March 10th, 2012
It’s no secret we’re delirious for DVF. Classic, comfortable and oh-so-stylish, her iconic wrap dress is a wardrobe stable. Heck, even Gloria Steinem is a fan.
Now our own budding Ms. can feel the love with Diane von Furstenberg’s new line for Gap Kids and Baby Gap. This dazzling collection of breezy summer pieces (from $18) has everything from appliquéd shift dresses and jade espadrilles to graffitied onesies and crested seersucker blazers. Yes, there’s even a wrap dress, slightly higher waisted with built-in romper for tots. The cherry on the cake? Bold vintage prints like black lace and orange hibiscus sourced from DVF archives.
We’re so giddy we might start our own movement, then hop on a swing. —Marianne Wisenthal
Available March 15 at select Gap store nationwide and online at www.gapcanada.ca
March 9th, 2012
It may have snowed last week, but we are only eleven days away from the first day of spring (not that we’re counting).
In an ideal world, we’d be digging out our shorts and preparing for sunshine and flowers. In Vancouver, we are getting ready for June. So Mark’s Monsoon Ankle Rainboots are going to make sure we do puddles in style. In tones of aqua, pink, and violet, these boots are not only super cute, but fantastically priced at $34.99.
They also have FRESHTECH technology, which is an anti-microbial lining that keeps boots fresher for longer. That’s helpful, since we’ll probably be needing them for the next three months. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Mark’s Monsoon ankle boot, $34.99 from Mark’s stores or online.
March 7th, 2012
Move it! That’s what our running shoes are screaming at us.
Okay fine, we will. But we’re not going to go prancing around town without something to keep our bouncy bits in place. We’ll strap 'em down with the Majestic Bra from Vancouver’s own Tonic Apparel, which, like us, is made in Canada. It’s rouched in the front so we don’t get the pancake effect, lined so no one can tell if it’s cold out (if you know what we’re sayin’) and crossed in the back because, well… it’s prettier that way.
Ready, set, go! – Kelsey Dundon
Tonic Apparel Majestic Sports Bra, $51 at Barre Fitness, 1038 Mainland St., Vancouver, 604-669-6906, www.barrefitness.com
December 31st, 2011
Not all young girls want to dress like princesses, rock stars, or look like they are going to a nightclub. So what do they wear?
That’s the question that prompted two Alberta-based moms to found Triple Flip, a company that makes fun, pretty active and casualwear for tween girls. The line, which recently opened a location in Park Royal, features clothing, outerwear, and accessories specifically designed for that age group (they measured 400 girls to figure out the best possible fit.) Our picks? The Valley T, $35-$39 (its SO Flashdance) and the Minky Lounge Pant, $39.
Of course we know what you are thinking, and the answer is yes, they go all the way up to a women’s size 8. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
November 12th, 2011
The French sure know what they are doing when it comes to baking, museums, perfume, and couture. Pretty much everything that counts.
So it doesn’t come as a surprise that they make some pretty amazing childrenswear too. Clara de Paris, the Montreal-based online store, is our new go-to for all that is designer French clothing for kids. We love Les Enfantines’ cashmere sweaters with removable collars. Buy one sweater, three collars, and you are set to go for the winter. The best part? The base sweater is unisex, so it is guaranteed your next one can wear it too.
It is such a struggle to emulate the chic, effortless style of French women, we think it might be easier to dress our kids à la Parisienne instead. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
$95 for the sweater, $20 per collar, Les Enfantines sweaters at Clara de Paris, www.claradeparis.com
January 21st, 2011
You’ve oft been called cheeky and willingly claim the title. Now shouldn’t you have the bum-less tights to back that up?
Said sassy stockings are from The Lake and Stars, a lingerie line named for a Victorian-era euphemism for sexual prowess, which just opened up shop, aptly, inside a room of the Waldorf Hotel. The collection, which already had a Vancouver connection through co-designer and University Hill Secondary alumna Maayan Zilberman, walks the perfect line between beautiful and brazen, past and present, like their Moonlanding bustier ($170) and bikini brief ($50) with its Material Girl mesh and silvery scales print.
Items are flying off the rack, but more shipments are expected this week and Spring stock arrives at the end of the month—just thought you’d want to be kept abreast.
The Lake and Stars Shop-In-Room at the Waldorf Hotel, 1489 E. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604-253-7141, www.waldorfhotel.com
March 20th, 2009
Your toddler tries on your heels, dumps out your jewellery box and "borrows" your Michael Kors sunglasses every chance she gets, so why shouldn't you steal from her closet too?
These eco-chic button wraps ($55/$110) by Vancouver designer Chloe Angus come in ten different colours plus moms and tots sizes, perfect for the playground once heavy winter coats are safely stored.
And when they ask you who your fashion influences are? "My daughter, of course."