Vancouver - FASHION & SHOPPING
May 22nd, 2013
We're lusting after a hot pink wedge sandal for spring. Wait, make that orange, no, seafoam blue.
At freshly launched shoe website, Joker's Closet we can have the shoes we want in the colour, material and style we want (from $295).
Pick from six seasonal styles (I like these little peep-toe lace-ups) and then customize from a range of colours and leathers.
It's as simple as that. No joke. —Athena Tsavliris
May 21st, 2013
You can trust the bags from a company that’s been making them for over 100 years, but risk a certain stuffiness.
Not so for Brooks England — they make beautiful leather goods that work with our lives, right now.
And since right now is Bike to Work Week, we thought we’d tell you about the Eton bike bag ($530). Made from saddle leather, the design is a century old, but its shape looks quite modern. Featuring backpack straps and a handle to carry like a briefcase, you can stuff this bag with your laptop and change of clothes, and still cycle to the office in style.
We're hardly too posh to pedal. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
May 17th, 2013
The spectacle of summer, (with a killer Jay-Z produced soundtrack to match), The Great Gatsby is Baz Luhrman’s technicolor take on the classic American novel. Herewith, our favourite Roaring Twenties-inspired pieces.
Summer weddings will be awash in head pieces, we predict. Make sure to pair with loose pin curled hair and a convertible roadster. $281 on Etsy.
The Twenties also marked the rise of the painted face: smokey eyes, rosy cheeks and bold brows and upper lips were all the rage. MAC's Veluxe Brow Liner ($23), the sophisticated Dame blush ($25) and palette of bright shadows like Contrast (purplish blue) and Humid (dark green with shimmer) will have you looking very Daisy Buchanan.
He may not have Leo’s matinee idol face, but even the dude-iest of boys would look dapper in this Pink Strip Linen Jacket ($698) from Brooks Brothers’ The Great Gatsby Collection.
For brooding by a big picture window overlooking your estate, slip into this silk, bias-cut gown Long Luxe Gown ($310) from Vancouver's own Christine Lingerie. At Holt Renfrew in the fall.
Prohibition is history, but long live forbidden cocktails! We’ll be serving up Southsides (gin, lime, mint and simple syrup) in this sophisticated Lady Diamond Pitcher ($49). For total authenticity, consult this Vintage Cocktails book ($50). Both at The Cross Décor and Design.
May 14th, 2013
Come summertime, heavy undergarments belong buried deep in our underwear drawers. A breezier alternative hails all the way from Denmark.
BASE (Basic Aesthetic for Sustainable Easywear) Range lingerie is made with lightweight organic bamboo fabric. Basic is the keyword here—no frills, no unnecessary embellishment—just simple silhouettes that fit. We love the highwaisted panty ($28) for its vintage granny-like style, and the triangle bra ($48) is sure to not overwhelm under all those skimpy summer tank tops.
Basic does it. —Anya Georgijevic
Available at One of a Few, 354 Water St., Vancouver, 604-605-0685, www.oneofafew.com
May 8th, 2013
Mother's Day comes but once a year, so this Sunday, make up for that time you "borrowed" her car after curfew.
Consider a keepsake with a philanthropic twist, like the Blue Ruby Jewellery collaboration with Cause We Care. These stylish bracelets are made of teak wood beads with turquoise, aquamarine and blue quartz accents, and all proceeds go to the Vancouver-based charity. $20-$45 each or set of 3 for $55 at Blue Ruby, www.blueruby.com
Since you took away so much of her beauty sleep over the years, help mom restore her skin with philosophy's Hope in a Jar Night (the add on to the cult favourite, Hope in a Jar). This thick, intensely moisturizing cream that will have mom looking so young, she'll be mistaken for your sister. $48 at Sephora.ca and philosophy counters, www.philosophy.com
For a sweet end to Sunday brunch, visit the wonderful Beaucoup Bakery for a 10" macaron cake filled with Sicilian pistachio pastry cream and raspberry gelée, surrounded by raspberries and topped with fresh edible flowers. Serves six ($24), must be ordered by Thursday, May 9 by phone 604-732-4222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nothing feels more personal than an engraved item, which is why we love these stylish Colour Block Cutting Boards ($109-$159, plus $11 for engraving). There's still time to have one done for Mother's Day at Make at Granville Island, 1648 Durlanleau St., Vancouver, www.makevancouver.com
A good bag goes a long way. Vancouver-based Lloyd and Wolf’s Maddy bag combines fashion and function by acting as three bags in on: Extend the strap for a cross body bag, shorten it to make it a shoulder bag, and remove it for a clutch. Sourcing from Italy and Spain result in high quality skins, and limited production runs mean this bag is uniquely hers. $450 at www.lloydandwolf.com or at Rebecca Bree, 3680 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, 604-714-0085, www.rebeccabree.com
May 7th, 2013
Like many young designers, Lauren Moffatt started by designing and producing her collection from home. But home was a 31-foot sailboat docked on New York’s Hudson River, so it certainly makes for a more interesting start.
While her clothing isn't necessarily nautical, her spring/summer collection would not be out of place on a sailboat, or any other breezy destination. Her lightweight denim Alley Dress ($325, left) is ideal for throwing over a bikini and her Billie Jean striped dress ($295, right) would look great with a pair of flat sandals on deck.
And if you aren’t spending your summer at sea, her loose, easy dresses are perfect for yacht-watching from a waterfront patio. Ahoy! —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Available exclusively at Much&Little, 2541 Main St., Vancouver, 604-709-9034, www.muchandlittle.com
May 6th, 2013
It made the rounds in the hippie-loving Sixties, and now designer Mark Holden is bringing back the iconic peace sign in the form of a luxe scarf.
Hand printed and made in Italy, these scarves ($195-$325) are just the summer wrap we’ve been looking for. Fashion does good, as proceeds from each of these elegant scarves go towards the Just Imagine Foundation, established to support global foundations and assist new entrepreneurs and community based business owners.
We're all wrapped up in peace. —Anya Georgijevic
At Boboli, 2776 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-257-2300 and Kiss and Makeup, 925 Main St, West Vancouver, 604-922-6292, www.kissandmakeupstore.com
May 3rd, 2013
We may have traumatic memories of trying to climb a rope in 9th grade gym class, but one thing we do look back fondly on is our gym class attire.
Toronto's Muttonhead has launched a Locker Room pop-in-shop at Gastown's Board of Trade boutique, and its urban athletic aesthetic has us doing jumping jacks. The unisex spring/summer collection, inspired in part by vintage baseball cards, looks like a '70s track-and-field meet, minus the polyester.
The made-in-Canada pieces include a Henley baseball shirt ($92), a lightweight French terry Camping Hoodie ($132) and Duck Shorts ($143) constructed from sustainable fabrics like tencel, organic cotton, bamboo and hemp.
Now we're feeling like a good sport.
Muttonhead Locker Room at Board of Trade on until May 5, 206 Carrall St., Vancouver and online at www.muttonheadcollective.com
April 30th, 2013
While it is very easy to resort to neutrals, a balanced wardrobe requires a splash of colour and a bit of print.
Loeffler Randall’s spring 2013 collection has just the right amount of both, featuring bags and shoes in a mix of bold patterns and rainbow hues. We love the Dhalia platform ($495) in black and white for those wanting a monochrome graphic to spice up a black outfit, or the Rider bag in cobalt ($495) to contrast with our spring pastels.
And for the colour adventuress, the Mini Rider in floral print ($395, pictured) and neon red leather will add some drama to most outfits, which is a good thing. Playing it safe might be a good idea when it comes to finances, but not always when investing in fashion. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Loeffler Randall spring 2013 collection exclusively at Violet Boutique, 3012 Granville St., Vancouver, www.violetboutique.ca
April 24th, 2013
Spring forward – on the sidewalk, that is – with these three colourful options to help you get your run on.
Nike Flyknit Lunar1+
Steam these lightweight runners before wearing the first time (some Nike stores have a steamer on-hand) so the knitted upper conforms to your feet, producing a snug but not-too-tight fit. On our test run, we were thrilled with how cushy they felt without being heavy. $194.95, at Nike stores and select retailers
MPG Black Series short-sleeved tee
Shove unflattering, baggy tops to the back of your drawers. This form-fitting scoop-neck – in basic black as well as two hot spring brights – hugs your curves and is trimmed in lace. $49, at mec.ca and other select retailers
Lululemon Swiftly Arm Warmers
Arm warmers seem gimmicky, but they're perfect for weather where you start out feeling chilled and end up overheated – and these cuffs allow for coverage of cold hands while upper arms can breathe. Plus, a myriad of cute colours allows for fun styling. $32 at Lululemon.