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Renata Morales takes over the Phi Centre

Renata Morales

If you know anything about the fashion scene in Montreal, then you will not miss Reneta Morales’ June bash. And if you don’t, you’ll still want to be there, too.

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Get Back in Brow Shape

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If you haven’t resolved your eyebrow issues, then it’s time to get them back into shape as the healthy, bushy, and well-groomed brow trend is gaining steam with each passing season.

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Global Fashion

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The fashion world, at times, has tunnel vision when it comes to some of the top fashion week’s around the world, but there are plenty of other cities, besides the major ones, hosting great fashion weeks with unique talent.

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Fun House

Fun House

Bold prints, pattern overdoses, and mixes of colour reign in this house, where dress up never ends and the party is just getting started.

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Boutique Oxford: Livres et Chaussures

Boutique Oxford

Lancée le cinq octobre dernier, la Boutique Oxford se distingue rapidement de ses principaux concurrents et devient en quelques mois l’une des bonnes adresses de Montréal.

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Melancholia

Melancholia

Equal parts the seductress and the dominatrix, red lace and black leather form a darkly sweet mélange. Every rose has its thorns.

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Emotional Rescue

Emotional Rescue

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Le Charme Discret

Le Charme Discret

Lithe bodies and feline poise spell seduction. With flashes of skin, sensuous straps, and shapely curves, these undergarments are the glamorous uniform for contemporary coquetry. The cat’s out of the bag – this lingerie is made to be seen.

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Liaisons Dangereuses

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James Bond may be a spy with style, but the real essence of mystique and seduction is the infamous Bond girl. No matter the time or the place she always packs an arsenal of glamour. An homage to the smoothest siren on the silver screen

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Stand by Me

Stand by Me

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Divine

Divine

If God is in the details, so too is style. From intricate lace, to appliqué to beading, exquisite embellishments create a playground for the senses. Complementing sleek silhouettes, texture and bold colour take control.

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Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction

Opulent femininity, sexy and dangerous curves, you can forget about the less is more philosophy. If to be a woman means to be “generous” then some women have more than enough for the excesses of luxury. What item of clothing hugs and celebrates the body more than fine lingerie.

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Diamonds Are Forever

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Hunting High & Low

Hunting High & Low

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Pump Up the Volume

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Christopher Bates

Christopher Bates

A man with the belief that love is the most powerful force in the universe and with the ability to design men’s clothing accordingly is certainly worth listening to. So, when Toronto-based menswear designer Christopher Bates said, “Love is my core inspiration and a central theme for my brand. Not just romantic love, but love for life,” it was impossible not to take note.

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Designer Duo: Tavãn & Mitto

Tavan & Mitto

We met up in their boutique/workshop located on Saint-Laurent boulevard in Montréal. While sipping their espressos, Payam Tavan and Mike Mitto reflect on the notion of love, the day’s topic. “Love of women,” they sigh in the same voice. “What can you do,” explains Tavan, “we love women! It’s for them that we design. There’s a reason why we installed our workshop above the store: we wanted to be able to observe our clientele when they first come in so that we can get a feel for their energy and find what they’re looking for. To see them evolve is a source of constant inspiration.”

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Designer Duo: UNTTLD

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“We spend all our time together, 24 hours a day,” confides José Manuel, who is now sporting a noticeably shorter ‘do since our last meeting. Since then, Simon Bélanger also stopped by the hairdresser. Makes sense: “We do everything together, absolutely everything!” A quote that says it all.

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Designer Duo: Martin Lim

Martin Lim

Danielle Martin and Pao Lim fused their two family names to launch their very own label. It’s a definite sign of boundless love. “The night that we met, Pao had bleach blonde hair and I was wearing a wig that I’d bought in the Patricia Fields boutique in NYC, the stylist from Sex and the City,” confides Danielle Martin, who at the time was a young fashion enthusiast fresh out of Cégep. “Danielle told me, “You have nice hair, you know!” And that’s how it all started,” adds Pao Lim, who was then himself just finishing a bachelors degree in psychical activity and sports science. “That’s where he gets his sport/chic inspiration from,” jokes Martin.

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Elie Saab: The Prodigy of Love

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To speak of fashion and Love with a capital “L” without mentioning Elie Saab would be heresy in the greatest form. That’s because, intrinsically, the style of this Lebanese designer, who rubs elbows with red carpets and haute couture clientele, is an ode… to love.

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Alain Mikli

Alain Mikli

In the world of optics, Alain Mikli is a legend. He has become the symbol of a revolution that has changed both perceptions and codes of the international eyeglass trade. As grand creator, he has designed glasses for a number of celebrities from Grace Jones to Kanye West, not to mention also some of the biggest designers such as Issey Miyake, Jill Sander, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Philippe Stark. To meet Alain Mikli is to discover a universe where philosophy and passion are intertwined.

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Seduced by James Bond

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Fifty years later, he is still an icon for men and an object of desire for women, or vice versa for both genders. He is at the heart of the longest-running film franchise; a pop culture icon that transcended the world of cinema. Blame it on his effortlessly cool and classic style coupled with that British charm. I am talking about Bond, James Bond, of course.

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The Chanel Constellation: Diamonds

In November 1932, Coco Chanel revolutionized the world of jewelry in debuting her collection Bijoux de Diamants (Diamond Jewelry). The press immediately flocked to her hotel showroom on Faubourg Saint-Honoré street to admire the dazzling collection, a collection that captivated based on its modern and audacious touch.

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Irina Rock’n Roll Muse

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Irina has porcelain skin, a heart-shaped mouth, and doe eyes. She also has a blossoming career: she’s part muse for the biggest luxury brand names, singer, and musician. Irina Lazareanu brings fire to the stage! This is the voyage of an atypical star standing on top of the world! By Elsa Vecchi

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Private Life

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The superstar is always dressed up and always on display. Fleeing the paparazzi she drags her bodyguards to the Ritz. Escape in luxury.

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Night Clubbing

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Success

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Glam Rock

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Black Celebration

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Goth culture has always had one big love: black. But with lace, length, and alluring silhouettes, we take the macabre romance a little further, striking an indulgently somber tone.

Photography Lily & Lilac
Styling Nadia Pizzimenti

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New Wave

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Photography Yann Ostiguy
Styling YSO

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Paradis Blanc

Paradis Blanc

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City Limits

City Limits

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Spécial Sport

Spécial Sport

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Simply Desirable

Simple Desirable

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Caprice

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Paris Montréal

Paris Montréal

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Designing the Body: Mr. Pearl

Mr. Pearl

Mr. Pearl’s corsets have legendary shape in the world of fashion. As a corsetier (corsetmaker), Mr. Pearl practices an art and skill that was long thought to have died. The beauty of corsets have captivated him so much that he’s been wearing one since the age of 30, giving him a slender waistline of just 45.7 cm. His work is admired by the biggest names in fashion: Galliano, McQueen, Westwood, Lacroix, Mugler and Gaultier. The following is a rare interview with the man of the shadow.

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Eco Fashion Week

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Creator of the very first Eco Fashion Week in the world, Myriam Laroche is above all a free spirit, audacious and passionate, who takes her convictions seriously. More and more, she teaches her eco-style to fashion and planet Earth lovers in hopes of educating, motivating, and affectionating them towards eco-friendly design.

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Shan: Above the Wave

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Chantal Lévesque is a woman who always looks towards the future. Smart and creative, for over 25 years she has dared to push boundaries and markets. After conquering the States, France, Spain and further east, such as Russia and Ukraine, Lévesque now has her eyes set on Asia.

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Designer New Wave// Valerie Dumaine

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A graduate of Montreal’s LaSalle College in 1997, Valérie Dumaine started her career as an illustrator, pattern maker, and designer for various companies in Montreal. After a stint in England alongside designer Gail McConaghie, she made her way to Berlin to soak up the underground spirit of the renowned German city…

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Designer New Wave// Anastasia Lomonova

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Born in Odessa, Ukraine, the dark haired-beauty studied at Toronto’s Ryerson University. After some time spent in the ateliers of Montreal designers Valérie Dumaine and Nadya Toto, she dove head-first into the waters of independence, standing alone at the helm of her own Montreal-based label since 2006…

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Designer New Wave// Thomas Tait

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“The next big thing in fashion,” the British media repeats again and again. At age 24, Montréal-designer Thomas Tait has become the it-thing of the day with his beautiful collections that are destined to someday equal the classics…

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Designer New Wave// Lucian Matis

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Years later, and after studying at Toronto’s Ryerson University, he is still designing, and has already garnered numerous awards.

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Designer New Wave// Ezra Constantine

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Years later, and after studying at Toronto’s Ryerson University, he is still designing, and has already garnered numerous awards.

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Designer New Wave// UNTTLD

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José Manuel and Simon Bélanger launched their womenswear line in January 2011. The two followed fairly disparate trajectories leading to this mutual end: José studied fashion design at Montreal’s Lasalle College, as well as at the prestigious Domus Academy in Milan, while Simon is a recent graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts at another Montreal institution, Concordia University.

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Designer New Wave// DUY

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A graduate of Montreal’s Lasalle College in 2000, Duy is one of the rising stars of Quebec’s fashion industry. After detouring to London and Paris, and working with large commercial brands, he took the next logical step forward, and began his own line.

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Marie Saint-Pierre

Marie Saint-Pierre

After 25 years of creation, with no less than 50 collections under her belt, Marie Saint Pierre is growing into a style ever more refined, focusing her creative energy on the simple placing of fabrics and a seamless stitch.

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Philippe Dubuc

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“Like a building, clothes are built. Like a skyscraper, my style is a reflection of urban civilization and cosmopolitan culture,” says the Montreal designer, Philippe Dubuc, of his line. The pieces are minimalist and chic, always a little “rock”, with mineral tones, structured and, more and more, deconstructed. “I have to warn you that the more time passes the more I like to deconstruct the meticulous side of my earlier designs.”

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Denis Gagnon

Denis Gagnon

“The most classic and pure lines possible,” says Denis Gagnon of his fall/winter collection for 2012/2013. Fashion is and has always been a question of being able to see into the future, always two seasons ahead. “Women and men, it’s the same battle… because, yes, it’s all about masculine looks for next winter!”

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Bold Ambitions: Arthur Mendonça

Arthur Mendonca

Arthur Mendonça’s designs have been labeled with every synonym of the word “bold” under the umbrella, and rightly so. But they are also definitively elegant, sexy and sleek – just revisit his Autumn/Winter 2011 presentation for a taste of the plunging necklines and the rich violet and cobalt colours. And with the recent Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, you can add another descriptor to his design esthetic: risqué.

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Stripped to the Minimal: Jeremy Laing

Jeremy Laing

Jeremy Laing has been consistently receiving praise from such style authorities as WWD, Vogue and Style.com, and successively refining his showings at New York Fashion Week. So the next big feat for the fellow Canadian is capturing the Paris crowd, with his unique take on minimalist wear.

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Elisa Sednaoui

Elisa

A fairy appears to have blessed the day this French-Italian actor and model of 24 years, Elisa Sednaoui, was born. Niece of photographer Stéphane Sednaoui, and goddaughter of the famous shoemaker Christian Louboutin, Sednaoui has become the muse of great designers: Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Haider Ackermann, and Rad Hourani.

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Jared Leto

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Costume or canvas? Decked in Ran Hourani, 40–year old, aesthetically infamous actor / musician / producer / director / and-sometimes-model Jared Leto unbuttons his thoughts on fashion and design, the intersection and importance (or lack thereof) of the two.

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Rad Hourani

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Rad Hourani, Quebec designer of Jordanian origin, has two collections under his belt: his ready-to-wear line, “Rad by Rad”, and his self-titled upscale line, “Rad Hourani”. Hourani is 29-years-old — five of those years spent as a designer — with a strong interest in architectural concepts. He is a rising star of design, a multidisciplinary artist, and lifts the veil on people around him from across the four corners of the world. From friends to close partners, Hourani has captured them all wearing his designs.

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Cult

Cult

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Under Your Spell

Under Your Spell

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Venus

Venus

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Daydreaming

Daydreaming

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Every You Every Me

Every You Every Me

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Glam Doll

Glam Doll

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The Room

The Room

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Anaïs

Anais

Anais Pouliot… Face of a young woman, with a doe-eyed look and incredible lips – this distinguishable young Quebec female is on her way to quickly becoming one of the biggest names in the modelling industry.

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