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 We’re back! And by back, we mean #BackToWork! With a new improved editorial line and all. With the opening of Club Monaco’s new flagship store on Sainte-Catherine, we thought it is the perfect occasion to showcase cool guy, cool girl outfits for the office – From their winter collection! Aaah, how we looove that store! Never been yet? Check out our insider tour here!

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It’s Monday. Again. And since it feels like the coldest (and longest winter) ever, I found myself completely devoid of style (and sanity). I ended up founding comfort and solace in boys outfits (Ask my brother what happened to his sweaters). Everything is SO oversized and baggy, it’s like ditching your tartare for a big warm soup. And just when you start to feel less feminine, roll-up those large pants and drop your sneakers for heels, apply some lipstick and add in a clutch. Look at you, now! Yep, you totally own it!

Photo: Josée Lecompte.

”Will you be here tonight?”. My eyes blinked. I was emerging from my thoughts; my brain was still processing the long chat I had with my interlocutor. It was a Wednesday morning and the breakfast I was having with Sofitel’s newest exposition curator, Olivier Widmaier Picasso – Pablo Picasso’s grandson – was coming to an end. “If you’re coming tonight”, he continues ” you need to check out the special menu Sofitel’s chef, Olivier Perret, created with a color specialist, Jean-Gabriel Gausse. Apparently, it’s inspired by Picasso’s color palette and different movements.” Olivier was in town to launch REVEALED – A photo exhibit that unveils great modern artists at work in an intimate angle view. Until March 27th, the 30 handpicked photo will be exposed at the Sofitel’s and is featuring a great deal of legendary artists, such as Dali, Miro, Koons and… Picasso. Let’s now start from the beginning…

…When I first saw him, earlier that morning, Olivier’s resemblance with his illustrious grand-father struck my eye. “But I’m far different from my grand-father. I didn’t inherit his artistic genuinity”, he says. Maybe not, but Olivier has this incredible power of bringing stories to life. He has a great talent of putting facts and people together. His juristic background and TV production skills resulted in two awarded films productions and two books with a familial take on his grandfather’s life. ” If there is something that I learned as a lawyer, there is no room for doubts or approximations. Every fact has to be verified and supported by written notes or a credible witness.” And a lot of assumptions has been made on Picasso’s life, after his death. He was considered either as a womanizer, multiplying conquests, or an emotional tyrant, destroying his entourage. ” After his death, a lot of articles emerged summing-up his life in few pages and lots of stories. People had the impression that everything was simultaneous. But it wasn’t. Pablo was 92 when he died, you can’t sum up a lifetime in few lines. All his stories lasted several years, sometimes decades. He was everything but a monster” Clarified Olivier.

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But how do we grow up as a legend’s grandson? “When I was a kid, my grandfather was part of my universe, but I had no idea how important he is. His artwork was on our walls, and I would sometimes hear my grandmother and my mother speak about him. But that’s all about it. An 8 years old kid has other interests, and adults conversion weren’t part of them. It was the day he died that I realized how famous he was. Everyone suddenly wanted to own the character and his art – The Russians, the french, the Spanish. I also got to discover his sentimental life, I learned he had several kids with different women. I didn’t know all this. The day he died was the day he was born in my life. How ironic? “The media weren’t exactly an ally. After Picasso’s death, many press would expose the successors’ supposed juristic battle for the inheritance. ”  But it wasn’t a legal dispute. Picasso always recognized his children, he would dedicate his art to them, write their names on paintings or drawings. What people mistook for a court fight were only a procedure for the children to be legally recognized. You just had to go in front of a judge, back then, instead of a notary. No one ever contested the inheritance. Jacqueline, who was his last wife and had no children with him, never opposed herself to the process nor did Claude – his first son. There was no dispute whatsoever about the inheritance”.

For every woman, an artistic movement. Or vice versa? “His art is a constant translation of his state of mind. He called them the pages of his life. He always said his art was his biography. He wasn’t an abstract painter, he always needed a model, might it be a landscape or a human being. He was always faithful to his feelings and emotions. His life was very rich; Two world wars, korean wars, many women, the politics issues in France, Spain, USA and Russia. He was sensible to women, to politics to everything that surrounded him.” In his unfaithfulness, he remained faithful to himself..

And in his humanity, he remained human. Is it why a lot of Olivier’s work is dedicated to his grandfather? To defend him or rather keep the legend more alive? ” I am actually fascinated by the man. His work is extensive, what he had done in a lifetime would be equivalent of many lifetimes and many creative minds. Later in my life, I rediscovered his art, with a more mature perspective. Sometimes, I would go to Musée de Picasso in Paris, who exposes only 2% of Picasso’s huge artwork library (which is approximately 500 art pieces), and I would leave exhausted by the flow of information and different movement I had to assimilate. Since there was already many books published about his life and his artwork, I wanted to produce something more intimate, more human and more familial. I wrote two books, produced two documentaries (one was awarded here in Montreal), but all this represents 10% only of my life. I am a  lawyer and I do a lot of TV Productions. C’était la logique de mon métier, mais la logique du petit-fils.”

What accusation about him bothers you the most? ” People say Picasso thought only about himself, he never cared about the others. Completely untrue. My grand-mother took her own life, certes, but she did four years after his death. She was tired, she had money, she’s seen it all. She wanted to rest. Jacqueline (his last wife) also took her own life. After Pablo’s death, she went from living something marvelous to going back to normal. She couldn’t stand it. But Pablo wasn’t responsible for their acts. Sometimes, he did injure them, sometimes he had to take hard decisions. But they all accepted that. My grand-mother to say about him : He is wonderfully terrible. I found it significant.”

What impressed you about him, except his art? ” He was available to his people. When he would discuss with you, he would give you all the attention you deserve. He doesn’t talk much, he doesn’t like to explain his art. He’s very loyal to himself and his feelings. I admire that.

The myth you would like to refute? “That he was cheap. That he didn’t like to help people when all he did was support people. Although the relations would end, he would still support his ex-wives or lovers. He supported his family in Spain. He donated to charity. To say the contrary would be to be ignorant”.

With Sofitel, you’re revealing not only your grandfather but a whole range of iconic artists… “It’s an incredible experience. Do you know Paris Match has millions of historical photos in their archives? We had to do something like this. we picked 30 significant photos from the artists intimate life and we decided to expose them. It allowed me to discover some moments in my grand father life but also artists I admire, like Miro, Dali or Jeff Koons. And it’s really interesting to see them react to the camera. Some are comfortable in front of the lens, some are very shy and get awkward and some others play the act and exaggerate their presence. It says a lot about their universe, how they worked, whom they frequented… Life as you know it.”

… “Yes I will be there tonight.” I answered. Our coffee cups were refilled and the discussion shifted to foreign politics, France’s tensions after charlie Hebdo shooting and how Montreal embraces each one of its season. “Later today” He said ” I’ll put on the claques Stephanie offered me, and I’ll visit the city. Last time I was here was ten years ago. I was always intrigued by how both European and American this city is.” My thoughts exactly.

We’re back! And by back, we mean #BackToWork! With a new improved editorial line and all. With the opening of Club Monaco’s new flagship store on Sainte-Catherine, we thought it is the perfect occasion to showcase cool guy, cool girl outfits for the office – From their winter collection! Aaah, how we looove that store! Never been yet? Check out our insider tour here!

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It takes a real man to pull off pants like this. But seriously, this look is versatile, comfortable, and totally contemporary.I could ditch the touque once indoors and opt for a dark or camel pant to make the look office-friendly. The leather pants are a true coup de coeur for me though, since I believe it takes BALLS to pull them off. No questions asked: Yes, I am wearing shiny leather pants and you’re going to enjoy it. Awesome.

Before getting into the new collection’s details, let’s take a moment and praise RW&CO’s stellar breakfast for the unveiling of Elle By RW&CO second collab. It was last Wednesday morning and it happened to be a bright sunny day! If it wasn’t for the cold, you’d have believed spring already landed. And it kinda did – Inside the oval room, at the Ritz Carlton. Different hues of blooms were the core of the set-up: Four flower walls for the presentation, soft bouquets on the tables/buffet. Beautiful, and kinda dreamy! In a corner, three musicians (or were they four?) filled the air with classical notes from their instruments. The breakfast – which was a morning interpretation of Afternoon Tea – definitely made justice to the Edwardian era (but what do I know! I wasn’t alive back then ;)). For a moment, we forgot completely about the cold outside and the -20. It was spring all over again, and everyone looked revived! “Forget the collection, RW&Co threw all this to celebrate me” said jokingly Sophie Lanza‘s – whose birthday was that same day.

While watching the valet catch a cab for us, Emanuela Lolli, founder of Fashion Preview, closed her parka and mumbled: “Let’s go back to winter”. We got out and left Spring behind!

Bref… it was a beautiful morning!

Photo Credit: Jimmy Hamelin

 

We’re back! And by back, we mean #BackToWork! With a new improved editorial line and all. With the opening of Club Monaco’s new flagship store on Sainte-Catherine, we thought it is the perfect occasion to showcase cool guy, cool girl outfits for the office – From their winter collection! Aaah, how we looove that store! Never been yet? Check out our insider tour here!

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Would you rock this look at the office? I would. Would you rock it outside, in the harsh reality of winter? I wouldn’t. Or wait, maybe I would. And nop, I’m not crazy! You know how we all forget how to dress up in winter because of that snow, and that cold and all that stuff? My trick is to wear legging over my tights, and remove them once inside the warmth of the office. I have three pair of heels lined up under my desk, I always trade my boots to my heels once in. It’s the only way I can think of to keep dressing-up. And the only way to keep winter depression from hitting! What’s your trick ?

CREDIT PHOTO: JOSÉE LECOMPTE


  

We’re back! And by back, we mean #BackToWork! With a new improved editorial line and all. With the opening of Club Monaco’s new flagship store on Sainte-Catherine, we thought it is the perfect occasion to showcase cool guy, cool girl outfits for the office – From their winter collection! Aaah, how we looove that store! Never been yet? Check out our insider tour here!

 
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Here’s a hint for you: A solid, well-tailored camel jacket will never go out of style. Ever. Unless you drop wine all over it, in which case, check yourself and then go visit a dry cleaner. Seriously, this is on my must-have list for seasonal transitions. Here I paired the look with a chunky white sweater, but it looks seriously awesome with any dress shirt on your way to work on a dark t-shirt for your weekend outings.
Every man needs a camel jacket. Preferably posing beside a fireplace for added effect.

We’re back! And by back, we mean #BackToWork! With a new improved editorial line and all. With the opening of Club Monaco’s new flagship store on Sainte-Catherine, we thought it is the perfect occasion to showcase cool guy, cool girl outfits for the office – From their winter collection! Aaah, how we looove that store! Never been yet? Check out our insider tour here!
 
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My favourite Winter piece! I’ve got plenty of them, like a lot! I mean, look at it, it’s so comfy you can sleep in it (in your lunch time maybe?)! Ok, all jokes aside, I love the versatility of the way you can wear it! You can pair it with high-heels, booties or high-knee boots. You can add a leather jacket for an edgier feel… or not.
If you switch the jacket for a blazer, add on a red lipstick and you’re ready to kick ass! You’re on to a less busier day? Add on a belted long sweater, leave your hair a bit messy and … look at you! So fierce, rocking a glamorous country look! Anyway, you can dress it up, or dress it down,  it’s up to you… and whether you have or don’t have a meeting!

We’re back! And by back, we mean #BackToWork! With a new improved editorial line and all. With the opening of Club Monaco’s new flagship store on Sainte-Catherine, we thought it is the perfect occasion to showcase cool guy, cool girl outfits for the office – From their winter collection! Aaah, how we looove that store! Never been yet? Check out our insider tour here!
The men’s classic: A dark suit. Suitable for many occasions: weddings, funerals, divorce court appearances and your nephew’s Bat Mitzvah. Classic as it may be, the look has been done again, again, and yet again, with some basic variables: A skinny tie, a normal tie, a bowtie (if you’re fancy,) a pocket square, or a hat of some kind. Whereas women tend to get infinite opportunities to mix and match, us fellas are a bit more limited. Enter: The scarf.
Current, colorful, and probably the easiest thing to put on if you still can’t tie a tie. Leave your top button undone for a more euro-chic look that says both “I’m wearing pants so I truly care about being here” while showing your total nonchalence and fashionable laziness. Did we mention it’s cashmere? The ladies dig that. A lot.