Calgary - FASHION & SHOPPING
March 29th, 2011
No matter the season, or the occasion, you can always make a case for the little black dress.
The staple of staples, the LBD is a specialty at Chichi Couture. Recently relocated to the Mission neighbourhood, the new space is filled with pieces that range from simple daywear (jersey dresses and tops) to glammed-up evening attire (sparkly gowns and feather boas). The store’s mandate is a one-stop shop for women who are travelling or on the go.
Some of our favourite pieces include the versatile dresses and tunics by D’Avenue, an obscure label from Seoul, and the big baubles from the in-store accessories collection, Holly Allen Jewellery.
And for that hit of colour, all you need with your LBD is a neon clutch by Kate Spade and off you go to strut your stuff on the in-store runway. —MG
Chichi Couture, 103, 1812 Fourth St. SW, Calgary, 403-278-4455, www.chichicouture.ca
March 21st, 2011
On the heels of the popular winter wedge bootie, spring’s peep-toe styles are ready for their close-up.
Channel your 1970’s hippie chick with wide-leg denim paired with the suede Harwich Middy wedge by Clarks Elements ($130). The cork sole and added cushioning is easy on the feet without sacrificing the height. At Gravity Pope, 524 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-209-0961, www.gravitypope.com
The flirty cut-out details make this Kate & Mel wedge ($130) a summer staple for evenings out, and garden parties in. Also available in black at Town Shoes, 751 Third St. SW, Calgary, 403-263-1997, Chinook Centre 6455 Macleod Trail, Calgary, 403-255-5270 and Market Mall, 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, 403-288-1034, www.townshoes.com
March 8th, 2011
After endless seasons at the forefront, the skinny has finally been trumped.
Fashion editors galore were spotted sporting wide-leg jeans during fashion month and as Rachel Zoe, in her trademark wince-inducing Valley Girl voice says it best: “[the] '70s-style silhouette is having a mah-jor moment.”
With its first Canadian store opening this Thursday in Calgary, 7 For All Mankind is the newest haunt to hit up for wide-leg jeans. In addition to all your denim needs, the 1,500-square-foot shop will also house men’s and women’s sportswear, eyewear and accessories.
And if nothing comes between you and your skinnies, that’s OK too. —MG
7 For All Mankind, Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, 403-262-7326, www.7forallmankind.com
March 1st, 2011
When the mercury drops, Twitter is aflutter with snippets of bitter anti-cold sentiments. Cheer up and get a taste of spring at the Obakki trunk show tomorrow night.
A Vancouver staple among the West Coast fashion crowd, the brand also boasts Alberta ties: founder Treana Peake hails from Hanna.
The casual chic separates are ideal for dressing up, or down, and the simple cuts with subtle details are a nice way to transition to spring.
We love the cozy zip-up, the low-cut tanks and the short draped frocks. And while there’s still a chill in the air, throw over a cardigan and will spring to begin. —MG
Obakki trunk show, March 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Azul Couture, 914 15th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-695-1320, www.azulcouture.com
February 28th, 2011
The stack of Christmas gift cards remains unused, but you’re convinced you will eventually find something useful to buy with the hardware store card your dad gave you.
And thinking of the stats—40 per cent of gift cards are unredeemed every year—makes us cringe in our wedges.
When the denial phase is over, check out CardSwap, an online company that buys and sells verified gift cards at discounts anywhere from 10 to 40 per cent. You can sell directly to the company for 70 per cent of the card’s value or save a few bucks on your regular shopping destination by buying a card at a discounted price. Our bestie sold her Moxie’s card (sorry bestie’s grandma) for cold hard cash, and more money means more shopping for shoes, ahem, we mean, tools, dad. —MG
February 18th, 2011
Everyone has that one stylish gal pal in their lives whose closet we love to raid, but lucky for us, Apt. 22’s owner, Kim Stern, has plenty.
After noticing many of her friends had amazing fashion finds they never wore (and were more than willing to part with), Stern took the frocks off their hands and launched Girlfriend’s Closet.
Tucked away in the back of her boutique, the shop-within-a-shop includes high-end, gently used, and sometimes never worn, items at a fraction of the original price. At press time, we spied a Nanette Lepore dress, a Missoni top, a Michael Kors belted frock and a Chanel skirt.
What are friends for?
At Apt 22, 1312 First St. SW, Calgary, 403-452-5911, www.shopapt22.com
February 15th, 2011
Ever since we saw model Dree Hemingway sporting a colourful beaded bracelet on her upper arm, we’ve been coveting the look. And what better way to be a style copycat than to do it yourself.
1. You’ll need a cardboard box (feel free to purchase a new pair of shoes), beads, needle, thread and scissors.
2. Cut out a piece of the box and make slits in it that will hold the threads apart while you’re weaving the beads through. Tuck the cut-up piece of cardboard on one end of the box so the slits face up.
3. For a six-row bracelet, you’ll need seven pieces of thread but make sure six of them are as long as the width of the box and the last piece is even longer.
For the rest of the DIY steps, visit our Editors' Diary.
February 9th, 2011
With engagement season in full swing, and wedding mayhem up ahead, it’s time to get the show on the road. Herewith, a few ideas for your big day:
You’ve been asked countless times how you met so you might as well put it out there for everyone to see. Tell your story with one of these five Etsy prints (US$38). Display it at your reception and afterward, hang it in your home to always remember how it all began. At Something Blue on Etsy.
Maid to Order
Always a bridesmaid isn’t so bad these days; more and more brides are giving their maids free reign when it comes to the dress. A favourite among sewing masters, Fabric Depot is a huge space filled to the rafters with rolls and rolls of chiffons, crepes and silks for all your dress needs. Fabric Depot, 3500 27 St. NE, Calgary, 403-250-9173, www.fabricdepot.ca
When an art gallery co-owner becomes a pastry chef, the result is Petite Marie Cakes. Created by Sarah Adams, the whimsical, extravagant cakes are one-of-a-kind (think tiered flower pots and mermaid cakes) and come in any flavour imaginable, says Adams. Gluten-free options also available. From $10 per serving, order at least one month ahead of time. Petite Marie Cakes, 403-926-2420.
He’s shot for a variety of magazines and well-known clients, and she’s a former fashion designer and stylist extraordinaire, together, this husband-and-wife team is also the duo behind Dean Pictures Weddings. Their motto is all about a modern and fresh take on wedding photography and the result: your very own wedding magazine editorial. Price list upon request. www.deanpicturesweddings.com
February 7th, 2011
For your jello fellow, the Heart Gelatin Mold ($8) is a fun, cheeky and cherry-flavoured way to say: My heart beats for you. At Dick and Jane’s, 831 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-228-1857, www.dickandjanes.ca
Give your single besties a good laugh with the Love Stinks soap ($9.95). At Land and Sea, 317 Seventh Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-264-9866, www.landandseagifts.com
No more eye rolling when you ask to share the earphones on the plane. Now, it’s music and movies for two with the heart headphone splitter ($10) At Steeling Home, 1417 11th St. SW, Calgary, 403-245-0777, www.steelinghomestore.com
From the creator of Love Listography comes My Future Listography ($16.95), where you can fill in pages of goals, aspirations and travel plans whether you’re a duo or a single. At www.chroniclebooks.com
Kids these days live out their love lives online (someone, please tell them to stop), so have some old-school fun with a Locked Diary ($24.99). To add to its charm, don’t forget to hide it under your pillow. At Chapters, www.chapters.indigo.ca
Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? It would with a spritz of the new Wildbloom Eau du Parfum from Banana Republic ($60). It’s a sensual scent with hints of woody nuances and citrus notes to get you in the mood. www.bananarepublic.ca
February 2nd, 2011
Maybe it’s the hint of Canadiana cool or an ode to camping in style, but black-and-red checkered patterns (a.k.a. buffalo plaids) get us every time.
The hint of check Tommy Ton captured during the men’s collections in Milan is sublime and you can find buffalo plaid jackets aplenty in vintage stores around town.
But with its oversized collar, slim fit and crop cut, the Alternative Apparel jacket ($153) is our pick for this trend and a far cry from your father’s baggy cabin work shirt.
At Divine, 720 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-228-2540, www.divineplanet.com