Mid-century Layouts: A new exhibition revisits classic Dior

A new exhibition revisits the Dior wardrobes of Toronto society figures in the 1950s. Caitlin Agnew reportsToronto's Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is bringing classic couture back to Bloor Street with the introduction of Christian Dior on Nov. 25. Feting the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior, the exhibition explores the early years of the Parisian label's haute couture collections, starting in 1947 shortly after the conclusion of the Second World War and ending with the designer's death in 1957. Read more [...]

What Is the difference between American and French oak?

The questionWhat is the difference between American and French oak?The answer It is all in the fibers, which affect wine flavour, barrel costs and even the way the vessels are assembled.Virtually all wood used for wine maturation belongs to three species of white oak, all which have the benefit of being extremely water-tight relative to many other timber. Two species, Quercus petraea and Quercus robur, are sourced from French forests (in some instances, Read more [...]

On the lookout for that special luxury item? Here is how to find it online

While the rest of the world was clicking through holiday wish lists, the luxury-goods market was reluctant to come around to e-commerce. Indeed, there are still some holdouts, such as Parisian leather goods company Goyard, that have yet to make themselves available online. But in 2017, the internet has become a great place to find the most luxurious, thoughtful and unique gifts for your loved ones, and typically boasts more options than you can find in person. .gi-custom-blockquote{margin-bottom:2em;font-family:PrattItalic;padding:0 Read more [...]

Online luxury finds

While the rest of the world was clicking through holiday wish lists, the luxury-goods market was reluctant to come around to e-commerce. Indeed, there are still some holdouts, such as Parisian leather goods company Goyard, that have yet to make themselves available online. But in 2017, the internet has become a great place to find the most luxurious, thoughtful and unique gifts for your loved ones, and typically boasts more options than you can find in person. .gi-custom-blockquote{margin-bottom:2em;font-family:PrattItalic;padding:0 Read more [...]

Swiss Alps hotels now thinking beyond the ski hill

My first evening at the Burgenstock Resort in the Swiss Alps was spent eating, among other things, mouhamara, the Syrian red pepper, pomegranate and walnut tartinadsche that is to hummus what foie gras is to cat food. The next day, I ate breakfast at a French restaurant run by a three-starred chef, had a Swiss lunch in a modern chalet and learned all I ever wanted to know but was afraid to ask about three-stage cryogenic slimming in an on-site hospital-hotel. It was only after a day at the Read more [...]

Fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, who dressed Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, dies at 77

Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia, a fashion iconoclast whose clingy styles helped define the 1980s and that dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House, has died at age 77.The French Haute Couture Federation declared Alaia's departure on Saturday without providing details. Twitter tributes to his influence on fashion poured in from around the globe.Alaia ((AZ'-uh-deen uh-LY'-uh) occasionally was dubbed the "king of cling" for the sculptural, formfitting layouts he popularized during Read more [...]

She Does The Town: A pioneering Site’s decade of disruption

As the female-focused website She Does The City turns 10, Caitlin Agnew sits down with creator Jen McNeelyAfter the site She Does the City went live in 2007, it was unlike anything you could discover online. Composing with a young female audience in mind, founder Jen McNeely was a trailblazer of authentic storytelling and community building. "In Canada, there was not really an internet space for girls or even a media offering for girls that was edgy and had verve and voice and was youthful and Read more [...]

Over-the-top gift ideas for the design and travel lover on your list

Trading up Whether employed after dinner because of its traditional purpose or as a catch-all for baubles and coins, this ceramic ashtray boasts understated luxury in spades. With 24-karat gold accents, its mosaic end is pure Greco-Romannbsp;elegance. Three's company Versatility is the name of the game when you are packing light, and Gucci's new three-pack was created with transformation in your mind. Featuring three shoulder bags in canvas and grained leather, it may Read more [...]