December 3rd, 2013
Finding the perfect dress for all your holiday commitments can be the toughest part of the season.
That’s why we love the Black Collection from Asos; every year the British etailer puts together a party-read capsule collection.
With 12 dresses with metallic, sequin and jewel embellishments in mini to maxi length, the hardest part will be choosing just one. We particularly love this Embellished Jacquard Dress ($231) with a luxe, textured fabric, stone embellishment and beautiful burgundy colour that says"festive" without looking like a Christmas tree ornament.
Bring on the mistletoe. —Sara Samson
October 22nd, 2013
Mount Royal Village just got a whole lot more stylish
The new women’s clothing boutique, Ette carries a collection of day and evening dresses along with couture and bridal couture. From its prime Mount Royal Village location this high-end retailer features dresses and accessories from top international designers like Jason Wu, J. Mendel and L’Wren Scott, while designer bridal collections include Reem Acra, Zac Posen and Matthew Williamson.
Ladies, let the ogling begin. —Sara Samson
800 16 Ave. SW, Calgary, 587-899-6220, www.etteonline.com
September 8th, 2012
The reason why most great childrenswear brands are founded by mothers is because they have the experience of knowing exactly what kids want to wear and how parents want their kids to look.
In the case of Vancouver-made Kiki Kids Wear, it is bright printed dresses, elegant little cardigans, and poofy skirts in colourful patterns, trimmed with flower shaped buttons and bow belts. We like the Sleeveless Tulip Print Dress ($72) for the next birthday party, and the Heather Floral Print Pull-on Skirt ($44) for dinner out.
Next question is of course the sizing, and sadly, it only goes up to a girl’s size 10. But that’s a 24 inch waist, and with an elastic waistband… us Moms can probably squeeze ourselves in. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Kiki Kids Wear online at www.kikikidswear.com
August 3rd, 2011
Holidays call for light and breezy dresses worn with flats and a barefaced glow.
These ones ($66) from Etsy seller Ramies tick every box. They are custom-made to your digits, feature charming accents (pleats, pockets and pretty buttons) and come in a comfy, breathable linen.
I chose the Summertime dress in sorbet pinks and lilacs, but it is available in every colour you could possibly wish for.
Sadly, my summer will not include a Roman holiday, but this dress will happily take me to Muskoka and back. —Athena Tsavliris
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
November 5th, 2010
Unless your fairy godmother is in town, your rags won’t turn into a ball gown overnight. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck wearing the same old thing to every holiday party this year.
A Badgley Mischka (pictured), Diane von Furstenberg, Catherine Malandrino or Pucci are only a click away at Cakewalk Designer Dress Rentals. Make an appointment for a fitting with a stylist, or simply choose the dress you want shipped to your house online, wear it and return it the next day. Rentals start from $50 depending on the retail price of the dress, and a variety of sizes are available in each style. The Calgary company also offers hair and make-up styling for a head-to-toe transformation.
Head to Hotel Arts this Monday for a three-day open house where you can see the current selection of dresses, try them on and meet the stylists.
Glass slippers and handsome princes not included.
Cakewalk Designer Dress Rentals open house, November 8-11, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Hotel Arts, 119 12th Ave. SW, Calgary, www.beautyuncovered.ca
February 5th, 2010
So you’re not quite as swift with the Singer as your mom once was.
Thank goodness there’s another mother who’ll whip up a gorgeous handmade dress for your budding fashionista. With au courant details like 1920s drop waists and Liberty of London fabrics, the modern frocks by Vancouver line Mette will have her standing apart from the crowd.
And not because she’s wearing a bright orange polyester shift—that was you at age 4.
Dresses from $40, www.mette.ca
November 24th, 2009
Oh Betsey, how we love your style,
Your whimsical, over-the-top frocks always make us smile.
Your new Fashion Central boutique is finally here,
Where the hanging pink tutus and large lip couch are so dear.
The fur-trimmed parkas, skull clutches and sequined leggings are top picks,
Little black dresses and floral skirts thrown into the mix.
We love how your playful pieces make us feel,
We’re celebrating the launch of your shop with your trademark cartwheel.
Betsey Johnson, 203 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-261-8803, www.betseyjohnson.com
June 2nd, 2009
Come wedding season a girl can only recycle a dress so many times before the guests start overlapping.
No need to panic over your RSVPs, Azul Couture has plenty of pretty choices for all types of nuptials.
For the garden party, New York designer Tracy Reese’s ultra feminine dresses (pictured, from $475) in bright hues are adorned with ruffles and pleats for a romantic look.
Or for a chic black tie reception go with a sexy long and lean jumpsuit by Black Halo (from $460).
But beware, some wandering eyes may stray from the woman in white when you walk in the door.
Azul Couture, 914 15 Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-695-1320.
January 20th, 2009
Engagements happen like grey hairs: One friend announces she’s getting married and suddenly brides-to-be start popping up everywhere.
But before your gals appear on your doorstep with some God-awful crêpe bridesmaid ensemble for you to wear, take them to the newly opened Frocks.
The Vancouver-based company works with five designers including Charsa and Simple Silhouettes that create made-to-order dresses. You (or, probably the bride) choose the designer, fabric, style and colour.
And who knows, maybe this time, you might just wear the dress again.
By appointment only. Frocks, 1006 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, 403-263-5580, www.frocks.ca