The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has developed and produced the first international exhibition devoted to celebrated French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier and the man himself was in town last week to take it all in.  More of a contemporary installation than a fashion retrospective, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk features 140 ensembles and numerous documents, is particularly innovative in the theatrical mise en scène and multimedia approach provided by UBU/Compagnie de création’s animated mannequins.

Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Photo c/o William Mazzoleni

Gaultier launched his first prêt‐à‐porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first runway shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is indisputably one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. Very early, his avant‐garde fashions reflected an understanding of a multicultural society’s issues and preoccupations, shaking up – with invariable good humour – established societal and aesthetic codes.

“I think the way people dress today is a form of artistic expression. Saint Laurent, for instance, has made great art. Art lies in the way the whole outfit is put together. Take Jean Paul Gaultier. What he does is really art,” said Andy Warhol (Mondo Uomo, 1984).

Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Photo c/o Natacha Gysin

Initiated, developed, produced and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to mark the 35th anniversary of the designer’s own label, this exploration of Jean Paul Gaultier’s creative world has been organized in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, which provided the Museum with exclusive access to its archives. Following its presentation in Montreal (June 17 – October 2, 2011), the exhibition will embark on an international tour, with presentations at the Dallas Museum of Art (November 13, 2011 ‐ February 12, 2012), the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young (March 24 ‐ August 19, 2012), the Fundación Mapfre – Instituto de Cultura, Madrid (September 26 – November 18, 2012), and the Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands (February 9 – May 12, 2013).  For more photos please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Digital Print c/o Stéphane Sednaoui

Victoria’s Dark Angel: Doutzen The Diva?


Early last month, Victoria’s Secret launched their summer-themed Miraculous Bombshell Bra & Swim Collection in Los Angeles.  That kicked off a Bombshell Summer Essentials tour that’s seen them shuttling around sexy lingerie models to Victoria’s Secret stores all over the U.S. and Canada.  Fans have a chance to experience the new collection and meet the models at Victoria’s Secret stores in most major cities.  Model Doutzen Kroes stopped by Toronto yesterday to promote the Bombshell Collection at a media photo op in Toronto’s Eaton Centre, followed by an in-store meet and greet at the new Victoria’s Secret in Sherway Gardens, and ended with a more intimate invitational presentation at downtown Toronto’s members-only Spoke Club.

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Style Tips: Lindsay & Priscilla – “Italians Do It Better” Party at Gotstyle

Voted Best Menswear Store by NOW Magazine, Best Place To Buy a Suit by BlogTO, and One of the Top 10 Menswear Stores in Canada by SHARP MagazineGotstyle is an excellent one-stop-shop for men offering a huge selection in men’s designer and tailored suits, casual wear, shoes, ties, and other men’s accessories.  Located across the Thompson Hotel in downtown Toronto, they even boast the city’s first male-only spa staffed by beautiful women, and a two-chair barbershop (click here to book an appointment).

On Wednesday night Gotstyle invited guests to an Italians Do It Better party that featured some of the best in Italian men’s fashion, wine, truffle risotto, and Fresco gelato.  Michael La Fave, publisher of SHARP Magazine For Men swung by as did Philosopher Kings frontman, Jarvis Church.  Cut video footage suggests that there was even an event crashing Scottish Sasquatch in the mix.  That explains the disappearing risotto.

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Kelly Cutrone Gets Philosophical With CBC’s Strombo

She doesn’t care if you think she’s a “witch, bitch or a dyke” (CBC).  Kelly ‘Kells Bells’ Cutrone, fashion PR maven extraordinaire and one of the stars of MTV’s The Hills and The City, was in town to do what she does best – tell it to us like it is.  The People’s Revolution CEO and founder (thanks for hooking me up with the Nicholas K fashion show during NY Fashion Week) was here to do an interview with television’s rating-saving and young demographic penetrating host of the CBC’s Strombo Show, George Stroumboulopoulos.

It’s All Style To Me, along with other local fashionistas, received tickets to the taping of the interview through the Toronto Fashion Incubator.  The interview, which will air on June 16th, focused on Kelly’s second book, Normal Gets You Nowhere.  The self-help book is a follow-up to the successful 2010 memoir, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside and is aimed at sharing her own brand of self-love with teenage girls.

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Bring On The Cool: DANIER X Greta Constantine Fall/Winter 2011

Last night, Greta Constantine designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong unveiled their eagerly anticipated Fall/Winter 2011 Capsule Collection for iconic Canadian leather apparel label DANIER.  The launch of SKIN arrives hot off the heels of a successful Greta/Ezra Constantine Fall/Winter 2011 Collection that even had Fashion Television’s Jeanne Beker (click here for interview) beaming with Canadian pride.

Nestled amidst a sea of quaint crack houses, homeless shelters, and a liquor store that sees more action on Sunday than the local community church – Parkdale’s Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery hosted a modest SKIN launch in an impressive artistic oasis of a space.  Whatever you do, just don’t lean on their outside walls.  My wool/angora knit cardigan was covered in red brick residue and enough DNA samples from the wall deposits of vagrants’ bodily fluids to keep a CSI lab busy for weeks.

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