March 26th, 2013
We spotted Nicole Campre's work on the PARKSHOW13 Runway and were instantly smitten with the Albertan designer's minimalist yet ultra-feminine garments.
At only 23-years-old, Campre has already been featured in British Vogue and FASHION Magazine and her S/S2013 collection makes dressing look effortless with drapey tops and flattering tailored pants.
The next big thing has arrived. —Kait Kucy
February 4th, 2013
Ever dream of spending a day in a designer's prop closet? Us too!
Kate Spade New York, known for its posh, uptown girl aesthetic, is sharing all things lovely in its latest coffee table book. With beautiful antique furniture pieces and vintage brass instruments, it's the perfect dose of inspiration to start living a lively and colourful life. —Kait Kucy
$29.70 at www.chapters.indigo.ca
November 5th, 2012
Jane Birkin, Bianca Jagger and Sofia Coppola have all played the role of muse to major fashion designers - now's your chance.
Celebrated designer Paul Hardy has partnered with Tourism Calgary for the ultimate social media and fashion collaboration. Using tweets sent in by locals, Hardy will build an incredible wearable creation based on what Calgarians think is in style for our city. The incomparable Tweet Dress will be revealed at The CORE’s massive holiday shopping part, T’was the Night on November 28. Hardy’s progress on the dress will shared via instagram and Pinterest to keep budding muse’s posted on the collectively inspired frock.
To join the fashion fray, tell @Calgary “What’s in style in Calgary?” using the hashtag #StyleYYC.
Now get tweeting! —Kait Kucy
October 30th, 2012
Calgarian metalsmith, Gillian Hillerud breaks through the boundaries of traditional metalsmithing to create one of kind pieces using sterling silver, paper and gemstones.
Inspired by nature and geometry, each item is made to order, further demonstrating Hillerud’s love for fine detail and craftsmanship. Our favourite, the Sterling Silver Shape Rings, can be easily integrated into our everyday wardrobe (we fell in love with the way she styled multiples on the model pictured).
They are so simple and have that beautiful matte finish – it’s clearly all about leaving the bling at home and heading out with a sense of understated elegance. —Kait Kucy
Find stockists at www.gihi.ca
September 19th, 2012
It’s official! Holt Renfrew is over 63,917 days old. While the iconic Canadian fashion retailer celebrates its big 175, it's got a mini-mobile Holts on the run across the country.
Stopping in Calgary on September 22 and 23, fashion lovers will have the chance to sidle up to the boutique on wheels to check out the Hot@175 limited edition sweatshirts available for sale. You may be thinking, “Sweatshirts?!” but these fab additions to your closet are not only designed by seven internationally renowned designers but the cozy pullovers have also been noted by fashion experts across the globe as this season’s casual must-have.
Gather fresh inspiration while watching the artists’ videos. —Kait Kucy
September 22-23, Holt Renfrew Hot@175 Mobile Tour, 718 17th Ave SW, Calgary, www.holtsmuse.com
December 7th, 2011
Laminate went through a low period with everyone ripping it up to replace it with hardwood on floors or granite on countertops. It’s currently enjoying a resurgence in home décor, but it takes a keen, artistic eye to see the inexpensive flooring and think fine jewellery.
Devon Clark has that eye. She uses the durable, easy to wipe down material to create earrings and pendants that add edge to feminine flair. Her hand pierced designs have scalloped edges with punch-outs that are a wink to the delicacy of lace.
Matching your earrings to your countertop without committing a fashion faux pas just became a possibility. —Jaelyn Molyneux
$54 at Influx Jewellery Gallery, Art Central, 201, 100 7 Ave. S.W., Calgary, 403-266-7527, www.influxgallery.com
July 11th, 2011
If Kate’s wearing it, Coup’s got it. Or is it the other way around?
Thanks to the owners’ adoration for European flair, Edmonton fashion is under siege after ten months of good taste from Coup Garment Boutique.
Selling out the navy blue, Toronto-made Smythe blazer Duchess Catherine Middleton wore upon her arrival in Canada, and again during her visit to Slave Lake, Coup is on the pulse of good taste.
Beyond their magical in-store selections, they’ve also got specialty shopping services accompanied by complimentary appetizers and wine.
Now that’s a fashion coup we can get behind. —Caroline Gault
Coup Garment Boutique, 101-10137 104 St., Edmonton, 780-756-3032, www.coupboutique.com
July 7th, 2011
Her collection of vintage frocks and baubles attracts Toronto's top stylists and designers and her window displays are known to stop traffic. It’s no surprise then that The Cat's Meow Louise Cooper’s blog is an attention-grabber too.
With tips, trends and the latest additions to her store, this vintage portal is a fun place to escape to while dining al desko. Have a look at me wearing full-length vintage Valentino skirt in Cooper’s Out and About section.
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