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MEET A MONTREALER: COREY SHAPIRO

Montreal’s Corey Shapiro is the unofficial sunglasses supplier to the stars. He and his Vintage Frames Company have outfitted such celebs as Lady Gaga, Perez Hilton, Diddy, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and many, many more…

THE ART OF LUXURY IN MONTREAL

With spring shopping just around the corner, what better time than now to peruse artist Jonathan Seliger’s gorgeous bright sculpture bags– luxury that lasts…

SHOPPING ON LAURIER WEST

Having already taken you shopping down on Saint-Paul, it seemed like the time to take you uptown. Laurier Avenue West dissects two Montreal neighbourhoods: Outremont (west of Parc Avenue) and Le Plateau (to the east). Constantly evolving, this little stretch of retail therapy just north of Mount Royal is as sophisticated as it is decidedly French in feel…

MONTREAL FASHION WEEK

Montreal Fashion Week may have just ended and fashionistas all over the city are now sleeping off the shows, after parties and after-after parties, but we’ve got the video to prove we were paying attention…

MISS AMERICA IN MONTREAL

I tried. Short of wrestling Teresa Scanlan to the ground, I did my very best to wiggle my way into wearing the new Miss America’s tiara. Alas, I was told that, other than the Beauty Queen herself, only “little girls” could wear the sparkly headdress. I did, however, bring something for her to wear…

MONTREAL THREADS FOR MEN: PLAIN JANE HOMME

Founded in Montreal in 2004, Plain Jane Homme is a men’s clothing collection. Miss Jane designs timeless pieces that are perfect for the jet-setting, hip man. The collection provides accessible dandyism for the athletic type, and low-maintenance classiness for the computer geek. With clean lines and timeless fabrics, such as these, there’s no excuse for not looking sharp. We chatted with Plain Jane Homme about the collection, the guys who wear the clothes and where in Montreal you should rock your duds!

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER WAS HERE

Yes, I’m sorry to report that Couture King Jean Paul Gaultier has left the building – that is, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. But don’t fret, fellow fashion fanatics. He’ll be back sooner than you think to launch his retrospective The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which makes its international debut right here in Montreal before continuing on to Dallas and San Francisco. Mark your calendars now, people: June 17 to October 2, 2011.

SHOW & SELL – BARILÀ POP-UP SHOP

Barila Fall/Winter 2010 Campaign from Le Genou de Claire on Vimeo. Ladies, start your engines. Montreal-based fashion label Barilà is opening a pop-up shop. For ten days starting Nov. 14, get your fill of edgy frocks at major discounts. I’ve seen this local brand’s rocking show at Montreal Fashion Week; now it’s time for you to see the collection up close – and bring it home. To kick off Day One of this temporary boutique, there will be a special grand opening event with cocktails and nibbles. Plus, designer Sabrina Barilà will also be in the house to mix and mingle. I caught up with this super-stylish lady to chitchat about her ideas, her pop-up shop, and, of course, her clothes.

HAUTE FASHION EXHIBIT AT THE SOFITEL GOLDEN MILE

The drama!  The divas!  Great photos from the Couture Catwalks. The dazzling days of Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Dior. The inimitable elegance of high fashion from the runways of Paris are all on display at Montreal’s Sofitel Golden Mile hotel.

SOFITEL MONTREAL : A CLASS ACT

Seriously.  There’s absolutely no gimmick in that “five stars” rating. Everything at the Sofitel hits you as being top of the line.  Starting with the service. Four clés d’or concierges  (one of them being the actual vice-president of the international union) make sure every single customer gets what they want, when they want it.  The decorum adopted by the staff speaks for itself: the moment you step in, the staff makes you feel like royalty.