ImageAfter a long (long, long, long) day’s work I tend to crash – and forget about taking the time for “me time”. So tonight I just wanted to post something for all the busy B’s – chill out and read model and muse Constance Jablonski’s bio as seen by Garance. In fact, check out all her Career interviews, including fellow Montrealer Caroline Issa’s!

Bonne lecture xx

Hate Toronto? I must admit, amid the craziness of WMCFashion Week last month, it was hard for me to appreciate it, too. Not to mention I’m a diehard frenchie from MTL. But there were a couple of noteworthy spots on my checklist.

DRAKE GENERAL STORE

Drake General Store

Drake General Store

Trendy canadiana paraphernalia mix with local goods like limited-edition SOMA chocolates or their homemade hangover tea make for great x-mas gifts!

1144 Queen St. West
82A Bathurst St. (Go see Claudia!)
1011 Yonge St.

 
SPECTACLE

Spectacle

Spectacle

I loved this space – I peeked through while dropping off the stylist for the Mackage SS13 Fashion show, I liked what I saw. Brands like Cutler & Gross in a very raw, atelier-style eyeglasses shop. Look no further.

3342 Younge St.
752 Queen St.
55 Mill St.

 
GUSTO 101

Gusto 101

Gusto 101

Gusto 101 is famed for its northern-italian cuisine. Be seduced by the smells, lovely service and industrial decor. Noms!

101 Portland St.

 
MOMOFUKU

Momofuku

Momofuku

Right next to the Shangri La hotel, Momofuku serves up hot and cold noodle bowls and satay-style sandwiches. A little bit of NYC in Toronto (a very little bit).

190 University Ave.

 

M.I.A. may be onto something… Bad girls are taking over! (And I love it)
Azealia Banks, Grimes, AlunaGeorge, Lana Del Rey… There’s a crop of emerging female artists skyrocketing to the top of the chearts with the best beats I’ve heard in a long time.

Move over, Kanye & Jay.

ALUNAGEORGE – Just A Touch

GRIMES – Genesis

AZEALIA BANKS – 1991

LANA DEL REY (feat. A$AP ROCKY) – Ridin’

IGGY AZALEA (feat. T.I.) – Murda Bizness

KREYSHAWN – Gucci Gucci (An oldie but a goodie)

RITA ORA (feat. Tinie Tempah) – R.I.P.

Letters are interesting – you can compose thoughts, describe emotions, formulate opinions, convey a message… I became rather obsessed intrigued by fonts when I started reading magazines – I would judge them by they’re type, not their cover. Think Vogue Paris, circa Roitfeld. All the capitals letters would turn into images, like at the beginning of fairy tail stories, hieroglyphics or in fancy signatures. Here are just a few that caught my eye. 

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A concept store in Montreal… does it exist? Enter QUAI 417. In the Old Port, an area known for its cobbled streets, canals and industrial buildings, you can find on an unexplored street corner this space that was inspired by nearby loading docks. The trio behind the shop, Marie-Claude Gravel, Jean-François Bourque and famed québécois designer Philippe Dubuc wanted to give their clients a different shopping experience, access to international brands such as Jean Colonna, MiharaYasuhiro and A.F. Vandevorst. Also, the boutique’s mission is to host temporary art exhibitions, be it a screening of a short film, vernissage or photography expo.

For its official opening, the boutique teamed up belgian design duo A.F. Vandevorst and their latest artistic endeavor: The Smallest Travelling Store in the World or TSTSITWThe couple, brought together by their mutual appreciation for the Red Cross circa World War II  - now that’s love! – medical artifacts and utilitarian shapes have been the foundation of the brand’s philosophy, trickling all the way down to their logo, which is a simple, embroidered red cross. TSTSITW, this pop-up art installation, stationed at QUAI 417 throughout the month of May, refers – rather explicitly to this recurring theme. The set-up consists of a glass cabinet, divider, mirror, retro dentist lamp (does this scare you as much as it scares me?), a pint-sized television and a wartime hospital bed, salvaged by the designers at – you guessed it – their local Red Cross. Items are then handpicked from their latest S/S 2012 collection and are showcased on the bed and dividers, while accessories are stored in the dresser. An interesting experience to say the least, enabling the consumer better grasp the creative process behind the designs. Who ever said fashion was superficial?

Next stop for TSTSITW? Moscow! So come down to QUAI 417 before they hit the road again! xxxx

 

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