Calgary - FASHION & SHOPPING
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
August 30th, 2010
Yes we reduce, reuse and recycle—but sometimes loading up can be green, too.
Riva’s Eco Store new Inglewood space has fabulous collections, like adorable pillows by K Studio and mini speakers by OrigAudio ($19.99). And we’ve already stocked up on water-based nail polish by Acquarelle ($18, pictured) and pretty tops by Stewart and Brown.
Too much of a green thing? Never.
Riva’s Eco Store, 1237 Ninth Ave. SE, Calgary, 403-452-1001, www.rivasecostore.com
August 24th, 2010
A return to minimalism but with an “everything goes” attitude, there are still plenty of fall trends to sift through. Herewith our five picks to get you started:
A large silk twill scarf by Juma (from $130) is light enough for fall and uber cool with its the subtle skull print. At Shisomiso Boutique and Gallery, 105, 100 Seventh Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-266-4211, www.shisomiso.com
The It Bag is back. Ease into the investment trend with The Tote by Peter Kent Buenos Aires. It’s our take on the bucket bag with a more structured silhouette. (Fiorentina leather, $615 or patent leather, $640.) At Blu’s Womens Wear, 315 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-234-7971 and Southcentre, 100 Anderson Rd. SE, Calgary, 403-225-8315, www.blus.com
A red lip equals instant glam, day or night. The new Rouge Artist Intense collection by Make Up For Ever ($19) goes on with one stroke and if you’re not sure what hue works for you ask for the lipstick shade finder tool. At Sephora, www.sephora.com
August 19th, 2010
What do Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass, Mad Men’s Don Draper, Andy Warhol and Abraham Lincoln have in common? Each man has been outfitted by the iconic American retailer Brooks Brothers.
Now Calgary is getting a taste of the country club life with the opening of the three-storey, 22,000 square-foot downtown store.
But it’s not only a boys’ club. Some of our fall favourites include the black wool stretch dress (US$198) and the merino boyfriend vest (US$118). Unique to the Canadian stores, Calgary will also carry the Black Fleece collection, reinvented classic pieces made modern by guest designer Thom Browne.
Bring on the first day of school.
Brooks Brothers, 751 Third St. SW, Calgary, (800) 274-1815, www.brooksbrothers.com
August 17th, 2010
Brad and Angelina, Posh and Becks, Tom and Katie…Judith and Charles?
All fashionable couples—yes, even Tom has his moments—but if you’ve never heard of the last two, get to their new eponymous boutique to see the fashionable duo in action.
Judith Richardson and Charles Le Pierrès, the couple behind the Parisian-turned-Canadian label Teenflo, are masters of transition, from sophisticated office attire to chic evening wear.
In addition to the classic Teenflo line, the shop also carries swoon-worthy minimalist pieces by Graham and Spencer, luxury tees by Velvet, and urban cool basics by James Perse. The company is slowly introducing a house label to the mix.
J and C Forever.
Judith and Charles, Calgary Eaton Centre, 751 Third St. SW, Calgary, 403-263-6761, www.teenflo.com