If I Were a Man…

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I would dress like this. All the time. I know we women have ample choices in the clothing department, but I believe menswear in the new millennium is giving us a run for our money. “Less is more” never rang truer than in regards to menswear. With visibly fewer options (after all, the three-piece suit … Continue reading

Holiday 2012 Wish List

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Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is… La Lilouche Sophia Black Silk Kimono Robe Pure With Heart Cut Out (in Midnight Black), $179 at youngrepublic.com. iPad Mini (in Black & Slate), starting at $329, at apple.com. Paisie Vintage Style Golden Metal Collar Insert, $30, at youngrepublic.com. This City by Ruben Ireland (22 x 22), … Continue reading

Calling for a Return to Classic Chic

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Every winter is the same story. Mind you, living in the arctic abyss otherwise known as Montreal—in all its slushy and salted glory—makes finding a robust yet stylish pair of winter boots virtually impossible.  Still, each year, I wish I wouldn’t feel so utterly defeated before the paltry offerings of shoe stores this side of … Continue reading

The Danger With Fashion: The Hidden Consequence of Dressing With Intent

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I don’t recall when I actually began to dress up. Nor do I remember simply waking up one morning decked out in pleated bow dresses and leopard pumps. What I do recall, however, is that the sartorial prescriptions of major retail chains and those of my unwitting peers were like gospel to me, and as … Continue reading

Dietrich and the Tuxedo

By Emily Patterson The re-appearance of the tuxedo on the catwalk this fall instantly sent images of a young Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930) to my mind. In her debut film role, Dietrich stood on stage, a magnificent androgynous sexually charged female, dressed in long black pipe trousers, a white shirt, and smoking jacket, and … Continue reading

Clothing and Double Entendre

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Does clothing hold the power to conceal as much as it reveals about any one person? Suppose you’re somewhat of an exuberant dresser. When you walk down the street, you command attention simply by virtue of the clothes on your back. Yet, you’re not an attention seeker like your sartorial choices would suggest. You’re more … Continue reading