June 18th, 2013
Is that you, sunshine? Five dresses from Vancouver lines that will take you from the beach to a night out - no outfit change required.
The Surfer Girl Dress
When you’re not in a wetsuit, this A-line Gentle Fawn dress has got you covered. The aqua print is complimented with a lace appliqué, and the short hem shows off your toned legs. So much prettier than a rash guard, right? $98 at Spank, visit www.spankclothing.ca for Vancovuer locations.
The Summer Shirt Dress
Dace’s Boyd Dress is the perfect all-rounder. Wear it barefoot to and from the pool, with beaded sandals at an evening barbeque, or with leggings on a rainy summer day (this is Vancouver, after all.) In navy or cream from $120 from dace.ca
The Sexy Holiday Dress
From Jason Matlo’s Babe collection, this printed bodycon dress has a sexy scooped ballerina back neckline. The jersey doesn’t crease - so roll the dress up, throw it into a suitcase, wear it with high tops while sightseeing, and with a heel on nights out. $290 at Jasonmatlo.com
The Beach to Bar Dress
Nicole Bridger’s Flow dress is a silk crepe dress that we plan on throwing over our bikini when we are headed for après-beach cocktails. Featuring a multicolored print, it will match any tan – from pasty white to golden brown. $228 from Nicole Bridger.
The Sporty Dress
Lifetime Collective’s Georgie dress has a discreet floral print and a dropped waistline. Even if you don’t play tennis, this piece will be great for other summer activities like badminton, Frisbee, and picniquing (a totally legitimate sport, by the way.) $100 at Plenty, www.getplenty.com
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
June 11th, 2013
Summer is synonymous with blockbuster season and we’ve just about overdosed on comic book/bromantical/sci-fi films.
Presenting the antidote.
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorfs, running at Cinéma du Parc starting June 14, takes viewers inside the mythical NYC department store through the eyes of fashion industry insiders ranging from Michael Kors to the Olsen twins.
The superheroes of this story? Gossip, glamour and gowns. —Christine Laroche
3575 Parc Ave., Montreal, 514-281-1900, www.cinemaduparc.com
June 11th, 2013
It’s official: The doors have opened at J.Crew’s first Calgary store!
Jampacked floor to ceiling with beautiful items to add some punch to your summertime wardrobe, this shop offers both mens and womens departments. Along with a stunning selection of shoes, handbags and accessories this store is completely visually breathtaking with modernist elements, salon style picture walls and a window display design by a team of students from the Alberta College of Art & Design. With new product arriving daily, it will be hard to resist stopping by once (or twice) a week. —Kait Kucy
J.Crew, Chinook Centre , 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, www.jcrew.com
June 4th, 2013
Daytime festival style is all about surviving under the hot sun, but come dusk, cooler temps prevail.
This year we'll be cozying up to CASTknitting’s Milk & Honey Chunky Two Color Twisted Handknit ($58.51), a stylish pull-over scarf with a high warmth factor. This cowl can easily be rolled up into your bag for storage and pulled out when the sun starts setting.
Rock on. —Kait Kucy
$58.51 on www.etsy.com
June 4th, 2013
A nude shoe might lengthen the gams, but beige can be so boring.
This season we're bringing out our brightest accessories; think lime patent flats and Schiaparelli pink clutch bags.
For a splash of luminous yellow, we're lusting after these vintage inspired sandals ($225) from Philips Sparks. Charming, aren't they?
They go with everything, especially painted toes. —Athena Tsavliris
Philip Sparks, 62 Ossington Ave., Toronto, 647-348-1827, www.philipsparks.com
June 4th, 2013
Stacked rings are nice. Extra-sparkly, diamond stacked rings? Even better.
When we stepped into Ecksand’s University Street showroom, we were instantly drawn to the Puzzle Collection, the latest from the award-winning, Montreal-based brand.
Super sparkly, dainty and designed to fit together flawlessly – hence the “Puzzle” moniker, natch – these diamond or pearl rings are the ultimate way to take your stack from trendy to timeless.
P.S.: They make great wedding bands for hard-to-fit rings, too. —Christine Laroche
From $1500; by appointment only, 1255 University St., Montreal, 1-866-726-7263, www.ecksand.com
May 29th, 2013
Step aside ladies, this one's for the lads.
Toronto clothing label, Creep hits the sartorial bullseye this season with a collection of jackets, shirts, shorts and slacks that you'll wanna see on your man. Think vintage inspired Hawaiin shirts, camouflage print jackets and sharp looking anoraks in subtle stripes.
A select few can pull of tribal-print linen shorts but no man can't go wrong with a navy or washed denim chino. Pair them with a nautical tee and he's ready for hot frisbee days in the park. —Athena Tsavliris
See website for stockists, http://creep-clothing.com
May 28th, 2013
No need to jump on the Jitney for Hamptons chic.
Just hop on the metro and visit downtown’s Banana Republic store, where the highly anticipated Milly collaboration lands in-store and online this week.
The NYC-based label has teamed up with the American retailer to serve up a 46-piece women’s collection and 16-pieces collection men (a first for the designer), with prices topping out at $250. Think bold prints, bright hues and a preppy twist.
Montauk may not be in the budget this summer but this maxi definitely is. —Christine Laroche
Launches May 30, 777 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, http://bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca
May 24th, 2013
Grand Prix weekend is just around the corner.
Translation? The Hervé Léger by Max Azria space at the downtown BCBG store – the label’s only dedicated space in Canada – will be as busy as the Ferrari dealership. And with good reason: A non-stop party weekend calls for some seriously sexy party frocks.
From the va-va-voom fit to the price (from about $700), there’s nothing modest about these dresses. But given their seductive staying power (the maison has been thriving since 1985), we’re filing ‘em under “investment-worthy.”
Now where are the keys to our Ferrari? —Christine Laroche
1300 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-398-9130, www.herveleger.com
May 21st, 2013
"Cock your hat," Sinatra used to say. "Angles are attitudes."
In the spirit of Sinatra, we're stepping out in the midday sun wearing a chic Tracy Watts straw fedora.
It's lightweight and crushable (the perfect travel companion) and looks good on everyone we know. A grosgrain trim gives the hat a hit of femininity.
Wear it on a side tilt and you've got attitude in spades. —Athena Tsavliris
From $235 at Ewanika, 1083 Bathurst St.. Toronto, 416-927-9699, www.ewanika.ca