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Narciso Rodriguez

Despite the painstaking efforts designers put into creating their collections, they rarely get to watch them come down the runway: They’re usually ensconced in the backstage pressure-cooker, fretting over details, dealing with the dramas. That’s why I so savoured the delectable opportunity of sitting next to American designer Narciso Rodriguez at the Arcadian Court this week, as his much lauded …

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Monique Lhuillier

Whether it’s hitting the red carpet, or coming down the aisle, a Monique Lhuillier gown never fails to wow, oozing the kind of glamour and femininity that have become this L.A.-based designer’s signature style. The 40-year-old launched her first collection in 1996, and before long, started to attract a strong celebrity clientele. Having dressed the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese …

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Michael Kors

As much as I can understand what gives a label its allure, I still marvel at just how excited some people get over certain brands. I recently did a make-over segment on the Marilyn Denis show, in which I took a couple shopping to Vaughan Mills. The woman, who had a strong penchant for style, but couldn’t afford to buy …

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Kelly Osbourne

All those with wild and impertinent teenagers take heart: Kelly Osbourne, who first stepped into the spotlight in 2002 on the MTV award-winning reality series, The Osbournes, as the chubby, uber-bratty daughter of legendary bat-biting rock star Ozzy Osbourne, has blossomed. Her new incarnation— having battled alcohol and drug addiction, dropped 42 lbs., penned an autobiography entitled, “Fierce”, and wowed …

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Izzy Camilleri

There’s lots of talk about the democratization of fashion these days. But making great style accessible to everyone usually has more to do with affordable price points than anything else. And while more and more designers are warming up to the idea of dressing all body types, the furthest they consider venturing is into the plus size realm.   That’s why …

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Isaac Mizrahi

A purveyor of modern American glamour throughout the ‘90s, Brooklyn-born designer Isaac Mizrahi is adamant about working the fashion beat from every angle. A one-time Yeshiva student and performing arts major, 51–year-old Mizrahi got his first sewing machine at the age of 10. Combining his love of fashion and his enthusiasm for theatre, he created a popular label and staged …

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Heidi Klum

We’re at Yorkville’s swank Hazelton Hotel and Heidi Klum is sad. Looking like Glamazon Barbie in a red tailored pantsuit and blond ponytail, the 38-year-old, 5’9” German beauty had her heart set on shopping Toronto’s mink mile, but it’s been pouring rain all morning and now she’s got a spate of media interviews to finish and a plane to catch. …

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Jean Paul Gaultier

I’ve had the joy of meeting countless designers these past 25 years, but the most impishly charming has to be Jean Paul Gaultier, the one-time “enfant terrible” of fashion. The genius French couturier, who put men in skirts, Madonna in conical bras and Dita Von Teese in corsets, presented his first ready-to-wear collection back in 1976. Today, Gaultier remains wonderfully …

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Stephan Caras and Matthew Gallagher

With eclecticism the operative word in fashion today, Toronto’s World Master Card Fashion Week promises to be right on trend. Some 27 disparate labels will be vying for the attention of media and buyers, each designer eager to make an indelible mark on the burgeoning Canadian fashion landscape. And while some of this country’s brightest fashion lights may not be …

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Daphne Guinness and James Gager

Of all the artistic wonders I luxuriated in during Miami’s recent Art Basel fair, few were more inspiring than Daphne Guinness herself. The 43-year-old British heiress and haute mode aficionado, who turned herself into a virtual work of art with her sublime sense of aesthetics and brave creative choices, swooped into Miami to launch her latest project with MAC: a …

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Lambertson Truex

Back in the late ‘90s, I met a pair of New York handbag designers— Richard Lambertson and John Truex—who kindly loaned me a gorgeous little evening bag to wear to the CFDA Awards. The quality of this wee accessory was exquisite, and I strutted it proudly: Richard and John were the first bag designers I’d ever met, and I felt …

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Giles Deacon

For ladies who lunch, it doesn’t get much better than being treated to an intimate, high fashion show at a chic downtown eatery in the presence of a much-buzzed-about international designer, all for a great cause. That was the case at the Thompson Hotel’s Scarpetta recently, as Yorkville’s swank George C. boutique hosted a charity fashion luncheon to benefit the …