals and made in Quebec .
You have no plans for the evening ? Buy a 281Valentine box and get an entry for 2 people to finish the evening there .
Looking for a sexy gift for her or him ? Visit MaSensuelleBox booth which offers monthly sensual boxes delivered discretly at your home. You can also stop by Quebec pornstar KreamAlicious photobooth: we have a special Valentine surprise for you there.
Finally, after the pret-à-porter fashion show (made in Quebec featuring Sokoloff Lingerie), visit our artisans market to find gifts inspirations and ideas: it's all made in Québec.
featuring: WellDunn, Mochico, Masabni, Caroline Néron, Dinh Ba Design, OÖM Ethikwear, etc.
Clothing Rental Services For Your Professional Wardrobe With Chic Marie
Not too long ago, Chic-Marie celebrated the launch of their online professional wardrobe rental services in Le Crystal Hotel where guests were invited to discover the pieces that are now available for rental through the website via a fashion show. You can take a look at sneak peaks from the launch party (which I could not attend as I was in LA for a conference, which I will be telling you about shortly, but thanks Chris for capturing these shots) and my favourite picks from the current collection. Also, I had a chat with Marie herself about her company and its services.
1) Tell us a little more about yourself and what motivated you to open Chic Marie?
I studied law and worked in the field and as a young professional with a very busy schedule, I realized with some colleagues we would love to be able to shop from home and have access to new pieces regularly without having to disburse as much as when buying clothes. At Chic Marie we basically want to create an affordable virtual Ogilvy or Holt Renfrew.
2) When did you launch the website?
On November 13th and we had approximately 125 guests and people from the Media such as Elle Quebec. We are currently working on the English version of the website and we will be offering our services to the US eventually.
3) Which services do you offer?
We offer rental services of professional clothing for women. We also offer styling services and our customers can identify their silhouette and measurements, add comments to describe what they want and ask questions or get advice on what to wear for a date or another event. Our stylist may call them for further questions. They can also get a $5 monthly insurance covering potential damages to the pieces. If the customer likes an item, she can buy it for a reduced price depending on the number of times the piece was rented.
4) How does it work?
We have 3 monthly packages: 3 pieces for $95/month, 4 for $125/month, 5 for $155/month.
The customer can choose per example 5 pieces from the current collection and they will receive 3 pieces based on stylist’s recommendation and inventory availability. The price of the items does not affect the price of the package. They have to return the pieces they are currently renting before getting the next pieces package. If an item is missing from the return, we will consider that the customer wants to keep it. The maximum period of time one can keep pieces from the same delivery is two months. Usually, people opt for the bigger packages which allows them for 4 to 5 switches per month.
5) What type of women can rent pieces from your wardrobe? (age, career, silhouette)
Our customers are women between 25 and 40 years old. They are young professionals and many work in the big corporate tours. We carry sizes up to 10 They are financially comfortable, but can’t afford to refresh their wardrobes as frequestly as our formula permits.
6) For what kind of events are the pieces in your inventory?
We carry a lot of dresses, some of which are backless, blazers, pants, blouses, etc. So, principally for work and your 5@7s.
7) What are the advantages of renting clothes through your inventory?
Our customers get to refresh their wardrobe on a regular basis with new pieces without having to pay the full price of owning them. All the pieces are directly delivered to them and come with a prepaid stamp to return the package. They also have access to a personal stylist.
8) What's the new arrival frequency?
It would be each Thursday morning, but we will have more arrivals in February when the designers will start delivering their spring/summer collections.
9) How did you choose the pieces and designers to build your inventory?
With the help of a buyer, we went through a preliminary list of local designers and our collection currently regroups pieces from Annie 50, Tavan & Mitto, Bodybag by Jude, Travis Taddeo, Jax N Joe, Iris Setlakwe, Dinh Bà, Melow by Melissa Bolduc. We were looking for what was going to represent our customers: young, colors, punch and we avoided the brown and grey stereotypes of the corporate world.
10) Are you planning on adding international designers to the collection? When?
Yes we are working on it, but we did not set a date yet.
11) Which celebrities represent best the Chic Marie Style?
Olivia Pope from Scandal, the girls from the TV Series Suits. We were inspired by Jessica’s character in Suits for many of our buys for the collection.
12) Will you be adding other services and products in the future?
We are currently working on extending our services to plus sizes and maternity professional clothing rental services.
Launch party Photo Credit: Chris M.
Collection Photos courtesy of Chic Marie
Narcissa tells us all about Rebounding in her Rebound Fit Studio
First let's set things straight, I'm not the most athletic person. I get out of breath when I have to take the stairs somewhere, but I'm trying to get in shape and I want to have fun while doing it, so when I met Narcissa and I first heard about her Rebound Fit Studio, I instantly wanted to try working out on a trampoline!
Honestly before entering the room, I thought it was going to be as easy as sipping pina coladas on the beach... I was wrong. The workout was fun, jumping on the trampoline made me extatic, but I was definately overwhelmed as I took an intermediate class which was maybe a little ambitious as I felt like my heart was going to pop out of my ear at some points, which made me question my current workout routine. This workout made me feel racked in some places I didn't even think I had muscles in, so my new perspective on workouts changed and I think it's totally worth it to come out of your comfort zone and try somthing that's going to shake every part of your body instead of keeping the same routine forever... If I'm not sored, it means I wasted my time. I liked the atmosphere, the big Windows allowing light to come in, the Young crowd and the energy of the trainer Narcissa, which I had a quite interesting interview with, read below.
1) Where did Rebound Fit start?
About two years ago I started a detox program where I heard about it and started doing research and reading about rebound and I did not find any place in Montreal that was offering Rebound classes. That's how the idea of opening the studio a year ago came to my mind after experiencing its benefits first hand.
The idea was developped by NASA to help recondition astronauts' bones and muscles as they came back from space with failed bones and less muscular dansity caused by the lack of gravity in space. Then rebounding became very popular in the 80's as it is proven to be 68% more effective than a workout on a normal surface.
2) What is it exactly?
It's basically aerobics on a mini trampoline combined to strenght exercises in a fun ambiance and music.
3) What muscles does it target?
We have 638 muscles in our bodies and it targets every single one of them and because we defy gravity, it adds 3 to 4 times your weight and you get stronger and the jumping part improves your cardio. It's good for the lymphatic system and decreases risks of cancer. It also works out all the cells in your body. It is a recommanded exercise in the cancer and homeopathy community for its benefits on the immune system. You can also increase the intensity of your workout based on the trampoline you use. The softer ones will make your balance, bouncing and movements more challenging versus a harder one that will compare to a regular workout surface. We use the best brand of Trampolines at the studio. Their elastic is made with bunjee rings which are pretty resistant and it ensures a smooth bounce versus metal strings.
4) How do you compare it to other types of exercising in terms of benefits?
It is proven to be 68% more effective than a workout on a normal surface and it's great for cardio as you do half of the workout and gravity does the other half.
At the top of your bounce, you feel weightless and destressed which creates a high and your body will crave that high which is the same as the principle behind floating therapy that relaxes you.
5) Who can take Rebound classes?
Almost everybody. It can be adapted to all levels. Seniors can jut bounce and they will feel the benefits on their lymphatic system. Sometimes people in their 60's 70's come and bounce with us and if they do it for only 5-10 minutes a day they still get great benefits from rebounding.
6) Are there any celebrities or fitness gurus who endorse it?
Ashley Gordon, nutritionist and fitness expert, tracey Anderson and Tony Robins mentions rebounding in his conferences.
7) What types of classes/levels do you offer?
We offer beginner and intermediate classes. Beginners work in basic moves, focus on bouncing and keeping their balance and they can hold the bar to stay in balance. Intermediates add weights and different moves.
8) Are there any new classes coming?
We recently added a toning class that combines warmups, bouncing and focus 80% on body bars which is great for toning. We also debuted yoga classes on rebounders which add an extra challenge to your blance.
Photo Credit: H.B.
Interview with The Responsible Fashion Company Co-Author Francesca Romana Rinaldi
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I teach competitive strategy in creative industries and fashion management at Bocconi University in Milan and I am a faculty member of the Luxury & Fashion Knowledge Center and the Master in Fashion, Experience & Design Management at SDA Bocconi School of Management. Since 2013 I direct the Master in Brand & Retail Experience Management at Milan Fashion Institute (intra-university consortium between Bocconi University, the Catholic University of Milan, and the Polytechnic University of Milan) and I am consultant for companies in the fashion and luxury sector, mainly on topics regarding brand management, digital strategies and business sustainability.
In 2010 I created Bio-Fashion with the intention of raising awareness and providing information on themes pertaining to fashion and sustainable lifestyles. It is followed by companies, opinion leaders, and associations.
Finally, I am co-author of The Responsible Fashion Company with my Bocconi colleague Salvo Testa.
2. What inspired you to write the book about fashion and economic responsibility?
Despite great interest in the issue of responsibility in fashion from academics, students, professionals and managers at a national and international level, at this point in time there are very few books on CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) with an industry-specific approach. This gap in the literature has motivated our desire to explore the topic.
Right from the blog’s first post and from the first page of this book, the objective was to devise a new model capable of integrating the aesthetic, competitive and ethical variables of fashion by placing people at the centre (consumers, employees, suppliers, etc.) along with their interaction with various stakeholders along the value chain.
3. What would you like to accomplish with the book?
I would like to accomplish a higher awareness of students, professionals and managers on the topic of responsible fashion.
4. What's the difference between sustainable fashion and responsible fashion?
Sustainable fashion refers to the relation with two stakeholders: environment and society.
Responsible fashion refers to all the different stakeholders and contexts (including environment and society). Other contexts are added to fashion which characterise the sector itself: media; artistic, cultural and territorial; regulatory and institutional; and ethical value.
5. Do you think responsible fashion can only exist in bigger financially at ease companies?
On the contrary, it could be much easier for small-medium companies to implement a 360° responsibility. Transparency and traceability, for instance, could be implemented faster with a local manufacturing and knowing very well each single supplier. The more stretched is the supply chain, the longer it will take.
The link with the local territory is much stronger if the company has just one headquarter in the same territory and long term contracts and agreements with the same people.
6. What would be the impact of applying sustainable fashion guidelines in the industry on costs if retailers, buyers, customers and suppliers applied them?
The good thing of responsibility is that it is a journey and not a final objective. This implies that the responsibility practices can be modular, incremental and customized. For example the costs of making the stores more eco-sustainable could go from low, by renewing the lighting with led lamps, to higher, by acquiring a LEED certification. Same thing can be done in each activity of the value chain.
7. Do you think sustainable fashion starts with customers Why?
Customers play an important role in the activation of the virtuous cycle of responsibility. Nowadays they are increasingly interested in scrutinising—and having detailed information about— the entire production chain. However, it is equally true that it is not often possible to find out everything about a product’s history, origin and manufacturing techniques. In the vicious circle, without a clearly developed demand, companies in the textile & apparel sector choose not to invest in innovation; buyers, in turn, do not attend fairs dedicated to sustainable fashion and shops do not devote space to these products.
8. As mentioned in your book, responsibility for companies is often seen as a public relations tool, can you give us concrete examples of its benefits?
If companies are able to go from step 1, responsibility=PR tool to the final step, responsibility=source of competitive advantage, several benefits will be obtained: improvement of risk management; greater capacity to attract human capital; improvement of the business climate and of employee performance; increase in efficiency and optimisation of costs; increase in capacity to attract financial resources; reinforcing brand value.
A best practice I would like to mention is Brunello Cucinelli, an Italian luxury clothing company that applied the responsibility guidelines since it was founded.
In the beautiful context of verdant Umbria, Brunello Cucinelli creates quality products with a shrewd use of natural materials, with the involvement of sensitive, motivated and properly rewarded collaborators in the production process, with an image that seems at one with the historic urban settlement of an ancient civilisation, and with an intact and enchanting landscape, the medieval village of Solomeo (see Chapter 8 of the book).
Among the most important factors that increased the market value of the company during the public listing we can find its humanistic philosophy. Ethical and humanistic entrepreneurial model places people at the centre of the production process. It encourages the creativity of each worker and simultaneously develops within them a sense of profound participation in the group’s success and goals. This commitment is shared at all levels of the company and in external relations with “façonisti” and with clients around the globe, creating a strong level of loyalty and trust towards the company.
9. We often associate corporate sustainability to bigger public companies. Do you think it is a good idea for smaller companies to get the certifications? (cost and effort versus resources available). If not, how can they embark in the movement?
Getting a certification can be considered as a way to differentiate from other companies on the products or processes.
Certifications make sense for smaller companies as well: of course to take this decision it has to be clear if the certification is relevant to the customer! If the company is selling an intermediate product, the certification has to be relevant to the client; if the company is selling to the consumers, it has to be relevant to them. Depending on the business model and the brand identity, some responsibility practices will be more coherent than others.
10. You mention in the book that the definitions of “eco-friendly”, “ethical”, “sustainable”, “responsible” fashion and similar are often used improperly and indistinctly. What are the biggest misconceptions about responsible fashion?
This is not just about bamboo and hemp clothing. It is not just about having a conscience. The big potential here is related to the creation of shared value, as some scholars would say, or as I prefer to put it: integrating ethics and aesthetics across the value chain. Indeed, working towards more responsible fashion means trying to answer the specific needs of a wide range of stakeholders: environment, society, workers, consumers, art, culture, territory, media, institutions. It is all interconnected. This is what gives responsible fashion so much potential.
11. Do you think sustainable responsible fashion is compatible with fast fashion?
The most important fast fashion chains have questioned the traditional production logic and timing based on two seasonal collections (spring/summer and autumn/winter), by increasing the number of deliveries to shops and by dramatically reducing time-to-market and lead-time. The increasing delocalisation of production has generated an increasing globalisation of the supply chain. All of this has stimulated a corresponding surge towards new attitudes for companies, starting with increased attention to quality and a will to control the entire value chain. Recently, a new slow fashion movement has started to
appear; a return to the past as evidenced by models of supply based on proximity of manu-
facturing and the valorisation of craftsmanship.
It is true, some fast fashion companies are already showing many efforts towards
responsibility. It is a matter of compensation! Much more can still be done.
12. In the book, you explain that intensive usage of natural fabrics is against Bio-diversity but does that mean we should use more synthetic fabrics? Which option is better from a responsible company point of view?
It is not a matter of being fanatic. A responsible fashion company should be aware of
alternatives and look for more innovative fibers, being them natural or synthetic. Once
again, everything starts from the availability of information.
13. Do you think employees can responsibilize companies to sustainable fashion?
They can and they should! The potential of responsible fashion can be realized if an only if
a systemic approach will be implemented, thanks to the cooperation of all the stakeholders
involved, employees included.
14. Why do some companies think that CSR communication (promotion of its use) is the sole responsibility of the most important firms? And why isn't it?
A responsible fashion company applies the “walk the talk” approach. Communicating responsibility means to be able to involve the customers: in order to do so, authenticity is needed! Focusing on communication only, would lead to green washing and ethical washing: on the long term, this behaviour would betray the trust of customers.
15. How could fashion and art make sustainability fashionable? (tell us about the Karl Lagerfeld example)
Historically fashion, an élite industry, has always benefited from strong associations with art and culture because it proposes aesthetic content equipped with an artistic component—pieces of art for daily use. Furthermore, clothes and accessories offer aesthetic elements which are not only the result of inspiration and creativity, but which aspire to express a sense of socio-cultural change: the emancipation of women with the Chanel image, the new Armani female ‘working outfit’, or the conceptual look of Prada’s contemporary women. The aesthetic component of the garment is intrinsically associated with the evolution of society, and often the artist and the creative designer understand this better than the business manager, who often looks more to the past than to the present or future. Therefore, the recovery of an organic and concrete relationship with the world of art and culture has much to do with the added aesthetic value which, in turn, is an essential part of the value proposition in fashion.
Karl Lagerfeld is a good example to talk about the strong link between fashion and art: as Fendi creative director in 2013 he supported the financing to restructure the well known “Fontana di Trevi” in Rome, iconic location for the company belonging to the LVMH luxury conglomerate.
Since Karl Lagerfeld is also creative director for Chanel, for the fashion show introducing Chanel’s spring/summer 2013 collection he chose to fill the hall of the Grand Palais in Paris with wind turbines and a runway that seemed to be made of solar panels. ‘Energy is the most important thing in life,’ said Karl to the journalists after the show. It is extremely interesting that a designer like Lagerfeld should decide to put the renewable energy debate on the agenda, drawing public attention to this issue. This shows the enormous potential of the fashion business to contribute to the sustainability of the entire system.
16. What in your opinion is the responsibility of the Media regarding sustainable fashion?
The way fashion companies communicate is a tool to affirm their identity and to spread their manifesto of values, which includes ethics and creates their reputations.
Communicating the responsibility is important because, with the input of all stakeholders, it helps to define the company’s identity.
Of course, also journalists talking about responsible fashion in magazines and newspapers have a very important role to generate interest, share information, educate the consumers, keep the interest high.
Photos via Francesca Romana Rinaldi, Brunello Cucinelli and Karl Lagerfeld.
Francesca Romana was our guest writer this month and wrote an article on The Responsible Fashion Company.
The Responsible Fashion Company: integrating ethics & aesthetics in the value chain
by Francesca Romana Rinaldi, co-author of the book The Responsible Fashion Company
Talking about ‘responsible fashion’ has become commonplace, not least because the horrific Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and other sewing sweat shops accidents, have been an overdue wake-up call to the industry.
Companies are requested to be more transparent and traceable. Consumers are more aware and expect much more from the companies: the neo-consumers, increasingly attentive to the environmental and social impact of products, continue to spread at international level and belong to the niche often known as ‘cultural creatives’, also called LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability).
Responsible fashion will be the new black when ethics and aesthetics will both be integrated into the value chain of more companies.
During the last decade some fashion companies have started their journey towards responsibility.
Working towards more responsible fashion means trying to answer the specific needs of all the stakeholders: environment, society, workers and consumers, art, culture, territory, media, institutions. This is what gives responsible fashion so much potential but this is also what makes being responsible very complex.
Of course some elements could delay the adoption of responsibility initatives: in order to move from a “vicious circle” to a “virtuous circle”, which is based on the creation of shared value for stakeholders, a combination of elements is necessary: the need for the consumer to be informed correctly and thoroughly to ensure continuous interest; setting partnerships between the various stakeholders (companies, buyers, public institutions, universities, mass media); spreading a culture of innovation etc…
The complexity is there but companies that are investing, or are willing to invest, in responsibility are not just a few: there are already some strong benchmark players out there providing important best practices.
True, we still don’t live in a transparent and traced fashion industry – but this is the direction the industry is taking… in the footsteps of the food industry over the last decade.
The real change should start from each person, each manager, each entrepreneur.
Mahatma Gandhi was right. “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We not to wait to see what others do.”
Let’s start changing then: we have just one chance of getting it right!
Francesca Romana is co-author with Salvo Testa of “The Responsible Fashion Company”, Greenleaf Publishing (2014). She is professor of competitive strategy in creative industries and fashion management at Bocconi University in Milan. She is director of the Master in Brand & Retail Experience Management at Milan Fashion Institute (intra-university consortium between Bocconi University, the Catholic University of Milan, and the Polytechnic University of Milan). She is faculty member of the Luxury & Fashion Knowledge Center at SDA Bocconi School of Management and Responsible of the CSR Seminar at the Master in Fashion, Experience & Design Management. She is also an international consultant for companies in the fashion and luxury sector. She started the Bio-Fashion blog in 2010 with the intention of raising awareness and providing information on sustainable fashion and lifestyles.
Photo courtesy of Francesca Romana Rinaldi
Christmas is around the corner, but for some of us nothing urges, a lot can be done in 2 days. Whether you were too busy, or too lazy (no judgement), we got you covered with our list of goodies for you and your loved ones.
How cute is this Jessica Mc Clintock clutch and its gold an silver ombre kind of style. It could be matched with pretty much any jewelry you chose to wear. $39.98. Available at Browns.
This Vince Camuto cuff is the perfect amalgam of feminine refinement and squarish masculinity to add to a wrist for a night out or a glamorous party. $168. Available at The Bay.
A gel nails kit for a salon’s expensive look for less. Sally Hansen's Salon Gel Polish comes with an LED lamp, a gel base coat and all the basics. 60$. Available in most department stores.
A kit to make macaroons that will (hopefully) help save money from those trips to Ladurée while impressing your friends and family. Think of all the possibilities! $40. Available at Les Ustensiles d’Eolie.
A light weight camera that fits into your palm (and purse) to capture life’s most precious moments. The Polaroid Cube allows you to capture high resolution videos and photos for a bit less than a 100$. Available at Target.
You’ve probably seen it trending on twitter or instagram and it’s now your turn to get a hold of your own Against Humanity deck of card. A good way to entertain your friends with its satiric humour and many references to the latest most controversial topics. 20-25$. Available at Target.
A portable Crosley turntable (because why not!) for the hipsters among us who enjoy to listen to their music in a good old fashioned way. Comes in many lovely colours for 80$.Available at Target.
The Nars Multiple Set will make many of us happy. Their creamy texture is ideal to recreate a light, natural look easily and all three sticks can be used on eyes, cheeks, lips and body. 60$. Available at Sephora.
We just can' get enough of Vince Camuto! This necklace can revamp any 9 to 5 outfit or cocktail party dress. $240. Available a the Bay.
Interview with talented Crooner Patrick Michael McCarthy
I strongly recommend listening to Patrick Michael McCarthy's «Dancing in the Rain» song preview below while reading the interview. You'll fall for him twice as much!!
1) What made you decide you wanted to be a singer?
Ever since I was a kid, I always liked music. I started out as drummer and studied in the best music colleges and practiced 7 hours a day. I was very shy then and music made me more comfortable with girls and in general.
2) Were you ever part of a band?
I was part of a garage band when I was younger and it helped me figure which direction I wanted as a musician. Don’t forget singers have their musical style that sort of defines the way they dress and their lifestyle, but they also like and listen to other types of music. I was picturing myself more as a crooner because I love the 50’s, the stylish suits, the peacefulness and the classiness they inspire.
3) The story of how you got your first contract is pretty cool. Can you tell us a little bit more about it?
It was in Valleyfield during a huge event called Les Regates that reunited 2000 people. I interpreted Andrea Bocelli's song « Miserere ». A manager had noticed me and got me a meeting with a producer and free studio time to record an album. Afterwards, the production company went bankrupt and the deal was cancelled. Nowadays you have better chances of making it as an artist if you participate to televised contests like Star Academie and The Voice because of the huge exposure. You have to keep in mind that good news are potential good news and you have to wait until it’s done to celebrate.
4) What did you do next?
I started working on my album and my song "Celui" was ranked 4th on the 105,7 FM chart in New Brunswick.
5) Tell us a little bit more about your collabs.
I collaborated with a couple of artists such as Marie-Chantal Cartier, Sandrine Roy, Bruno Pelletier, etc.
6) Why did you stop working on your first album?
I felt like it wasn’t me anymore, so I decided to stop working on it and concentrate on what represents me.
7) You launched a publishing company. What does that do exactly?
It’s called PM Publishing. When an artist writes a song, 50% of the proceeds coming from that song is for author rights and the other 50% is for editing rights which means the rights for leasing or selling the song. Each time the song plays on the radio or on a show, it’s tracked by organizations like SOCAN and SODREC who send us a quarterly report with the tracking and the earned rights.
8) What upcoming projects are in store for you?I will be performing at Place Des Arts on January 29th.9) What’s the craziest story you can share with us that happened to you as a singer?
When I was performing in Indonesia, I experimented the indonisian celebrity lifestyle and it was something. Every morning we would be treated to impressive plates of foods, my clothes were cleaned every night for the next day and after my first show, 24 fans were waiting for me outside the room.
Another amazing time was while I was in Oman, I had a girl friend who happened to be a local and she took me to this private island. We had to take a boat to get there and it was coming back to pick us up only in 24 hours. So we had this island all to ourselves for a day completely cut out with no cell reception, nor electricity. We brought a mattress and candles for our romantic plan. We were just the two of us under the stars and we woke up to the sea water touching our feet. We watched the amazing sun rise. It was magical.
10) Are you a fashion guy?
I like dressing well. I love how men used to dress in suits in the 20’s and 50’s like real men.
11) What inspires your style for your shows?
I get my style updates from magazines. I also love James Bond’s style, the 20’s and 50’s and I keep an eye on what's trending in the industry.
12) Who are your favorite Montreal/international designers?
I like Philippe Dubuc and Hugo Boss.
13) What piece of clothing/style do you find sexy on a woman (excluding lingerie)?
I love the businessy classic look. Pencil skirts are sexy. I like when a woman doesn’t show everything and you can see her shape without really seeing anything making you use your imagination.
14) What advice would you give someone about following their dreams?
Your mission in life is to be happy and you can achieve that by finding your passion and trying to make a career out of it, so follow your dreams and remember to act on purpose rather than outcome and that each time a door closes, another one opens. Work hard and let success come to you, don't try to force it.
Photo credits: Samuel Girard ,Eric Mercier and Brittany Audette.
Interview with a personal concierge - Cynthia Conciergerie
1) I always thought concierges were in hotels only. What types of concierges are there out there?
There’s the hotel concierge, which is the one everyone’s used to. He most likely will help you as a hotel customer with your flower delivery or walking the dog.
There’s the independent concierge that will help you plan a get together with your friends or a romantic date and will make recommendations and reservations for you.
There’s the butler who is more of a personal assistant and would per example iron your blouse, bring your sun screen to the beach if you forgot it in the room, etc.
And finally the corporate concierge will assist corporate employees with their demands per example employees of companies that contracted the services of a corporate concierge, can get flight and hotel reservations to Vienna, restaurant recommendations, opera tickets in Paris, etc. through him.
2) What do you exactly do as a personal concierge in Montreal?
We provide our customers the best recommendations regarding activities, festivals, stores, sales, hotels and their services, transportation (party bus, limousine, car rental) tourist attractions and services based on experience, goodwill and reliable information. We take care of things people people don’t necessarily have time for, don’t really want to do or want new suggestions to try new things or new places.
We also have access to making faster reservations in popular restaurants like Joe Beef and Garde-Manger where it’s harder to get reservations.
If there’s something we cannot recommend, we offer directory assistance, but we advise our customers that we can give a recommendation because per example we cannot assure the quality of the service he will receive let’s say because we did not previously experience the service, but we can offer directory assistance.
We also provide event planning services such as Bachelorette parties and we listen to what our customers want.
3) Who can use your services?
People from different cities and countries. We can help local montrealers plan their outings in the city or their activities on their trips based on what they like and their budget with the help of our partners. We can also offer guidance to tourists visiting Montreal.
4) Is there a fee for your services?
Yes, we encourage people to contact us directly via our email email@example.com with the services they request as prices vary depending on the service and we send them a quote.
5) What’s the most glamorous event you have been to as a concierge?
I really appreciated Kyozon’s Grand opening. It’s a great addition to the Montreal culinary scene for its cuisine, trendy and hype ambiance and the different crowds it reunites.
I also liked the opening of the Laurea on Laurier. They have a great design and French fusion delights prepared by the chef in front of you.
6) How would you describe your style?
My style is very feminine. l always have a nice manicure and I like coordinating jewelery to my outffit. I would say l am between trendy and classy with a touch of pop with my lipstick or my shoes.
7) Who is your style icon/inspiration?
Mira Duma, Kendal Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Richie, Julie Sarinana from Sincerly Jules.
8) Who is your favorite designer?
I would say Willis Couture, Tea-You, Jax n Joe, Masabni, V-Franz and Denis Gagnon locally and Balmain, Moschino, Sophia Webster, Saint Laurent Paris, Isabelle Marant, Celine and Diane von Furtsenberg internationally.
Photo credit Nadia Seccareccia
Last week, on November 26th was the second edition of the Quebec Notable Awards in Montreal. The glamourous gala took place at the Science Center in the old port and reunited a very select crowd composed of nominees and their plus ones, organizers and the media. The view on Montreal downtown's semi-lightened buildings on one side and the St-Laurent waters on the other was breath taking. The red carpet welcomed montreal's chicest guests and nominees striking their best poses. Suits were predominant for men and despite the cold, dresses and stilettos were seen on almost all the ladies.
As an established publication for Young professionals, Notable is all about showcasing the outstanding accomplishments of canadian Young professionals and their lifestyles. The complete list of winners by category is available below. You may recognize Alexandre Despasties from Breakfast Television or past Olympics, Sugar Sammy from that time he made you laugh your heart out, P.K. Subban from the hockey games (most likely your boyfriend told you about), Abeille Gelinas from the sick beats on the greatest soirées you've been to. Were also spotted, Lolitta Dandoy, Quebec's rising Fashion blogger, Joanne Vracas, TV host at Breakfast Televison. The winners shared great advices and P.K. Subban received the extra honorific Fusion Go Further award, sponsored by Ford Fusion, Under the applause of a delirious crowd. Some people were even shouting Go Habs Go. P.K.was THE star of the night!
Julian Brass, Notable's founder, did an excellent job hosting the event, serving the audience inspiration and laughs making us proudly feel part of the YP community and wanting to surpass ourselves. Other hosts, such as Genevieve Borne, which is Montreal's favorite spokes person for fashion week and fashion and design festival to only name those, Jeff Baikowitz, and Eran Elfassy from Mackage took contol of the stage to present some of the award categories.
After the Gala, more people were arriving for the after party and I recognized other influencial Young Profesionals in the Montreal scene. During and after the gala, exquisite plates and hors d'œuvres were served to the attendees from Le Pois Penché, Miss Pret A Manger, Rustique Pies, KYOZON, L'Atelier d'Argentine, RYU, Rasoi, Bevo Pizza with some Robert Mondavi Wine.
We cannot wait for the 3rd edition, as they say in french, Jamais deux sans trois, and we encourage all our YPs to Stay Notable (or become it) and see you on the nominees/winners list next year!
Best In Digital or Media Agency - Alexandra Toulch, REBL House Media
Best in Finance - Brett House, Centre for International Governance Innovation
Best in Law - Alexandre Forest, Gowlings
Entrepreneurship - Mohamed Hage, Lufa Farms
Best Restaurant or Lounge - Alexandre Besnard, A5 Management
Best Bartender - Lawrence Picard, Nectar Mixologie
Best Chef - Antonio Park, PARK Restaurant
Best in Event Planning - Tania Tassone, TassOne Events
Best Celebrity - Sugar Sammy
Best in Entertainment - Alex Despatie, Breakfast Television Montreal
Best DJ - DJ Abeille
Best in Arts and Culture - Antoine Tavaglione
Best in Fashion - Elisa Dahan, Mackage
Best in Public Relations and Communications - Leeja Murphy, Agence Pink
Best Blog - Erica Diamond, Women on the Fence
Best in Journalism - Géraldine Martin, Les Affaires
Best in Social Media - Ariane Thibault, OVRGRND
Best Online Business - Sophie Boulanger, BonLook
Best in Architecture and Real Estate - Tatiana Londono, Londono Group
Best in Advertising or Marketing - Ludwig Ciupka, Agence Tuxedo
Best in Sales - Josh Silver, Unique Foods Canada
Best in Social Entrepreneurship - Melanie Richards, Happy Tree Yoga
Best Not For Profit - Jonathan Moyal, Segal Centre
Best in Education - Philip Cutler, GradeSlam
Best in Healthcare - Leonard Gordon
Best in Sports and Fitness - P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Fusion Go Further Award - P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Photo Credit: Chris M.
Everytime I go to Phi Center, great things happen, even if it means braving the paved Streets of Montreal's old port with my utterly high stilettos, you're a fashionista or you're not, eh.
Fashion Preview's second edition presented by Lolli Communication on October 8th and 9th gathered quite a crowed. Stylish fashion people here and there enjoyed viewing the Spring Summer 15 collections of KQK, Pedram Karimi, Leinad Beaudet, Brit Wacher, Marie-Eve Lecavalier, Elisa C-Rossow and Denis Gagnon. Tickets were also available to the public via lavitrine.com.
I loved the setup that was different for each show. Denis Gagnon's musical chairs game was fun and playful and the collection evoked a rebel chic BCBG enfants terribles kind of style combining lines, sheerness, embroided lace and clean cuts (and it made me want to wear socks with sandals and sign up to the very exclusive Enfants Terribles circle. We'll see what happens next spring). Leinad Beaudet's tea time setup made us feel closer to the runway and to the models, which by the way included beautiful mature women, who wore feminine elegant victorian - Jackie Kennedy inspired dresses. Pedram Karimi's models strippped down to their boxers on the runway which was not unpleasant at all to Watch and I feel like if Mount Olympus was still up, the gods would throw themselvs at the collection for its ample yet distinguished cuts. Brit Wacher gave us fluid destrucured classic pieces in a frozen models display set while ELISA C-ROSSOW gave us sport chic original (I am totally into the chic Lara Croft style) delivered with attention to details, if you notice the makeup on the models' fingers, the fabric covered shoes à la Lady Gaga, the futuristic geometric eye makeup and the sleek ponytails for all, in a store filled with frozen models carrying tags on the pieces of clothing. KQK delivered urban led back chic pieces and Marie-Eve Lecavalier presented oversized geometrical outfits with big pockets and details.
Overall, the designers went for neutrals except for Marie-Eve Lecavalier who added metallics to her collection's palette. Inbetween shows, a fashion film Preview presented by Bureau de la Mode de Montreal was projected in a room on the second floor next to the mini bar and the popcorn machine. There were also some exposants generously offering delish goodies like Camellia Sinesis, Lust Atelier Surcré or presenting samples like Maison Godefroi, Harakiri Design, Maison Bourdon, etc.
We can not wait for the next edition that should be occurring in April.
Photo Credit: Chris M. and H.B.
Recap of the First Ever Montreal Urban Fashion Week
The first Edition of the Montreal Urban Fashion week presented by NDUSTRI, in partnership with Dress to Kill Magazine, Fashion Magazine, Elle Québec, Musique Plus, to name only a few, kicked off with a VIP cocktail party at Pandora on September 4th, which reunited designers, models, media, and guests. This certainly brought abreath of fresh airafter theMontreal FashionWeek's cancelationlast fall.The aimof this newcomer:A newapproach to promote thefashion industryin the province with an emphasisonurban high fashion and their slogan says it all: When street wear meets high fashion.
The fashion shows took place at L'imperial and featured pieces of 24 Montreal fashion designers: Aritmetik, Mimi & Co, Cocody, Crazy About Black, Just Ta Design, Alysée & Co, Karv, Nubianation, Nemräc, Marilyne Baril, Diodati, Filthy Haanz, City Style, Erika Jean, Kim Picard, Success Clothing, Etnika Accessoire, Crooks & Castles, JaxnJoe, Voypa, Just ta design, Niapsou Designs (which was one of the designers selected by Garance Dore for the Fashion & Design Festival this summer), Dominique Ouzilleau and Anomal Couture.
Check out my favorite pieces from the runway. I particularly had a crush on: Nemräc for their personnalized urban chic touch that I would totally wear for work AND for a night out, Just Ta Design for their adjusted cuts and great use of pastel colors for men and for the amazing little details using lace and metallic chains that make their dresses sexy, yet classy, on the front AND the back, Niapsou Designs for the originality of the fly fabrics and clean cuts, JaxnJoe and their exiquisite mix of materials, Voypa for their on point street wear made chic that I would totally picture Rihanna in (I would too, even though I am more into professionnal chic cuts. I would mix both styles, because I am fashion adventurous like that), Dominique Ouzilleau and the actualized collection of retro elegant fur coats, Anomal Couture and their Femme Fatale drapy fitted looks and Anika Jean for the geometric accent.
In general NDUSTRI and the designers delivered talent and versatility and held up to their promess and we are looking forward to the next edition.
Photo Credit: Radu Juster for the Runway photos and Chris M. for the Kickoff Cocktail photos
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6 reasons why you shouldn't be friends with your ex
Ok, so I used to be the biggest believer in exes friensdships, but I kind of changed my mind over the years and here's why.
1. This is probably the major reason why you two should NOT be friends. One of you may still have feelings for the other and may end up getting hurt and going through a remake of the breakup all over again if you get too close. NO PLEASE! And remember you broke up for a reason and both of you are still the same people unless the Ghost of Christams Past pulls a Scrooge on you and stops by for a revelation of a lifetime while visiting your dreams and projecting your possible futures.
2. You already know him and feel comfortable with him, which encourages your lazyness and keeps you from wanting to meet new people and dating.
3. If you still have feelings for him, or if there's sexual tension between you too, you'll be putting yourself in an uncomfortable position where you might get a pinch in the heart everytime he's dating or flirting with someone else. Don't put yourself in that position, Tots not worth it!
4. Being around him will bring great and not so great memories.
5. Being with him around other people may give the wrong impression. They may think you're dating if you have a certain body language, proximity, inside jokes and that cute guy you've been eying won't appraoch you if he thinks you're taken. Don't let your ex be a co*k block!
6. Your current boyfriend will probably feel weird about it and not too pleased with the situation. Can you really blame him? You'd feel the same, if you were in his shoes.
This doesn't mean you should hate your exes or that you should ignore them. If someone calls you, it's ok to return their call, if you run into them, you can say Hey what's up, but don't live in the past...
Interview with David Pare, Seduction coach at Lcodeseduction
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I had the chance to interview David Pare, speaker and founder of Lcodeseduction. In a few words , he is the Hitch of Quebec. Their mission: increase your dating success rate! But beware, their services are not limited to dating and can be extended to other spheres of your life.
1) What is Lcodeseduction?
Lcodeseduction offers French conferences and personal coaching aiming to increase positive dating responses, i.e. the number of people who are up for a round two with you, improve your relationships with your other half, your friends and even your business partners.
2) Who is it for ?
It is for people 18 years and older and I would say that my clientele is 50% masculine and 50% feminine. In general, women prefer conferences and group workshops to share with others and men go for private coaching.
* Word of advice for men, Lcodeseduction conferences abound with single women... You may want to check it out... ;)
3) You also developped customer seduction conferences. What is it exactly?
It is basically the art of integrating the principles of seduction to business with customers, suppliers and employees to differentiate yourself from competitors , create intangible and difficult to copy added value and increase sales.
4) What should we expect from the conference?
Get answers to questions you have always asked yourself, as a man or a woman, and get a portrait of unwritten dating rules.
Regarding seduction for business, you will acquire new tools to improve your relationship with customers and other partners to increase revenue.
5) How did you build your reputation ?
I graduated in communications and completed my degree with lots of trainings and research in the field. We were present at a few salons in Montreal. We were also interviewed by the Breakfast television , Radio NRJ and Journal de Montreal.
6 ) In which events can people find you?
At the living solo show (where we had the highest kiosk traffic) and the National Women's show.
7) What are the free open house conferences ? It seemed pretty intriguing on your website.
It's a 2 hours conference including an interactive workshop of cold approach exercises and people can register for free.
8) What's the best seduction advice you could share with us?Don't be afraid of taking risks and don't be or seem desperate . And remember that you only fail in inaction, and worst case scenario, things don't work out, but you still gain experience and improvement.9) How can we fight that biological attraction some of us seem to have for bad boys ?
The attraction can not instantly disappear, but by being aware that it's a biological reaction, you should focus on your reason and wait for the dopamine to go back to normal by staying away from the bad boy to avoid temptation.
10) The million dollar question... What should a woman wear for a first date?
It depends on the image she wants to project. I know that many women don't like dressing too sexy for a first date in fear of being perceived as easy, but I think it would be to their advantage to show their sexy side. Let's not forget that personality will set the tone on who you are and that men are biologically attracted by what they see.
11) Do you think a stylish woman is a synonymous of high maintenance for a man ?
No, I think that means she likes to take care of herself and it is pleasant for a man's eyes.
12) I took a look at your blog section. I like the content. Who writes the posts?
I write on the blog with Marina, my partner, and a collaborator. We get our inspiration directly from our interactions with people and we love breaking seduction prejudices.
13) Any seduction book plans for the future?
I am currently writing one and I am working on developping material for a new conference.
Link to upcoming events from Lcodeseduction.
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J'ai eu la chance d'interviewer David Paré, conférencier et fondateur de Lcodeseduction. En quelques mots, c'est le Hitch du Québec. Sa mission: augmenter votre taux de succès lors de vos dates! Mais attention, ses services ne s'y limitent pas et peuvent s'étendre à d'autres sphères de votre vie.
1) Qu'est ce que Lcodeseduction?
C'est des conférences en français et du coaching personnalisé ayant pour but d'augmenter votre taux de réponses positives i.e. le nombre de gens qui sont prêts à étamper un "à suivre" sur votre date, votre vie de couple, vos relations avec vos amis et même vos relations en affaires.
2) À qui ça s'adresse?
Ça s'adresse aux gens de 18 ans et plus et je dirai que ma clientèle est à 50% masculine et 50% féminine. Par contre, les femmes aiment plus venir aux conférences et ateliers en groupe pour échanger avec les autres, alors que les hommes aiment plus le coaching en privé.
* Petit conseil aux hommes, il y a plus de femmes que d'hommes dans les conférences… vous devriez aller y jeter un coup d'oeil… ;)
3) Vous offrez des conférences séduction client aussi, qu'est ce que c'est?
C'est l'art d'intégrer les principes de séduction en affaires avec les clients, les fournisseurs et les employés pour se différencier des compétiteurs, créer une plus value intangible et difficile à copier et augmenter son chiffre d'affaires.
4) À quoi devrait-on s'attendre de la conférence?
Avoir des réponses aux questions que les femmes et les hommes se posent depuis toujours et les lois non écrites du dating world pour le volet séduction en amour.
Pour ce qui est du volet séduction en affaires, ça serait des outils pour améliorer les relations avec les clients et autres parties prenantes pour augmenter les ventes.
5) Comment as-tu construis ta notoriété?
Je suis diplômé en communications, j'ai eu beaucoup de formation en la matière et fait beaucoup de recherches sur le terrain. On a participé à quelques salons à Montréal, on est aussi passés à l'émission Breakfast television, sur radio NRJ et dans le journal de Montréal.
6) Dans quels évènements vous trouve-t-on?
On était au salon vivre en solo, où on a eu le titre de meilleur achalange de kiosque et égaement au salon de la femme.
7) Ça consiste en quoi les conférences portes ouvertes gratuites?
C'est une conférence suivi d'un atelier interactif d'exercice d'approche à froid, d'une durée de 2 heures environ. C'est gratuit et les gens peuvent s'y inscrire gratuitement
8) Quel conseil donnerais-tu à quelqu'un en matière de séduction? Le meilleur que tu as en stockÇa serait de ne pas avoir peur de prendre des risques et ne pas être, ni avoir l'air, désespéré. Il faut se rappeller que tu échoue si tu ne tentes rien, alors que si tu tentes quelque chose, même si ça ne fonctionne pas, tu gagnes de l'expérience pour t'améliorer.9) Comment lutter contre l'aspect biologique qui pousse certaines d'entre nous à être attirées par les bad boys?
L'attirance ne peut pas être éliminée, mais en étant conscientes que c'est un phénomène biologique, les femmes devraient écouter leur raison et attendre que la dopamine redescende en restant loin du bad boy pour éviter de lui succomber.
10) La question à 1 million de dollars... Qu'est ce qu'une femme devrait porter à un premier rendez-vous?
Ça dépend de ce qu'elle veut projeter comme image. Je sais que beaucoup de femmes ont peur d'être trop sexy au premier rendez-vous par peur d'avoir l'air d'une fille facile, mais je crois que ça serait à leur avantage de montrer leur côté sexy. Il ne faut pas oublier que la personnalité va enrober le tout et que les hommes sont biologiquement attirés par ce qu'ils voient.
11) Est-ce que tu crois qu'une femme qui a du style est synonyme de high maintenance pour un homme?
Non, je crois que ça veut dire qu'elle prend soin d'elle et c'est plaisant à regarder pour un homme.
12) J'ai jeté un coup d'oeil à votre blogue. J'aime bien le contenu, qui écrit dedans?
J'écris sur le blogue avec Marina, ma partenaire, et une collaboratrice. On s'inspire de ce que l'on vit sur le terrain pour rédiger les posts et on aime bien défaire les préjugés par rapport à la séduction.
13) Est-ce que tu projettes écrire un livre sur la séduction?
Je suis entrain d'en écrire un en ce moment et je travaille à développer du matériel pour une nouvelle formation
Lien vers les évènements à venir de Lcodeseduction
The winner of the 2014 edition, Lucas Stowe, left, wearing one of his two creations and his model, in the white ensemble.
Plastic, spikes, latex, straps, metallic pieces and feathers seemed to unanimously be part of the designers' vision of futuristic fashion. Although, I could totally see myself wear some of the pieces in the present, I am not quite sure we, humans, will wear some of the outfits on a daily basis in a couple of centuries, but I would almost sell my favorite piece of clothing to have just a little glimpse at catwalks, magazines and street styles of the future.
Denis Gagnon x Christian Faure - Fashion flavoured treats
Last valentine's day, Denis Gagnon has combined his sense of presentation and detail to Christian Faure's sense of culinary refinement to create or should we say artistically sculpt 3 succulent sweet masterpieces. Those pieces of art are availbale at Maison Christian Faure in Montreal until summer.
Faure's Maison has opened its doors last fall, but his reputation preceeded him as he was named Best Craftsman of France. The idea of a collab came naturally to his mind after Gagnon became a regular customer working a few steps away.
The price range is between $18 and $25 and the three pastries were inspired by Gagnon's Lac Saint-Jean youth treats, Montreal’s Habitat 67 and his love for dark chocolate. The designer has also thought of designing a cultry leather pouch.
Harper's Bazaar has conceived fashion emoticons so fashionistas can upgrade their texting game for fashion weeks around the world.
Those Fashion Emojis include chic dresses, trendy accessories, Twinsies who look like Mary-Kate and Ashley, a full portrait of Carine Roitfeld and none other than Karl Lagerfeld.
You can download the BAZAAR EMOJIS app on itunes.
Experimenting in Montreal - Speed dating for Dashing people
I am the type of person who will try everything because I have an insatiable hunger for discoveries and novelty. This is why it was only natural for me to try Speed dating, that and the fact that I wanted to meet new people and maybe find love or THE one... Ok, I know it's cheasy, but you probabaly are sometimes too! Let's just keep this between us.
While searching for Montreal's crème de la crème speed dating events, one company stood out: Men were older than women for a same event, people were prescreened to ensure meeting dashing people like yourself, they even had fun tips on their blog and seemed professional. That is how I ended up attending a Dashing date event which took place at Atame, the new aphrodisiac restaurant on Duluth. Kavita, the event hostess, welcomed all attendees with a warm smile and directed us to the bar which felt like a junior prom dance floor where guys were on one side and girls were on the other. It was funny to watch. People were cute and dressed chic, which was definately a plus. Cocktails were original and tasty. Once everyone arrived, guys sat at tables and we joined them right after and the prom night impression quickly evaporated. We switched tables each 5 minutes. Despite the fact that you can't get to know a person completely in 5 minutes, you get to see a glimpse of who they are. Between each table switch, we filled our papers with comments and checked the Yes, No or Maybe box to significate our interest in seeing the person again. Mutual matches (Yes-Yes and Yes-Maybe) were communicated to both parties within 24 hours after the event. We had a 5 minutes break in the middle and a social networking cocktail took place after with hors d'œuvres. There were definitely some attractive and interesting people based on my first impressions.
I recommand experimenting speed dating with Dashing Date as a fun activity to meet new dashing people. However, I suggest you bring a friend to make it less intimidating. Take a look at their upcoming events.
1. Add rich colors to your closet. I am pretty sure your current pieces will be delighted to welcome some fresh tints like green forest, fresh peach, fatal red, romantic indigo, sunny yellow, etc.
2. Mix different fabrics and prints. There's a world of possibilities to explore, just be careful not to look like you got dressed in the dark.
3. Enjoy some privileged alone time with your closet to compose new outfits and refall in love with those pieces you totally forgot you had and which may still have the tags on.
4. Clean that fashion sanctuary of yours and give away clothes that no longer fit you or that you don't see yourself wearing for any occasion. Despite your sentimental attachment, remember that all they are really doing is occupying space for no reason; Space you could use for future new babies, not to mention how you will make someone else really happy.
5. Accessorize! Belts, necklaces, bracelets, rings, headbands, ties, bowties, brooches, watches, earings and anything you can think of are always a must to add a special touch to your outfit.
Anna Dello Russo (Editor At Large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan), above, and Jenna Lyons (president and creative director of J.Crew), below, are two great inspirational style icons to follow as they don't put on outfits, they create art! Make them your muses to create your own masterpieces!
We had the pleasure to interview Olivia Deane from Sociale and she explained how the 4 sisters / cousins Olivia, Katrina, Kara and Tasha Deane decided organizing the workshops and networking events Sociale. The adventure started 8 months ago after their uncle planted the idea in their heads as they are kind of references for nice places and cool stuff happening in the city. The friendly quartet loves working together due to their relationship and their complicity.
Sociale aims to enable women to expand their network , provide them with a community to share, teach them new things and help them become the best version of themselves. Sociale can teach you how to change a tire, defend yourself, gardening and concoct delicious macarons. It can also inspire and guide you through conferences with brilliant women or invite you to exclusive shopping or beauty evenings with small bites and bubbles. So, Sociale connects women to each other and with retailers and brands in town in a trendy atmosphere and facilitates socializing. Sociale has many upcoming surprises for us fashion lovers, we can expect fashion shows in collaboration with Montreal designers, shopping soirées, consultations with stylists, sewing workshops , makeup evenings, nail bars and some exclusive events reserved for VIP members with goodie bags filled with love and care by our favorite Deanes.
The Sociale woman according to Olivia is a curious woman who wants to discover new corners of Montreal and try new activities while meeting other women and has no specific age. Men are invited to some activities from time to time, but 90% are exclusively for women. One of the moments that marked the women of the Deane clan is one where a woman told them during the makeup workshop : ' Thank you Sociale for making me so beautiful , I was feeling so shi**y about myself today'.
Don't miss their next event, a brunch-conference, to help you start 2014 off right!
Nous avons eu le plaisir d'interviewer Olivia de Sociale et elle nous a raconté comment les 4 sœurs/cousines Olivia, Katrina, Kara et Tasha Deane ont décidé de lancer les ateliers et les évènements réseautage Sociale. L'aventure a commencé il y a 8 mois après que leur oncle leur ait insufflé l'idée puisqu'elles sont en quelque sorte des références pour les endroits et les choses In qui se passent en ville. Le sympathique quatuor adore travailler ensemble étant donné leur lien et leur complicité de longue date.
Sociale a pour but de permettre aux femmes d'élargir leur réseau, de leur fournir une communauté de partage, de leur apprendre de nouvelles choses et de les aider à atteindre le meilleur d'elles mêmes. Sociale peut tant vous apprendre à changer un pneu, à jardiner, à vous défendre et à concocter des macarons succulents qu'à vous inspirer et vous guider à travers des conférences présentées par des femmes brillantes ou à vous convier à des soirées exclusives de shopping ou de beauté avec petites bouchées et bulles. Donc, Sociale met en relation les femmes entre elles et avec les commerçants et marques en ville dans une atmosphère branchée et qui favorise les échanges. Sociale nous réserve, pour nous accros de mode, des défilés de mode en collaboration avec des désigners Montréalais, des soirées shopping avec consultations de stylistes, des ateliers de couture, des soirées bar à ongles et maquillage et certains évènements exclusifs réservés aux membres VIP avec des sacs cadeaux remplis avec amour et attention par nos Deane préférées.
La femme sociale selon Olivia, c'est la femme curieuse qui veut découvrir des nouveaux coins de Montréal et essayer de nouvelles activités tout en rencontrant d'autres femmes et elle n'a pas d'âge spécifique. Les hommes sont invités à certaines activités de temps à autre, mais 90% sont exclusivement réservées aux femmes. Un des moments qui a marqué les femmes du clan Deane est celui où une femme leur a dit lors de l'atelier de maquillage: 'Thank you Sociale for making me so beautiful, I was feeling so shi**y about myself today'.
Ne manquez pas leur prochain évènement, un déjeuner conférence, qui a lieu demain pour commencer 2014 en force!
Photos via Sociale Montreal
So I decided to try this online dating site to join the 21st century and also, because I work crazy hours and I don't think I can meet someone with my current heavy schedule, unless I'm looking to hook up with a computer at work.
I met different kinds of guys and here are the categories of the opposite sex I got to date:
1. The really hot but superficial guy. He moved from Miami to Montreal and he looked like a greek apollon. You know he's trouble and not looking for a girl friend, but most likely a night friend.
2. The we haven't met yet and I'm already super possessive, stalker and nosy type of guy. All up in your business and asking you to cancel your plans to see him. NEXT!!!
3. The married guy who is looking to cheat on his wife and did not select any response for that marrital status question. Oh, and he will probably tell you his secret once you get attached to make it harder on you to pull off or will just never say anything.
4. The loser who will make it seem like he is all for it and searching for love and a solid relationship just like his parents' who have been together since high school, promessing unicorns and rainbows just to get in your pants.
5. The guy who came out straight from your fantazies: The pilot, the porn actor, the doctor. You'll probably have lots of fun with these ones ;)
6. The I just got out of a long relationship type aka just looking for a rebound who will reboost my self esteem. Arrivederci!!
7. The guy who doesn't have a phone or an FB account. He'll tell you about it without you even asking: This type creeps me out. I mean who doesn't have a phone!?! Ok, I can get that you don't want to share every detail of your life with the whole world on FB, but a phone for god's sake!!! Doesn't he realize that us women automatically think he's being too precautious or lying because he's married or something like that and he would be more respected if he just says sorry, I would like to share my info once we get to know each other or any other excuse, really any other one...
8. The norml guy. Those reprensent a poor 5% of the online dating community... Unfortunately.
They say you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince... Bring it on frogs! ;)
xo ~ Awkward Girl
I first noticed Rad Hourani when I came across the pieces of the first ever unisex Fall-Winter 2014 collection presented at the Paris Fashion Week that was his. I remember being marked by the originality of his creations and it made me want to know more about him. That's how I found out he had started his career here in Montreal. When I learned about his exposition at Phi center, it was only natural that I would visit it and I attend the conference he gave last Friday. I really had a crush for the second time for this very avant- garde designer who spoke with a frank, down to earth and occasionnally humorous voice to describe his label as a timeless style , rather than a trend that comes and goes . He also described his pieces as unisex rather than androgynous and underlined his preference for asymmetrical and vertical cuts, which he characterized as more flattering than round cuts.
(Re)discover the designer who is celebrating 5 years of unisex creations at Phi center through the exhibition, the pop up shop and the events in collaboration with other artists from November 1st to November 30th.
J'ai découvert Rad Hourani cet été par hasard en voyant les pièces de la première collection unisexe Automne-Hiver 2014 présentée à la semaine de mode de Paris qui était la sienne. Je me rappelle avoir été marquée par l'originalité de ses créations et ça m'a poussé à vouloir en savoir davantage sur lui. C'est comme ça que j'ai découvert qu'il avait commencé son parcours ici à Montréal. Quand j'ai appris qu'il exposait au centre Phi, c'était tout naturel que j'y fasse un tour et que j'assiste à sa conférence. J'ai vraiment eu un coup de foudre pour la deuxième fois pour ce designer qui avec un parlé franc, terre à terre et humorstique à l'occasion, décrit sa griffe comme un style intemporel, plutôt qu'une mode qui va et qui vient. Il décrit aussi ses pièces comme étant unisexe plutôt qu'endrogine et aime utiliser des coupes asymétriques et verticales, plus flatteuses que les coupes rondes.
(Re)découvrez ce designer qui fête ses 5 ans de créations unisexes au centre Phi à travers l'exposition, le pop up shop et les évènements en collaboration avec d'autres artistes du 1er au 30 novembre.
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From the Pantene and Cover Girl beauty stations to the art exhibit hall passing by the Target lounge to land in front of the runway showcasing creations of our talented designers on cute and diverse models, the 25th edition of the Montreal Fashion Week had a lot of eye candy to offer. Discover our favorite moments of the FW. Montreal's textile magicians seemed to agree that spring-summer 2014 is going to be floral, comfortable, drapy and will integrate much more transparent garments with a savant game of geometrical and asymetrical cuts, but don't worry, fitted cuts will always be IN we dare to believe.
Helmer stood out and offered quite a fashion SHOW. His collection used a Genius mix of textures subtly married to embroidery, feathers and various interesting cuts which were a pure delight to Watch. Viewing the models parade was like contemplating an army of chic and over the top (with just the right degree) Lady Gagas with spectacular outfits, but 50% classier and 25% less extravagant.
La Ruelle put together a geometrical modern sober office collection which probably would have been Audrey Hepburn's favorite collection of the MFW, and we're not sure whether the necklace added a futuristic or a raelian touch.
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Eve Gravel: The designer must have been inspired by Lana Del Rey's Blue Jean song as the collection cries blue DENIM in all its glory and we LOVE IT! We also liked the balance between casual and chic. Her key pieces included boyfriend jeans and overalls. Is it spring already?!
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Annie50's défilé was a rendez-vous between western and modern chic. (I had a sudden craving for milk shakes during and after the show)
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UNTTLD's cocktail-formal soirée were like pieces of art harmoniously marrying sheer to opaque and contouring feminine curves in ways that redefine women's silhouettes.
NISSE: Our seats welcomed us with tastfull scarfs in a NISSE gift bag in a romantic ambiance created with the small lights on the runway. They know how to treat a woman! The formal outfits that were served to our hungry eyes are perfect to spice up those 9 to 5 workdays with a touch of originality and subtle edginess.
Marilyne Baril: We liked the colors of MB's runway looks and the fluidity and clean cuts that reminded us of the chic jetset traveller. W're totally on board.
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Brit Wacher: Sheer migrates South in SS14. I admire their creativity for coming up with such original asymetrical and destructured pieces.
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Caroline Constas's runway was characterized by its young glam chic vibe using neutrals and prints tailored in feminine centered cuts that could be worn for a cocktail and for work, totally Young professionals recommended.
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Martin Lim: Although, we didn't get some outfits that looked like nurse jackets (not the custplay ones, the real ones) and the big jellyfish à la Sponge Bob on some tops, we got the overall message of the collection. ample meets stylish and every fashionista needs a piece like that to relax in style during the week-end.
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Pedram Karimi must have been inspired by mount Olympus judging by all the drapés and muscles presented. And not so sure, once again, about the nurse fever that seemed present on the runways for SS 2014.
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Melissa Nepton fusioned geometrical and minimalist with a tiny bit of prints all skillfully juxtaposed everything with sheer materials for pleasant eye illusions. (... with some nurse flashes and still not getting that fever)
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Rush Couture had an apparent spanish influence exposed by giant latin hats, flowers and ruffles. We were expecting a hot Toreador to pop up somewhere during the show, but the great collection made us forget.
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Travis Taddeo's live urban mannequins display was different and original which reflected the essence of the brand and its collection.
Don't worry Sephora has got you covered.. literally
One of the biggest turnoffs when it comes to shopping for makeup for me and many other women has always revolved around foundation. I mean, there are so many different shades, and, to make it even more complicated, some brands purposely change their products every now and then leaving you looking like a lost puppy in the makeup alley.
That scenario is about to disappear from your darkest beauty nightmares thanks to Sephora who recently launched a new technology called Color IQ which scans your skin, identifies its tone and assigns a number to it which is linked to all the products they carry that match your complexion. This number allows you to shop online with a reasonnable assurance that your purchase will match your carnation. It also works the other way around as you can find other fitting products by entering your current foundation's info.
This should enrich your next visit to Sephora and save you some time.
Au Pied de Cochon se transforme en Cabane à pommes cet automne
La cabane à sucre Au Pied de Cochon, sélectionnée par le magazine Food and Wine comme un des 100 restaurants à visiter dans le monde en 2013, troc le sirop d'érable pour les pommes cet automne. J'ai eu l'occasion d'y aller la semaine dernière et voici ce qu'il faut savoir:
1. Pour $50.00, vous aurez 4 services, alors mettez des vêtements pas trop serrés pour éviter toute wardrobe malfunction (aka un bouton qui saute ou des vêtements qui 'rétrécissent' au cours de la soirée).
2. Les services variées incluent les différentes sortes de viande de Porc, après tout, c'est la mascotte de la cabane et on y élève ces petites créatures dans l'air pure de la campagne de la rive nord.
3. J'ai particulièrement apprécié la salade encore enracinée au pot rempli de terre qu'on nous a servi, le risotto aux crevettes et à la saucisse, la crème glacée à la bière noire et les beignets chauds et moelleux fourrés à la pomme.
4. L'ambiance est jeune, branchée et conviviale.
5. La saison des pommes durera jusqu'au 27 Octobre et quelques places sont encore disponibles.
Louis Vuitton now offers online shopping for canadian costumers
Canadian fashionistas, get excited, the wait is over! We now have a canadian LV website available in French and English and with prices lower than prices on the american site.
The platforme has been active for a little less than a month now and some items are already sold out.
louisvuitton.ca's primary purpose is obviously online and mobile shopping, but is a delightful source of information about the brand. You will be able to plunge into the wonderfull world of LV where art, architecture, savoir faire and sailboat races all blend together in a luxuriant environment. You will also be introduced to the artistic director of the brand Marc Jacobs and go back in time for some historical insights to impress your girlfriends at your next 5@7. I bet you didn't know Georges Vuitton invented this closing system for vintage malettes in 1886.
Isabelle Marant, French designer and mother of our beloved sneaker wedges extended the subtle integration of wedges to boots. After the Basley last spring, Isabelle introduces the Nowles, which left us... speachless.
Avis à toutes les amoureuses de Red soles, on rapporte une forte concentration de stilettos et de rouge à Toronto à l'occasion de l'exposition Christian Louboutin au Design Exchange de Toronto présentée par Holt Renfrew et qui a pour but de souligner les 20 ans de la maison française. Christian lui même était présent à la soirée privée d'ouverture le 20 juin dernier avec d'autres personnalités connues du monde de la mode tel que Jeanne Beker et Dita von Teese. L'exposition s'étend jusqu'au 5 septembre.
En hommage à cette exhibition historique, Shu Uemura a créé, en édition limitée, des faux cils aux couleurs signature de Louboutin, soit rouge et noir. Ces créations seront vendues aux enchères en vue de supporter les talents émergents. De nombreux partenaires ajoutent du glam à l'expérience: Grand soirée par Grand Marnier , poser sur le tapis rouge avec Photostar, rétrospective éditoriale photo et vidéo par Flare.
The French brand Zadig & Voltaire recently joined Holt Renfrew’s in-store shops family in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.
What we're looking forward to: New pieces to refresh our Parisian effortless chic style.