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Martin Lim

  The mood was celebratory in the dressing room at Reitman’s in Montreal’s Place Ville Marie recently, as a spirited cross section of fashionable women gleefully tried on a collection of 10 terrific little dresses by hot Canadian design duo Martin Lim. There was something for everyone in the offering from Danielle Martin and Pao Lim, the husband and wife …

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Barbados Holiday

The most elaborate family vacations I took as kid were a spate of annual motor trips in the mid sixties. The four of us would drive down to Florida for the Christmas holidays, my sister and I killing each other in the backseat of our 1959 Chrysler, as my parents squabbled upfront over the OML’s triptych directions. It was a …

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Boot Camp

Despite the glamour inherent in the fashion world, those of us who work in its trenches are aware of the arena’s gritty underbelly: It’s a tough-as-nails business that sees countless beautiful young people clamour to climb on board its beastly bandwagon, hoping for a quick ride to fame and fortune. Most don’t get very far. But every once in a …

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Bowie’s Style

Style synthesizer, image innovator, re-invention master extraordinaire—David Bowie understood from early on that in fashion, the only constant is change. And while he mused in his 1971 hit “Ch-Ch-Changes” that “Time may change me, but I can’t trace time…”, London’s V&A museum has done a spectacular job tracing his multi-faceted 50-year career. The exhilarating exhibit, which opened last year, broke …

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Luxury Fashion Moments

Say the word “luxury” in high fashion circles and images of couture fantasies and opulent settings pop to mind. I’ve seen my fair share over these past 27 years covering the sumptuous scene—being feted at palatial chateaux, dazzled by lavish runway spectacles, entertained at decadent soirees, and mesmerized by masters making their magic in the privacy of their personal ateliers. …