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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.

LET IT SNOW – WARM UP TO WINTER IN ECO-FUR

Fur is fabulous – and recycled fur is even more so. Montreal designer Mariouche Gagné has carved a cosy little niche for herself and called it “Ecoluxe.” At Harricana, her beautiful all-white boutique near the Atwater Market, shoppers can sift through racks and shelves of re-cycled fur products: everything from full-length coats to chic aviator hats to cuddly teddy bears.

DENIS GAGNON SHOWS ALL: FASHION AT THE MUSEUM

Yesterday, Montreal’s whos’who of art and fashion gathered at the Montreal Fine Art Museum for the opening of DENIS GAGNON SHOWS ALL, a contemporary art installation about Montreal’s edgiest fashion designer: Denis Gagnon. The installation, which takes up a single, large room featuring a giant inverted pyramid hanging from the ceiling, was built in collaboration with architect Gilles Saucier and photographer Martin Laporte. It is an invitation to explore the sinews of Gagnon’s creative mind. We asked Denis Gagnon, Gilles Saucier and Museum Director Nathalie Bondil to explain some of the ideas behind this daring new exhibit. Following, the 1963 Pierre Cardin and 2009 Yves St-Laurent exhibitions, it is only the third time that Montreal’s Fine Art Museum features a fashion designer within its walls. The exhibit is free and held until february 13th, 2011.

SHOP ‘TILL I DROP

So What makes a gal happier than shopping for clothes and jewellery? Well, for me, it’s shopping for clothes and jewellery on sale! Twice a year, thousands of like-minded fashion hounds block their calendars to hunt for amazing deals at La Grande Braderie de Mode Québécoise held at the Marché Bonsecours in the Old Montreal.

MONTREAL FASHION WEEK: BACKSTAGE TO FRONTSTAGE

Montreal Fashion Week just wrapped up its 19th edition last night at Marché Bonsecours. We hung out backstage, frontstage (and back at the lounge bar) to give you an idea of the unique energy that goes on before, during and between each show. This is an hour in two minutes. Who you’ve seen: Sabrina Barila (fashion designer) Eve Friede (fashion journalist) Elisabeth Lepage (Marketing Director Soïa&Kyo) Marie-Ève Chagnon (Fashion Designer) Philippe Dubuc (Fashion Designer) Kelly Craig (model) / Cary Tauben (Fashion Stylist) / Karine Pronovost+Vincent Francis (Model Agents) Denis Gagnon (Fashion Designer) www.denisgagnon.ca

EXCLUSIVE FASHION – ONLY IN MONTREAL

« Oh my god, this is so goooorgeous – where did you get it ? » You know what happens next.  Merely a couple of days later,  the whole city is wearing that latest piece of fashion you were so proud of.  So much for being original, right? Well, if you’re visiting Montreal this fall, there are plenty stores you must stop by to fulfill your style hunger.  We’ve picked three collections that might tickle your fancy. Not only are the chances of seeing your latest purchase on your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend  slim- these collections are only available in Canada – you won’t destroy your wallet  because they’re all very much affordable.  So next time you’re being asked that killer question, simply answer : « I got it in Montreal daaaarling…»

MONTREAL DESIGNERS GET NOTICED AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

The number of Montrealers showing their collections, last week,  at New York fashion week seem to be rising every season.  In anticipation of  next week’s Montreal fashion week, here are three brands that created the buzz this time around.