Boulevard Magazine - April 2014 Issue

Page 17





City councillor for Victoria and authentic esthete

THE LOVELY FRONT GARDEN and veranda of Pamela Madoff’s heritage cottage in James Bay give me a huge dose of visual pleasure as I approach it. “I love what it gives to the street,” says the woman with a passion for urban planning. “Churchill said, ‘We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” Once I step inside her gorgeously decorated home, it is like a delicious meal for the soul. Fabrics, painted ceramics, beautiful paintings and sculptures fill the house, the overall esthetic broad and reflecting the

Reading Material:

Print: Pamela subscribes to more magazines than she can name, devouring them cover to cover. A few favourites — American Vogue, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Elle, Elle Decor, Canadian House & Home, Tattler and The World of Interiors. Coveting: The Veruschka book. “I’m inspired by Veruschka as an entity.” Photography book: When Philip Met Isabella. Last good read: Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life. Currently on bedside table: Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington.

1920s and ’30s. I’m not surprised when she tells me her favourite place to work is from her bed. Her personal style is a reflection of the esthetic and shines brilliantly in a grey pantsuit world. “I could do the power suit thing, but it’s not me ... This is who I am,” she says. “I don’t consider myself a politician,” the community activist turned 20-year city councillor says, laughing. “I am just a very engaged community member.”


“Being on council, the most important thing is authenticity, whether it’s clothes or language, so you still stay this person who was elected originally.”

Style Inspirations: Person: Isabella Blow. Piece of art: Nancy Cunard photographed by Man Ray. Designer: Alexander McQueen. Film: Out of Africa, “for the hats.” Era: The 20s and 30s. “I’ve always liked to layer Japanese and Chinese textiles.”

Fashion and beauty:


Piece: A Bryn Walker cowl tunic. Uniform: The brand Kaliyana out of Ottawa. “I like clothes that have architectural details.” Coveting: Orange Marimekko wool coat. Jewelry: “I can’t think unless I’m wearing earrings.” Makeup: Bobbi Brown in shades of eggplant. Hair product: Orofluido beauty elixir oil. Who does your hair: Catherine at Zebra Hair Studio. Scent: Tea Rose by Perfumer’s Workshop. Shoes: Fluevogs.

Life faves: Flower: Wisteria. Cocktail: Pimm’s Cup. Local restaurant: Chez Michel. City: New Orleans. Place: My home. Music: Pamela has a huge music collection, but after a bad day, she would play She Drives Me Crazy by Fine Young Cannibals — really loud.


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