Archive For September 14, 2016

Minimal interest: How I tried the all-black style trend on for size

Last year I noticed a spate of articles circulating on my Facebook feed about the benefits of wearing all black. “Want to be seen as sexy, intelligent and confident? Wear black, say researchers,” read a headline on the U.K.’s Independent online. While many people have tried to convince me, a born maximalist, of such a…

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Postcapitalism in fashion: Why the bratty label Vetements can’t be ignored

The hottest label in Paris earned It-brand status with a bratty tone and anti-fashion aesthetic. But beneath all that irreverence, Danielle Meder suggests Vetements is reinventing how the garment industry does business “Everybody is talking about Vetements,” sang the headlines last winter. The new Paris-based label captured the imagination of fashion insiders with ironically humble…

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How Nordstrom’s Olivia Kim finds the coolest brands around the world

Retailers are on a constant quest for cool, and thanks to dynamic fashion fanatic Olivia Kim, few are succeeding more than the Seattle-based, century-old chain Nordstrom. Raised in New York, the 38-year-old merchandise maven spent 10 years working with retailers-turned-designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony before being snagged by Pete Nordstrom, co-president…

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Toronto tailor Cy Mann dressed celebrities

With a celebrity clientele that included Nat King Cole, Bill Cosby, Sammy Davis Jr., NBC sportscaster Ahmad Rashad and NFL hall-of-famer Bruce Smith, you’d think custom tailor Cy Mann must have hung his shingle in New York, Beverly Hills or maybe London’s Savile Row. In fact, he spent his entire career based in his native…

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Justin Trudeau makes Vanity Fair’s best-dressed list

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apparel has garnered more international recognition by being featured on Vanity Fair’s international best dressed list. The American culture and fashion magazine puts Trudeau in a list of best dressed men that includes U.S. vice-president Joe Biden, Prince Harry, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and NFL star Victor Cruz. A photo…

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The future of shopping: How Burberry plans to sell directly to us

Shoppers hankering after Canada Goose’s Black Label Elrose parka can snap up the new style at the e-commerce site of retailer Sporting Life. Or they can buy that same $1,300 calf-length coat through Canada Goose’s own website. A growing number of designer brands are embracing the Internet’s direct-to-consumer sales model to give themselves an edge…

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Acid test: Would you add this peel treatment to your beauty essentials?

The Product Ole Henriksen Power Peel Professional Strength Microdermabrasion/AHA Peel System, $22 (for two treatments), $60 (for six treatments) at Sephora. The Promise This product retexturizes skin to reduce fine lines, diminish discolouration, minimize pores, smooth the surface and even out skin tone for a brighter, more youthful appearance. How it works The system comprises…

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$3-million in jewels missing from Drake tour bus

Phoenix police say $3 million worth of jewelry was taken from a tour bus being used by rapper Drake and DJ Future the Prince. Police Sgt. Vince Lewis says the theft occurred Tuesday night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix, where the men were performing. Drake has been co-headlining his “Summer Sixteen”…

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Beyonce ordered to vocal rest, postpones MetLife Stadium concert

Even Beyonce needs to slow down every once in a while. Under doctor’s orders for vocal rest, the superstar singer has postponed the Sept. 7 MetLife Stadium stop of her Formation World Tour until Oct. 7, according to a statement released Monday. Fans in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia…

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Japan has become a big inspiration for Canadian designers

You can’t fully prepare for your first trip to Tokyo. Yes, you can buy the Monocle guide, re-watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi and pack your full suitcase inside a larger, empty suitcase in anticipation of all of the treasures you’re planning to bring home, but none of it can prepare you for the experience of…

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