September 12th, 2012
From nature to architecture to fairytales and tapestries, designers find inspiration everywhere.
For South African born, Toronto-based jewellery designer, Tenielle Franklin it was vintage Goyard, Malle and Moynat trunks that inspired her latest collection of dramatic necklaces ($100-$700)
Hardware is the theme, and chunky chains, studs, padlocks and clasps characterize the collection. Franklin travels the globe in search of materials – ribbon from Japan, silver from South East Asia and her signature charms from the Middle East. Look for pyrite polished beads, Peruvian opals and freshwater pearls.
Wear with a simple a white shirt, and prepare to inspire envy. —Athena Tsavliris
September 10th, 2012
That is the question.
Vancouver’s latest fashion boutique, Rebecca Bree, has just opened its doors on Fourth avenue, nestled snugly between Kitsilano and Point Grey. Named after the owner, the store’s collections reflect her style: think feminine, pretty items fit for a lady (although not in the Macbeth sense of the word).
Neither a borrower nor a lender be, we will be shopping for printed Tibi shift dresses ($375), Rocaille bracelets encrusted with vintage jewels circa 1930 ($195), and necessities like Tocca candles, Hanky Panky thongs, and illustrated fashion tomes.
To thine own self be true. Or in this case, be true to the Rebecca Bree self. We shall be beautiful and well-dressed, ready to face the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Rebecca Bree, 3680 W. Fourth Ave, Vancouver, 604-714-0085, www.rebeccabree.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
September 4th, 2012
It’s not often you get to celebrate a 175th birthday, so when Holt Renfrew announced they were celebrating theirs in September, we were put into a party mood and decided to get dressed up in magenta, the store’s signature colour.
We started with the limited edition magenta Alice + Olivia peplum dress ($275), paired with Louboutin Lady Peep Holts 175th anniversary platforms ($1,295) and Sydney Evan’s ruby moonstone bead bracelet ($775.) We softened our hands with Jurlique’s rose hand cream and painted our nails with Deborah Lippmann’s Raise Your Glass nail polish, then packed our Judith Leiber heart-shaped clutch ($275) with Giorgio Armani’s ‘Holts Magenta’ lipstick ($38.) Since it is almost winter, we threw on the Canada Goose Trillium parka with magenta lining, of course ($750.)
With all this limited edition birthday garb, we’ll be blushing with excitement and we’re giving our dreary black winter wardrobe the pink slip.—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Holt Renfrew limited-edition magenta products available in store at 737 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, www.holtrenfrew.com
August 28th, 2012
The concept of hiring someone to help you throw things away seems quite silly, but it was just what this editor needed. A closet packed with outdated clothing was making the daily outfit selection process quite daunting.
Which is why we called in personal stylist Michelle Addison and her Freedom package ($350), a complete wardrobe cleanse. The service includes a home visit, a closet clear out, suggested outfits, and a visual shopping list of what to add to make the most of the current pieces. Suddenly our closet, and our life, felt lighter. She is fast, efficient, helpful, realistic, but not pushy.
So when I said, “That has sentimental value” she let us keep it. And when I said, “That’s a slutty top I used to wear when DJing at rock bars in London,” it went straight into the “donate” pile. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Michelle Addison Personal Style, packages start at $225, www.michelleaddison.com.
August 27th, 2012
There’s something a bit humorous about a country whose most famous product is a sugary liquid we pour on pancakes, eh?
Canadian Icons is reminding us that this country has more to offer than maple syrup. The site features a webstore and interactive exhibit of some of Canada’s finest goods, including Canada Goose parkas ($595), an Emily Carr painting ($380,000), and Manitoba Mukluk moccasins ($500), each featured with an accompanying history of the product and its significance.
Of course they’ve completely forgotten about poutine, but we guess you can’t really sell that online. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
August 24th, 2012
When our Editor-in-chief Sarah Bancroft was on CTV talking back-to-school kids fashion this week, she didn't mean to send out a fashionable subliminal message.
But it seems many viewers (and a few women in our office) couldn't resist the lure of a casually stylish coat: Gap's Uniform rain slicker. Here's the scoop: A boy's XXL equals a woman's medium, and you can be assured that it's soft, comfortable, waterproof and durable (as GapKids clothes are known to be).
Best part? No chance you'll grow out of it!
Gap Uniform rain slicker, $32.86 at www.gapcanada.ca
Watch Sarah Bancroft's CTV appearance here.
August 15th, 2012
Shopping that makes the world a better place and supports our local design community? Yes, please!
The Window Community Art Shop is a non-profit space that carries local arts and crafts, from beauty and accessories to paper goods and even food. Some of the things on our radar: natural skincare by Belmondo; adorable greeting cards and prints by Wild Rabbit; Lindsey Hampton’s chic ceramic and leather jewellery; and the delicious rosemary syrup by The Syrup Trade that should make for great fall cocktails. One can even nurture their own design ambitions with The Window’s classes, just in case you have big knitting plans for the future (I certainly do). —Anya Georgijevic
The Window Community Art Shop, 9 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604-629-8396, http://www.thewindowartshop.com
August 14th, 2012
Great basics are hard to find, so when a brand that spent ten years perfecting a simple T-shirt comes knocking, we welcome it with open wallets.
Splendid just opened its first Canadian store in Pacific Centre and it’s soft, cotton-y bliss. Along with the array of comfy tank tops, T-shirts and shorts, we’re thinking that the brand’s breezy Tie Waist Tank Dress ($130) would make for a lovely closet addition for the last few scorching days of summer (it ain’t over yet).
Available in eight shades, it’s an easy item to dress from beach to barbeque to bar—because that’s the plan for August, right? — Anya Georgijevic
Splendid, Pacific Centre, 701 West Georgia St., Vancouver, 604-685-3575, www.splendid.com
August 11th, 2012
If girls get pretty little socks with ruffle trims and lurex sparkle, then what do boys get? Socks with zombies, swamp creatures, and pirates.
Trend-setting boys are dressing their feet in Instance socks, the California brand that counts pro skateboarders, surfers and musicians as its collaborators and designers. Its Ankle Biters Kids Collection features gory monsters and leg-eating sharks, which will probably be a big hit with the cool girls, too.
Just make sure to buy enough pairs so that there’s always a clean set available. Swamp creatures may look cool, but we don’t want to imagine what they might smell like.
Instance Kids’ Socks, $9.99 a pair or $17.99 for a set of three. At Underworld Skateboard Shop in Vancouver (1043 Granville St., Vancouver) and Montreal (51, rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal) and online at www.underworld-shop.com