Patricia Gajo
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Patricia Gajo is a Montréal-based writer and editor. A few of her many on-going gigs are: Montréal Editor for FASHION magazine, lifestyle writer for SID LEE's The Montréal Buzz for Tourisme Montréal, National Editorial Director for Cadillac Fairview's The Experience eMagazine, and Montréal restaurant reviewer for Gayot.com. In the past she has worked in senior editorial positions for enRoute for Air Canada, Adventura and Loulou magazines. As iPad Production Manager for Reader's Digest Canada, Patricia was instrumental in launching the magazine's first tablet version in February 2012.

Patricia's work has also graced the pages of many other prestigious publications, such as Style at Home, Glow, Canadian Traveller, Strut, Zink Canada, Globe & Mail, National Post, Arrival for Aeroplan, Morning Calm for Korean Air, Sawasdee for Thai Airways, Travel Age West, Digital Photo Pro, Western Living, Canadian Architecture & Design, and on the covers of Up! magazine for West Jet, Zing for Liat, the Caribbean Airline and NUVO magazine, in which she interviewed Michael Kors and Jean Paul Gaultier, separately. On-screen work includes video production and reportage for Zoom Zoom for Mazda, FASHION and The Montréal Buzz.

Most recently Patricia has added "author" to her resume, having written for Frommer's travel guides: Far & Wide, Montréal & Québec City, 22nd Edition, and, coming soon, Montréal Day by Day; You can read more about Patricia at www.patriciagajo.com, follow her media updates at www.facebook.com/patricia.gajo.media and tweet her at @PatriciaGajo.

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In the Design Bubble With Anastasia Lomonova [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 10:38 AM

In the midst of Montreal Fashion Week, which happened the first week of September, Groupe Sensation Mode (the organization that produces the event) announced "huge" changes to the city's fashion calendar.

Moving forward, it was outlined that while the fall and winter shows in February would go on (venue...

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In the Design Bubble [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 3:32 PM

Today marks Day three of Montreal fashion week's 25th season. As a crowd of bloggers, newspaper and magazine reporters and photographers huddle inside the massive Arsenal gallery in Griffintown, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the future of this bi-annual event. Will this be the end of Semaine de la Mode?

A press release was sent to media yesterday that today at 4 p.m. "Groupe Sensation Mode [the organization that produces Semaine de la mode] will make a major announcement regarding the future of its events, the Fashion & Design Festival and MFW."

This past Tuesday, I had chatted briefly with Chantal Durivage, Co-president of Groupe Sensation Mode, about an article in La Presse the Saturday before that discussed the possibility of merging MFW with the Fashion & Design Festival, the latter being a public outdoor event that showcases, besides local designers, the city's retailers and their current collections already selling in stores. While Durivage didn't comment explicitly on the news she is about to reveal today, the forecast looks grim.

At the onset of all this, the debut of "In the Design Bubble" -- my mini-trio of designer profiles -- is awkwardly apropos, yet, strangely, right on time.

Today, I'm pleased to share with the public the first of three six-minute videos, each one focusing on a different designer -- José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger of UNTTLD, Anastasia Lomonova and Jocelyn Picard. The goal of this personal project was to explore and touch upon the challenges and misconceptions of working in the fashion industry. I believe that I've captured three very honest portraits of Montreal designers today.

As for the future of Montreal fashion week, I'm eager -- yet not eager -- to hear the news today at 4...

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Montreal Fashion Week Spotlight: Unt Tld [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 9:26 AM

This season, Montreal designers Simon Bélanger and José Manuel St-Jacques of the label Unt Tld looked to Japan for inspiration. Baffled by the standing ovation as they walked the runway post-show, this duo is one to watch. For now, see the video I took backstage (in which we see a...

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Montreal Fashion Week Spotlight: Martin Lim [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 12:00 PM

MARTIN LIM blossomed in its spring and summer 2013 collection with florals and happy sorbet hues. After winning the Mercedes Benz StartUp competition last year, husband and wife team Danielle Martin and Pao Lim presented this past September at Galerie Arsenal, Montreal Fashion Week's new address. The video...

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Montreal Fashion Week Spotlight: Duy Nguyen [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Duy Nguyen transported his fashion fans in Montreal to the beaches of St-Tropez with a show that was all luxury, glamour and very high heels. This video gives you an up-close look at his spring and summer 2013 collection, plus an intimate interview with the designer just minutes before the...

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Montreal Fashion Week Spotlight: Travis Taddeo [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Travis Taddeo showcased his latest collection for men at the pristine white PHI Centre in Old Montreal this past September during Montreal Fashion Week.

The talented Montrealer also debuted his black and white sneaker collaboration with Aldo, Aldo Rise. This video brings the viewer inside...

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Montreal Fashion Week: Spotlight on Denis Gagnon [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 10:27 AM

Denis Gagnon shows he's no drag at Montreal Fashion Week this past September 5, 2012. Enlisting his eclectic entourage to walk his show, the runway was a colourful circus of models, drag queens and other friends. This video takes you backstage to see the makeup artist in action and then...

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Montreal Fashion Week Spotlight: Tavan & Mitto [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Payam Tavan and Mike Mitto are the Montreal designers behind the label Tavan & Mitto who presented their spring and summer 2012 collection on Sept. 4, 2013. In this video I speak to the directors of hair and makeup at this year's Montreal Fashion Week about Tavan & Mitto's beauty...

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Montreal Fashion Week Spotlight: Anastasia Lomonova [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Anastasia Lomonova is a Montreal-based designer whose shows at Montreal Fashion Week attract a cult following. The unveiling of the "tribal warrior femme" for her spring and summer 2013 collection at Galerie Arsenal on Sept. 4, 2013, did not disappoint. This video takes you from the front row to backstage...

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Behind the Scenes of Canada's Mercedes-Benz Start Up Fashion Semi-Final

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 12:58 PM

The Mercedes-Benz Start Up competition is now in its second year. With the aim of discovering and nurturing Canada's emerging fashion designers, talent from across the country is invited to present their collections to a group of industry experts.

The semi-finals in Ottawa on August 14, 2012 came to...

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Montréal Fashion Week's New Home

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2012 | 3:33 PM

Montréal Fashion Week plants new roots in Griffintown, an organic move from Old Montréal's Le Marché Bonsecours to the massive Arsenal building.

If Le Marché Bonsecours was beginning to feel a little too close for comfort, this fall stylish Montréalers will have much more room to sashay and flaunt...

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