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Libre Comme L’Art. Divine like a dream. The MBAM’s annual ball was beyond mesmerizing: Gorgeous gowns, Starry set-ups, Elegant guests, Sparkling jewels (And smiles)…under the incredible roof of Le Musée Des Beaux Arts! Socialites,philanthropists, Business moguls, celebrities and influencers gathered in a fall night to celebrate art (and freedom), and raise money to finance the museum’s projects. What you (probably) didn’t know, the museum is a private institution that has to auto-finance itself to keep active – Which our city desperately needs, given the successful and positive contribution it adds to our society: It has a spectacular encyclopaedic collection and around 41 000 art pieces that inspire and educate the hundreds of thousands subscribers. Major Bonus Points for the extraordinary exhibitions they hosted last year: Benjamin Constant, Rodin & La couleur de Jazz. This might sound like nothing if you didn’t visit the museum this year, but believe me when I say the scenography around each exposition was completely insane.

Back to the ball. As we were entering the museum, a huge Eiffel Tower peace symbol was displayed – which made guests stop for a second to snap a picture or just to acknowledge the emotional meaning of the sign. But something with more gravitas keeps this ball popular year after year than the peace sign. Maybe it’s because of how the guests always look magical in their choice of gowns and attires (you never looked so good, Montreal). Perhaps this year it was the multi-disciplinary artistic set-ups of the exposition rooms (transformed into dinner rooms* for the night), to which many local talents contributed. Or perhaps it was because Tina Dupont presided the organizing committee* and that the exceptional dinner was signed by Helena Loureiro.

Whatever the reasons, I can’t wait for you to scroll down and check out the gorgeous pictures Josée took that night. In a room full of gowns, we sipped on champagne, had gorgeous discussions, met fabulous people and reconnected with old friends. It was a dazzling night, and I surely can’t wait for the next edition.

*The organizing committee is impressively composed by 15 notable professionals who distinguish themselves by the success of their respective career.

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I Come from a country where hair is mostly curly – And mine is no exception, regardless of how much keratin treatment I invested in. It always amazed how, back there, hairdressers would style your hair without using any hot tools (no curling iron, no straightener, just a hair dryer and a brush)…. A technic that very few people master here. In my case, I just never found anyone who can handle my thick hair without either getting tired (looong process and lots of arms workout), or being discouraged enough to start warming-up hair straightener midway of my brushing. But that was before I discovered Tony from O Coiffure & SPA.

That day, I went to the fifth floor of Ogilvy’s to try O’Coiffure & SPA for the first time. I had a wedding, and I admit I took a risk. But let me tell you that a guy who’s so well renowned in the industry, who have learned from masters in the hairdressing world, and who did Meg Ryan’s hair (I learned that later) is trustworthy. He has been in O Coiffure & SPA for 9 years now, a very short time if you ask him. “You find that short? Hairdressers can’t stay over five years in the same hair salon, they always move on after a certain point!” I said. To what he responded: “Not here though. We’re all a big family, few people leave after they join. Ask around you, everybody have been here for 25, 20, 15 years! Hugo, how long have you been here?” Hugo, a young (and handsome guy) was there for 19 years! “See?” Tony said with a smile.

Back to my hair. In less than hour, he styled it so well and so fast. Bonus points for his sense of humour. We laughed and discussed during all the time we spent together! The price? Same than your most average hair salon! For such a high-scale place, with so talented people, I was surprised. In fact, I believe I paid more in very random places. “People think we’re expensive because we’re at Ogilvy’s. But our prices are more reasonable compared to others, and I’m proud because our team is super talented!” Enough said, scroll down to see the result (and NO, no curling iron involved!)

P.S: How CUTE is my niece!!

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It was 2 p.m. I was waiting for him at the Palm Court of the Ritz Carlton. To be honest, I was a bit nervous. I was expecting Dick Walsh, one of the most important creative gurus Montreal has ever known.  I’m sure he can’t fit all his achievements in one C.V, but long story short: he did windows for Dior, Shieshedo, Valentino; He produced Celine Dion’s wedding, the amazing balls of many museums (like Guggenheim) and charity organizations, he launched Carine Roitfield’s magazine, he did the Grammy’s… And the list goes on… and on. Yep, you can tell I had done my research. I knew his bio so well , but nothing can ever prepare you to meet someone who has such a tremendous influence in the world of design and lifestyle.

The revolving door of the lobby opened and he appeared… he looked very dapper in his double-breasted suit, his funky green and blue velvet loafers… and of course, his great smile that makes you feel instantly comfortable! And that’s the thing about Dick Walsh; Smart, witty but never pretentious. He was very generous, talking about his career; his vision of Montreal’s design and fashion scene… He even shared some of his design secrets (yup, you might want to read until the end!) MAT_Dickwalsh1

Just like any giants, it only comes natural to start by asking: Where and how did it all start?

Dick: I was 17 and I was looking for a summer job. Eaton was opening in Quebec city, and I really wanted to work there but I was underage. I guess I can confess this now, I slightly bumped my age up while applying and they took me. So  like any beginners, I started by opening boxes. I was fortunate enough to be handed what were to be used in the store’s windows. After opening all the boxes, I pulled out the wigs, the mannequins and the accessories… And I had no idea what to do with them. I instinctively dressed the mannequins and used the accessories around them in a way I liked. Next day, Eatons’ GM saw my work and he loved it. Six Months later, I moved to Montreal. They’ve put me in charge of all the windows and I was working with over 40 employees.

During 3 years, Dick created the most amazing windows For Eatons. He Perfected his art and changed the face of Montreal. The secret of his success?

Dick: One of the first thing I did when I arrived in Montreal was to ask for the windows to be lighted-up at night. Back then, downtown was the place to be. All the best clubs where there. So at 3 am. when the clubs closed, everyone stopped in front of the windows. At one point, we had to put ropes in front of them because they were so many people looking at them. I was also asked to make them a little less provocative, because they had a certain sexual undertone to them. Maybe that’s why Karl Lagerfeld is still one of the biggest fans of my Eaton windows.”

He swiped some photos  from his iPhone to show me some examples. The first thought that came across my mind is how windows displays are an art form that needs to be brought back, in all international fashion scenes. Looking at his previous work, I found it interesting how it’s a mix between interior design, photography and cinema. They were like a scene, it always seems to be a story there. It makes you want to pause, reflect, savor and dig into what you see. Paul Klee once said: ”Art doesn’t represent what we see but teaches us how to see”. It’s like a call to stop from walking, to take a break from your routine, to take the time, a moment to really appreciate what you see.

What was your ah-ha moment? When did he know exactly what he wanted to do?

Dick: I never really decide on anything. I’m not career-oriented so all what happened to me wasn’t part of a plan. I just never said no. Like the time when I was still working for Eaton, Famous MUA Serge Lutens suggested I should go to Japan with him for a Shisheido project. I just followed him. For someone who comes from a little town, Donakota, it was amazing. Then, I went to Paris. Then other cities. other projects… I just really never said no.

Then you became an event-planner…

Dick: That was another outcome of not being able to say no. In 1996, I was working for Elle Quebec as a creative director. I got a phone call, they wanted me to to do Celine Dion’s wedding. I never ever did any events, except fashion shows. It was the first time I planned an event A to Z… Actually, now more than ever, I realize it’s really because I have always been open to new opportunities. I always said yes to new projects. I’ve never had any insecurities about my job or trying something new… I’d just jumped right into it. At the end of the day, I’m not a surgeon. If I make a mistake, nobody will die… so I might as well go for it.

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Dick: Lighting. I like simplicity in my home. I don’t like to have many objects, but lighting is the key. Even when you don’t have the budget, you can have a great set-up with the right lighting. I did an event here, in Montreal, last year at L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel. We had no budget but we created a great concept: The models were on Black cubes and we’ve put a nice dramatic spotlight on them. It was gorgeous!  At home, I have different lights for different mood. But I found a great little lamp, here in Montreal: It’s a minimal strip of led light but it produces a great halo. I bought a bunch of them, so I have them everywhere at home now!

What’s next for you now?

Dick: I want to go back to my roots and do more windows. I’m moving to New York, as I’ll be collaborating with MAC Cosmetics for Henry Bendel & Saks. But I would love to come back to Montreal. I find it very sad that many talented people leave the city, because there is only so much you can do. I keep bumping into so many Quebecers, working in the industry, either in Paris or New York.  People blame it on money, they say there is no budget but I don’t agree. I think it’s more about taking risks and being more outgoing. Because otherwise, you can do a lot without much!

What would be then your advice to the next generation? 

Dick: We simply need the new generation and the government to get involved to make the city alive again. In the 80s, everybody would come to Montreal! I remember there were some crazy parties with Fellini, Picasso’s family and others legends. We didn’t to get out to the world, the world was coming to us. But people forgot what it used to be, they need to know the city’s history, what we came from, and what we can do to make the city great again. People wait for opportunities, but they forgot they can create their own opportunities.

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There was it. A wonderful afternoon with Dick Walsh. He made me proud to be and feel Montrealer. Our Quebec moto is ‘Je Me Souviens’. Let it always be a reminder that Montreal is the city where all dream can come true. All opportunities can be a success. Our DNA can lead many industries. Talent & creativity is part of our heritage and our future.

25 years of style & service. Hundred Thousands of Stays, and stories… In one very fashionable place. Loews Vogue Hotel. On of my favourite hotels in Montreal. I absolutely LOVE the interior design, the glamorous vibe you feel when you enter the lobby, the posh but comfy rooms, with the Vogue illustration (and in my room, what appears to be an Alexander McQueen printed art wall – according to our design Aficionado, Eric). The location is also highly interesting, as you can shop at Ogilvy, across the street, or wander around the gorgeous shops on De La Montagne, Sherbrooke (Hellooo Tiffany!) and crescent.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the hotel threw a gorgeous, style-filled cocktail, at their Parisian-Inspired bistro, La Société! We loved many guest outfits but here’s a round-up of those who really stood out of the crowd! Sorry for the pictures’ quality, they’re all iPhone shots, edited by VSCOCAM.
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What do Patricia Fields, Scooter Laforge, Vincent Leret, Adam Katz Sing , Stephen Jones have in common? Yes, they all have a stellar career. And yes, they’ll all be in the city for five days – as speakers for Festival Mode et Design. But I’m mostly referring to fact they all responded to one man’s invitation to be part of this public celebration of fashion. The man in question, Stéphane Leduc, is the absolute key-play to why we’re having these a-list players in our city.

If you’re part of the fashion industry, you know who’s Stéphane. Editor-In-Chief of Dress To Kill Magazine, he’s that discreet and polite man you’d bump into in events. He’s also that dapper gentleman, whose love for fashion leads him to rock gorgeous textures and fabrics… And he’s also that successful Journalist, one of the few Canadians to be invited to Chanel and Dior shows– every.single.season. (Yes, I’m jealous, who wouldn’t be! #LifeGoal). But above and beyond all, I always liked the man for that kindness that emanates from him, the smart and deep way he looks at people. Down to earth, humble, he’s one of the good ones! It was a rainy morning, sometimes last week, when we’ve met over a morning coffee at the Loews Hotel Vogue. Although the aim of our discussion was to introduce the #FMD15 speakers, I couldn’t help but ask him: Who is he really? How did he make it in the fashion industry?

Credit Photo: Josée Lecompte

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“ I started as a reporter for Music Plus. I remember I had this small segment about fashion. What I wanted, back then, was to specialize in movies; I was fascinated by the world of Film and I never thought I’d end up in Fashion. But my segment did so well, we went from 5 min to 30 min, and the show, called Perfecto, became a key-show in the fashion industry.”

How did that happen? What made that show different from other shows?

Probably that I used the same approach than when I used to conduct interviews in the film industry. Instead of just talking about the latest trends, I was more interested in the designer’s process of creation, the behind the scenes… but also women and men fashion. When the subject was good, it was good. We wouldn’t discriminate one gender over the other, and it was good because our real audience were both genders.

How the switch for fashion really happened?

The show was amazing, it was relayed in different channels and gave me access to all sort of people I loved to interview… Among them,  Karl Lagerfeld who’s extremely generous in interviews. Back then; he was doing Chloé, Chanel and his own line, which gave me 3 interviews with him to conduct per season. There was also the Top Models phenomenon that sparked; it was the era of Claudia, Naomi, Kate and others models who became celebrities. Here in Montreal, it was the début of today’s most renowned fashion designers like Philippe Dubuc, Marie Saint-Pierre, Nadya Toto etc… They weren’t known back then, and the show gave them the opportunity to shine and get access to the public. So covering international and national events in the show gave me the opportunity to deeply explore the fashion industry and I loved it.

Impressive path, you’ve witness not only the fashion industry’s evolution but also the society’s! What part of this evolution you find notable?

What impressed me is how the fashion industry was perceived changed over time. Before, people thought of it as a dumb and useless subject, and that people who are part of that universe are completely futile. Today, it’s an acknowledged part of everybody’s lifestyle, people are no more ashamed to dress well, to spend money on clothes, to discuss it… or be passionate about it. But there were many stages and factors that contributed to the society’s development, like Sex and The City …

… Who’s stylist, Patricia Fields, is one of the speakers you invited… 

… Exactly. What I find interesting with SATC is how it liberated women from their complexes. The 4 women were free, modern, career-driven, they loved fashion, they were able to make their very own choices and they weren’t ashamed of it. The wonderful part is that they’d do it without any pretentiousness. They were expressing their love for fashion and freedom, with a lot of humour, fun and in a natural way that set an example to everybody who watched that show.

How about you introduce us each guest, and how you’ve met?

To be honest, I never met Patricia, and I’ll meet her next week at the conference when I’ll interview her in front of the audience. But I liked her vibe when I spoke to her over the phone. One of the speakers, Scooter Laforge, introduced me to her and told her she should trust me. She did, and now I’m ultra nervous :)MtlBlog_SLeduc_0667

Scooter Laforge: I met Scooter few years ago when I was in New York. I remember I loved his work so much, I featured it in the magazine although it had nothing to do with our editorial line, We connected, and we kept in touch. I found he was a perfect fit with the multi-aspects of the FMD.

Marc-Antoine Coulon: Marc-Antoine’s is a very talented illustrator. It’s curious how two years ago he was still debuting, while today, his career is evolving by leaps and bounds. I noticed in him a sincere love for fashion, which translated in a different vision of that universe. I can only nod to his success. Before coming to the city, he was exposing in NYC (he’s based in Paris). I can’t wait to see him again.

 

Peter Simons: I find it unbelievable he accepted to be part of the speakers. In my opinion, he’s the epitome of success here in Quebec. Today, Simons is 175 years of success and it still grows significantly in Canada. It’s rare that you see a local company succeed this well in our local industry. He makes us all proud and I’m very happy that he’s taking the time to speak about it openly, with the simplicity and the passion we know he has. It’s rare that he gives interviews, it’s a great honour to have him accept this invitation.

 

Adam Katz Sinding:  an amazing guy, who’s very successful and has a great vision as well. He’s a well-know blogger but refuses to call himself a blogger per say. He always says that his work is more like photo-reportage than street style blogging. What you need to know about Adam is that he’s super exigent with his work. If the photo doesn’t answer to his criteria, even if it’s a celebrity shot, he’d automatically cut it. Let’s say if it’s a photo of Kanye West coming out from a show, and there is a lot of people around him, the photo is deleted. It’s better to go see his work on his website than his Instagram – it’s much more revealing and deeper than what he posts on social media… Which makes sense.

 

Vincent Leret: I met him once, when I was interviewing Chandler Burr, a journalist who wrote a book on Dior Perfumes. Vincent was there, and he was contributing to the interview in all-things related to the history of the brand. I found he had interesting anecdotes. Later that day, Dior hosted a supper to celebrate the new J’ADORE fashion film with Charlize Theron. I saw him again and we took the time to discuss furthermore. It was a very laid-back discussion and I discovered him in another light. He’s a very interesting guy, he has such a deep savoir about the history of Christian Dior, it’s impressive. He’s the one who curates all the Powerhouse’s museums and archives. See, there isn’t much information about the designer himself, I find there is many movies about YSL and almost none about christian Dior. It’s a true privilege to have Mr. Leret talk to us directly about the genius who started La Maison Dior, and the heritage he left behind them.

 

 

Sneakerella. Camille’s modern version of sneaker girls. Someone I became until very lately. See, I’m definitely a high heels girls. If Cam would wear sneakers with dresses and skirts, I’d wear heels with jogger pants or boyfriend jeans. I love heels, I love the assurance it gives you when you walk with them. I also love how it ”sexifies” your outfit instantly. (What’up Julia Robert runaway bride pose remake! I always wanted to do that. minus the bride dress).

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But, once I owned my first pair of Converse, I was hooked. Comfort never seemed that classy. So just like Cam, I started wearing them with almost everything. Skirts, dresses, jumpsuits… except maybe boyfriend jeans. Converse and boyfriend jeans made me feel like a retarded teenager in an adult state of mind. Not cool. BUT. A perfect skirt, white t-shirt and leather perfecto is totally my new ”Casual is the new Chic”. In her article, Cam was discussing Nike vs Converse girls. According to her definition, Converse girls are the careless, free spirited, comfort junkies ladies who still look sexy in their outfit. Hope I rep well her interpretation of those girls, since I’m certainly not a Nike Girl.

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My friends, when in doubt, opt for simplicity and focus on jewels. For tonight’s DULCEDO party (who cares about the snowstorm, you’ll find me on the dance floor!!!!!!), I thought it would be perfect to channel an all-white outfit paired with my latest Tiffany T addition (THANK YOU TIFFANY!). We also shot this edit at the Montreal Store, which hold many key pieces from Tiffany T, that I ALL used for the shoot. I mean, when you allow me to wear Tiffany’s… I WEAR Tiffany’s :) What I love about all-white party looks is 1) that épuré feels it airs – 2) No matter where your pieces are from, it looks like a multimillion dollar look (very Monaco-esque) – 3) It has this very interesting contrast of simplicity and luxury – 4) White is super trendy this season – 5) Add a red lipstick to it, and… DAMN GIRL!

READ MORE  The Holiday Edit 01: The Lunch Look

….BUT! Let my honesty voice out my main concern for tonight. I’m SUPER ULTRA CLUMSY. If you ever see me with shrimp sauce all over my jumpsuit, don’t tell! Or, and that is worse, what if I look like a snowflake? but hey, Qui ne risques rien… n’a rien! It’s a daring look, but I’m a daring person. I’ll let you know how it goes, but, meanwhile, have you ever worn white in a party? would you dare?

P.S: Scroll down and check out the Tiffany &Co Holiday Campaign, it’s SO CUTE!!!

UPDATE: FORGET white on a party of 800 people. I’m still in awe of the look, but truth to be told, it’s perfect for an intimate dinner, party of 10 or a family gathering. I switched to a classic LBD at the very last minute, and THANK GOD I did, because 1) A drink was spilled on me 10 min after I arrived, 2) The party was c r o w d e d ! it would have turned grey in minutes 3) It would have looked too serious. I would reserve this look for another occasion. Probably The blog’s intimate dinner next week!

P.S2: Oh, and by the way, DULCEDO throws the best parties!

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{TOP} Judith & Charles

{BLAZER + PANTS} H&M

{JEWELS} Tiffany T

{SHOES} Christian Louboutin

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The Holiday Diaries is a series of festive looks for the cool, busy, and fierce girls we all are – With that effortless chic allure combined with confidence and a gorgeous smile, you know? As our social calendar is filled with different Holiday get-togethers, I’ve put together different looks to prep for each party, and every look features a styling tip. We had the most dreamy afternoon shooting the edit at the Ritz Carlton superb Residences. Such a beautiful location, but hey, that’s another story. Stay Tuned!

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I decided to start this segment with The Lunch Look, given I was invited to Tiffany’s traditional Holiday luncheon at Maison Bouloud – Two days ago – And it was hard to find a look that isn’t too casual, nor too dressed-up, but yet effortless chic*! For many people, lunch is lunch – but hey, Holidays festivities are Holidays Festivities (!!) too! You can be casual at a Holiday Lunch but think of a way to upgrade your look a notch. What I did is combine Elle By RW&CO’s plunging dress with a RW&Co Crop Top to have a cool finish with a dressed-up feeling. The texture of the dress brings up the whole look while the sweater’s knit cools it down. I found it perfect, what about you?

* I know, there is no such thing as effortless chic, but I still love the concept of it.

CREDIT PHOTO: JOSÉE LECOMPTE
MUA : Mayillah Ezekiel
 
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To be able to live up to your passion is extraordinaire!
And Denis Desro is a passionate man. He shoots around 30 editorials per season, attends all shows in all major Fashion Weeks in the world (Yes, that Anna Wintour’s picture on Elle Quebec Instagram account was his), edits two of the most important magazines in Canada. And just when you’d think he couldn’t get any more impressive, Denis Desro participates in a major collaboration between RW&Co and Elle Quebec! The holiday capsule collection includes 8 exclusives dresses, all for different shapes, in different forms, for different tastes. The collection- launched in a private event last Tuesday- was beyond expectations. I mean, have you seen it? It’s gorgeous. If you didn’t, please do!

Read more: {Style Insider} Elle Quebec x RW&CO Collaboration Launch Party

Anyway. It was last Tuesday afternoon and we sat down with Denis at our favourite Bistro-chic La Société on Rue De La Montagne. We had drinks, we talked, we laughed but we mainly got inspired by the humble yet profound character behind Elle Canada‘s Editor In Chief. Of course, the main subject of the discussion was his collaboration with RW&Co and I believe my first wonder was how it all started. ” I remember it was right after last fall-winter shows, we’ve been working on it for the last 6 months. RW&Co approached us with the project, the idea was to create a holiday collection with a high-end edge. They asked me if I was interested, I couldn’t say no – I accepted with great enthusiasm”
But you have been fashion illustrator years ago, and also a fashion designer for some time, did this collaboration make you feel nostalgic of your past?
D.D: ” Absolutely not! I was a fashion illustrator indeed and a fashion designer for a season – So I didn’t fall into a field I didn’t know. But I need to give back credit where it lays; I didn’t design the collection per se. The ultra-talented of RW&Co did, I edited some pieces, took charge of the artistic direction and was part of the design’s processus.
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So this is when we talk about a collaboration…
Exactly, we joined forces and we complemented each other. We had the chance to explore and pick high-quality fabrics, offer many choices to different tastes and body shapes. We worked jointly to offer both our readership and their clientele a capsule collection that is trendy, on-point and fashionable.
Talking about your readers and their clients, how do they get along?
In many ways. We can’t affirm for certain they’re similar, but we can’t say they’re different neither. We do hope their clients become our readers, and our readers become their clients. Elle Quebec and RW&CO get along very well. I know for a fact our readers will love the capsule.
Well, it is getting a lot of attention – Can we affirm you got your win?
I’m happy of the result, the collection was well-received. We made sure to translate femininity in the design in many ways, we aim to please as many fashionistas we can. I do so many shootings, and I’ve seen so many shows, I know what women want. We did our best to meet their expectations.
Denis, you’re a globetrotter ,  you travel the worlds and you’ve been working  in the magazine for the past 22 years. You’ve witnessed fashion globalization – A huge revolution in the business of fashion. How do you see the future of Fashion?
Fashion lost a lot of its individuality.  The world have changed, it became more reachable. Today, because of social media, a new trend goes out and the whole wide world sees it within minutes. The whole wide world wears it within days.  It’a bit too bad because everyone wears the same things, we don’t see any cultural differentiation anymore. Fashion has been democratized and the world became way too similar.
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Montréal, as an example, has known a unique approach to design. Can we say we preserved our very own cultural identity?
 Once a fashion designer makes the decision to have a presence in the world, we’ll see see his designs everywhere. He’ll standardize them to optimize the sales, he’ll have a bold marketing to reach a common clientele and this has happened everywhere since the apparition of the mass-retailers. In Montreal, it’s no different. I’m not saying the designers are unfaithful to their spirit,  they have to be more competitive and this is where it’s interesting for them to  explore furthermore their options. And if you think about it, the world is competing with them.
But not all our designers are  international…
No but the reality of mass-retail hit them hard.  They have to be competitive in many aspects, including design, price and branding.  To be international is not always a desire, some needs the satisfaction alone to live their passion, and earn their living through it.
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You’ve lived in Milan, Paris and Montreal. Which city is better for living?
Definitely Montreal. I left Paris and Milan for a reason. In Montreal, everything is possible when you have a passion or a dream. Paris and Milan are harder to break through. If you want to do something or be someone, it will take you five years in Montreal, 30 years in Paris and Milan. People have a wonderful energy in Montreal, there is a lot of opportunities, and you can be very happy if you want to.
What did you like best about this collaboration with RW&CO? 
Everything. I was very impressed by how passionate the team is. They’re very dedicated to the company and that’s very significant. It says a lot about the company, it’s the best evidence on how good the company is. I had a lot of fun working with them.

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We loved this Behind The Scenes footage! Check it out to learn more on the collab.

“I am in a constant evolution with modernism and urban contrasts”

Over twenty years of career later, Philippe Dubuc has become a pillar in the local fashion industry. He’s one of the few who can look back and be proud of the road he traveled along, proud of his achievements and proud of coming across all sort of difficulties – that many designers in Montreal go through constantly. Tonight, the designer is re-introducing his winter collection in collaboration with the German Automobile magnate BMW Canbec, a very important association for the two brands in a way where their respective essence and identity will be celebrated conjointly. We’ve met with Philippe Dubuc to discuss this important collaboration but also have an exclusive look at this collection. Here’s what he had to say:

BMWCanbecxPhilippeDubuc: “It’s an important association for both of us, in a way that our respective clients are similar. They’re these influencers who love sophistication, minimalism and strength. I find BMW cars make an important statement about power and ambition, and I hope my designs do just the same. It’s also interesting to make a fashion show in a corporate framework, it pushes you to be very creative and innovative.”

CREDIT PHOTO: JOSÉE LECOMPTE

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A strong statement: ”When asked on how he’s planning to associate visually the two brands, he points the difference between a fashion show and a show tout court. “This association is already cohesive but I think it’s important to highlights both our essence. I can’t say much about how it will be concretely – I really want you to be surprised. But I can say that we got inspired by the history of BMW, its origin, the German highway, the German music. We really want to put on a show, not just a fashion show. You’ll understand when you’ll see it.”

New Beginning: ”We just moved to old Montreal last July and I’m beyond happy to be here. I find the neighbourhood very cosmopolitan, it’s like a city within a city. People are from everywhere, they come from the US, from Europe or Asia. Another thing I love about this neighbourhood is the shopping experience. I think people who shop in Old Montreal do it with style and aestheticism. C’est agréable. It’s also a neighbourhood who’s changing, it’s evolving in a fervent way and we want to part of this evolution.”

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Evolving: ”I think my design are very Canadian in a way where you find an american and european touch. I think these two culture together represents Canada. We’re evolving in a way where we want to make the masculine fashion all about discretion. It’s always about that small detail that you can’t see but that makes the garment different. I definitely find my work evolving while remaining in the same optic. It’s important for me to keep the same feel in my brand while improving the line, structure them better while refining them. It’s modern, it’s strong, it’s minimalist more than ever, this is how I want to keep evolving.

Montreal in Fashion: ”Designers face the same reality. It’s always about creativity vs commercial. Mass Market vs quality. In my philosophy I think that they’ll always be two kind of clients: The one who wants to buy the original, and the
one who wants to buy the copy. I have great hopes that the first kind of client will always exist. We aim for them to love, adopt us and wear our designs. We’re many emerging designers who fight hard to emerge, it’s al lot of work and perseverance. But you need to be strong. Everyday.

Credit photo : Josée Lecompte

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