Montreal - FASHION & SHOPPING
November 1st, 2011
When we think of a general store, we go back to a time when you could get everything you needed in one spot. And we don’t mean last week’s trip to Costco.
Inspired by a shared a love of skateboarding, snowboarding, design and travel, twin brothers Oli and Mer moved heaven and earth (and a countryside barn, piece by piece) to create Magasin Générale Bruxe. Their carefully curated collection of art, fashion, furniture, and jewellery is housed in a stunning store that mixes skater-style with high-end design. We found a grown-up schoolgirl tunic by Betina Lou ($170), beautiful knits by lifetime, and mid-century design-inspired pendants by Tiny Little Chairs. Of course, we couldn’t resist picking up a packet of Pocky at the cash.
We think that’s everything we need! —Jennifer Nachshen
Magasin Général Bruxe, 5662 Sherbooke St. W., Montreal, 514-932-9802, www.bruxedesign.com
October 28th, 2011
We’ll admit it; sometimes we find it a little tricky to express our inner artiste without assistance.
Now we go to the A.D.F.M online boutique to find our hard-to-finds. With items from the interacting worlds of art, fashion, design and music carefully curated by founder, Michelle Wong, we can easily order the unique items that will help us stand out from the crowd, like quilted platforms by Bex ($185), Pantone postcards ($19.95) and a book about London street artist, Banksy ($25).
And if we can’t find that perfect piece to convey our personal style on our own? We’ll ask one of their personal stylists for help.
It takes a village. —Jennifer Nachshen
October 20th, 2011
We regularly use music as inspiration. A great tune will rev up our run or get us pumped for a party.
Jewellery designer, Morgan Mallett, went further and created an electro-pop playlist to inspire her latest collection of edgy, architectural accessories for Design & Conquer’s new Electro collection. Created using lightweight plastic polymers, each piece is inspired by a specific song from her playlist. We loved the neon pink accents of the Racer earrings ($45), inspired by Summer Heart’s remix of Work Drug’s "Rad Racer," and the Arsonist cuff ($249) inspired by André Obin’s "The Arsonist".
Now that’s some jewellery we can really dance to. —Jennifer Nachshen
October 19th, 2011
We loved to hate her on The City, but we couldn’t help but admit that she really did have a flair for fashion (especially accessories, right Mr. Zee?).
Olivia Palermo is all done with her exhausting dual roles of fake-working at Elle Magazine and real-terrorizing of Whitney Port, and with all her spare time, she’s started her own fashion blog at www.oliviapalermo.com. She’s spot on about the right-nowness of red pants and her leather shorts primer, is nothing short of lifesaving. But with most posts authored by a team of more than ten contributing writers, we can’t help but wonder if Olivia is up to her old tricks.
Looks like we’re still frenemies, Ms. Palermo. —Jennifer Nachshen
October 6th, 2011
We called it a retail road trip and headed up north to find well-priced picks in the modern boutique. We wavered between adding a classic gold buckled black cape ($259) or a fun faux fur jacket ($299.50) to our winter coat collection and picked out a stunningly simple day-to-night dress. We might have stopped the shopping spree there, were it not for a pair of fire-engine red slacks that stole our hearts ($99.50).
We headed back to our downtown lair loaded down with clothes, but we’re pretty sure we’ll be back again soon. —Jennifer Nachshen
Calvin Klein, 999 C5 Marché Central Rd., Montreal, 514-387-3428, www.calvinkleininc.com
October 4th, 2011
When it comes to sustainable design, the ladies of atelier b. aren’t kidding around.
Collaborative designers, Catherine Métivier and Anne-Marie Laflamme, took over the old Maple Leaf Hat and Cap factory to create their new atelier b. boutique and workshop. They kept the amazingly huge cutting table and old-fashioned sewing machines, but added a modern twist with their stylish made-in-Montreal garments. We found a sweet cap-sleeve dress ($145), a cowl-neck shirt ($110) and a laser-cut jacket ($210) from the F/W line, alongside jewellery by Alexis Buehrer and recycled wood furniture and housewares by Mitz Takahashi.
Now that’s eco-chic. —Jennifer Nachshen
Atelier b., 5758 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal, 514-769-6094, www.atelier-b.ca
September 28th, 2011
We’ve always said we need more Louis Vuitton in our lives. Ask, and ye shall receive.
The Ste. Catherine St. location recently expanded to a whopping 3,100 square feet, increasing its stock to include more beautiful bags, chic sunglasses, sparkly accessories, and stunning shoes. The elegant new space is designed to be less intimidating and more welcoming to everyone from the sweet-sixteen picking her first Zippy to the seasoned collector buying a Bisten. There’s even a cigar lounge-esque area for your guy to peruse men’s shoes in peace (after he’s done choosing your just-for-being-you gift!) and a bag bar where you can customize your Speedy to fit your personal style.
LoVe it. —Jennifer Nachshen
Louis Vuitton at Ogilvy’s, 1307 Ste. Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-849-6520, www.louisvuitton.com
September 27th, 2011
There’s a reason we only wear bras and thong panties during the day. They’re not usually comfortable for more than 12 hours at a time.
Finally we found a line of finery with a fabric and fit that won’t leave us fidgeting in our seats. The Miel Sisters soft, seamless skivvies feel perfectly comfortable from day to night. We love the Luna mid-rise thong ($20) under everything from jeans to jammies and the sweet Mimi bandeau ($25) to give us a little added coverage under our deep Vs, or just to keep our girls contained while we toss and turn.
Finally. Comfortable lingerie that lasts as long as we do. —Jennifer Nachshen
September 22nd, 2011
This is the year we’re going to boldly rock the winter turban. Especially now that Headmistress has created a line inspired by Montreal Winters.
The McGill Collection, including the Durocher Demi-turban ($100), Turban ($140), Mittens ($140) and Muff ($260), is made for staying warm. Featuring a native-inspired print, these old school accessories are made from 100% wool with untlrasuede and upcycled fur accents.
Just call us the Turbanator. —Jennifer Nachshen
At General 54, 54 St. Viateur W., Montreal, 514-271-2129 and Lustre Boutique & Atelier, 4068 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal, 514-288-7661, www.loveheadmistress.com
September 20th, 2011
The only reason we look forward to fall is the return of our winter wardrobe (hello cashmere, old friend!).
This year, we turned to fashion blogger, sometimes stylist, and always stylish Lisa Kisber of LKisStyle to edit our fall closet. Here are her tips for your must-haves for Fall 2011.
1. Skinny is over! Lisa recommends a fuller silhouette featuring wide-legged pants and maxi length skirt for a '70s style vibe.
2. Mix up textures with sequins, lace, feathers and fur (feel free to go faux).
3. Channel your inner ice princess with cool neutrals like nude, peach and white.
4. Little black dress? Boring. Stand out from the cocktail crowd in a little blue dress instead.
5. Accent with accessories in vibrant jewel tones fit for a queen, like rich purple, blazing red, royal blue and emerald green.
Check out how Lisa styled me on her blog: www.lkisstyle.blogspot.com