Montreal Rocks This month it’s not just an opinion, it’s a fact, with jammin’ jewelry and awesome art that’ll have chic rockettes across the city rebel-yelling for more. —Janna Zittrer
ROYALLY YOURSA girl can’t take centre stage wearing just any old thing, so stand out in sophisticated streetwear from Imperial. The Italian brand’s recently opened stores are jam-packed with euro-fash styles featuring spotlight-ready plaids, prints, ruffles and stripes. At Fairview Pointe Claire (6815 rte. Transcanadienne) and Carrefour Laval (3003 boul. Le Carrefour). Photo courtesy of Imperial
THE NEW BLACKGoing grunge doesn’t mean you have to be any less glam thanks to Black Jeans. Sewn and hand-treated entirely in Quebec, the urban-edgy denim line channels ’70s and ’80s rocker style with relaxed fits, distressed detailing and oversized pockets and waistbands. Though the full line ($115-$185) doesn’t hit stores until January, starting this month you can pick up select styles, including the au courant shredded boyfriend cut. At Influence U (1476 rue Ste-Catherine O.), U & I (3650 boul. St-Laurent), Blue Marine (1383 ave. Greene and Eaton Centre, 705 rue Ste-Catherine O.) and SSense.
CHAIN LINKA&L Jewelry’s pre-layered chain necklace makes a Givenchy-esque style statement without laying a heavy burden on your décolleté or your bank account. Mixing downtown edge with uptown elegance, the Montreal-based line’s gold-fill version ($95) can be worn daintily on its own or layered to polished-punk perfection.
SURROUND SOUNDHead to Old Montreal to check out Christian Marclay’s Replay, making its North American debut at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art on November 30th. The latest exhibition of audio-visual collages, developed by the Cité de la musique in Paris, features a four-screen projection of musical movie moments and a symphony of gunshot clips culled from feature films. 451 rue St-Jean. Photo: Christian Marclay, Courtesy Galerie Paula Cooper New York
RAISE THE BARA cobblestone’s throw from DHC/ART is the newly opened Barroco, with its romantic, rustic vibe and home-style French and Spanish fare. Feast on paella-stuffed tomatoes, wild mushroom ragout and roasted lamb stuffed with cognac-infused tapenade—when the DJ takes over (on weekends), you’ll be fuelled up and ready to rock out. 312 rue St-Paul O.
WIN A TRIP TO AUSTRALIAIn celebration of Baz Luhrmann’s new movie, Australia, FLARE and Tourism Australia are sending one winner and a guest Down Under. Enter at www.flare.com/australia starting November 17th! Contest closes January 11, 2009.