Calgary - FASHION & SHOPPING
October 26th, 2010
Season after season, the tasseled trend keeps on swinging. Herewith, five picks for this season's Fringe Fest.
Ever since Kate Moss stepped out in a pair of Minnetonka Moccasins years ago, the iconic footwear brand has stayed on the streets. Although they come in a variety of heights, our pick is the ankle-high tramper boot ($90). At Gravity Pope, 524 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-209-0961, www.gravitypope.com
October 21st, 2010
Move over New York, these days, our “Empire State of Mind” has turned to California cool.
Inspired by a Beverly Hills boutique, the new 17th Avenue Empire Collection shop is an ode to Hollywood glitz and glamour with mirror walls, maple floors, chandeliers and a maze-like space with plenty of fashion-filled nooks.
The boutique’s collections cater to the eclectic 17th Avenue crowd ranging from cardigans by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, cool tops by Ben Sherman and silk dresses by SuperTrash. There are plenty of gems for the boys too including a denim bar where shoppers can sit, sip on bubbly water and check out the blue jeans.
Empire, 800 16th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-457-3443, www.empirecollection.ca
October 19th, 2010
Our go-to for chic cardigans, simple dresses and well-cut blazers, Plum has just stepped it up by adding footwear for fall.
The inaugural line includes suede heels, cutout wedges and adorable flats starting from $100. We’re pairing the Kelsi Dagger ruffle flat ($127, pictured) with skinny jeans and Plum’s military Tokyo jacket. For night, we'll switch it up to the Matiko suede heel ($169) and the Chanel-inspired Tobias blazer.
Visions of Plum shoes dance in our heads.
Plum, Westhills Towne Centre, 250 Stewart Green SW, Calgary, 403-240-1484, www.plum.ca
October 12th, 2010
As the poster of the lengthy gams came down, the doors to the new downtown Wolford boutique opened at last.
Luxury stockings from the iconic retailer instantly make you feel like your legs go on for miles, while slipping on anything from the bodywear collection takes comfortable to a new level of sexy.
We’re joining the leopard-print revolution with the Leo tights and playing style copycat with a pair of the stay-up stockings favoured by Rihanna. The shop also includes a few ready-to-wear pieces like the Baily dress in a bright green hue.
Cue “She’s Got Legs.”
Wolford, Fashion Central, 805 First St. SW, Calgary, wolford.com
October 5th, 2010
Fashion week street-style photos don’t lie: bracelets are still in vogue. Speaking of, the Voguettes and other fashion editors were again caught sporting handfuls (or should we say wristfuls) of bangles, cuffs and beaded bracelets.
To add to our collection (more is more), we’re eyeing the San Francisco line Presh (from $65). The wraparound styles are tough-girl cool with studs, chain details and metal details but you’ll also find daintier knotted versions that play homage to old-school friendship bracelet.
Now what would our wrist like to wear….
At Rubaiyat, 722 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-228-7192, www.rubaiyatcalgary.com
September 28th, 2010
We thought our days of hanging out in the food court were behind us, but Chinook Centre's 60 new stores and fancy new parkade (yes, parking excites us) might have us reliving our teenage years.
Window shopping just won't do.
Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, 403-259-2022, www.chinookcentre.com
September 21st, 2010
A girl can never have enough shoes—just ask Imelda Marcos.
And when fall comes around, that includes boots, booties and shooties (even if we still can’t bring ourselves to say the latter out loud).
With collections by Marc, Neosens and Hispanitas, the new Pumped Shoes is all about fashion meets function. We love a killer heel as much as the next girl but a little comfort and traction is much appreciated.
We're pumped for that.
Pumped Shoes, Fashion Central, 211, 805 First St. SW, Calgary, 403-266-0801, www.pumpedshoes.com
September 16th, 2010
We first spied Aussie designer Natalie Wood on The Selby, but when we came across her cosmic jacquard leggings, we knew it was true love.
Collaborating with a handful of artists, Wood brings a mix of high fashion and skate wear to her highly graphic collection Something Else. For fall, pair her psychedelic patterned T-shirts with loose trousers and a cardigan and her geometric print dresses with tights and a pair of booties. And best of all, the tunics, oversized sweaters, leggings and tees are uber comfortable while still screaming cool and chic.
There’s something to this.
At The Gallery, 113, 1013 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, www.gallerystyles.com
September 14th, 2010
When it comes to height, fall's kickers have an anything goes attitude. Herewith, three boot picks for all your fall stomping needs.
The Steve Madden Latched reminds us of last season’s red Chloé boots favoured by Kate Bosworth and Sienna Miller. This classic black style has a lovely pointed toe and subtle stud detail that give it just enough of an edge. $99.95 at Steve Madden, 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, 262-6454, www.stevemadden.com
Part motorcycle and part riding boot, the leather mid-calf Fly London Orodes are the perfect all-weather, everyday footwear. And the buttery brown hue is a nice change from the ubiquitous black biker style. $320 at Gravity Pope, 524 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-209-0961, www.gravitypope.com
It’s all about a long, smooth leg as the over-the-knee boot returns this season. The Le Pepe riding boot with a soft braided detail is our pick for a fall splurge. $495 at Holt Renfrew, 510 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-269-7341, www.holtrenfrew.com
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September 7th, 2010
Take velvet, leather and lace, throw in some sharp tailoring, wide-leg pants and loose trousers and you’ve got the fall trend recipe down.
Calgary designer Caitlin Power hits all the marks, and then some, with her fall collection. The schoolgirl uniform is all grown up as a sheer, burgundy top is paired with an asymmetrical pencil skirt and Power offers her take on the power suit. Some of her pieces are still a tad theatrical but with each collection, the young designer is getting more familiar with the less-is-more aesthetic and focusing on what she does best: rich textures rather than grand silhouettes.
Power to her.
At Mealan, 1518 Fourth St. SW, Calgary, 403-457-4020, www.mealan.com