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 are part of her recipe for success. With flagships in Montreal and Miami, she’s keenly aware of her clientele’s needs and makes that a priority. I visited Marie at her Tribeca, NYC  pop-up in early November—a lifetime ago considering our current pandemic isolation. ML Hello, it’s...

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 home speaker— one you might find in a minimalist Hollywood Hills mansion. The interior looks like a drawer to your bedroom bureau. The case may look like living room furniture but it feels light as air. They enlisted wood and leather with the most durable...

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 across the globe on business and pleasure trips, it’s no surprise that their collections are an expression of what they have seen on their travels. Anna Sui  loves a hippie girl, sprinkling her runway with a post-modern buffet of influences. She’s not affected by trends and...

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 dinner at Da Gacomo). I was in Milan after a long hiatus from the city and found it  the same as it ever was—fashion and food are #1 and so are Italian shoes. Although my time there was limited, I was able to highlight what Milan...

Color My World

Color My World

Men’s suiting has gone color saturated for spring /summer 18. What better way to enliven the world in which we live than to wear a statement of positivity. Optimism is the name of this game. Because many feel uncertain—politically environmentally and culturally, the hope is that outward appearance will bring contentment and certainty. There were many brands that dipped into this trend but below are three that stood out. Gucci is the leader of the fashion pack of late. Guru, Alessandro Michele’s has us in a dizzying trance with his fashion army. A canary yellow windowpane plaid suit has a...

What Megan Markle Did for Love

What Megan Markle Did for Love

Every little girl dreams of being a princess but it’s a rare lady that actually becomes one. This is the case with the American biracial actress, Meghan Markle who will walk down the aisle on May 19th as the world watches with rapt attention. She and Prince Harry will say their vows in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, a smaller venue than where his mother Princess Diana and father, Prince Charles captivated the world 30 years ago. Their wedding took place at Westminster Abbey with wide-eyed Diana looking like a transformed Cinderella. Although Meghan and Harry’s wedding will reflect...

Chanel’s Haute Couture Has Ideas For Brides

Chanel’s Haute Couture Has Ideas For Brides

Twice a year the pinnacle of fashion specticles takes place in Paris called Haute Couture. The literal translation of this French phrase is “high sewing” which involves painstakingly detailed dressmaking techniques using opulent fabrics, innovative designs and hand finishes. Fashion houses unleash their design prowess at the couture shows and create the most elaborate and challenging creations. It’s like the Super Bowl, the Olympics and the Tour de France of fashion all rolled into one A client sees something she likes (at the show) and makes an appointment for a fitting at the Atelier. The look is made to order...

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