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Montreal Fashion Jobs – Nature Inspired

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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Summer after summer we’ve seen floral prints on the runways and the streets. Although the flower still popped up during numerous big fashion shows this year, it wasn’t the only nature inspired detail. Besides flowers, big leaves, water patterns, mountains, trees and animal prints were all part of the nature trend embraced by popular designers such as Michael Kors and Preen.


There are many ways to incorporate the great outdoors into your style. Nature-inspired prints can look great when featured on classic styles of apparel such as a fitted pencil skirt or blazer. If you want to treat the print itself as a statement piece, pair it with more neutral tones. For a more daring and unique approach to the trend, try mixing different textures and colours that represent earthly elements.


The great thing about the nature-inspired trend is that you don’t have to look too far for inspiration. Some of the most inspiring things are just outside your own window!


1. Ted Baker London Bejeweled Wing Print Blazer, $379.77, available at Nordstrom

2. Topshop Banana Leaf Print Top, $82.94, available at Nordstrom

3. Osklen Rustic Twilight Skirt, $344.10, available at Shopbop

4. Line & Dot Print Cutaway Cotton Dress, $128.77, available at Nordstrom

5. Nicole Miller Print Ruched Sheath Dress, $360.12, available at Nordstrom

6. Barbara Bui Printed Chino Pants, $194


By: Faryn Wegler, Toronto


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Montreal Fashion Jobs – The Winter Skirt

Thursday, November 17th, 2011


Wearing a black power skirt every time you’re trousers are in the wash can get a little… well, boring. This winter, try a whimsical look and opt for a long flowy maxi skirt instead. Mary-Kate and Ashley have been rocking this romantic, boho inspired trend since their early days – proof that the look has no height requirement. Although the look originally caught fire this summer, you can easily transform summer’s floor length wonders into winter staples. Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren all went long for their fall 2011 RTW collections. Simply look for long skirts in darker colours (brown, burnt orange, mustard yellow, army green, navy) and winter-friendly fabrics like suede, cotton, velour, and denim.


1. Inspiration: A look from the Prabal Gurung fall 2011 RTW collection. Image courtesy of

2. Alice + Olivia Shannon Pleated Long Skirt ($291.40), available at Shopbop 

3. A-Line Shaped Maxi Skirt ($59.95), available at Mango.

4. Pleated Maxi Skirt in Mustard Yellow ($23.80), available at Forever 21.

5. Steven Allen Margot Printed Polka-Dot Silk Maxi Skirt ($225), available at Net-a-Porter.

6. Flared Long Skirt with elastic waistband ($79), available at Jacob.
7. 1969 Long Denim Skirt in Indigo ($79.95), avaialble at Gap.


By: Sophia Loffreda, Montreal


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Montreal Stylish Dot.coms

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Midnight Poutine

Midnight Poutine covers the news, events and cultural goings-on of la belle ville, so check it out daily and you’ll never miss out on all that Montreal has to offer. Bookmark the fashion section and stay in the know of the latest stylish events, exhibitions, store openings and street style.

Fashionista 514 

Fashionista 514 is the personal blog of makeup artist and designer Robyn Chalmers that documents her inspirations and daily life, with plenty of outfit posts, event recaps, beauty ideas and tutorials. Her look is glamorous and dramatic but still effortless, with ample inspiration for how to inject some old-school elegance into your wardrobe.

Fashion Minute 

Personal stylist Raji Sohal infuses her blog with a fresh perspective on fashion and style, with runway reviews and unique how-tos for incorporating more trendy pieces into your daily rotation. Featured on as one of their favourite Canadian bloggers and a frequent contributor to CBC Radio One, Raji is definitely a blogger to watch as part of Montreal’s growing fashion set.

Montreal in Fashion

Candice Pantin is the author behind Montreal in Fashion, a blog dedicated to relishing and dissecting all the stylish goings-on in Montreal. An extensive collection of personal style photography showcases her flair for finding the perfect vintage pieces to fit with her casual-chic ensembles, as well as strikingly dramatic looks that stand out any night of the week.

Mui Koridi

Mui Koridi uses her eponymous blog to share insight on accessible fashion, street style, trends and the latest celeb news. Her dynamic site includes numerous photos and videos showcasing her talent for the crafting the perfect outfit for any event, as well as updates on designer collections and celeb-inspired trends.

Gold Leaf 

Gold Leaf is a showcase for beautiful design, whether it’s architecture and interiors or high-fashion haute couture. Gorgeous photos highlight choice editorials that reveal must-adopt fashion and beauty trends, while personal photography offers an insider’s look at all the style-savvy events about town.

La Raffinerie 

Julia Vallelunga is the vintage-loving, jewellery-making fashion lover behind Montreal’s La Raffinerie. The blog features unique and stunning imagery of her daily outings, inspirations and of course, her gorgeous jewellery (her statement necklaces are on our holiday wishlists!). The blogger/designer extraordinaire has recently collaborated with retail powerhouse Anthropologie, giving readers and shoppers even more to talk about.

By: Sara Constantineau, Toronto

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – Can’t B-U-Y? Then D-I-Y

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Fashion blogging is a brave new world that changes and evolves everyday. It seems a new online magazine, blog or vlog pops up each week with even more sub-genres emerging in the flurry. One category that seems to be gaining both steam and mainstream attention is DIY fashion blogs. With the mantra “If you can’t B-U-Y then D-I-Y” creative bloggers are whipping up runway inspired clothes, accessories and footwear with bigwig DIY fashion bloggers like Erica Domesk of P.S. I Made This and Jenni Radosevich I Spy DIY landing in print publications like Teen Vogue, CNN Living, InStyle and and even getting book deals (check out P.S. I Made This…I See It. I Like It. I Make It at Chapters). We’ve rounded up the top six DIY fashion blogs on our Google Reader so you don’t have to.


Designer Erica Chan Coffman and stylist Lauren Colodny are the creative minds behind inspiration and DIY fashion blog Honestly…WTF. Look to these ladies for wonderful photography, travel shots, interior design and, of course, creative DIY projects. From a baroque Proenza Schouler inspired scroll necklace made out of chandelier ornaments and decorative wooden molding to easy step-by-step instructions on how to create the perfect arm party, these long distance besties have you covered.

A Pair and A Spare 

Hong Kong-based DIY fashion blogger Geneva has a passion for crafty style. “DIY Fashion is about recreating the most coveted looks and trends yourself by doing projects that are professional looking, save you money and are also mindful of sustainability and the environment,” she says. Geneva artfully documents her DIY creations (including a gorgeous wrapped bodice side split dress), project inspirations and her travels throughout Asia.

Freshly Given 

Whitney of Freshly Given is the new kid on the DIY fashion blog block but her creations are anything but amateur. She specializes in repurposing, recreating and reinvigorating thrifted, swapped and inherited clothing finds. Her collection of vintage-inspired creations are oh-so-covetable. Whether you’re handy with a sewing machine or are the needle-and-thread type of DIY-er you’ll find something to create on this blog. Personal favourites include a pair of men’s jeans re-envisioned as a minimalist denim dress and a wrap shirt made out of her grandmother’s old skirt.


Glitter and Glue 

Los Angeles-based wardrobe stylist and fashion blogger Kristen Turner is a self-professed recovering shopaholic who found a cure for her high-end retail addiction in DIYing. With materials ranging from vintage buttons, plastic tubing, miniature rubber toys, duct tape and of course, lots of glitter and glue, she manages to create designer inspired duds and accessories on a budget.

I Spy DIY 

Full-time InStyle layout designer and part-time blogger Jenni Radosevich is a crafty young woman. Her celebrity and runway-inspired no-sew creations have been featured in InStyle, CNN and and retailers including Kmart have searched out her skill to bring high-end fashion to the masses. Top projects include an ombre denim shirt, a Jason Wu-inspired lace v-neck shirt and a statement necklace made out of straws, shoelaces and spray paint.

…Love Maegan 

Whether you’re looking to add a unique, handmade garment to your wardrobe or spice up your home décor style blog …Love Maegan has you covered. The brainchild of style editor and beauty expert Maegan Tintari, this site features hair tutorials and fashion advice alongside fun and flirty “MIYs” (Maeg-It-Yourself). Favourites include a feathered skirt, a leather cutout necklace and a lanyard bracelet.

By: Septembre Anderson, Toronto

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – The Fashion Rider

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011


Synonymous with elegance and sport, the equestrian world is also one of high style. With rich fabrics like tweed and leather, in sophisticated tones of brown, black, olive and cream, equestrian inspired clothing is an impossibly chic way to add dimension to your wardrobe – experience on horseback not required. To transition seamlessly from the stables to the streets, mix timeless riding inspired pieces in to your favorite fall looks for effortless, urban appeal.

1. Eugenia Kim Muffy Equestrian Cap, $159, available at Shopbop

2. Lauren by Ralph Lauren “Emely Georgette Ruffle Blouse” ($89), available at The Bay

3. Gucci Horsebit Leather Bag, $890 USD, available at Net-a-Porter

4.  Tommy Hilfiger Favorite Quilted Jacket, $99 USD

5. J.Crew Houndstooth Moore Blazer, $460 USD

6. Tory Burch “Aaden Leather Boots” ($495 USD), available at Net-a-Porter

7. Tiffany & Co. T&CO Horseshoe Charm, $150

8. J.Crew Minnie Jodhpur Pant, $188 USD

By: Elizabeth Pryde, Vancouver

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – Petite Purses

Monday, September 19th, 2011


No too long ago women were seen sporting enormous handbags that could have easily been confused as carry-on luggage by the average man. To the relief of our forearms, bags have been getting smaller in size, but certainly not any less desirable. Petite purses have been spotted on the shoulders of top trendsetters, on runways and in the collections of our favourite brands. Consider some of these pint-sizes options to complete your next party outfit, or free yourself of unnecessary handbag junk and use it as your everyday bag.

1. Zara Leather Messenger Bag, $60

2. Tory Burch Needlepoint Bond Mini Bag, $325 US

3. En Shalla Mini Moon Fringe, $152, ShopBop

4. J. Crew Rigby Saddle Bag, $138



By: Daniela DiStefano, Toronto

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Montreal Fashion Week, 21st Edition

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

After years of shining the spotlight on our city’s unique eclectic style, Montreal Fashion Week recently celebrated its 21st anniversary. From September 6th to the 9th, fashion lovers flocked to the Mecca of all things fabulous, as runway shows were held in the Old Port at the stunning Marché Bonsecours.

Organized by Sensation Mode, the event gave us a sneak peak into the most exciting trends for the upcoming seasons, as Canada’s brightest and most promising designers showed off their talents.

Denis Gagnon, Philippe Dubuc, Marie Saint Pierre, Barilà, Travis Taddeo, Cluc, Dimitri Chris, Simon Chang, Annie 50, Anomal Couture, Soïa & Kyo, Anastasia Lomonova, Andrew Floyd, Dinh Bà Design, Mélissa Nepton, Iris Setlawke, Label Europe, and Duy (among others) all presented their Spring/Summer 2012 collections.

Of course, the front row and post-show VIP lounges were the stomping grounds for Montreal’s fashion elite.

Spotted? Denis Gagnon himself, sitting pretty in his high drama black frames at Travis Taddeo (the Lasalle College grad’s collection was all about stylish feathers, fantastic capes, distressed denim, black leather, and transparent blouses).

Denis Binet was also surrounded by hot young fashion things. The consulting stylist for Pantene Pro –V and his team were busy doing hair backstage.

The runway shows were all breathtaking and the event’s energy, even more so. Everywhere you turned there were daring outfits, free-flowing bubbly, gazelle legs, and flashing lights. There is no doubt that when Montreal does fashion, they do it right.

Check out Fashion Magazine’s video coverage of the most highly anticipated runway collections.

By: Sophia Loffreda, Montreal

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – Cardigan Crush

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011


September is here and it is time to transition your wardrobe in to cool-weather wear. Fall is all about layering, and what better way to wrap yourself up than in a modern cardigan. Timeless yet trendy, chic yet comfortable, the cardigan is the perfect balance of fashion and function. Today’s styles have evolved to include silhouettes, colors and fabrics to reflect every fashion lover’s taste, ensuring that this fall, the cardigan has you covered.

1. H&M Long Fine-Knit Cardigan ($59.95)

2. Jacob Striped Multi-Wrap Cardi ($79)

3. Tommy Hilfiger Animal Printed Classic Cardigan ($59 US)

4. J.Crew Cashmere Shawl Cardigan ($260)

5. J.Crew Clipper Cardigan ($194)

6. Banana Republic Mad Men Collection Cabled Dolman Cardigan ($110)

7. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Snakeskin Print Cardigan ($202.26)

8. Tommy Hilfiger Striped Cardigan with Patch Pockets ($59 US)

By: Elizabeth Pryde, Vancouver

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – Fall 2011 Makeup Trends

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Ladies, Autumn 2011 is all about being bold. Luscious jewel-tones, classic 50s chic, sleek and rebellious black shades, as well as rock worthy metallics found their way into the season’s designer runway collections. Dries Van Noten was all about gold. At Haider Ackermann, we saw strong and sexy dark tones. Meanwhile, Marc Jacobs opted for Sophia Loren-inspired silhouettes and lady-like polka dots. Luckily for us, these current ready to wear obsessions also make for fabulous everyday inspiration. Whether you’re feeling rather “good girl” or more like “good girl gone bad”, try your hand at fall’s hottest makeup looks.

The Jewel-Tone Eye

Emerald eyeshadow at 3.1 Phillip Lim. Image courtesy of

To get the look, try Avon Mega Impact Eyeshadow ($8). This comes in six high impact colors, each with both a light and a dark hue for an easy jewel-tone smoky eye).

Other options include MAC’s mineralized eye shadows ($20) and Dior’s new “Blue Tie” Collection Palette ($70), available at The Bay.

The Rosy Cheek

Statement blush at Valentino. Notice the discreet metallic gold touch on her upper lip! Image courtesy of Beautylish.

The Winehouse Cat-Eye

Image courtesy of Teen Vogue.

This throwback to mod was seen at Lanvin, D&G and Alexander Wang among others. Winehouse fans can extend their cat eyes for more drama, or skip the mascara for a more discreet look. Look for easy gel or liquid liners, such as Revlon Colourstay Liquid Liner ($7.29 at most drugstores and at

The Spider Lash

Models worked clumpy, coated lashes at Gucci. Image courtesy of

To create fierce, Twiggy-esque spikes go for mascaras with a chunkier wand, like Rimmel London’s Extra Wow Lash ($4.99 at drugstores).

The Return of Red

Red lips at the Miu Miu show, also seen in their Fall 2011 ad campaign.

This classic look is back with a vengeance this fall. From Diane von Furstenberg to Ungaro, bright sexy reds and darker crimson lips were heating up the runways. For a similar seductive pout, turn to shades like YSL’s Rouge Volupte Perle in Mysterious Red ($34) at Nordstrom.

The Dash of Metallic

Metallic pink lip at Peter Som. Image courtesy of Genius Beauty.

There seems to be a gold rush happening in terms of fall makeup. Cheeks, eyes, temples, and lips are being sprinkled with shimmery and metallic products.

Go for an ethereal glow with eyeshadow from Make Up Forever’s Star Power Diamond Collection ($24) at Sephora. Embrace all that glitters with Guerlain’s Kiss KissGloss in Peche Charnelle ($30.50) at Sephora . Although it is for lips, try dabbing some on your cheekbones, inner eyes, or temples for added sparkle.

By: Sophia Loffreda, Montreal

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – Montreal Fashion & Design Festival

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier fall/winter 2011-2012 – photos courtesy of

For four days every year, downtown’s McGill College Avenue is closed off and turned into an outdoor urban fashion oasis – giving city residents and tourists alike a much anticipated dose of designer duds, glamour, and enough eye candy to feed any fashion addiction.

As the pre-cursor to the city’s September Fashion week and the closing event in Montreal’s flurry of outstanding free summer festivals, Montreal Fashion and Design Festival was held this past weekend, from August 3rd-6th.

As the biggest design event of it’s kind in North America, the festival organized by Sensation Mode helped celebrate Montreal’s 5th anniversary as a Unesco City of Design.

This year the festival block was the scene for celebrities like Montreal DJ Abeille Gélinas (yes, the sister of Quebec Pop star, Mitsou Gélinas), Canadian idol Eva Avila, fashion journalist Anne-Marie Withenshaw, actors Angelo Cadet and Noémie Yelle, and Gaultier’s muse, male model Tanel Bedrossiantz, who helped style the show and walked the runway.

Photo courtesy of Festival mode et design de Montréal –

Local talents included designers like Betina Lou, Adriana Handbags, Barilà, Marie Saint Pierre, Norwegian Wood, Ève Gravel,Travis Taddeo, Nadya Toto, and Montreal fashion sensation, Denis Gagnon. Not to mention Montreal’s big retail chains and department stores – Style Exchange, Le Chateau, Guess, Terra Nostra, Limité, Stacey Zhang, Costa Blanca, American Eagle Outfitters, the Eaton Center, Place Montreal Trust and Complexe Les Ailes de la Mode – each of whom showed their new fall favourites on the runway throughout the weekend.

Photo courtesy of Miss Sly –

Events were help throughout the day and night. Then each day closed with live spinning at the center DJ booth and a specialrunway event. Some of this years offerings included shows by Lucky 7, Ray-Ban, The Bay, Opus bike company (where models rode down the runway on vintage-inspired bicycles), a lingerie show by Oh La La!, and a fashion show by the Montréal Opera, featuring costumes and performances from Madame Butterfly

The Festivals most buzzed-about runway show? Jean Paul Gaultier, of course! In collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where a retrospective of the enfant terrible’s iconic creations is being exhibited, pieces from the couturier’s 2011-2012 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection stomped the runway to the delight of an extremely packed crowd.

By: Sophia Loffreda, Montreal

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