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This a personal homage to all Tiffany’s women designers and designers who celebrate femininity through splendid, breathtaking creations. To a company who celebrates self-empowerment, and to all our mothers and grandmothers who teach their daughters confidence and substance… Hats off!

As far as I remember, my grandmother has always been the epitome of style. I remember her Chanel scent before going out in the morning, her satin dresses in the evening, her kohled eyes, the sound of her heels when she came back from dinners, her boudoir full of clutches, lipsticks, body lotions… And, of course, her wood boxes filled with all kinds of jewels. For someone who owned so much jewelry, it always surprised me how she would always wear the same set for months (generally a necklace with a gold bracelet)—whether if it’s to go shopping in the afternoon, or for more glamorous outings. I was fascinated.

As I grow older, I finally came to the conclusion fine jewelry is deeply meaningful for women in my family, whether it was a family heirloom, a strong statement that reflects their personal history and/or investments from themselves to themselves. I also realized it’s not even about the price tag, but there is something more substantial attached to the items; the way these ladies would carry themselves, their elegant manners, the eloquence of their speech … and the way they would subconsciously caress it. There was a certain power attached to it—that certain je-ne-sais-quoi that lifts any boring outfit into something that is proper to their character. I remember the long afternoons at my grandmother’s jeweler – where she would spend hours editing a piece – adding more stones, crafting some pendant. She would be meticulous, and that would drive the poor old man crazy.

And as I grow older, I realized I adopted the same jewelry standards. I rather own fewer items that are super fine than own a lot of pieces that are ”cheap”. I rather wear one the four Tiffany’s gold chains that I own, repeatedly for months and will never get bored if it. More than investments, it’s something that becomes part of your identity: How I would save for it, choose it, pick it and the best part is – how I know it would stay forever in my very own wood box.Which is probably why I have a certain obsession with Tiffany’s key designers, like Paloma Picasso or Francesca Amfitheatrof, who have a strong simplicity in their aesthetics, but so relative to their ideology or personal stories, that I can’t help but be reminded of my grandmother’s own quintessential pieces. I guess from all the things these women have in common, it’s the confidence I would want to teach my daughter. Just like I was taught by her Great-grandmother. The epitome of style.

Photo: Josée Lecompte

 

   

 

Tis the season of getting our s*** together! So long warm days, we’ll miss our lazy afternoons, late-night drinks in some terrace and let it all go for the sake of la dolce vita. I don’t know about you but we, the #MFBSquad, had an amazing summer. It’s time to get back to work, and with new seasons come new goals and projects! #Letsgetit! 

When it comes to wearing earphones, if you want my opinion, it’s like wearing sunglasses. Chances are that you’re not using them for their mere utility (aka listening to music/avoiding X-rays) but for them to act like the invisible cloak did for Harry Potter. Dodge unnecessary conversations and/or pretend you didn’t see that ancient classmate when it’s too early for your brain to put together words, or for the simple reason that you didn’t apply your lipstick well (because you were about to miss your commute once again) and rushing into your office to fix it… Chance you’re wearing them also for the style, they’re too cute and the gold in the earplugs match the studs of your boots… But then, the brain mess that gets to you when the cable is tangled discourage you from fetchin’ em from the depth of your bag … until you see him/her crossing the street towards you and… Oh God Oh Hey!

OK, I’m Exaggerating but You Get My Point ?

And then, there’s perfection: everything you ever wanted in earphones all rolled into one. Shoutout @Sudiosweden! A cute leather case where to put them, different earplugs sizes (because nothing is more annoying than plugs that keep falling from your ears), a cable clip to avoid that tangling mess (seriously, doesn’t it feel like a universal joke on you?), an integrated mic and remote with a nice studio sound system (you can even take your calls at the touch of a button)! And a very cool design (Swedish always do it better when it comes to technology). That my friends is my back-to-Work techy must! It’s a bit more expensive than the regular Apple earphones but seriously folks, worth every penny!

Check’em out here: Sudio Klang

 

 

Bonjour MesdamesMesdemoiselles et surtout… Messieurs,

Tis the season in between seasons… Indeed, early autumn is the period when one wonders how one should dress. Warmly as mornings are quite chilly or light, as come lunchtime, the degrees gained make it quite warm, and by that I mean before months of living at -15°C, 5-10°C feels like beach temperature.

This leads to my subject of this month, the trench.

Owning a good trench coat is essential. Of course, its classical use is under the rain in order to protect your suit but it can do much more than that; especially during spring or autumn, when you have to wear a coat but your wool overcoat is way too warm.

Beige is a perfect pairing with all you blue garments and lighter colours. For black and dark grey suits, a black or grey trench would be advised. This example is perfect for both business and semi-formal occasions. Imagine all the chinos you could wear with that shade: maroon, burgundy, green, cream… Double-breasted gives it an edge of course.

Burberry is quite famous for theirs but of course you can find great ones under other brands and much less painful on your wallet.

Cheers!

Charles

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” John Locke, English philosopher

Trench: Le 31 (Simons)

Scarf: Black Brown (The Bay)

Trousers: Le 31(Simons)

Shoes: Rudy’s Paris

 

Bonjour Mesdames, Mesdemoiselles et surtout…Messieurs,

One of the most stimulating things about summer (beside that it is warm, comfortable, joyful, playful, bright, sunny, happy, humid, sticky, AC friendly, sandy, rooftop parties…) is the fact that gentlemen can finally wear lighter colours. I mentioned some possibilities in my last article, here is one of them: Earthy colours.

Earth tones colours, as the name states, come from our natural environment: brown, tan, green, as well as different shades of greys. These colour schemes are best used when mixed and matched, such as this jacket and trousers. The result is warm, chic and perfect for a classy yet understated summer look. Matched with a white shirt and blue knitted tie and pocket square, the effect is complete. Of course, brown Oxford shoes and belt are in order here.

Jacket: Ted Baker (The Bay)

Trousers: Simons

Shirt: Clusier (Clusier habilleur)

Tie : Sur mesur

Belt : Canali

Shoes : Rudy’s Paris

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.”  – John Locke, English philosopher

Bonjour Mesdames, Mesdemoiselles et surtout…Messieurs.

Ahhh, summer in beautiful Montréal. Although I enjoy all four seasons, one must admit that there is something particular about this one, especially in a Nordic country such as ours. All our senses are constantly stimulated. The Sun actually warms our skin and penetrates down to our soul, the lilies and other flowers’ wonderful aromas circulate in the air, we can now hear creatures that either hibernated or came back from their exotic winter destinations and last but not least; the ladies’ garments lighten considerably for the pleasure of our eyes…

This brings us to our main subject: a gentleman’s summer look. Light blues, white pants, bright colours. One can truly express one’s eccentricities during the warm seasons. One can also go classic with a full beige match. Light coloured shirts are to be favoured; one can never go wrong with white…

Keep your four season shoes or go with loafers, there too interesting colours such as red can be worn and go perfectly with the season plus…You can wear them again on a sunny vacation.

Voilà!

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.”  – John Locke, English philosopher

Cardigan: The Gap

Tonic Scoop T-Shirt: All Saints

Belt: Polo Ralph Lauren

Trousers: Ralph Lauren

Loafers: Baileys 

Glasses: Tom Ford

Watch: Tissot

Bracelet: Bloodstone Jewels

“So everything the God made, the cows, horses, the moon, stars, ants, everything has a purpose. Now what’s your purpose? You’re a human being. If God made the sun have a purpose, humans have a purpose too. You haven’t found your life purpose yet have you?”

There’s everything notable and respectful about Muhammad Ali‘s life, and as a friend said earlier today: if this man’s path can’t inspire you, I don’t know what will. Here’s the thing, you will get to meet and hear about many successful people and you’ll see many forms and kinds of hustlers: visionaries and dreamers, people who have wealth, people who have talents and those who have will and determination. What I learned is that the best hustlers are those who combine talent, will and faith. Talent is the base, the preliminary, the ”you” while the will is working hard to make your purpose take form: goals to be attained, mountains to be climbed, adversity to be taken down. The will is how hard are you’re down to hustle and go get it. And there’s faith, the ”deal-sealer”. That certitude that someone over there is watching over you and helping you every mile of your road, and that the universe, the stars and the winds are all conspiring to help you get where you want to get. Coelho’s words, not mine:)

So this afternoon, when I learned about his death, I realized I knew so little about this guy, this champion, the world’s greatest.  All I knew is that he rocked the boxing world, and then the world tout court. Out of curiosity, I played the Netflix Movie ”I am Ali” – Well-done film that covers all of his identity, his history and professional achievements. But above all, it covers what took him to be successful and from what I concluded, it goes down to the five following life-lessons.

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When you find your purpose, think with clarity. How to get there depends on the dreams, goals and visions you build around your purpose and then, how hard you work to get those dreams come true.

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

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Call a cat, a cat. And yourself: a warrior – if you plan on working hard to get where you want. Something I learned in my personal experiences and those of people around me: People will always give you less credit of what you deserve. Doubting yourself, and expressing it out loud is career suicide.

 “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

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“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”

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“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”

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“I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”

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“I’ve never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself.”

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You have your purpose, you have the will: find the strength to go get it. Set goals, pull out some strings, and work everyday your way up the sky. In the movie, one trainer was telling about the time super young Muhammad Ali knocked on his door and asked him: How does one get to be the world’s champ? What do they eat? How do they train? How do they win? Don’t ever scared to reach out, work hard and harder.

“What keeps me going is goals.”

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“Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.”

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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

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You may not achieve all your goals, and sometimes, you’ll trip and fall down. When you do, find the silver lining, there’s always one. And when you do, reach for higher.

“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”

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You’ve won. You’re getting the success you finally deserve, you worked super hard, nobody laid it for you. You got it by yourself. To be the world’s greatest, to be truly respected – Not just envied, and befriended for money and connections. To be truly loved and remembered, be good. The difference between those who make it and those who are remembered is how you treat others. When asked on how he would like to be remembered, Muhammad Ali responded:

I would like for them to say, he took a few cups of love. He took one tablespoon of patience, one tablespoon of generosity, one pint of kindness; he took one quart of laughter, one piece of concern, and then he mixed willingness with happiness. He added lots of faith, and he stirred it up well. Then he spread it and expanded it over a lifetime. And he served each and every deserving person he met.

” We Belong to God, And To Him We Shall return”

Bonjour Mesdames, Mesdemoiselles et surtout… Messieurs,

It is with great pleasure and a sense of duty that I begin this new column for The Montreal Fashion Blog, the best of its kind in our beautiful city. Throughout what I hope will be a long and meaningful journey, I will humbly present to you looks and attires, as well as tips, recommendations and ideas related to men style and gentlemanly behaviour, such as the best way to engage in a meaningful conversation at 2 in the morning on a rooftop terrace following an evening of heavy consumption of libations…

I really, really love the colour blue. I like to play with it a lot. Different shades, textures and match it with different items. Blue is quite versatile and can be easily paired. An essential suit a gentleman should have in his wardrobe is a navy blue suit. That is quite right and undisputed. But at this point let’s go further.

This first look may seem quite basic when it comes to colour pairing (navy blue jacket and beige trousers) but I wanted mostly to play with texture and comfort and give it a twist. Instead of the classic khaki trousers, I went for flannel with a slightly paler shade of beige. Flannel will make you feel as if gentle hands are continuously touching your legs as you walk…For the jacket, a wool double-breasted with peaked lapels. The double-breasted jacket has been regaining its charm during the last few years but with a more modern and appealing cut than during the 90s. Those who grew up during that time will remember vividly when these jackets were quite long and with added shoulder pads. Let us see this as a flux in history and not mention it again. You could go with different shades of blue for the shirt and be creative with the tie. Too much blue is like not enough… So, this can be worn for any number of occasion, office, classy weekend luncheon and even a soirée if a black tie is not specified on the invitation. The match will definitely be noticed.

Cheers!

Charles

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” John Locke, English philosopher

 

This look has been shot in collaboration with a place that makes me dream: Gault Hotel

Do you believe in style evolution? Duh, you do! If you don’t, all you need is to track back your teenage years glorious pictures, and you’ll find one ultimate evidence (and a common connection with all human species): We all looked like Monkeys at a certain point in our lives.

To be honest, this is not how I intended to start this article, but the build-up was so good! 🙂 🙂 However, I did want to discuss style evolution, because I find it directly proportional to personal growth. I came to this conclusion lately when my wardrobe shifted from office gear (buh-bye wanna-be-accountant era), to aspiring cool-girl, full-of-contrast, office gear.

This said, I’m getting more and more addicted to wearing oversized shirts to work. There’s like a therapeutic feel-good sentiment attached to them. I mean, even if you get to have a crappy day, you’re ready for it: you’re wearing your come-to-mama shirt. Or if you get to have a good day, you just feel cool because your shirt is*. Anyway… I love mixing oversized shirts with all kind of skirts. If the skirt is too tight, I’d wear it with Converse. If not, I’d throw in high-heels (Speaking of which, have you seen our latest obsession?). Converse or high-heels if I wear it with leggings.

What about you? How do you feel about wearing oversized shirts to work?

* At this point, I’m close to buying candles and slippers. lol, jk**.

** Joking about the slippers only, I already have candles at work. But that’s another story 🙂

Photo: Josée Lecompte

Shirt: COS SS16

Skirt: Gift from my sister – I have to ask her.

Shoes: Le Chateau Lace-up Pumps 

This Edit has been shot in support of Sainte-Justine Ball, who’s taking place at the majestic Windsor Ballrooms on March 18th. Tickets aren’t expensive, location is magical and just wait to see the super crowd who’ll be attending. Buy your tickets here, dress well and see you on the dancefloor! 

We were at the Windsor Ballrooms, where Sainte-Justine’s ball will take place in 2 weeks, and the event’s honorary patron Francisco Randez was adjusting his outfit in front of the mirrored-doors in the majestic hallway. For another consecutive year, he accepted to be the ball’s spokesperson. And for another consecutive year, the ball will benefit the neonatal care facilities. ” We tend to forget about premature infants, who are challenged to stay alive as soon they open their eyes to the world”, he explains. ”But the engagement of Le Cercle des Jeunes Leaders is beyond admiration. I’m happy and proud to be involved with these young professionals.”

But Francisco is an engaged person tout court. Beyond his commitment to the cause, he also cares about sustainable and ethical fashion. His awareness makes him a very-well composed gentleman. He’s the kind of man who picks a suit by the quality of fabrics, cuts and feel.” Fabric is an essential factor when I choose a suit. That’s why most of my suits are from Sartorialto – They always use organic and sustainable fabrics, which I value a lot. The guys over there aren’t designers, they’re artisans.” Keep scrolling for his gentlemen looks and tips.

Photographer: Michelle Gagné
Hair & Makeup: Charlotte Flannery ( with Dulcedo Artists)
Stylist: Maude Boisjoly (With Dulcedo Artists)

MIXANDMATCH

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Sainte-Justine’s ball is young and playful. For Francisco, he’d go with a casual-chic suit with a strong focus on the suit color. It’s the perfect occasion to go creative:  Mix a colorful suit with a pocket square with the same color tones than the tie. Or if you dare, layer a colorful suit with a printed shirt and a two-button Notch Lapel Jacket (because there is too much color there, opt for a plain pocket square and tie).

Bonus tip: Always go with the Windsor tie knot for your tie.

TIMETUX

The tux for a gentleman is the equivalent of the LBD for the ladies. You can never go wrong with a tux, and it can never make you look overdressed, or underdressed, in a ball. Although, mix and match outfits are strongly encouraged for the Sainte-Justine’s Ball, go with a tux if you rather simplicity and timeless elegance. Because it’s a must in every man’s closet, buy if you can, rent if you must but don’t let it hold you back from the dance floor.

Last but not least: Cufflinks or no Cufflink? ”No cufflinks, It’s uncomfortable! But that’s my personal opinion”

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This Edit has been shot in support of Sainte-Justine’s Ball, who’s taking place at the majestic Windsor Ballrooms on March 18th. Tickets aren’t expensive, location is magical and just wait to see the super crowd who’ll be attending. Buy your tickets here, dress well and see you on the dancefloor! 

” I love Tiffany T. I’ve got my ring for my birthday, I can’t not wear it” Amélie B. Simard was looking over the accessories table with Superstylist Maude Boisjoly. She had her first look on: a long and powerful Versace Dress Maude picked at PRFKT and Manolo Blahnik from Browns.  After trying out few pieces, she opts for ear cuffs. Amélie had a certain sparkle, a natural elegance elevated with grace, femininity and sophistication. Her Joie De Vivre explains her implication as an ambassador for Ball Sainte-Justine, formerly called Mont-Royal Ball. The event, who expects around 1500 guests, is the annual rendez-vous for millennials, young professionals, celebrities and influencers. There is something very cool and laid-back about the event where many women sport effortless chic dresses and outfits (but ladies, we know there is nothing such as effortless for chic 😉 ), and men get as dapper as we wish to see them.

And talking about effortless chic and ball looks, Maude concocted 3 looks for the cool-girls , who love to mix fashion trends and timeless feels. Dressed in a playful deep floral dress and ankle boots, Amelie arrived on set for The Montreal Fashion Blog shoot in high spirits, joyful vibes, ready to rock all the fashion trends we threw her way. But yet again, the actress is a natural. Keep Scrolling to see the looks.

Photographer: Michelle Gagné
Hair & Makeup: Charlotte Flannery ( with Dulcedo Artists)
Stylist: Maude Boisjoly (With Dulcedo Artists)

This was my favorite look. The Yves Saint-Laurent Woman with a Moschino twist. The classic feminine suit piece with a sparkling twist that make it more playful and suited for a ball. Mixing textures is a fun way to add sophistication to an outfit, I really loved how the satin added softness to the sequined blazer, the result is ball-perfect!

Credits: Moschino Vest from the boutique PRFKT; Laurel Sequined Scarf from PRFKT; Mèche The Label Satin trousers; Manolo Blahnik crystal shoes from Browns Shoes ; Jessica McClintock clutch from Browns Shoes; Expression By DCK rings. 

If you’re going to wear a dress, wear one that has movements. For the Sainte-Justine Ball who will take place at the Windsor Ballrooms, where we shot this edit, pick a dress that is as majestic as the location. Amélie wore a classic Versace, and when she was walking towards the photographer, on the hall, we couldn’t help but sight at the beautiful vision of her dress floating behind her. She was a reminder of Charlize Theron ad for Dior… Ouf, now, I really can’t wait for the ball!!

Credits: Versace Dress from PRFKT; Manolo Blahnik Shoes from Browns Shoes, Ear cuffs & Rings from Expression by DCK, Tiffany T ring by Tiffany & co.

I call this look the Chloe Girl. The key here is to play with a masculine nonchalance and elevate it through the texture of the pieces (satin, in this case). The fur adds a certain finish that immediately adds sophistication à la Anna Karenina.

Credits: Paul & Shark from PRFKT Boutique; Mèche the Label satin trousers; Brown Shoes Manolo Blahnik’s shoes; Mèche The Label necklace; Faux Fur from Mèche the Label; rings by Expression by DCKChemise. Tiffany T ring by Tiffany & co.