Calgary - FASHION & SHOPPING
July 6th, 2011
They say clothes make the man. We say lingerie makes the woman.
Wearing sweet and sexy undergarments by Global Love not only increases your feminine mystique, it also helps empower women in developing countries, with five percent of proceeds going to FINCA, an organization that offers microfinance opportunities to women. Go adorably retro in the Moonlight in Moscow set ($36), or play it coy with the Paris 2 a.m. bodysuit. For those who like just a little bit of lace, we love the sweet and sexy Marion knickers.
As Elle (The Body) MacPherson once said: “If you’re wearing lingerie that makes you feel glamorous, you're halfway there to turning heads.” —Jennifer Nachshen
June 28th, 2011
Canadian fashion is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. But the problem is that some of our best and brightest are often mistaken for Brits or Americans. We are here to claim them back.
For over a decade, long-time friends John Muscat and Jennifer Wells have been putting Canada on the map with their gorgeous, luxurious and versatile knitwear. Beyond mere sweaters, Line has taken the idea of knitwear to bold new directions, manipulating the material in every way possible. It is the show to see at Toronto Fashion Week.
Hailing from the Canadian prairies, Mark Fast completed his studies at the famous Central Saint Martins in London. His innovative knitwear takes a sexy turn, with laced and selectively placed holes. But there is more to him than revealing knits: watch for his collaboration with the great Canadian leather staple Danier coming this fall.
Erdem Moralioglu is celebrated for his bright and beautiful prints. It makes sense – he cut his teeth working for Diane von Furstenberg before launching his line in 2005. A Royal College of Art graduate and a veteran of London Fashion Week, this Montreal-born designer is often mistaken for a Brit. Step away, he’s all ours!
Last year, this Montréal-born prodigy became the youngest graduate ever of Central Saint Martins’ MA program (he is only 23!). He is a minimalist at heart, with crisp architectural tailoring and a knack for black and white combinations. It’s no wonder he won the covetable Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. The One to Watch.
Toronto-based Jeremy Laing has been showing at New York Fashion Week for several seasons now. He may have learnt sewing from his mother but this former protégé of Alexander McQueen is now known for his ingenious construction and monochromatic colour themes. We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping he takes the ANDAM Fashion Award.
June 13th, 2011
This is no ordinary Joe.
Joe Mimran is the man behind labels such as Alfred Sung and Club Monaco but it’s his Joe Fresh line - found in Superstores across Canada - that has propelled him to "first name only" fashion status.
Calgary's CrossIron Mills is home to Joe Fresh's new standalone store: 16,000 square feet of chic and affordable clothing, from $10 scoop neck tees to $19 honeysuckle jeans (and for those of you who don’t know, honeysuckle is the new black).
Always relevant, Mimran lets the style speak for itself and checks the snobbery at the door. Now that's fresh. —Kristin Hursh
Joe Fresh, CrossIron Mills, 260155 CrossIron Blvd., Rocky View, www.joe.ca
June 8th, 2011
It's an easy, breezy, seventies-y summer. For the maxi to match, swing over to primo vintage e-boutique Shrimpton Couture.
Cherie, the beauty and brains behind Shrimpton, loves all things '70s best—and the best is all she stocks. There are Christian Dior caftans and op-art Lanvins and signature-printed Puccis. To spend less, seek out-of-print cult labels: a rose-and-porcelain John Kloss dress (intended as a slip, but whatever) is $350, while a gorgeous geisha-print Paganne is $425.
Just add wooden platforms and an overblown silk flower in your hair. —SNP
June 7th, 2011
As lovers of all things minimalist, we have a thing for Céline. Bad news: it’s not exactly affordable or readily available. Good news: Roots has us seeing double!
Can you guess which is which is the Capri sandal by Roots ($128) and which is the hard-to-find flat thong sandal by Céline (around $500)? Both are premium leather, both are thongs, both have ankle straps and both are summer must-haves. Okay, we’ll tell you: Roots is on the left. The Capri sandal’s contoured sole in molded cork may have won us over, regardless of the price. That, and being patriotic Canadians and all.
I see France, I see Canada. —AG
Online at www.roots.com
June 2nd, 2011
When your bride-to-be bestie asks what you’d like to wear to her wedding, don’t brave the familiar bridesmaid face by answering: “Whatever you’d like me to wear.”
Instead, subtly suggest the recently launched Banana Republic Monogram Collection. The limited edition collection includes a less preppy and more modern BR take on tops, blazers and pants, but the dresses are the real standouts.
Think wedding-appropriate (minus the traditional frill) silk numbers, floor-sweeping goddess gowns and short sequin dresses that won’t break this summer’s bridesmaid, or wedding attendee, bank. —MG
At Banana Republic, 317 Seventh Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-264-8886, www.bananarepublic.ca
May 31st, 2011
Once a fashion faux-pas, mixing silver and gold is now an accessory all right. But what’s even cooler than a silver and gold mix-up? Answer: a metal mix-a-thon.
CoutuKitsch is a Calgary/Winnipeg mother-daughter duo behind a vintage-inspired accessories collection that includes many mixed-metal pieces.
A few of my favourites are the duster earrings, made up of delicate copper, antique bronze, gold, silver, and gunmetal chains ($25) and the hand armor vintage brass cuff/ring that’s attached by the same chains from finger to wrist ($40, pictured).
The line also includes handmade scarves, cufflinks and accessories with a more delicate look for those who aren’t ready to become metal heads just yet.
May 17th, 2011
Little girls are made of sugar, spice and everything nice, but as we grow up it’s good to throw a little rock and roll into the mix.
Rachel Roy’s patterned dresses, printed jumpsuits and flirty skirts have had us covered in the sweet department for awhile now, but it’s her accessories that always add a little mystique to our girly attire. Think stingray spiked pendants, slithering snake rings, skinny spike cuffs, shark tooth collar necklaces, and our favourite, the sparkly skull collection.
Rock on. —MG
From $28 at The Bay, www.thebay.com
May 10th, 2011
The Royal Wedding taught us two important things: Designing white takes some serious dedication (apparently, the seamstresses behind Kate Middleton’s Sarah Burton for McQueen dress had to wash their hands every 30 minutes to keep the gown pristine) and don’t let your sister wear white to your wedding (hello hot Pippa).
Herewith, four of our favourite white-hot spring dresses that can be worn on much more ordinary occasions, but never to someone else’s wedding:
Sweet and simple, the Terry dress by BB Dakota is perfect for a day at the beach or paired with pumps for a night on the town.
$92 at Purr, 601 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-244-7877 and two other locations, www.purrclothing.ca
Love Kate’s lace? Then you’ll love the Le Fou by Wilfred Verite Dress. The drop waist and silk-lined Battenburg lace add vintage flair, while the open back is sexy to the max.
$295 at Aritzia, www.aritzia.com
Celebrate summer in this scoop-back, softly striped maxi dress by Opening Ceremony that hugs the body in all the right places.
$289.95 at Leo Boutique, 810b 16th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-410-9236, www.leoboutique.com
The floral-print cotton Amelie frock by Marc by Marc Jacobs is garden party perfect.
$400 at www.net-a-porter.com
May 5th, 2011
The shocking pink signs and billboards have been blinding us for months now, but finally, we can see. Angels, that is, as Calgary’s first Victoria’s Secret opens today.
The 13,000-square-foot store is home to the famous bra salon and panty boutique, and just in time for swimsuit season, the shop also stocks a bevy of suits including mix-and-match bikinis and the oh-so-enhancing Miraculous Push-Up-style bikini top.
And if you need another type of pick-me-up (no pun intended) after trying on bathing suits all day (supermodels be damned), have a seat at the store’s fragrance bar where you can test all of the beauty, body and fragrance collections.
And just keep repeating: smelling good is what really counts. —MG
Victoria’s Secret, Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, www.victoriassecret.com