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Welcome to the Spring 2010 edition of Channer’s Magazine.
Mark Twain had it right. Spring seems to open our hearts and minds again after
a long and chilly winter. At Channer’s, we could not have been more excited to
display our new spring and summer collections as they began to arrive. So
much colour! So many cool new takes on the classics. The season’s hottest new
trend: hybrid sports jackets and sneakers. A fantastic new way to jazz up your
spring look. These versatile items go with jeans and khakis and can work in the
office or go to the club and weekend ballgames too. They are not the traditional
sneaker nor the traditional sport jacket but blur the lines and can be dressed up
or down to suit the occasion.
The Channer’s man this spring is always stylish and modern in the classic
sense. We had you in mind during our travels this winter to New York and Europe
to see the latest collections from Hugo Boss, Canali, Coppley, Etro and many
others. We seek out the very finest and most elegant new looks within the latest
collections. Some seasons it is a challenge to find new and exciting things, but
not this spring. And our womenswear is no exception. Vibrant hues and pat-
terns were presented by Marc Aurel, Mexx, Michael Kors, Pink Tartan, Seventy
and Elisa Cavaletti to name a few.
Channer’s would like to thank each and every one of our customers for your loyal
patronage and support. Please enjoy our expanded spring publication. We want
to thank our world-class vendors and our local partners who make this publica-
tion possible. As a locally owned specialty store, we encourage you to support
our local friends at Cadillac of London, EZ Rock 97.3 FM, Finch Auto Group,
Kitchner Harley Davidson, Mercedes-Benz of London, Nash Jewellers and
Sifton Properties. We’d like to see the magazine expanded further for this fall
and encourage our friends to join us in the next issue to release in early autumn.
Just let us know!
Take special notice of the Channer’s gift certificates on page 54. This exclusive
offer is only available to our prized magazine readers!
Lastly, we’d like to remind you to put our 4th Annual “Fashions for Ovarian
Cancer” show on your calendar. The event is to be held in October at Riverbend
Golf Course. Last fall, the 3rd annual event raised over $30,000!
With heartfelt thanks,
The Channers
It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when
you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you dowant,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
~Mark Twain~
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42 How to buy Lingerie for Your Sweetheart
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Taking some liberties with Jefferson’s notions, the trick is, just how fast do you
swim and how far out should you be on the edge of the current? And, in all things
fashion, just what are the principles?
Coppley Chairman and the consummate Coppley man, Warwick Jones, has the
answers.
The Coppley label consistently turns out impressive and inspiring collections
imbued with au courant style, while retaining the tried and true principles of sophis-
ticated and professional dress. “Fashion,” Jones contends, “must meet the demands
of personal style and a business’ demands for appropriateness.”
“Our customers definitely move with the front edge of a current,” says Jones.
“The Coppley man is someone that likes to have personal expression in how he
dresses and what he wears; he’s buying our product as a means of expression as
opposed to conformity.”
The Coppley story began before the turn of the twentieth century. In 1883, Coppley
Noyes & Randall Ltd. began operations out of a landmark building in the burgeoning
City of Hamilton. The company still cuts its cloth and tailors its wares within that
same building.
Coppley has been making suits, sport coats and trousers out of the same location
for 130 years. “None of our original employees are with us anymore,” Jones says
laughing. “But having said that, it gives us experience. Over the years, we’ve dealt
with look, fit, and feel as being fundamental as to why a man would wear our
product over someone else’s.”
Weaving a story of manufacturing solely in North America is rare in the
apparel industry, as labels continue to move manufacturing offshore in droves.
Gemma Giovinazzo, Coppley executive vice-president, says staying in North
America gives Coppley, and the men who wear the label, an edge. “The qual-
ity of our garment is superior to anything that arrives from offshore,” she
says. “Our garment tailors better and the life of the garment is a lot longer
than normal. To get Coppley quality from a made-in-Europe label, you’ll pay
twice as much.”
“In matters of style, swim with the current; in
matters of principle, stand like a rock,”
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The only thing offshore about Coppley garments is the European
sojourns taken by its principal buyer and merchandiser, Lewis Mitchell.
Mitchell scours the United Kingdom and Western Europe sourcing luxu-
rious fabrics from the finest mills. This means Coppley is able to offer
exclusive fabrics from Ermenegildo Zegna and prestigious cloth like that
from Loro Piana, two of Italy’s finest and oldest, mills.
Coppley’s strategy with cloth is to source fabrics that are technically
advanced with colour and texture that never take a quiet, expected
approach. The result is a modern, European-inspired take on apparel
ranging from tailored suits, sport coats, outerwear, and trousers.
“When we talk about the mills we work with, whether its Reda, Loro
Piana, Ermenegildo Zegna, or Barbaris, we’re really talking about the
marriage of a terrific suit maker with a fantastic creative and quality
weaver,” Warwick Jones says. “The mill is thinking, eating, and sleeping
direction in terms of the fabric, while we’re doing the same thing in terms
of the look. When you marry the two together, that’s where you really hit
the home run.”
For Spring 2010, Jones notes there is change afoot in the colour spec-
trum, a move he sees as a hit out of the park.
“Normally in a recession, retailers hunker down and go with navy and
black. This time, retailers seemed to say, ‘No, if we’re going to own inven-
tory, we’d better make that inventory exciting and colourful enough that it
is going to entice our customer.’” He says. “If Spring 2010 says anything it
is ‘We’re taking a chance, we’re going to step out a little.’ So, colour will be
a far bigger part of Spring 2010 than it has been in quite sometime — tra-
ditional colours with accents like lilac and crimson, heather and hunter
green which are far more friendly toward interesting neckwear and shirts.”
Jones also thinks the Coppley man wants a change in fit.
“We’re finding our man wants to wear something different,” Jones
says. “He also wants clothing that accentuates. He wants a waisted coat
and a narrow leg that accentuates the thinness of the body, and he wants
higher armholes that make him look taller and at the same time, slimmer.”
Another trend is toward garments that flex and are easier and more
comfortable to wear. As men look for a more relaxed way of dressing,
Coppley is meeting the demand by introducing softness into their suits
and sport coats.
Coppley’s Camden sport coat has a soft supple feel and is designed
to allow for a more comfortable fit. The Camden is featured in Coppley’s
Spring 2010 Look Book in a hounds tooth with an aqua polo and pure wool
gabardine trouser. It’s a smart, modern take on preppy, with just enough
colour to make a statement.
Taking soft construction even further is the Kenya shirt jacket. The
Kenya is designed to feel like a shirt. The drawstring waist adjusts to
allow for shaping without sacrificing comfort, and the interior and exte-
rior pocketing gives ample load capacity.
Not to be missed is Coppley’s legendary reputation for made-to-
measure garments. “We’ve built a reputation as the best maker of men’s
tailored clothing in the world,” Jones says. “It’s not just that we have
such an incredible offering of fabrics and an amazing offering of styles.
But if you go into a store, select from 1,000 fabrics and myriad styles,
then put some of your own nuances to it, like fancy linings, seven days
later, your suit is there for you — built to your specifications, built to your
demands, in the style and fabric that you want. No one else is doing that.”
Jones says there are two types of customers that fit custom ordering.
“The first one is the consumer who, flat out, cannot fit an off the rack
garment,” he says. “He may be an extra long, he may be a short, or he may
have what we call a drop — his chest may be a 44 and his waist is a 46.”
There is also the discerning customer that can envision a garment
with just a swatch and a style to go on. Either way, Coppley’s made-to-
measure garments give customers the option to pick from 1,000 fabrics
and nearly 40 styles. “When you start putting that into SKUs, you are
now talking upwards of a million variations” Jones says. “Off the rack
cannot satisfy those needs.”
While the custom program has been around for some time, last fall
Coppley introduced something new with its overcoats. The Fenwick is a
short, contemporary coat available in three fabrics. Coppley’s feature
fabric is the Storm System from Loro Piana in a summer weight. The fab-
ric is resistant to water, windproof, and is a cotton silk blend.
“A blinding windstorm will not pierce that coat,” Jones says.
The Fenwick is also available in Coppley’s popular Amaze bi-stretch
and wrinkle resistant fabric as well as the Primo fabric, a versatile all-
wool serge with a great price point.
One of the Coppley’s must haves this season is a suit in exclusive Cool
Effect Ermenegildo Zegna fabric. New from Zegna, the Cool Effect suit and
blazer make it possible to wear extreme dark colours in the summer with-
out the negative heat effect. The garments repel infra-red rays, a process
designed to ensure the surface temperature of the fabric never becomes
excessive, even in extremely warm temperatures. It makes wearing a suit in
the heat of summer a more comfortable, and pleasant, experience.
Coppley’s spring 2010 line seems to carry that theme throughout — a
move toward fresh, easy to wear garments that allow for personal
expression and a cool approach to fashion.
Alas, there is a common thread to Thomas Jefferson’s approach and
Coppley’s philosophy, when applied to men and style. It was the former
who said, “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as
to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
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Spring / Summer 2010 is all about mixing the outrageous
with the elegant. There is a nod to trends of the past, but
this spring, fashion is taking a big step in a new direction.
It's about smart and sexy looks paired with
sporty and delicate styles.
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Spring / Summer 2010 is all about mixing the outrageous with the elegant. There is a nod to trends of the past, but this spring, fashion
is taking a big step in a new direction. It's about smart and sexy looks paired with sporty and delicate styles.
Neutral Tones: Neutral tones create that elegant, barely there look. Champagne, beige, and all shades of grey are in. Part of the reason why this neu-
tral colour style has emerged is due to the volume of print and energy in other trends, this season, which suggests that neutral will also outlive these
other trends.
Heavy Print: Everything from boyfriend sweaters to fitted pants are coming in bold geometric patterns, including camouflage, nature, and animal
prints. This trend both complements and contrasts the neutral tone style. Stripes are still in, but not in their usual form. Expect stripes to take on a
new almost optical-illusion feel. Heavy print leggings are going to be especially hot for spring.
Very Short Shorts: Hot pants and boy shorts are making this spring all about the legs. Pair them with knee high or over the knee socks for an unex-
pected sweetness to contrast with the super-sexy. Also — word of wisdom — don't go too short. There's a fine line between sexy and leaving little to
the imagination.
Masculine Elements: Blazers and vests are still in, but now they're worn with shorts and leggings. Big shoulders are coming back as well, meaning
that the 80s are now officially vintage. Why not play up the masculine tones with a feminine accessory like a hairband or a locket? It will add a little
bit of tomboy chic to the outfit.
Short in the Front, Long in the Back: T-Shirts, blouses, and tunics just had a makeover! Now they're short in the front and long in the back. This
style is called the fishtail shirt. The back can be as short as a few inches longer than the front or as far down as the knees. As with anything extreme
style, dress the t-shirt or tunic with something simple, so that this fantastic trend can take the show.
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Sheer Fabrics: In spring and summer, fashion tends to get a little more revealing; we blame it on the heat, and one's desire to show off. So in 2010,
turn to the sheer/see-through trend to keep you cool, yet sexy. Today’s sheer pieces go from soft and feminine to the opposite extremes of the hard-
core sex-kitten.
Boyfriend Blazers: Continuing to be a wardrobe staple for spring/summer 2010, the boyfriend blazer is a simple way to look chic, whether on a fresh
spring day or a mild summer's night. There were very few cardigans on the runways for spring 2010. It seemed like the boyfriend blazer just, plain, took
over as the topper of choice, with options that range from open and oversized to more tailored and fitted and then shorter and belted — to contain
the volume. We’re keeping an eye on vests, as well. We figure they'll evolve into the latest layering sensation soon enough.
Ripped, Torn, and Patched Denim: Just when you thought they would never return...ripped jeans are back. Starting in 2008 with a horde of sexed-
up editorial shoots and celebrity sightings, those torn denim shorts and shredded jeans are hitting the streets. Ripped denim in 2010 is certainly sexy
and revealing. Patched denim? It's not for everyone, but it is an option that's gaining traction. Patched jeans work well as skinnies, or try patched
denim flares for a revival of 70s chic.
The Slouchy Pant vs. The Skinny: This, as they say in the fashion industry, is a trend with legs. Not because it’s a pant, but because it's totally
wearable for all kinds of body types and is poised to be available at all levels of the retail spectrum. Far less extreme than the dropped crotch harem
pants from the past two seasons, the slouchy pant for spring 2010 is anything from a khaki or chino with a little more room through the hip (as seen
at Tommy Hilfiger) to the flowing wide legged beauties from Isaac Mizrahi, Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka, Oscar de la Renta, and so many more. The
rule: keep the top slim to balance fullness on the bottom. And just as in life, where opposites attract, your ideal closet for spring 2010 will contain as
many skinny pants as full ones. It also looks as though the skinny pant is an essential part of a slim suit — whether in muted plaid, shocking colour,
or with a motorcycle inspired jacket. You already know how to rock that slim legged look, but for spring 2010, it's as if you’ve been granted permission
to take it even further; fitted tops are now part of the equation.
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Abstract Prints and Plenty of Pretty Colour: Of course, there were enough neutrals — khaki, black, brown, taupe, grey — to keep working women
suited up for their jobs, but what really thrilled us were all the beautiful colours we saw coming down the spring 2010 runways; bright clean turquoise,
orange, and hot pink, softened coral and turquoise, and all the shades necessary to create pretty ombré effects. But when all this gorgeous colour
was used to create prints and pattern, we were practically overwhelmed with the results. Perhaps there's a mental angle here — are designers so
hopeful and optimistic about what Spring will bring — a strengthened economy, lower prices, and perhaps most important to better well being, that
just the thought of these pretty flowers and abstract patterns calms us like nothing else? Practically every designer participated in the print and pat-
tern party.
Denim and Chambray: Always part of the mix in the modern woman’s closet: all kinds of denim — skinny, slouchy, shredded, and even tailored were
shown on the Spring 2010 runways for New York Fashion Week. A denim zip front belted dress should already be on your spring shopping list. And
even newer was chambray — denim's lighter weight cousin. There were chambray dresses with flowers embroidered along the hem, a hooded cham-
bray dress, and even chambray shirts over cropped tops and shorts.
Sportswear and Jumpsuits: Rarely do sports and high fashion have similar aesthetics. This spring, lace-up shorts, v-neck sweaters, and fashion-
conscious sweatpants make an effortlessly sexy and competitive look. Style with stripes and comfortable shoes for a casual date or night in. Football
inspirations turn tomboy chic to sexy, yet effortless looks; while Bond girl scuba inspired clothing is the pinnacle of sporty bombshell.
As with all seasons, there's plenty more to get excited about: sheer and shine are always two important elements for spring. Short skirts and shorts
will prompt you to consult with your trainer on an exercise regimen to have you thigh-ready come warmer weather. T-shirt dresses will definitely find
a place in your spring/summer closet. Ruffles are a huge part of the mix — designers used them everywhere — on tops, skirts, and pretty layered
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If you feel energetic, walk from your hotel — Paris is a city
best experienced on foot — or take an open top bus tour. Your
two-hour ride will take you past all the main sights, including
the Champs-Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, the muse-
um at the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Pompidou Centre. The
Cityrama tour allows you to hop on and off the bus at stops
around the city over a two-day period (this way you can visit all
the famous stops in one day, should you wish).
After getting your bearings, take a chance to hop out at
Montmartre and the famous church of Sacre Coeur, lording
over the rooftops of the city below. The acoustics are outstand-
ing. See if you can attend a service. Then amble down the steep
cobbled hill to Montmartre, home to street artists and buskers.
This is where Picasso once spent time as a penniless artist
(even selling his paintings for meals). Nowadays, you have to
pay for the food, but a three-course meal with a glass of wine
won’t set you back much. On your way, stroll past the famous
Moulin Rouge, which still hosts its nightly can-can cabaret.
16.00
Head into Le Marais for a spot of window shopping. Once a
favourite of French kings, it fell into decline after the
Revolution, but now it's back in fashion, and the old royal man-
sions have been restored. Wander down Rue St Antoine, one of
Paris' oldest streets, once used for jousting. Henri II was fatal-
ly wounded here by a lance in 1559, when a wedding party for
his daughter got a bit out of hand.
Keep and eye out for the delis in this Jewish area, with their
amazing pastrami, and remember that it tends to be quieter on
Saturdays.
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As dusk draws down, head towards Place Vendôme,
via Tuileries Gardens near the Louvre museum. Down
rue Danou, a side street not far from the Ritz where Lady
Diana last stayed, is Harry’s Bar. Finish your evening in
style at this hangout for Hemingway et. al. and the birth-
place, they say, of the Bloody Mary drink.
The City of Light, it is called — La Ville-
lumière — the most popular tourist destination
in the world. It is a place of lovers and
painters, intellectuals and bohemians, and
some of the finest shopping anywhere in
Europe. A gourmand’s delight, its cobbled
streets have rang to rebellion and protest, yet
take on a magical air come the fall of dusk.
Take a weekend break to Paris to reveal its
secrets, both ancient and modern.
Day 1
09.00
Paris is a city split and defined by its great river,
the Seine. The waters down which the Vikings once
sailed now pass beneath iron footbridges and the
stone of La Pont Neuf — painted by Rodin and fea-
ture of numerous films — before flowing around the
Île de la Cité, past the famous church of Notre
Dame, and out towards its mouth at Rouen.
Here is where you orientate yourself. The north,
or right, bank of the river was traditionally the
richer, grander side, and the left, poorer and
more avant garde: the land of bohemians.
Getting around is easy: within central Paris,
use the Metro, bus, or RER trains. Buy a
Carnet (10 tickets).
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Travelling further south brings one to the Catacombs, a net-
work of subterranean tunnels and rooms. An eerie spot to reflect
on the city’s grim past of wars and plagues, as you stroll among
the bones of the dead and witness on how the French Resistance
once hid beneath the streets.
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By now, the pull of the high-class shops and restaurants of the
Champs Elysees, Paris’s main thoroughfare, should be irre-
sistible. Delve into the perfumeries or admire the designer stores
such as Louis Vuitton with its exterior built as a massive suitcase.
Le Touqet's will feed you like a prince — and charge like one — or
you can easily grab a street bagette and Orangina for, pretty
much, small change.
As the night draws in, take a tour up the Arc de Triomphe, built
by Napoleon to celebrate his military victories, now a monument
to French war-dead. From here, gaze out and soak in the myriad
twinkling lights of Paris coming alive once more.
Nick Ryan is author of Homeland: Into a World of Hate
(Mainstream Publishing & Routledge NY)
09.00
For something rather different, head over to Père-Lachaise
Cemetery (Cimetière du Père-Lachaise), one of the most visited
cemeteries in the world. It’s a fascinating experience to wander
the cracked but magnificent tombstones and mausoleums of the
great and good of history. Jim Morrison’s grave/shrine is here, as
is Oscar Wilde’s once-desecrated statue, and singer Édith Piaf’s
tomb, among others.
12.00
The call of the Rive Gauche — the Left Bank — make the Latin
Quarter a must-visit. It’s lost a little of its original bohemian
charm, with the advent of cheap touristy restaurants haggling for
your trade, but La Maison de Verlaine does a fine kir (a mixture of
white wine and cassis) thrown in as part of its “menu” dinner,
which will includes the ubiquitous French onion soup, steak au
poivre, and luscious profiteroles.
As you near the river, take a moment to step inside
Shakespeare and Company. Paris’ most famous bookstore also
operates as a lending library. Breathe in the atmosphere of liter-
ary greats and the era of jazz as you thumb between the tomes.
The upstairs also serves as a makeshift dormitory for travellers,
known as tumbleweeds, who earn their keep by working in the
shop for a couple of hours each day.
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The history of Denim
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Denim jeans and attire have been associated with the range of heavy industry to
high fashion and have become one of the most versatile and enduring clothing styles
in fashion history. Hollywood stars like Katherine Hepburn aided denim’s progress
through fashion in the 70s. And now, Savile Row tailors champion its continuing suc-
cess, as they cut denim suits for some of the most famous names in the world. But
what of its origins? Denim and Jeans have traveled the world.
Captured in denim which Americans invented, commercialized, stylized, and popu-
larized (in a word, Levis) is American Wild West culture. But the fabric was adopted
from another continent by early Americans, who created functional, hard-wearing
work gear. At the same time, they introduced a style without the aid of catwalks and
drop dead handsome models.
Mr. Jacob Davis, a tailor from Reno Nevada decided to put copper rivets on the
corners of his denim trouser pockets to prevent them from ripping. Unable to cover the
cost of patenting the idea, he sought help from prosperous clothing distributor Mr.
Levi Strauss. Mr. Strauss added his own style by putting the garment label on the out-
side rather than on the inside. Voila! a new style was born.
Denim (derived from De-Nimes in France) had already been styled into bell bottom
trousers and worn by Italian sailors from Genoa and given the name Geans (Jeans).
These trousers had very practical applications. If a sailor went overboard he could
easily slip off his trousers without his feet getting caught, and thus, stood a better
chance of staying afloat.
The style has gone from De-Nimes, to Denim, from Genoa
to Jeans, from France to America, and traveled the world.
Style knows no cultural or geographic boundaries.
Experience the histoire of denim.
De-Nimes Histoire
Did you know maverick screen
actress Katherine Hepburn, whose
long-term lover was Spencer Tracey,
took the extraordinary step of order-
ing bespoke denim jeans from her
late lover’s Savile Row tailor?
Katherine was ahead of her time.
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Marrying vintage appeal with a
thoroughly modern aesethic, TAG
Heuer is ushering in a new era of its
classic Monaco chronograph with the
introduction of the Monaco LS
Chronograph Calibre 12. This time-
piece is as aggressive as a Porsche
917 taking to the curves of Le Mans.
The hallmark of the Monaco LS is
the disruptive design of its dial.
Unlike traditional watches that dis-
play seconds in a circular manner, the
Monaco LS defies convention and
indicates them linearly, enabling
wearers to effortlessly differentiate
between seconds and chronograph
functions. The seconds, which are
demarcated by luminescent indexes,
tick off right to left through a rectan-
gular opening at 3 o’clock. A red
rhodium hand sweeps across the
opening, pointing up for zero to 30
seconds, and then pointing down for
30 to 60 seconds. This new way to tell
time provides at-a-glance access to
precision timing.
Moreover, an angled window at 12
o’clock shows the current date, as
well as the previous and next day.
These windows, combined with the
chronograph hour and minute subdi-
als placed at 6 and 9 o’clock, respec-
tively, complete the provocative look
of the Monaco LS.
Other features include: scratch-
resistant sapphire crystal and case-
back, and water resistance to 100
meters. It is featured on a black alli-
gator strap or stainless steel bracelet
for $6,000.
The Duel
At the press conference, Babin and
Hamilton also debuted the finale of
“The Duel,” a digitally reworked ver-
sion of the 1971 racing movie Le Mans.
Starring TAG Heuer brand ambassa-
dor Steve McQueen, Le Mans
recounts the story of two teams com-
peting on the world’s most difficult
endurance race course, found in Le
Mans, France.
In this updated version, McQueen
is pitted against Hamilton, the 2008
Formula 1 world champion. Sporting
the Monaco LS, Hamilton goes toe-
to-toe with McQueen on the windy
roads of Le Mans, and secures a vic-
tory at the last moment in dramatic
fashion. At the end of the film,
McQueen offers his Monaco Calibre
11 to Hamilton, who kindly declines,
noting, “You keep it Steve. We’re in
the future now.”
The History of the Monaco
The Monaco’s introduction in 1969
marked a radical departure from the
conventional codes of watch design
and engineering. Watchmakers had
been unable to create perfect water-
resistant square or barrel-type cases,
forcing them to produce only circular
dials. TAG Heuer’s patented water-
proofing system allowed for a break
from the standard, rounded case, and
the creation of the Monaco’s iconic
square dial.
Housed within the watch’s distinc-
tive case is the Calibre 11 movement,
the first-ever self-winding automatic
chronograph with micro rotor. This
mechanism provides wearers with
precision timing comparable to the
standards of professional chronome-
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TAG Heuer’s Monaco LS, now available at Nash Jewellers
again and would recommend it to anayone. ~A.P.
This was my first time at Berttoldi’s and it won’t be my last. I’ll
make the hour-plus trip
again just to dine here. My
server recommended that
I try the blush sauce on the
Penne that I selected as an
accompaniment to my
Chicken Marsala, I’m so
glad that she did. I whole
heartedly give my experi-
ence two YUM’s up! ~ I.B.
Pasto’s Grill
Pasto’s Grill is found at the Best Western Stoneridge Inn. In
Italian “Pasto” means meal, so there’s little guesswork regarding
their passion. Pasto’s is the perfect place for a flavourful, healthy
and authentic Italian eating experience. All entrée items are indi-
vidually made to order using the very freshest of ingredients.
Journey to the west-side, relax and enjoy the tastes and smells of
Italy at Pasto’s.
Here are a few of the comments we’ve heard:
My wife and I enjoy trying new restaurants, looking for our secret
place — a place where the food is excellent and the prices are rea-
sonable with an atmosphere where you feel comfortable dressed
casually or in a suit — a place you can take friends and be confident
they will be impressed. Pasto’s is Lambeth’s best kept secret and my
secret place. The panzerottis (my favourite) are to die for. ~R.H.
Pasto’s is an unexpectedly-wonderful restaurant on the western
outskirts of London. If you’re driving on Highway 401, Pasto’s is a
real find and it’s right off 401, at Highway 4. Pasto’s is rather elegant
inside. The interior architecture was also very attractive, and virtual-
ly every table has a window seat. Considering the advantage of the
The prices were moderate, the food was delicious, and the service
was terrific. ~S.L.
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Fashionably Fine Dining
A few London culinary gems
At Channer’s, it is our goal to make you look your best. But
what good will that be, if no one sees you? Sure, you spend
heavy hours at the office, and we’ve helped you make a killer
impression there, where it, arguably, matters most. But now that
you’ve got the respect of your corporate cohorts, it’s time to
extend your reach. You work hard to play hard — and look good
doing it. So where does a couture gentleman go to make a
splash in London? With the myriad eating establishments, how
do you find that culinary gem — the perfect place to wind-down
on the weekend or treat a special someone to an elegant
evening? It’s a fair question; May we make some suggestions:
Bertoldi’s Trattoria
Bertoldi’s restaurant opened in London in 2002 by Bob
DiFruscia and is now man-
aged by his daughter,
Jessica DiFruscia. Inspired
by Bob’s grandparents
Nonno Gelindo and Nonna
Marie, who cooked in the
true Italian way — made
from scratch using only the
freshest ingredients possi-
ble. Bertoldi’s bakes fresh bread daily, makes all of their spe-
cialty pastas and all of their sauces, fresh on the premises.
At the heart of the restaurant sits a fiery forno turning out
authentic breads and pizzas. Chef John Fisher imports selec-
tions of foods and wines directly from Italy, and to round out
your experience, Bertoldi’s has a dedicated pastry chef creating
delectable Italian desserts.
Here are a few of the comments we’ve heard:
Definitely the best place I’ve ever eaten since moving to
London. The atmosphere was fantastic, the service went above and
beyond, and the food was delicious. Bertoldi’s is classy without
being pompous, private without being exclusive, and sophisticat-
ed without being too intimidating. ~ P.N.
Received a very warm welcome, from start to finish we could
not fault it. One couple in our party were Italian and run an Italian
Restaurant and they were very impressed. we will certainly visit
trü
Settle in and absorb the
décor: a combination of warm
reds, rich mahogany, and soft
curves, which set the mood
for a fine eveing. From the
freshly baked bread, to the
silky smooth ice cream and
sorbets, everything is made
in-house. trü Executive Chef,
Daniel Irvine’s specialties
include a Duo of Duck, Pan seared Ahi Tuna, Roasted
Australian Lamb, Honey and Fennel Roasted Chicken, Grilled
Beef Tenderloin and Bouillabaisse. A fresh catch is offered
daily and a unique entrée feature as well; it may be farm raised
venison one day, or Ostrich the next.
Dealing exclusively with independent and consignment wine
agents and importers, trü’s wine list offers a broad selection
from around the globe. Celebrating a special occasion? You
might ask what’s tucked away in the cellar.
Here are a few of the comments we’ve heard:
Food is awesome: foie gras paired with Sauternes is a must.
Service is awesome: in theme with new-style restaurant. Casual,
but knowledgeable. In Top 3 best restaurants in London, in my
opinion. ~ W.J.
The service was top notch, we were greeted and seated right
away. Our server was knowledgable about the menu and the spe-
cials. He was attentive without being overbearing, and very patient
when we took a few extra minutes
to decide on our orders. The food
was superb. The springrolls were
warm enough to soften the
cheese but not too hot that you
had to wait for it to cool down.
My husband really enjoyed the
chicken salad...again, warm
enough to heat up the chicken but
not wilt the lettuce greens. The veal was cooked to order, and with
a cut of meat of this quality it is hard not to enjoy it. ~ U.C.
trü
45 King Street in London
(519) 672-4333
Garlic’s
Garlic’s of London has been a popular dining destination for
over fifteen years. Located in the heart of Richmond Row, it is
located minutes away from the Grand Theatre, Centennial Hall
and the John Labatt
Centre. Downtown
London’s hotels, shop-
ping, businesses and
attractions are all close
by.
Executive Chef
Wade Fitzgerald
believes in using pro-
duce and meats that are locally
grown using natural farming tech-
niques and that are free of chemi-
cals. Supporting local farmers by
purchasing and promoting their
products is one of his mandates.
The monthly changing menu com-
bines the seasonal harvests of the
London area with sustainable,
organic, Ontario and Canadian
products, all made entirely from
scratch.
Here are a few of the comments we’ve heard:
Everything was exceptionally flavorful. Menu had great selec-
tion with very unique choices. Both entrees had beautiful presen-
tation and were by far one of the best meals we have had out. The
chefs did not stop their magic at the meat when preparing our
dishes. The filet, vegetables and mashed potatoes were step above
and were a delight to the senses. We are looking forward to out
next visit. ~C.C.
Fantastic food, every time we eat at Garlic’s it seems to get bet-
ter!! It wasn’t too busy with the bad weather and they did not rush
us at all, service was outstanding. I always recognise familiar
faces in the staff and they remembered the wine we had when we
last visited. Well done to all, you’ll see us again soon! ~M.L.
Garlic’s
481 Richmond Street in London
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also add music to the session. Her goal is
to summon all senses to put the client in a
state of total relaxation. With golfers, she
usually has to deal with lower back issues,
and she often finds shoulders “screaming
for relaxation.”
At this point, she uses therapeutic
massage, a blend of East and West, hot and
cold, with accent on cold. It’s helpful, she
finds, to use Shiatsu, with focus on the
gluteus area, and she also uses trigger
point release. She finds neuro-muscular
release good for the lower back. While a
50-minute session is helpful, she prefers
80 minutes, especially for a golfer’s first
session with her.
When asked how she works with older
golfers, Iris emphasizes the totality of
massage for the game as well as other
problems, such as arthritis or bursitis. She
also works with younger golfers, who can
choose from Stillwater Spa’s teen mas-
sage menu. Casteen finds younger players
more resilient but also less experienced
with crisis areas. They need more instruc-
tion in knowing the connection between
their golf game and their bodies, she
observes.
“Lastly, it all begins and ends with the
feet so I recommend Reflexology for every-
one including golfers.,” says Casteen.
Certified in Reflexology, Acupressure,
Aroma-Reflex, Shiatsu, and Watsu, Iris takes
a strong Asian path in her therapy. Her focus
is on the mind, body, spirit connection. “I
start golfers with a relaxation massage, per-
haps with assisted yoga, after the flight and
before their first round. Communication is so
important,” she explains, “Not just in learn-
ing how the client feels physically, but about
their expectations from a therapist. As I
work, we talk. Often a client doesn’t know
that, for example, a tingling in the sciatic
area has been caused by a golf posture.”
Casteen gives her clients total attention,
not just as golfers, but as part of the total
resort experience. On their first visit to
Stillwater Spa, she explains the ritual of spa
and the importance of steam, sauna, and the
Swiss shower, followed by massage to bal-
ance theenergy system. She blends the long-
repetitive strokes of European massage with
Tuinai (Chinese push-pull massage) and
Thai massage (assisted stretching).
She also suggests aromatherapy. For
golfers, she uses lavender, camomile, mag-
nolia, rose hip, or geranium. Often she devis-
es a custom scent blend and she may
With golf more popular than ever, mas-
sage therapists are seeing an increasing
number of hackers, many of them unneces-
sarily in pain. Fortunately for serious play-
ers, golf massage is offered on more and
more spa menus. Even more specialized
are targeted massages for golfers in the
11-39 age group, the approximately 20 per-
cent who are women, and those golfers
age 50 or over who are likely to have addi-
tional problems such as arthritis.
Massage therapists who see a lot of
golfers know there are subtle differences
between golf massage and a general
sports massage. How can you make sure
your therapist (1) prepares you for play, (2)
puts tired muscles in repose after the golf
game, and (3) maintains your muscles for
powerful, pain-free golf games in the
future?
Iris Casteen, lead therapist at Stillwater
Spa in the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point at
Bonita Springs in Southwest Florida
observes that “golfers tend to gravitate to
us once they’ve had a bad game.” Her chal-
lenge is to get golfers into massage therapy
before their first play at the resort’s famous
Raptor Bay course, educate them about
their bodies, and then keep them on the
right path. Because most of her clients are
on vacation, they may not have played golf
for some time, or may not have done proper
warm-up and stretching before the game.
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Ariel Quinones is a licensed massage
therapist at The Spa at the Omni Orlando
Resort at ChampionsGate in Florida, where
there are two, 18-hole, championship golf
courses. World headquarters of the David
Leadbetter Golf Academy, the resort is fre-
quent host to some of the top names in pro-
fessional golf and it’s also popular for golf-
oriented business conferences. Quinones’
clients are likely to be expert and frequent
players, many of them with a support sys-
tem that includes instructors, coaches, and
personal trainers.
“It’s essential that we see the golfer
before inflammation occurs. At that point,”
he says, “There’s little we can do except to
work groups of muscles in areas other than
the inflamed site. The human body was cre-
ated to heal itself in many ways, so we try
to educate athletes to listen to their bod-
ies. They can come to me for maintenance
but they must be responsible for prepara-
tion. With proper warm-up and stretching
followed by massage to prepare muscles,
tendons, and ligaments, I can bring a golfer
up to 100 percent performance from a pre-
massage potential of only 60-70 percent.”
At The Spa at the Omni, the women’s
area has a Jacuzzi and wet sauna and, in
the men’s spa, steam and dry sauna.
Quinones urges clients to start with these,
then he begins with contract-relax steps to
increase circulation. His golf massage dif-
fers from his sports massage, in that he
goes directly to the deltoids, the four rota-
tor cuff muscles, calf muscles, gluteus
medius and maximus, and the lattissimus
dorsi. He, too, recommends 80-minute ses-
sion rather than the more popular 50-
minute massage.
As he works he tries to educate clients
about their anatomy and physiology and
how it all relates to their golf game. He
advises them in warm-up and stretching,
followed by a massage and adequate hydra-
tion before and during the game. Then he
advises re-hydration, sauna, and massage
after the game to bring muscles back into
balance.
LMT Jane Frances is with the athletic club
at the AAA 4-Diamond Peabody Orlando.
The hotel doesn’t have a golf course but, as
host hotel for the annual PGA Golf Expo, it
accommodates many serious players, includ-
ing local golfers who belong to the Peabody
Athletic Club.
She urges golfers to come to her pre-
game for a massage that prepares the lower
back, shoulders, hips, legs, and elbows for
the stresses of the game. “The lumbar region
is the fulcrum of the coil that goes with the
golf swing,” Frances explains. If they don’t
stretch properly or are tightened up from a
long flight to Orlando they are already hurt-
ing when she first sees them.
“I use warmth and cold, deep tissue mas-
sage, and I like stone compression therapy to
sink heat deep into the muscles,” she
enthuses. Frances also focuses on circula-
tion in knees and hamstrings. She finds posi-
tional release good for elbows.
While she works, she talks about the
importance of a thorough warm-up and
stretching. A lot depends on how often a
golfer plays, Ms. Frances finds. A frequent
player is more in tune than the monthly play-
er. In any case, she starts with a sports mas-
sage to loosen up restricted muscles and
urges golfers to get a massage after the
game.
Ms. Frances, a Reiki master and licensed
facial specialist, recommends that golfers
have a one-hour aloe facial mask for deep
hydration, and she also incorporates
Reflexology into a golf massage. “We are like
chefs,” she smiles, “We throw everything into
the pot that will address the client’s concerns.
We listen with our ears and our hands.”
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Golf’s Top 10 Stress Points
According to John R. McCarroll, M.D.,
board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and
member of the American College of
Sports Medicine, the injuries most fre-
quently suffered by amateur golfers, from
greatest to least frequent are:
1) Lower back
2) Wrist
3) Elbow
4) Shoulder
5) Knee
6) Neck
7) Hip
8) Ribs
9) Ankle
10) Foot
The most common causes of injuries in
amateur golfers, says Dr. McCarroll, are:
• Too much play or practice
• Poor swing mechanics
• Hitting the ground
• Overswing
• Poor warm-up
• Twist during swing
• Grip or swing change
• Fall
• Bending over putt
• Cart-caused injury
• Hit by a ball
Janet Groene is an award-winning writer, columnist and
author of more than 25 books, including the Open Road
Travel Guides' Caribbean edition.
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What elements should you look for?
The Cut
Just because there’s a move away from the skinny boy suit
isn’t to say that the slim look is also out. Suits which seem like
they barely leave you room to breath might not be the look going
forwards, but as we return to classic suiting, let's not forget that
the most classic suit is the English one, and that the best
English suits have always had a slim, military cut to them.
Consider suits in 2010 and beyond — the perfect fusion
between classic tailoring, classic looks, and the modern mascu-
line silhouette;
• broad shoulders
• a slim waist
• slim trousers
Double Breasted Suits
If there’s one thing I’m interested in adding to my wardrobe in
2010 it’s a modern, double-breasted suit. I only have one in my
suit collection, and it’s a Tom Ford for Gucci piece. It’s extreme-
ly elegant, but only because of the tailoring work done on it last
year that took it from an American box-cut to a slim piece of per-
fection.
And that slim cut is precisely what you should be looking for
in a double-breasted suit, this year. Broad shouldered with a
slim waist, 2010’s double-breasted suits trump most that current
generations will be familiar with. They’re no longer about hiding
a plump figure but are now tailored to highlight the perfect mas-
culine shape: the V-shaped, well worked body.
When selecting a double-breasted suit look for the Kent cut,
named after a style popularized by the The Prince George, Duke
of Kent, where a longer lapel line extends into the waist. This will
convey height and, if cut correctly, a slimmer waist.
Three-Piece Suits
Let’s face it, the waistcoat has long been a dead item for
most men, but thanks to a resurgence in its popularity in men’s
street wear, the suit’s waistcoat is back with vengeance. Well,
not quite vengeance, but it’s back, it’s subtle, and it’s classic.
And that means that in 2010, we’ll witness the return of the
three-piece suit, and I couldn’t be more happy. That's because
the three-piece suit has been one of the most under-utilized
parts of a man’s wardrobe over the last forty years.
The three-piece in 2010 is all about cohesion. Forget the mis-
matching style prevalent in the early parts of the 20th Century
and the 1980s. The return of the three-piece means that the
waistcoat has to be conservative and, thus, in the same fabric
as the suit’s other two pieces. If you do want to venture outside
the realm of three matching pieces, stick to a similar colour
palette and avoid any pattern except for stripes. You may want to
pair a pinstripe black suit with a pinstripe charcoal waistcoat.
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S T Y L E • QUA L I T Y • S E R V I C E
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Yes, suits in 2010 are all about classic elements but there are still
plenty of factors away from the trend elements that you have to
contemplate. Consider all of the following before making an
investment in a suit this year.
BUTTONS
The amount of buttons a single-breasted suit jacket should
sport is really a matter of personal preference, but let me offer the
following.
One Button
A single button falls into the realm of a fashion suit; it’s been
a trend before and will go out again. And there’s a reason for it:
within reason, the more buttons a suit jacket has, the taller
a gentleman looks (yet another of the visual tricks a suit can
perform). So it stands to reason that a single-buttoned suit does
the opposite to conveying stature. So unless you’re over 6’ 2”, I’d
suggest you avoid a single-buttoned suit.
Two Buttons
My preference for a modern suit. It conveys height, slims the
waist, and fits perfectly within the realm of fashion and classi-
cism.
Three Buttons
Very much a look of the 1990s, it’s making a come back and has
been seen amongst the tailored wares of some prominent
American designer collections this year. Three buttons convey a
greater sense of height than a two button suit, but are harder to
pull off. I own several, and wear most of them in a fashion-forward
sense. Definitely one for the more confident looks.
Four Buttons or more
Please don't. I've yet to see any four button suits offered in
2010. If you’ve got them, now is the time to replace them.
CONSTRUCTION
The Shoulder
A lot of suit terms can be mixed and matched, but I’m a fan of
something I’ve always called the British rolled shoulder. Others
might call it something else, but it is effectively based on where
the shoulder padding finishes. A lot of Italian and US based
designers prefer to have the shoulder padding finish precisely
where the bone does. A British rolled shoulder has the padding
extend over the shoulder and roll down into the sleeve and figures
into men’s suiting as another visual trick — this time designed to
make the shoulders seem broader and the arms better built.
Vents
This one is really simple: choose a suit with two side vents. The
only time to break this rule is if you're buying a dinner suit.
When tailored correctly a suit jacket with side vents is always
preferential due to the perfect silhouette it can provide.
Lapels
Since the mid-twetnieth century, notched lapels on a suit have
been the staple, but as we return towards classic tailoring in 2010
we’ll see a return of the peaked lapel. Last at the fore of fashion in
the 1920s, the peaked lapel is another of the great visual elements
of a men’s suit. It helps convey the much coveted V shape.
That said, notched lapels aren’t out of fashion and both are an
equally good investment.
CLASSIC PATTERNS
If we're returning to the classics, then it stands to reason that
we're also returning to classic cloth patterns. Moreover,
the coupling of the classics with the current men’s fashion
revitalization means this is the perfect time to reintroduce
patterns into your wardrobe (if you haven't done so already).
The following are classic suit patterns perfect for this season.
Houndstooth Suit
Herringbone Suit
Glenurquhart Suit/ Prince of Wales check
Pinstripe Suit
Rope Stripe Suit
Those feeling even bolder may lean
towards a chalk-stripe, though it has an
early nineties feel to it.
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WHICH CLOTH SHOULD YOU PICK?
The Wool Suit
The clear favourite for suits. My personal pref-
erence is towards a super-wool, with a thread count
somewhere between 120 and 150. I tend towards
150, as it’s often perfect on both cold and hot days.
In more extreme climates you’ll need both Winter
(200 thread count) and Summer (100 thread count)
suits in wool.
The Cotton Suit
Cotton can make a beautiful suit, but make no
mistake, it’s best only as an informal or fashion suit
and, unlike wool, is going to crease like anything. I
find it best in colours which aren’t black and gray,
tending towards navy and tan.
The Linen Suit
So many men simply don’t understand linen, and
it’s often those who had the luck of a childhood in
Europe that may ever truly appreciate it. But a linen
suit can be perfect for those hot, humid summer
days. Shy away from linen in browns, and wear it in
colours such as white and cream, and you’ll stand
out in a crowd of otherwise dull suit wearers.
One final note on linen: don’t be scared of its
penchant for creasing, it’s all a part of the fabric’s
charm.
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How to Buy The Right Lingerie For Your Sweetheart
Okay guys, I know you don't want to hear this, but here it goes: when you are
shopping for lingerie for your lady, it isn't for you. I know, it's a shocker, but it's true.
If you want to make her happy, and you want her to love that the lingerie gift you
buy, remember you are buying it for her.
We all know, as men, what we like and, what we want to see, when it comes to
lingerie, but what we think is sexy and erotic may be something she has no desire
to wear. This is especially true if your lady is shy about her body, and you know if
she is. If you buy something that is overly revealing, and she wouldn't be comfort-
able wearing it, it doesn't matter what you think. She will put the garment in a
dresser drawer and never take the tags off.
You know your lady, if you don't, you shouldn't be buying her lingerie. When you
are shopping for her, think about the things you know she likes. Would she
really feel comfortable in this, or not? Educate yourself on the different
types of lingerie available and peek in her lingerie drawers to get an
idea of what she likes, if you have never bought any for her before.
While you are at it, make sure you take note of her size. Nothing
can cause a lingerie gift to backfire faster than to buy the
wrong size, whether it is too big or too small.
If you have never been to the lingerie department or a
specialty store that sells lingerie, you will be totally
amazed by the diverse selection of products on the
market. Take it up a notch from just bras and panties
and look at things like bustiers and corsets. If your girl
is more conservative and shy about her body, you
should consider a chemise, which is a little longer
than the Baby Doll nightie that you may have been
fantasizing about. Baby Dolls are really short, and
because of this, they usually come with matching
panties or G-strings. Don't buy your woman
something like this, unless you know for a fact
that she is into it.
Now that you are aware of some of the basic
styles available, you need to be sure that you
know her size in all of them. For men, this is the
defining moment that determines whether your
gift is welcomed and appreciated or thrown
back at you! There is no excuse, in her eyes, for
you not to know, therefore most of us have to
cheat and peek at the items she already has. If
you buy your woman the wrong cup size, it
will probably aggravate her just as much
as it would if you buy her a large negligee
when she wears a medium, so be sure.
You need to know her number size, such
as 6, 7, 9, as well as the standards of
small, medium, or large.
Now that you have all this down you
need to decide on colours. Pick colours
that enhance her hair, eyes, and skin
tone. Take your time and do a little
research, and you will both be happy.
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While all of us realize that our lingerie sojourns are going to be
limited to the bedroom, most of the time, it is still great to know that
whatever we are wearing underneath our clothes is trendy, modern,
and stylish. Lingerie trends change every season, just the way outer-
wear and party clothes change, and being hip means that you are
trendy and hip down to the last thread you are wearing, right? So if
you want to know what’s in in 2010, then we present some of the most
popular designer lingerie trends that we saw and will see burning up
the ramps in 2010.
Fabrics:
A large number of designers showcased organic cotton lingerie in
their 2010 collections. While organic cotton is definitely in, so is pure
satin and silk lingerie. Sheers are going to be very popular for night-
wear. Lace is once again going to be popular, as most lingerie this
season is very feminine in nature and style. You will see all kinds of
laces combined with cotton and satins in underwear this season.
However, unlike classy neutral combinations in lace, 2010 sees lace
being used in bold bright colours and combinations.
Colours:
The lingerie runway in 2010 has mostly been a riot of colour. While
neutrals like beige, skin tones, creames, and blacks will never lose
their stake in the lingerie market, this season has seen the revival of
bold hues that aim to offset the depressing economical climate.
Cotton and silk lingerie can be found in bright vibrant colours, with
some of the most popular colours this year being shades of pink, pur-
ple, blue, and green.
Cuts And Styles:
Most designers have showcased at least some cuts and styles that
go back to Victorian ages. Underwear items with feminine frills,
ruffles and ties are hugely popular in 2010; so are garter belts.
A number of designers have featured embroidery on bottom fronts
and combined it with ruffles on sheer fabrics, for a romantic look.
Another major lingerie trend in 2010 is geometric cuts and straps on
the back and the front. This cut is generally combined with bright
bold hues, while the ruffled ladylike look is achieved using neutral
and classic shades. As far as bras and panties go, minimum
coverage with maximum support is in, because while most gar-
ments are structured, they are cut as small as possible. Huge
coverall bras and panties are hardly going to be in this spring
season!
Prints:
Prints have come raging back like a jungle fire to lingerie
ramps this year. Animal prints are a definite rage this sea-
son, and if you are thinking browns and blacks, then you can
think again. Animal prints on lingerie in 2010 come in all
imaginable colours, with pink, purple, and green being the
most popular! Floral prints of all kinds, ranging from modern
and abstract to romantic and lifelike, are another hot item on
the lingerie ramps this year. Most lingerie designers have also
experimented with geometrics this year. Polka dots in all
shapes and sizes, materials and colours are another hot print on
lingerie items. Many designers have also introduced metallic and
embossed prints on lingerie, especially in geometric and dot pat-
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It's a tough job, but somebody had to do
it: eating fondue with Heidi Klum. "I love a
real stinky cheese," the übermodel con-
fesses, before dipping a hunk of bread into
a bubbling pot of her own personal guilty
pleasure. Then, after sampling the house
blend at a private table in the "cheese
cave" of Manhattan's tony Artisanal
Fromagerie and Bistro, Klum concludes:
"It's good, but I could easily go stinkier."
The same could be said of Project
Runway, Heidi's breakout fashion-design
competition that's hosted and executive-
produced by Klum. If reality TV is inherent-
ly cheesy, Runway qualifies as a classy
brand — a brie-ality show. "It's not like Big
Brother, where they all have sex with each
other and show their boobs," Klum says.
"That's not me. The designers should
show their talent."
They do, and as a result, Runway fans
shouldn't be afraid to show their pride.
"This is the kind of guilty pleasure you can
admit publicly," says designer Michael
Kors, one of the series' judges. "It's not
just people trying to win at all costs and
act like animals."
At least not always. The aspiring
designers engaged in a bit of animalistic
behavior during the first challenge of the
third-season premiere: They had fifteen
minutes to rip materials for a garment
from the contents of their apartments.
It's this crazy-quilt unpredictability that
made Runway a hit, building to a big-
for-basic-cable 3.4 million viewers for its
second-season finale last spring. Few peo-
ple foresaw such broad success. "When
we were filming season one, I kept thinking
the only way to keep viewers is to show
sexcapades," says Tim Gunn, the Parsons
School of Design guru who's become a
cult icon among Runway devotees. "I've
never been happier about being so wrong."
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Still, Klum, 37, remains Runway's
biggest star. During it’s second season,
she taped the show while pregnant. Klum
has two sons with her husband, pop singer
Seal, Henry, age 4 and Johan, age 3. She
also has a 5-year-old girl, Leni, with her ex-
boyfriend, sports racing exec, Flavio
Briatore. “We are all so happy and
lucky to have a big family,”
she says. “For us, that is
all that really matters.”
Klum says she
plans to shift career
gears, producing
more TV shows and
cutting back on her
work in front of the
camera. “I want to be
there when my kids
grow up,” she says. “I
want days off, and I want to
travel with my husband, so we can all
go together.”
But right now, what Heidi Klum really
wants is dessert. After finishing off the
cheese, she submerges a pink marshmal-
low into a vat of dark-chocolate fondue.
“You have so many yummy things out
there, you have to eat them once in a
while,” she figures.
“If you never do it, then that’s a really
such boring life, no?” She took the words
right out of our fondue-filled mouths.
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But not everyone’s willing to flaunt their
passion for fashion. “Sometimes, these dads
stop me for a picture or an autograph and
say, ‘My wife really loves you,’” reports
Santino Rice, the larger-than-life lightning
rod who dominated season two. “And I
always say, ‘Who are you kidding? You love
me, dude! Say you love me!’ And they stutter
out, ‘Oh, you’re right, I love you!’”
Klum often gets accosted by fans
demanding to hear her kiss-off catchphrase:
“Auf wiedersehen!” It wasn’t the producers’
first choice. “We thought about ‘You’re cut!’
but then I was like, ‘Nah, I’m German, why
don’t I just make it a nice ‘auf wiedersehen,’ ”
she remembers. “And they were like, ‘Oh, my
God, that’s genius! That’s fabulous!’ In my
business, everything's genius and fabu-
lous.
Those words certainly apply to such
Runway-created stars as the clown-
ishly bitchy first-season champ Jay
McCarroll and and the endearingly
genteel Gunn. “Tim doesn’t put on a
stitch of fakeness,” Klum says. “When
I go out there, I put my shoulders
back, I suck my tummy in and
I want to show myself in a
nice light. He's not made-
for-TV."
Gunn, who bal-
ances his duties with
his administrative
demands, agrees.
“I’m just being me, so
if people are respond
ing well, I’m thrilled,” he
says. “I have no other life. I
used to say, ‘I’m married to
Parsons,’ and now I say, ‘ made me a
bigamist.’”
Initially, industry insiders turned up
their noses at the idea of a haute couture
reality show. "The fashion world is so fick-
le and critical," says Elle Magazine's fash-
ion director, Nina Garcia, another judge.
"They were skeptical, and now they’re all
obsessed!” (Not coincidentally, guest
judges have included such big-name
designers as Kate Spade.) Word of mouth
quickly spread beyond fashionistas. “It
was kind of like fashion — it starts perco-
lating, and suddenly everyone’s wearing
it,” Kors says.
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Stenströms
Stenströms’ spring and summer collections are sweeping in on a wave of colours.
Without departing from the characteristic classic style, they dare to challenge
and surprise. Inspiration from around the world shines through in colour combi-
nations and patterns.
The history of Stenströms, one of Sweden’s most well-known brands, began in 1899
when tailor August Stenström was overwhelmed with orders for his fine shirts.
By 1912, Stenströms had grown to become Scandinavia’s largest shirt factory. Then, as
now, style, comfort and quality down to the tiniest detail were the Stenströms signature.
Their experienced craftspeople still do many sewing operations by hand.
Every Stenströms shirt undergoes more than 60 different sewing operations. The collar
alone is fashioned in 25 different steps to achieve that special, comfortable feel that is so
typical of Stenströms.
The Stenströms Woman Collection presents a dazzling display of colourful details in
exclusive fabrics and elegant designs. Colours and patterns are mixed and matched in
seams, buttons, pleats and linings. A microcheck in lime and yellow on a tiny floral is per-
fect this spring, as is a paisley shirt with coloured buttons. An embroidered short-sleeved
blouse comes in check in turquoise-blue, apple green, or cyclamen. Strikingly lovely on a
cool summer day! A sporty line of denim shirts in grey-blue and dark indigo feature a strik-
ing zigzag seam and snap buttons.
Although Stenströms presents a spring collection in myriad colours, the classics-of-clas-
sics, blue and white, will also see a renaissance. Popular accent colours are coral and green,
as well as orange. A sporty range in comfortable washed cotton features stripes and checks
in orange, purple, green, pink and blue. The predominant look for the season is a natural,
casual/dressy style with soft, comfortable fabrics. The style is dressy yet comfortable, with
elegant blouses that go equally well with a skirt or jeans.
For decades, Stenströms has been a purveyor of fine garments to the Royal Court of
Sweden, which is a testament to high Swedish quality. Over the years, many creative peo-
ple have worn Stenströms while creating their art. Among them are personalities such as
August Strindberg, Sara Lidman and Prince Eugen.
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THESE TRENDS AHEAD, HOWEVER, LETS YOU BUY ALL THE KEY ITEMS EARLY ON, BEFORE THEY'RE SO POPULAR, AND SO EXPENSIVE.
Plastic Watches
Since men's fashion is all about heritage, tradition, and quality, it might seem strange that plastic would get recom-
mended for an item that's usually done in precious metals. This year, however, you just might be seeing a shift in
public attitudes toward plastic watches. Think Pierre Cardin’s 1971 Collection. They’re retro and collectible.
Plastic timepieces are largely restricted to a young, prepubescent audience that's fond of bright colours and
cheap goods. Your segment of the market, however, isn't always averse to such things; it looks like bright colours
will be an upcoming trend in the spring. Plastic watches might not be a long term commitment, but they're worth
buying for the next year or so.
What's not to like about them (besides the material)? They're functional. They're fun. And with manufacturers
like Nixon selling them for less than $100 a pop, they offer pretty good value for money. If you want a quick style piece
that adds a jolt of colour, this is it. Throw it on over any casual outfit or to give shock value to your usual office attire.
The Three-Piece Suit
A new year might not seem like a significant excuse to buy yourself a new suit, but a three-piece job is always
a good buy — regardless of the time of year — if you don't already have one. It's an even better idea now that it's turn-
ing out to be such a major fashion trend.
Throwing a vest into the standard two-piece mix has its advantages. First of all, it adds some defi-
nition and shape to your midsection, thanks to the support of the vest. From a practical standpoint, it
lets you look sharp and dapper, even when you've ditched your jacket — something you're wont to do
anyway. At the same time, you get to adopt a much more mature and traditional look, without neces-
sarily looking stuffy, if the suit has the right cut.
A three-piece suit in black might seem a bit imposing, even for the highest officers in the office.
Perhaps something in gray or navy would help aleviate the feeling of being over dressed. Chalk or pin
stripes should also help lighten the mood of your suit. Wear it like you would your two piece only make
an extra effort to pick a tie that stands out to balance the visual real estate of the suit itself.
Quality should be a constant factor in all your fashion purchases. Remember that these are invest-
ments, not merely expenses, so you've got to think about whether the items can last, at least, a few
years of service.
Structured Leather Bags
Men's luggage is one segment of the market that's been changing quite rapidly, these past couple
of years. From artisanal leather to outdoorsy canvas, trends in bags have been coming hard and fast.
The next movement looks like it's in the direction of luxurious leather bags that have some structure
to them.
As financial problems forced everyone — including the fashion industry
— to go back to the basics, so did the design perspective on bags. But
since there's a near consensus on how stuffy the traditional old briefcase
can be, a less rigid (but still structured) replacement was in order. Look for
bags that have a defined rectangular shape, but aren't necessarily rigid all
throughout, in order to avoid the look of the ancestral briefcase.
Choose it like you would any
other item for work. That is, mini-
mize external detailing and prior-
itize function over form. Aim for a
bag that's as simple as possible,
yet can accommodate all of the things you need for work, at
the same time.
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in control of my life as I imagined this woman
was. But as silly as this may sound, the
clothes helped strengthen and focus me
whenever I felt a bit lost. I would admonish
myself, “Can you imagine Her acting this
pathetically?” This imaginary arty sophisti-
cate woman — my clothes — had become a
role model.
I’ve come to call the theory behind this
process clothes modification — if you dress
like an independent, worldly woman, you will
begin to feel like an independent, worldly
woman, and you will ultimately begin to act
like an independent, worldly woman. People
always say, “dress for the job you want to
have.” Why not dress for the person you want
to be?
Behavior modification — which has its
roots in the learned optimism school of psy-
chology (if you continually look at the positive
aspects of situations, you will be happier), is
not limited to clothes, of course. You can eat
like the woman you want to be, exercise like
the woman you want to be, work, shop, and
take vacations like the woman you want to be.
(I once bought a soap container that I didn’t
need because I thought it so perfectly reflect-
ed my ideal woman.) But clothes are more
direct — they’re with you all the time and sit
right next to your skin.
In the end, of course, clothes are not even
skin deep. They may help us to feel confi-
dent while we’re wearing them and help us
figure out what type of woman we each want
to be. But they won’t do us much good in the
long term, if we're not simultaneously work-
ing on developing internal strength. Yet, as a
supplemental tool, using clothes to help
find and transform yourself is far more
healthy and effective (not to mention effi-
cient) than, say, using men — changing your
personality every time you’re with a differ-
ent guy.
So, next time you’re about to hide in a
trendy uniform, try experimenting with dif-
ferent moods, styles, and looks until you
find one that sets you apart from the others,
that maximizes your individuality and feels
somewhat like a more self-assured version
of yourself. Watch how you act when you
wear these clothes. I guarantee that they
will help propel you to become the person
you want to be.
For the longest time, I fit myself into the
Euro-bohemian camp — black turtlenecks and
black jeans were my stock in trade. A few
years ago, I began to feel that this get-up was
way too limiting. Not only did it represent only
one side of me (I do more than just sit in smoky
cafés), but it hardly represented the woman I
(hoped) I was becoming. So I started to exper-
iment. One day I wore a skirt and blouse that
gave me the bearing of an Italian aristocrat.
Another day I wore a scarf that made me look
like a Spanish dancer. One sweater I bought
made me feel like an Argentinian art dealer.
(Yes, I have Mediterranean colouring.)
All of these looks began to merge into a
broader style, one you could call arty sophisti-
cate. Whenever I wore them, not only did I feel
more confident and self-assured, but I would
actually act in a more, well, sophisticated way
— more poised, self-possessed, in control.
Soon, more than half my wardrobe was filled
with these clothes, and they began to, almost
literally, take on a life of their own. I began to
imagine — in detail — the kind of woman who
would wear them all the time. Whenever I was
confronted with difficult situations I started to
ask, how would she deal?
Much of the time I still didn’t feel as though
I lived up to the clothes — I didn’t feel or act as
A woman I used to work with had a bad
clothes reputation. Her problem wasn’t overt
sexiness or mindless trendiness. Rather, she
dramatically changed her look every few
months. One season she seemed desperate
to be the office’s arty romantic, wearing lots
of floral skirts, peasant tops, and bangles,
and carrying around huge volumes of Auden.
The next she apparently decided that a
sophisticated international businesswoman
suited her better: The office soon saw her in
a lot of short fitted skirts, Jil Sander jackets,
and sleek briefcases.
At the time we all found this sadly amus-
ing — she was the Madonna of the magazine,
desperate to find both herself and our regard
through her choice of clothing. But, while this
woman certainly represents an extreme case,
I have since come to believe that she may
have been onto something: Sartorial experi-
mentation may actually be good for women.
Not only does it allow us the ability to draw
out our individuality, but it can help us work
toward the women we’d like to become.
In many respects, using clothes as a
means of self-development was inevitable
— a result of the fact that both femininity and
fashion have become far more elastic in the
past few decades. Women no longer have to
sit, stand, talk, and dress in a certain way in
order to be considered properly female. This
freedom can be exciting, but it can also be
overwhelming. Constructing an identity from
scratch necessitates the kind of emotional
investigation that most of us would rather
avoid.
Meanwhile, the high priestesses of fash-
ion no longer force us to wear only one set
trend — romantic or minimalist or exotic — or
one set hemline each season. Indeed, mixing
periods and price categories is now “in.”
Nevertheless, many women still hide in
the uniform of their peers — ladies who
lunch with women, cover themselves head
to toe in couture logos; women executives
do sleek minimalism day into night. Clearly,
certain clothes can make us feel more con-
fident, and it’s not just because they make
us look thinner or taller or more beautiful.
Yet while uniforms may get you an approv-
ing nod from others attired similarly, they
do nothing to help you figure out who you
really are, or, more important, who you want
to be.
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