Archive For April 27, 2016

Meghan Markle on lending her star style to an iconic Canadian retailer Reitmans

As retail competition heats up in this country, even the most venerable chains are pulling out all the stops to stand out from the crowd. Family-operated, publicly owned retailer Reitmans – founded in 1926, and one of the few large Canadian- run fashion chains remaining – has opted to woo women with some American star…

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Men’s fashion: Could uniform dressing be the secret to a simpler, more stylish life?

Back when I worked at a men’s magazine, before I went freelance, there was a sort of low-level arms race between the editors over our wardrobes. We’d fuss over each others’ new windowpane blazers and attempt to one-up each other with the Goodyear welts on our monkstraps. Showing up with a new jacket or pair…

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Model Coco Rocha and husband James Conran look to fill a niche with CO+CO

The most successful fashion models – the ones with longevity – are usually the ones with the most business savvy, those who look at their careers as branding exercises, far beyond mere creative practices. Toronto-born, B.C.-raised Coco Rocha is one of these models. She continues to make waves on a variety of fashion fronts, with…

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People names its most beautiful woman of 2016

Jennifer Aniston was named People magazine’s most beautiful woman of 2016 on Wednesday, 12 years after she first won the honor. Aniston, 47, said she was “very, very flattered” to be named again, telling the magazine she had a “sort of very excited, teenage-y kind of moment” when she heard the news. People also named…

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Snapchat’s Bob Marley look-alike feature sparks Twitter backlash

A new filter on messaging app Snapchat that allows users to look like the late reggae singer Bob Marley sparked a backlash on social media on Wednesday, with many on Twitter calling it racially insensitive. The filter, which lets users to give themselves dread locks and digital blackface, was launched on April 20, a counterculture…

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Former WWE wrestler and entertainer Chyna dead at 46

Chyna, the tall, muscle-bound, raven-haired pro-wrestler who rocketed to popularity in the 1990s after taking on both women and men in the ring and later revealed her struggles with addiction on reality TV, has died, authorities said. She was 46. Police in Southern California said they were responding to a 911 call from a friend…

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Five tricks that keep Lucian Matis on top of the fashion game

The Toronto-based, Romanian-born designer shot to fame earlier this year when Sophie Grégoire Trudeau wore not one, but two of his dresses during her official visit to Washington. Not that she was the first fashionista to take notice of Lucian Matis’s considerable talent. This Saturday he is up for Womenswear Designer of the Year at…

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Dockers’ Doug Conklyn: ‘The world is obsessed with comfort’

When it comes to all– American style authenticity, Doug Conklyn is a proverbial poster boy. On the verge of turning 50, the east coast-raised, California convert, who once worked for Ralph Lauren, prides himself on dapper dressing and skateboarding to work. For the past five years, Conklyn has been the creative director of Dockers –…

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Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Jimmy Page to face Stairway to Heaven trial

Led Zeppelin’s lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page must face a U.S. jury trial over whether they stole opening chords for their 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven.” In a decision on Friday, U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles said “Stairway” and the 1967 instrumental “Taurus” by the band Spirit were similar…

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David Gest, producer and former husband of Liza Minnelli, dies at 62

David Gest, a music producer, reality TV star and former husband of Liza Minnelli, was found dead Tuesday at a London hotel. He was 62. Gest’s friend Imad Handi confirmed his death, remembering Gest as “a natural star and a genuine celebrity.” “David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent…

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