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Gifts for Quarantined Mamas

Gifts for Quarantined Mamas

It’s certainly going to be a memorable Mother’s Day for most this year but being hunkered down in quarantine doesn’t mean a day absent of gifts. Significant gifts don’t have to cost much to make an impact. It can be as simple as making someone laugh—that’s my favorite, on the receiving end. I love JibJab...

Did February’s Runway Foretell the Pandemic?

Did February’s Runway Foretell the Pandemic?

The theatrics in Paris brought out the most menacing tone. None evoked the gloomy mood more than Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga who cast a sinister group of fashion walkers— Dracula capes, Monastic robes, oversized graduation gowns, with models in black contact lenses had a chilling effect.

Royl Loungewear For Chic Homebodies

Royl Loungewear For Chic Homebodies

Rachel Rodin, a former personal stylist, founded Royl in 2018, for the leisure moments in a woman's life where she would normally grab the sweats. She began designing one or two pieces for her clients that she couldn’t find anywhere and it grew into a full-fledged brand.

5 Questions with Canadian Designer Marie Saint Pierre

5 Questions with Canadian Designer Marie Saint Pierre

You may not have heard of Montreal-based Fashion Designer Marie Saint Pierre, a  lauded pioneer of Canadian fashion, but if you are an avid devotee of fashion, you really need to. For over 30 years MSP built a loyal following with her fierce creativity and consumer-centric collections. Her hand-draping techniques and the use of scuba fabric...

Don’t Check This Luggage

Don’t Check This Luggage

When an aeronautic engineer and aerospace engineer decide on creating a luxury suitcase, there is bound to be a design explosion. Charles Simon luggage is the brain-child of Charles G Tremblay and Simon Maltais who met in college in Montreal. The Canadian duo dreamed-up a super sleek and minimalist travel case that looks like a...

Who is Brandy Melville?

Who is Brandy Melville?

While shopping with my then 12 year old daughter in Soho in 2018, she led me into a store I had not heard of or seen. Its name is familiar to many ( I later found out) and I suppose I had no reason (up until this point) to know this store since it’s an exclusively teen-focused brand— Brandy Melville. I consider myself to be fashion-savvy since it’s part of my job as a stylist, to shop for wardrobe for a variety of projects. In the past I’ve worked in fashion magazines at a time when they mattered— and women actually looked to them to them for trend info, so I thought of myself as a fashion establishment-hipster.

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

Karl Lagerfeld recognized early on that fashion and travel go hand in hand as evidenced in Chanel’s traveling show called the Metiers d'Art which presents a collection for pre-fall. In prior years this particular traveling circus happened across the globe from Dallas, Shanghai, Hamburg to Edinburgh.

Boho Chic Never Gets Old

Boho Chic Never Gets Old

It’s been well over a decade since “Boho Chic” entered the fashion lexicon and although its popularity ebbs and flows, it remains a strong choice for women’s spring wardrobes. Ethnic prints, native embroidery and billowy skirts are a welcome respite from winter and at the heart of this is the travel effect. With designers skipping...

Italian Shoe Round-up

Italian Shoe Round-up

Italy is the land of  all things beautiful and tasty—intricate gold jewelry, sharply tailored men’s suits, lucious linens, and of course, artisinal leathers transformed into amazing shoes and bags. During fashion week Milan is buzzing with buyers, editors and influencers who are franetically racing from fashion show to previews ( and if lucky enough, a...

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