Are we addicted to Bon Jovi?

So Montreal, you’ve got a thing for Bon Jovi, don’t you? Well, apparently Bon Jovi has a thing for Montreal since they’ve performed numerous sold-out shows here, and the world over, countless times.

Photo by Mark Kent

The New Jersey rockers have been around since 1983, and hold the record for most sold-out shows for every single one of their tours. Their Because We Can tour marked a celebration for them—30 years of great rock n’ roll music and success. In fact, they continue to tour around the world for the simple reason, “because they can.”

No matter where Bon Jovi goes, no matter which country, which state or province, no matter which venue, inside or outside, center or stadium, they sell every single ticket. Now why is this? Is it because people have always been so in love with the band’s great looks and powerful anthems and ballads, or is it simply because they have stayed true and relevant to who they are, and who they have been from the start? The answer to that is both and so much more.

Since 1983, the band’s songs became about the people that listened to them, and as Bon Jovi grew, their fans grew with them.

The fans trust that at every single concert the band will give it their all, and they do. They’ve evolved, but still remain true to who they were and what they are and that is why until this very day they are still able to be at the top of the top.

As fans, we know that we can trust them and their music, through the good and the bad, the ups and the downs.

Bon Jovi hones and perfects the ideal arena rock experience each and every time. Enter a Bon Jovi concert and you get extreme passion, high energy, positivity, freshness, stage spectacle, and audience engagement.

Combine all of this together, and you leave the show speechless after three hours of nothing but pure rock n’ roll music coming from the heart and soul.

They assure you that you will come back and see them again because just once is not enough. There is an infectious enthusiasm in every single aspect of the show that takes you back to the ‘80s, puts a coin in the jukebox, and then comes back to the present—always leaving you wanting more.

On stage, they seem ageless, as if time never changed them; whether it be Jon Bon Jovi perfecting each and every high note while dancing with emotion, Richie Sambora hitting every guitar solo with his funky ‘80s outfits and priceless facial expressions, Tico Torres banging on the drums like there is no tomorrow or David Bryan playing on the keyboards—they have it all.

They infuse each show with plenty of life, and if you ask any Bon Jovi concert attendee, there will be no flaws noticed, as they make sure to make the crowd go wild with power anthems “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” or “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

Their songs have always been about the real world, with words people can relate to. This is why they sell out every single concert everywhere they go. They give consistent entertainment and will make sure they beat the standard of their last show each time.

If you want to see a band that has consistently done their thing, and been consistent to their music style, Bon Jovi is the band to see, and that is why they’re still here.


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The expensive outcomes of inexpensive price tags

 Many of us are victims of fast fashion and we do not even know it. Are you shop conscious, and do you know what fast fashion is all about? If no, read on. If yes, still read on, there is much more than you think.

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Fast fashion is quite simple to understand: it is clothing and accessory designs churned out to quickly flood the market, constantly copied and adapted from the latest runway models but made for the general public from cheaper materials of poorer quality. The result is runway fashion at an affordable price, a trend popularized in the past two decades by clothing retailers such as Zara, H&M, and Forever21.

Why is fast fashion so problematic when it seems to fulfill a market need? According to Kate Fletcher, author of Sustainable Fashion and Textiles, “Fast fashion — low-cost clothing collections based on current, high-cost luxury fashion trends — is, by its very nature, a fast-response system that encourages disposability.”

A short video posted on entitled The Business of Fast Fashion, claims the disposable clothing trend produces 2 million tons of waste, emits 2.1 million tons of carbon dioxide, and uses 70 million tons of water a year.

Fashion entrepreneurs like Angela Moscardi, manager of the clothing retailer Costa Blanca, seldom realize this. Moscardi was dumbfounded that this trend caused such harm to the environment.

“We receive and ship out clothing in the stores every single week, and though it may seem advantageous to us as a clothing company, it is just not right that we produce an overly high amount of clothing when it has such an imposing impact on our society,” said Moscardi.

Gabrielle Huot, also a manager at Costa Blanca, seemed less shocked.

“I am aware of the environmental situation, but not to that certain extreme and this is why I always wondered where our unsold clothes end up.”

The true cost of fast fashion is much more than the affordable prices we see on labels. Because fast fashion speeds everything up, the industry — in particular the fashion designers who have to keep up with the pace — is having trouble maintaining originality and creating any timeless appeal, locked in a system where what’s in shifts from month to month. Often designers (like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Versace, and Isabel Marant) must adapt by producing clothing for the general public through retailers such as Target and H&M.

Josie Baratta, designer of the Cozentine brand, agrees with the view that fast fashion can be harmful, “Styles are being knocked off constantly like hotcakes, nothing is original anymore, and hopefully this situation will change and give designers a new creative venue.”

Marie-Sophia Morkos, a student in fashion design at Cegep Marie-Victorin, likewise agrees. “Fast fashion simply works,” said Morkos. “When someone buys an item that is in style and cheap, they do not think or care if it will last them for another year or no.”

One way in which designers are signing on to effecting a change is by being part of movements like the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan and other socially-conscious projects. For the consumer, though, the important key is to be critical of what one buys, given the effects on the environment.

Check out the Business of Fast Fashion video here!


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Luko Marion brings us to his Urban Underground Winter

Montreal Fashion Week does not always attract attendees because of the cold weather, but once inside Arsenal, there is no stepping out. As everyone was just about ready to ditch their heavy and dull winter clothing and flaunt their light and colourful spring fashion trends, Luko Marion whipped us back to reality and tied us down in awe.

Known for his avant-garde creations for L’AUTRE COUTURE BY LUKO MARION, the designer did not fail to impress with his gothic and fetish-inspired fall/winter 2013 collection. Marion named his collection “Urban Underground Winter,” leaving his audience in anticipation of what to expect. When that first model walked out on the runway though, we got it – this was going to be one edgy collection.

“I was inspired and influenced by my surroundings, the people around me, and the temperature, and was thinking of what I would like to wear in winter, as people are always dressing up too much; and to make my edgy, but not too crazy pieces, prêt-à-porter,” said Marion.

Marion understands all too well the pain women and men go through when opening our closets in the morning on a chilly winter day and deciding what to wear. When conceptualizing the pieces for his collection, Marion wanted people to keep in mind that while they are extravagant and exaggerated, they’re still ready-to-wear.

With patent leather sailor-inspired hats, veils, and long sharp black nails, Marion thought out of the box in every aspect of presenting his collection. There was so much detail in each look that it was hard to decide where to direct your focus. Wanting to create timeless, classic and interchangeable pieces, Marion was sure to include winter favourite fabrics like leather and wool.

To add a touch of luxe, Marion included some metal embellishments, sheer, and fringe, hitting high-fashion in every direction. Though the pieces were not too close to the body, except for the perfectly tailored wool-felt body armour with leather trimmed criss-cross straps, Marion stated he aimed for the “strong and seductive woman that knows what she wants and where she is going.”

Marion devoted himself to taking his vision of clothing to another level, for both men and women, leaving no concept, texture or cuts out. Every key piece gave us the look of transition from morning to night, as he dared us to want to pull off every one of his unisex, fetish-inspired pieces.

“There are certain pieces that we could wear as men that we could not wear before, like transparency – something bold that we can play around with as men,” said Marion.

For Marion, this collection for men was about conceptualizing and realizing clothing that is not too feminine, but incorporating ready-to-wear texture and fabric that is used mostly for women.

He is always ready to go beyond the limits with his visions, and was sure not to leave out his trademark buttons, which he incorporated into two drastic chain-link brassieres, put over a classic and drastic long black dress. Though Marion’s pieces were bold and very high fashion, L’AUTRE COUTURE aimed for practicality and diversity.

“You need to wear clothing that you feel amazing in, and that you are comfortable in, and it needs to represent your personality. Fashion is something great, but with fashion, you need to be confident, out there, and enjoy it.”

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Local designer gives a taste of past decades

With this year’s spring/summer 2013 trends that are bold and daring from head to toe, you can’t go wrong stepping into the trendy and sassy Lustre Boutique. Yasmine Wasfy, the designer behind it all, brings it all, from extravagant prints, to geometric shapes and stripes.

Photo by Madelayne Hajek

The boutique looks like a beautiful and sophisticated designing studio and the name itself describes what the store is all about. Unlike others, you get the dizzying feeling of a time traveller, from the British Invasion to the Rococo Era, from rock and roll to Mad Men.

Wasfy established Lustre Boutique in 2006. She has taken her playful and vintage-inspired designs outside of Montreal, bringing them to Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa and Edmonton. Though in the beginning, most of Lustre Boutique’s pieces were finely-made dresses for the romantic and confident woman, it now carries feminine tops, bottoms and locally made accessories and shoes with a rocker twist. Not only does Lustre offer unique and tailored pieces, it also takes special orders.

We sometimes have an inner urge to rebel and that comes through in our choice in clothing. The pieces we wear help define us, and that is exactly the energy that Lustre brings.

The collections are extremely modern, but what shines through in every one of Wasfy’s pieces is the way she embodies different eras through her designs. Wasfy blends many different styles from different decades into one piece of expertly tailored clothing.

Her wholesale line and retail collection all aim to please the feminine and chic woman who loves to play dress-up, but Wasfy is aware that certain fits and fabrics are not made for everyone, so she offers custom fittings.

The material for her unique designs consists of rich European fabrics with a vintage look at a budget-friendly price.

Her pieces are made for the everyday woman who appreciates fashion, as well as the career woman who often needs pieces to help transition from day to night.

Another quirky detail is the names Wasky gives to her designs, such as “Backwoods Barbie Dress”, “Prairie My Heart Dress” and “Edge of Seventeen Dress”.

New pieces are added weekly, each with their own twist. If you are looking to find one-of-a-kind fashionable and wearable pieces, look no further.


Lustre Boutique is located on 4068 St-Laurent Blvd.


Photos by Madelayne Hajek

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There’s no room for gender labels on the runway

Montreal Fashion Week started on a high note with Pedram Karimi, a Montreal designer who is well respected by the fashion community. While many are anxious to get in with the new vibrant spring clothing, Karimi’s futuristic flair makes a good case for this bitter winter weather all year round.

Karimi’s Galactic Wet Dreams collection involved practicality and large silhouettes for women and men who are bold enough to play off his architectural, artistic pieces. Montreal Fashion week. (Photo Maddy Hajek)

The ‘wet’ look is what Karimi was aiming for and everything tied in nicely with the offbeat theme; the design of the runway show, the models, the evolution from whites to greys to blacks and the ending of the show with a seafoam pastel green and a splash of red and silver.

For Karimi, the best part of conceptualizing his designs for the Galactic Wet Dreams collection was “finding fabrics that could translate the way [he] hoped they would.”
And he did just that. His collection had that somewhat sporty vibe to it like his previous collections, but this time it was all about the layering, the plunging necklines, and the turtlenecks. Karimi’s overlaying involved ponchos on top of long sleeves, shorts and leggings—keeping the oversized and futuristic style in mind. His clean lines and soft aesthetic, through textiles of laser quilted nylon, polyurethane, spandex jersey, crushed silk and velvet, made the genderless look the focal point of the show.

“I hope both men and women can have fun with the pieces I’ve created and wear them as they please and I hope that I can make a difference that goes beyond just clothing,” said Karimi.

Karimi was born in Iran and later moved to Austria in his teens. He began his fashion studies at London College of Fashion and then graduated from LaSalle College in Montreal. Karimi is known for his minimalist approach and clean aesthetic. He is devoted to his past and the different cultures he has been exposed to, inspiring the concepts and unconventional fabrics of his collections.

“My designs are a product of my current and previous surroundings, my upbringing and the picture of the future that I fantasize about,” said Karimi.

His presentation dizzied us up from the beginning when a fashion film, the first in a series presented by Triptyque, was showcased on the runway screen. The room was dark, with nothing but the lights from the short video and flashing cameras. The film presented the gender confusion theme of the collection and featured a girl transforming into a boy when she emerged from a pool of water. From that moment, we knew we were in for an unconventional and eccentric show.

There was fog everywhere and the models evoked such serious and powerful emotions, setting the tone for Karimi’s monochromatic, uni-sex and genderless pieces. The industrial and haunting music was perfectly fitting for the collection’s colour palette of grey, beige, white and black, along with the angular and architectural shapes and cuts. From the patent leather caps to the wet, slicked-back hair to the platform tennis shoes, there were moments where there was no distinction between the men and women on the runway.

“Fashion has always been a tool to influence a society for me,” said Karimi. “Hopefully I can continue to make a difference for men and women out there and continuously interact with them.”

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Hot off the runway: fashion tips for 2013

Yes, it is still chilly outside, but as starts spring blossoming on the distant horizon, don’t be so quick to throw away your fashion sense along with the cold weather, because some of this year’s winter trends are here to stay.

Colour, colour, everywhere!

This winter, cobalt blue and emerald green were a hit, and is set to flourish this spring, only this time, it will be from head to heels — literally!

Graphic by Jennifer Kwan

Say goodbye to wearing all black, it is time to be prepared to rock those bright jewel tones anywhere you go. Whether it is emerald green or even orange crush, monochromatic dressing will be every fashionista’s dream this spring. From Gucci and Hèrmes’ rich blues to Stella McCartney’s gem-inspired greens, to Fendi’s soft yellow, colour-blocking was a hit on the runways in every direction. The vibrant and bold colours will be sure to make a splash in every woman’s closet from tops and bottom wear to shoes. Any of these colours will surely make an instant impact, and a lasting one as well, as this trend is most certainly affordable to anyone. And not to worry, any silhouette will unquestionably pull off this colourful trend!


Black and white…and stripes

Not head over heels over the whole monochromatic look? Do not fear, black and white, and many bold stripes are zigzagging everywhere! Yes, when you think spring you think colours like pastel shades or florals, but this spring, black and white all-over stripes might just surprise you. Though some women do not praise the inmate influenced look, do not say no just yet as these stripes are nothing like we have ever seen before. They are big, bold, vertically and horizontally all over the place. They will not only give you that so-called burglar look, but they will most certainly steal everyone’s attention. American designers Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors embraced this trend; the uncomplicated stripes were worn from head to toe proving they are most definitely wearable. Be prepared to see these thick stripes interpreted through tops, skirts and dresses — it’s a new take on the rebel look.


Frills and ruffles, what more can a woman want?

Yes, ladies, the peplum trend that made us all look fantastic and fabulous this winter is not leaving us this spring. Though this trend made its mark in the 1960’s, peplum will only be expanding that much more this year. This time around, the ruffles will not only be at the waistline, but on the chest, sidearm, and bottom, as they seem to be multiplying and leaning towards a different edge. Balenciaga did it in black, Gucci and Marni in white, and Givenchy in grey, so rest assured these ruffles will come in every shade. Now, there is no excuse for those women out there who think they cannot find the peplum look in black or white, because I promise you, you will fall in love with this structured yet feminine look. To give this trend its fresh edge for the spring, ladylike ruffles in a soft pink will be sure to hit the shelves as well in every boutique. Designers have taken peplum to a whole new level with plunging and revealing necklines, for those warmer spring days, which are sure to turn heads. Make sure not to put those frills too far away in your closet when the snow begins to melt!


Rock it out leather

Designers will blow us away again this coming spring with leather pieces which are sure to rock the house. You may not think of wearing leather during warmer months, but go for it, it is fashionista-approved. We saw a lot of genuine and faux black leather pieces this winter. From pants, to dresses, to leggings, to those rocker-edgy combat boots, and this spring, leather will be the season’s staple. Leather-luxe pieces will be found in trousers, tank tops, and dresses — all boudoir inspired and blossoming in colours such as burgundy, blue, white and green. Everything becomes minimal when wearing a leather piece as you do not need to worry about accessories or shoes because the edgy shapes added to this trend has it all. Jason Wu, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo moulded leather in ways you never would have thought. Go on, give it a try, and release your inner rock goddess this spring.

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Travel back in time to 1861

On Ste-Catherine and St-Laurent — two of Montreal’s trendiest streets — there exists a true girly-girl’s dream; the romantic, vintage-inspired and feminine Boutique 1861.

You cannot help but drag yourself into this boudoir-style shop, especially with its one-of-a-kind clothing, which are all so carefully

1861 is located on Ste-Catherine W. St. and 3670 St-Laurent Blvd. Photo by Maddy Hajek

displayed on their mannequins. Whether it is the accessories, dresses, skirts or blouses, every item is placed in a particular fashion.

Owner Castle Ho says that since she was a child, she has always adored Victorian decoration, and has been attracted to intricacy, which inspired her to share such elegant and classic creations with others through her shops.

“It was like a dream, I wanted to make these dreams come true, and bring some magic to life,” said Ho. It comes as no surprise that a woman like Ho, with so much class and elegance, would open these two stylized stores.

Upon walking into 1861, you truly feel like you are in woman’s closet in the Victorian era. You could spend hours simply admiring interesting accessory pieces and hand-selected garments. The comfort and design of the store, with its stylish carved loveseats, mirrors and shades of pink and white, all reflect the clothing and accessories in the boutiques. You immediately get the feeling that you are in the Rococo period.

They carry pieces from local and international independent designers such as Arti Gogna, Coccolily, Toronto-based designer Jordan de Ruiter, Pink Martini, Californian label BB Dakota, MINKPINK, Darling from the U.K. and much more.

When searching for clothing and accessories with a vintage touch, the goal of 1861 is to make sure that customers always find the most affordable and unique items for their clients. They make a constant effort to satisfy their customers and ensure they will leave with something special, without having to worry about breaking the bank. Every piece in this store is so magnificent and chic, priced between $50 to $250.

1861 is located on Ste-Catherine W. St. and 3670 St-Laurent Blvd. Photo by Maddy Hajek

Ho and sales associate Sophia Trozzo insist that building a relationship with their customers, and ensuring clients leave the store with an outfit in which they feel confident is the most rewarding part of their job.

“Our clients are mostly women that love and appreciate fashion, and enjoy being a woman,” Ho said.

The glamorous store has many loyal, and fashion-savvy customers, along with many new clients who are lured into the boutique by their breathtaking and out-of-the-ordinary window display.

“My favourite part would be playing dress-up with the clients,” explained Ho. “I had always known that I would not stop loving playing dress-up since my first Barbie doll.”

1861 has exclusive and retro-chic designs to suit every woman out there, from more sophisticated pieces to old-world glamour.


1861 is located on Ste-Catherine W. St. and 3670 St-Laurent Blvd.

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