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Look Fly with i.am

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What many may not be aware of is that multi-talented will.i.am, frontman of the Black Eyed Peas, actually has some background in design. Yeah, his formal education has only been for about a semester (at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA), but when a music career on the rise comes calling, design school can probably take an easy backseat. However, this piece of personal history underscores the fact that if it were not for music, will.i.am would probably be in the fashion business. Obviously then, he has designed clothing for his fellow Black Eyed Peas. Where be the Montreal Fashion connection, you ask?

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Is Toronto’s Fashion PACT Leaving Montreal Out in the Cold?

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LG Fashion Week may now be underway, but the Queen City’s true pride and joy is nowhere near the FDCC runway. Torontonians may have in fact found another way to give their local fashion scene a boost, and it’s something we Montrealers may want to consider some time soon.

In the GTA area, there is a group called PACT whose mission is to empower at-risk youth, with almost no government funding. Recently, they’ve put together a real-world sewing and design school called PACTFashion, and they may very well have stumbled upon the smartest trend to hit the streets of our sister city in a long time.

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Organic Cosmetics based on a "First Do No Harm" philosophy

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"First do no harm" is the guiding philosophy for Smith Farms, the cosmetic company based in Western Quebec that aims to protect the environment, animals and you. Their products are nourishing, look great and include the most delicious ingredients. The Smith Farms range is the brainchild of sisters Julia and Becky, who've taken time to talk to us about their products, their experiences and their mission for organic cosmetics with recognizable ingredients.

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Eve Gravel En Privé

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Eve Gravel, 30 ans, 15 collections à son actif, un talent monstre, ce genre de styliste qui nous fait dire qu'on a pas toujours besoin d'extravagance pour plaire.

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A Montreal fan remembers Valentino

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If a name can narrate a story, without question, the name Valentino conjures images of stardom, Hollywood, glamour and red carpet fantasy. Valentino Garavani presented to the world, 45 years of fabulous Italian chic. He has had an indelibly distinctive impression on the history of fashion. As recently as 2006-2007 the media infiltrated the fashion world with rumours of his retirement, only to have them initially denied. However, on September 4, 2007 Valentino announced that he would retire fully from the world stage after his last Haute-Couture show in Paris, presented at the Musée Rodin on January 23, 2008.

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When Street Fun Meets Real Life

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Classic, elegant, smart couture for women. There are many ways to describe this young designer’s line. Chic and trendy, of course. Foxy and intuitive, no doubt. But there seems to be only one word suited perfectly to this up-and-coming artist, and that is audacity.

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