Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Sunday

The same warm system that made sunbathers out of Chicagoans hit Montréal last weekend, with sunny 20C (68F) weather and pent-up demand creating a delirious atmosphere. 

Scarves on everyone, always: the flag of the city, and now in seasonal colours.



 


 































A typical look, casual but not without thought, very Montréalaise. The socks look hand-knit; she's still wearing tights, but only a block away....



...a young woman sat sunning her pretty legs in flip-flops and a fresh coral pedicure. Her chihuahua modeled a new pink coat and, chiquita, every girl simply must have a matching bed. 



Speaking of coats, this woman at the market permitted me to photograph hers, and told me it was by the Spanish brand Desigual. Stunning! She even reminded me to shoot the back, too.





We could easily get another dump of snow, but for now, we'll embrace the new season, shopping for tonight's dinner.



"How about asparagus with the lamb?" 


And we must make an important decision: who has the best batch of maple syrup. "C'est moi" says this fellow.

19 comments:

william said...

It is great to see your pictures of people embracing spring! I loved the fashion pictures you took!

Francie

déjà pseu said...

Wonderful post! The affection for your new home shines through. Ah, that first breath of spring...

Rubiatonta said...

Our early taste of spring is over and it's snowing in the east of the country -- everyone's back to being bundled up. But oh, it's grand when you can shed the layers, innit?

I haven't yet ventured into a Desigual store, though I love their designs. I'm afraid I wouldn't make it back out with the budget intact.

Le Duc looks so charming in his Breton...

Mardel said...

What a wonderful post and a little peek into the charms of your new home. I love the market photos, which make me yearn for spring even more and the opening of our more scattered farmer's markets.

I stumbled one store here that sells some Desigual, although what was left from the winter line did not appeal. At least now I know to keep an eye out, and the store is across the street from the salon where I get my hair done so it is easy enough to stop in regularly.

LPC said...

And just like that (snap) I want to go to Montreal:).

That's Not My Age said...

I'm quite partial to a spring/summer scarf!

Anonymous said...

We are all dressing similarly here, and it feels wonderful. Thanks for this glimpse of the things that make life grand: sunshine, a walk to the farmer's market, the first asparagus and maple syrup...

And here's to le Duc for being confident enough to wear pink! It took me several years to convince my husband that it does great things for salt-&-pepper hair; now he wears pink shirts often, and gets compliments, too.

C.

Duchesse said...

Francie: My first try since I moved, thanks for the encouragement.

pseu: Yes, I even loved it through the winter, but not as many photo opps.

Rubi: Not all Desigual is cut for me, lots of short/tight skirts, but some tops have lots of stretch.

mardel: Not all of it appeals to me, either, but her coat was a standout. The market is fab for people-watching.

LPC: Come on over!

That's Not My Age: I am, too- and women ever wear them here in the heat and humidity of summer.

C.: Always think of our Sikh driver in India, who wore an immaculate pale pink turban. I love pink on men, glad he listened to you! Perhaps I'll snap Le Duc in his pink sport coat.

materfamilias said...

Wonderful post! And I see you've snuck a photo of a very charming Duc in amongst the market veggies. Love the Breton in that colour and he wears it very convincingly.
I'm looking longingly now at the Desigual shirt in my closet, bursting with colour but too light for our currently dismal weather. It's all rain and wind and cold stormy days, but happy to know you're enjoying sunshine & warmth. Really. . .

Anonymous said...

Once, when I was very pregnant, wearing a billowy raspberry pink cotton jumper (the only thing that still fit,) I passed a beautiful Sikh man near the university here. He was dressed in a perfectly tailored charcoal pin-striped suit, and a turban of the same deep pink. We paused for a moment of amused mutual admiration, and went our ways smiling.

Would love to see le Duc in his pink jacket!

C.

Duchesse said...

C: Delightful story. Today, on my street, I passed a 30-ish man in camo knee-length shorts, boat shoes, a black Lacoste polo and a pale yellow turban. Very smart!

coffeeaddict said...

Ljubljana is so full of women of all ages wearing Desigual coats. And while on their own the are quite extraordinary imagine going for a walk on a Saturday afternoon and seeing at leas half a dozen of them. They loose their appeal :-(

Duchesse said...

coffeeaddict: Apparently this brand is heavily counterfeited, which I did not know, but was just old by a friend in the apparel industry. I would like to see more of them, though.

Duchesse said...

coffee addict: Sorry for typo, that is "just told..."

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favourite posts of yours. It's very Sartorialist and thoroughly enjoyable.

lagatta à montréal said...

It was spectacular, and a record. Remember that while it is now spring, it was still winter on Sunday. In a very cool temperate zone (though it can have hot summers). Hot again this Tuesday.

I can't say "it's a small world" as it is rather more a case of a small neighourhood, but a) I also ate asparagus, and little lamb sausages from Supermarché Milano (I was eating alone, so I didn't bother with an Irish stew, though I want one when I have friends over), moreover I met the same woman in her Desigual coat during the last warm spell and complimented her on it. And yes, of course I'm wearing a scarf. It is Thai silk, I think, teal, black, deep red and silver.

Hmm, I went out with a handsome and intellectual man who wore pink divinely - unfortunately he was the worst thing that ever happened to me - fortunately that was almost 20 years ago. Le Duc looks wonderful in his pull breton.

Mardel, our market is in a central-northeastern part of the city, between two métro stations. There is another large public market in the southwestern central area, and smaller ones elsewhere.

While the maple syrup is most definitely ours, the asparagus is still imported. Local asparagus is at least a month away, despite the extremely early spring. Usually it is in May, but two years ago when there was also practically no winter, it began in April.

frugalscholar said...

Is that le Duc I spy?

My first trip to Montreal--around 25 years ago, in the spring.

Duchesse said...

Anonymous: Thanks, it was fun to put together.

Frugal Scholar: Yes!

kathy peck said...

I love your "street photography" ~ really fun post.