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Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

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Canada Goose to Open in Downtown Vancouver
The exceedingly popular Toronto-based company Canada Goose has announced they will be occupying a 4000 square foot space in the upper level of Vancouver’s Pacific Centre mall. The store will be located near the Apple Store – across from Harry Rosen and will feature fun Canadian themed décor such as marble polar bear sculptures made by Jason Carter, a Canadian Indigenous artist. The company, known for its down-filled coats have boosted business exponentially at department stores in Vancouver such as Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew, with some styles of jackets being pre-sold-out before even reaching the store. Local fans of the brand and tourists alike will be welcoming the store excitedly, which will be open in time for Christmas 2018.

 

Riccardo Tisci X Vivienne Westwood
Tisci announced via his personal Instagram that Burberry will be doing an intriguing collaboration with the Duchess of Punk, Vivienne Westwood. The pairing may seem like somewhat of a juxtaposition, fusing Westwood’s defiance of tradition with Burberry’s classic heritage, but I think we will find that opposites attract. Tisci said in a statement, “ Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself. She is a rebel, a punk and unrivaled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. When I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something.” The collection will be released in December 2018, three months after Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry.

 

Laurence and Chico Open Fashion Café in Vancouver
The Canadian design partners have opened what they’re calling a “fashion café” in downtown Vancouver and it is… quite something. As we know from the duo’s designs, they are not afraid of colour, texture and looking a little out there. The whimsical space sends customers into a sensory overload, with details like fluffy chairs, eyeballs on the walls, a bathroom ceiling covered in rubber ducks and every colour under the sun melded together in paintings, rugs, seats and coffee cups. The café is split into two sections; one designated for takeout where you can also purchase accessories such as books, scarves and phone cases, and one offering a reservation-only afternoon tea salon. Since Laurence and Chico do have quite a niche following, the goal of the café is to branch the brand into a larger market that anyone can experience.

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Monday, June 4th, 2018

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Allbirds Shoes Opens Queen Street Pop-Up
San Francisco based Allbirds, which claims to be the world’s most comfortable shoes, has opened up a temporary retail space in Toronto’s fashionable “West Queen West” area. After launching their Canadian e-tail in March and hosting two pop-ups in Nordstrom in Vancouver and Toronto earlier this year, the new space is being used as a test to determine if the company’s next move will be to place permanent brick-and-mortar locations in Canada. Founded in 2014 by former professional soccer player Tim Brown and biotech engineer and renewable materials expert, Joey Zwillinger, Allbirds is formed on the philosophy of using natural materials, and an “ongoing mantra to create better things in a better way.”

 

Italian Fashion Exhibit Unveiled in Toronto
Yorkville Village is paying tribute to Italian Heritage Month with a new exhibit called “60 Years Made in Italy” portraying six decades of Italian fashion. You will find pieces from prestigious and staple Italian fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Valentino, and Moschino. The exhibit is a stroll through Italian fashion history, curator Alessia Tota says, “The items that are on display come from various archival and private collections, making this exhibit truly one-of-a-kind”. Take a look through gowns (some very recognizable!), suits, jewellery and shoes from today until July 3rd.

 

Vancouver Welcomes First Jimmy Choo Standalone
Vancouver’s Alberni Street is joined by yet another luxury retailer as Jimmy Choo opens its first standalone in Greater Vancouver. The 1,549 square foot space is Canada’s second Jimmy Choo location, the first in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Many designer stores have opened standalone locations in the downtown core in Vancouver in the last few years such as Off-White, Saint Laurent, and Moncler.

 

Serena Williams Launches Clothing Line
As if winning professional tennis matches and giving birth to a beautiful daughter weren’t accomplishments enough, Serena Williams is launching a fashion collection of sportswear and evening wear. The best part? Every piece is under $250! The collection includes denim, tees, dresses, jackets, and underwear with a sporty/sexy edge. Twelve pieces were debuted yesterday and will be added to with more releases throughout the summer and fall. You can find the collection on www.serenawilliams.com.

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Monday, May 28th, 2018

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SOIA & KYO Opens First Retail Location
Founded in Montreal in 2004 by creative director, Ilan Elfassy, Canadian outerwear brand SOIA & KYO is known for its simplistic styles that reflect timeless and classic designs that are made in Canada with high quality, luxury materials. SOIA & KYO carries a variety of men’s and women’s outerwear including down coats, parkas, wool coats, trench coats, windbreakers and leather jackets. Their first Canadian retail location is set to open in August at Square One shopping centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

 

Vancouver to Host Canada’s Biggest Sneaker Convention
If you live in the Vancouver area and are a die-hard sneaker/streetwear fanatic, this event is for you. The Vancouver Sneakerheads Group and Vancouver Streetwear Community have collaborated to bring Hype City 3 to the Harbour Convention Centre on June 3rd. This is the biggest sneaker convention in Canada and brings the most popular streetwear brands to your fingertips such as Jordan, Yeezy and the largest collection of Supreme in Canada. During the event, the brands will sell exclusive merchandise like limited editions and rare vintage pieces. If you’re not in the mood to shop you can also spend the day admiring the spread of pop-ups, hearing the stories behind some classic sneaker models, jamming to a live DJ and participating in activities throughout the day.

 

Nicolas Ghesquière Staying Put at Louis Vuitton
After some speculation that Louis Vuitton might be considering a change of direction, it has been announced that Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of womenswear is renewed. The design house’s owner, Bernard Arnault calls Ghesquière “one of the best designers in the world today” and says he is “very happy that we are continuing our Louis Vuitton womenswear journey with Nicolas.” Since taking over from Marc Jacobs in 2013, Nicolas has been credited with the revival of the French luxury brand. In five years he was able to introduce rejuvenated classics and breathe fresh air and ideas into Vuitton.

 

Gucci to Show at Paris Fashion Week
The Gucci Spring 2019 collection will be showcased in Paris instead of Milan during Fashion Week on September 24th. The move will tail-end creative director, Alessandro Michele’s French-inspired narrative that began with the Pre-Fall campaign tribute to the Parisian student protests of 1968. The Italian designer staple will also be staging its Resort 2019 collection in Arles, France at the end of this month. But Milan will not have to worry about losing one of their most audience pulling shows for long, luckily Gucci’s move isn’t a permanent one. CEO of Gucci, Marco Bizzarri says they are “looking forward to returning to Milan in February 2019”.

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Friday, May 18th, 2018

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Is the legend herself, Naomi Campbell retiring from runway?
After 32 years storming the runways, Campbell has hinted that she may be trading the catwalk for a cozy seat in the audience and let it be “carried on by the younger generation”. At the Fashion for Relief fashion show in Cannes last weekend, which helped to raise money for important causes like the Times Up legal defense fund and Save the Children charity, the supermodel stated she wasn’t sure how much longer she could walk. Naomi became the first black model to grace the cover of French Vogue, founded the Fashion for Relief charity, starred in a Michael Jackson video and was a favourite and friend of major designers such as Giannni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Azzedine Alaïa. She will be deservingly honoured next month with the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 CFDAs. Retired or not (but we hope not yet), Naomi Campbell will remain a key icon in prominent fashion history.

 

Clinique Opens First Canadian Standalone
Greater Vancouver’s CF Richmond Centre has become home to Canada’s first standalone Clinique location. Owned under the Estée Lauder umbrella, Clinique has been widely available only through department stores across the country such as Sephora, Hudson’s Bay and Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques. The high-quality beauty line has been popularized for its extensive and well-received lines of skincare, cosmetics, and perfume. Loyal customers of the brand will be glad to have access to the full line of Clinique all in one place.

 

MUJI to Host Promo Event in Vancouver
Hey Vancouver, your favourite Japanese retailer is hosting an amazing promotional event for the next 10 days at MUJI’s flagship store on Robson Street. The stores have seen overwhelming success since opening stores in North America and are once again honouring their loyal and new customers with deals like 10% off purchases, personal style advisors, aromatherapy presentations, two-for-one embroidery services, free coffee and even storybook reading for the kids! MUJI continues to raise the bar and keep itself in good standing with Vancouver by incorporating their dedicated customers in the company’s culture.

 

Kendall + Kylie First Canadian Collaboration
It’s happening. They are finally launching something us Canadians can get our hands on in-store! Set to launch this summer, the Jenner sisters’ clothing brand, Kendall + Kylie has collaborated with Canadian accessory store, Ardene, to release a capsule collection. Ranging between approximately $15-$60 dollars, the collection will carry key summer trend pieces such as swimwear, bodysuits, jeans, and shorts. This will be Ardene’s biggest collaboration with a celebrity or social influencer brand and the first Canadian collaboration for Kendall + Kylie. The collection will become available in-store and online on June 23rd.

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Monday, May 14th, 2018

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Luxury Children’s Wear Brand Opens in Canada
Bonpoint, a Paris-based kidswear brand is branching into Canada by opening a standalone store in Vancouver. Located in Vancouver’s affluent West Side, Bonpoint has situated itself to target wealthy families, with some items costing hundreds of dollars. The store will open in a 920 square foot space on West 14th Avenue. Bonpoint carries a full line of upscale fashions with sizes from newborns to children as well as footwear, sunglasses, perfume and skincare. If the standalone store sees success in Vancouver, we can expect another Canadian location pop up soon in Toronto.

 

New Azzedine Alaïa Exhibition in London
“The Couturier”, a new exhibition showcasing Azzedine Alaïa pieces opened yesterday in London’s Design Museum. Nearly 60 dresses, including some very recognizable Alaïas, are framed in collections around screens he wanted to be designed by friends and artists he admired. From his iconic bandage dress to Tina Turner’s gold beaded number to the 2003 endless zipper dress famously photographed on Naomi Campbell. The exhibit is an exciting stroll through his long noted career.

 

No Frills Launches Merchandise Brand
The popular discount grocery store has indeed launched a small line of clothing available online only at haulershop.com. There are three T-shirts, a long sleeve and a hoodie all covered with the word “hauler” – a special name No Frills has deemed its shoppers. The tees and hoodies are limited edition and are meant to celebrate the No Frills loyal customers. That’s one way to support your grocery store!

 

H&M Launches Modest Clothing Line
Following the fashion industry’s march towards diversity and inclusivity, H&M has introduced a new modest clothing line available exclusively online. The collection incorporates conservative silhouettes with fashion-forward elements that are on trend such as ruffled skirts and detailed jacquard print pants. The retail giant currently operates in 69 markets and is taking steps to offer more of a “something for everyone” type of approach.

 

Highlights from the 2018 Met Gala
Does anyone else feel like the Met Gala is the new Oscars? I can barely contain my excitement to see how celebrities, designers and influencers interpret the theme into their outfits. This year attendees were devoted, making “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” a visual delight. We saw opulent headpieces, glorious capes and detailed, cross encrusted gowns. SZA, Rihanna, Jasmine Sanders, Stella Maxwell, Blake Lively and Priyanka Chopra made our best-dressed list. Who was on yours?

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Monday, April 30th, 2018

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Chloe to Open First Canadian Stand-Alone
We can expect to see the Paris-based designer brand open in mid-June, located in Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto – sitting pretty between Saint Laurent and Mr. and Mrs. Italy. After only operating at a wholesale level through luxury retailers such as Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue, this will be Chloe’s first standalone location in Canada. The 2200 square foot space will mirror the brand’s new concept and will offer the full collection of ready-to-wear, leather goods, handbags, accessories, sunglasses, and footwear. Happy shopping, Toronto!

 

Rihanna Teases New Lingerie Line
Rihanna is taking her “badgal” status to a whole new level with her highly anticipated lingerie line, Savage x Fenty. The Barbadian pop-star released her makeup line, Fenty Beauty in September 2017 and it was welcomed with amazing success. So why not continue with another business venture? After sharing sneak peeks on her Instagram this week, the internet was buzzing with excitement. Just take our money, Rihanna, just take it.  Rihanna has been vocal about inclusivity being a part of everything she launches – Savage x Fenty will be carrying bra sizes up to 44DD which is a huge jump from the standard 30-38 band size. Mark your calendars for the official launch happening on May 11th.

 

H&M Vancouver Undergoing Huge Revamp
As if Vancouverites weren’t already obsessed with H&M, the Pacific Centre location has announced it will be undergoing a major expansion and renovation. The store will be taking over the large space directly underneath, formerly occupied by Express which has been empty for a year now. By absorbing this space, the new H&M will be three floors and increase the square footage to over 38,000 square feet. Some speculations have been made as to whether H&M Home might be a part of the addition, as locations in West Edmonton Mall, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, and CF Carrefour Laval have all adopted the concept.

 

OVO x Clarks Originals Collaboration Launches Today
Last year, Drake’s popular merchandise brand, OVO collaborated with Clarks shoes on their signature Desert Boot. This year, the Wallabee is getting the Drake-approved upgrade. The shoe was launched in four new colours: tan, black, a pastel blue and a bright orange and bears the gold owl – OVO’s mascot. Made in Italy with genuine Italian suede and embossed with the OVO monogram, they are sure to be a hit that sells out fast. They were released this morning online and in stores in Toronto, London, Los Angeles and New York.

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Sunday, April 8th, 2018

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Is Anna Wintour Leaving Vogue?
Rumours have been swirling around the acclaimed fashion magazine after Page Six reported that Anna Wintour may be gearing up to retire as Editor-In-Chief at Vogue. Wintour has been with the magazine for 30 years – it’s hard to imagine Vogue without this iconic sunglasses-clad, Chanel toting maven. Sources from Condé Nast have denied these rumours, so as of now it’s just gossip.  

 

Miniso Planning to Open 500 Canadian Locations
The expansion is happening quicker than anticipated for this Chinese retailer. After the company opened its first stores in Vancouver last spring, Miniso is now expanding into Quebec, Toronto and Edmonton later this year. The multiple stores in Quebec are expected to pop up in malls and a flagship location on Montreal’s Sainte-Catherine Street. 

 

John Galliano and InStyle Magazine Hop on the Fur Ban Wagon
Laura Brown, editor-in-chief at InStyle Magazine, has announced that the magazine will no longer endorse or photograph fur. Brown took to social media on Monday saying “I want to be clear that InStyle does not photograph fur – nor do we accept advertising from fur brands. How thrilling it is that the fashion industry is beginning to embrace fur-free alternatives.” Following this announcement, Maison Margiela’s John Galliano is joining the fur-free movement as well. An encounter with senior vice president of PETA, a recent switch to vegetarianism and his adorable dog Gipsy inspired this change of direction. With so many alternatives, fur is becoming an unnecessary material to be manufactured into clothing and represent luxury. Many designers such as Gucci, Versace and Michael Kors have recently gone fur-free by opting out of using any real fur in their fashion houses. We hope to see many more designers, magazines and consumers follow in these footsteps.  

 

Don’t Miss MUJI’s 10 Day Customer Appreciation Event
Japanese retailer, MUJI has been killing it runs with their Vancouver customers. With two existing locations on Robson Street and Metrotown, plus another one opening this spring, the store has gained momentum and seen a lot of success. The event beginning Friday will include member discounts, the launch of their French Linen line, workshops, style advisors (at the Robson Street location), sales and giveaways!  

 

Gosha Rubichinskiy Set For New Adventure
On Wednesday morning, the Russian designer left the mysterious message, “We will stop Gosha Rubichinskiy brand as you’ve known it. We will have no more seasonal collections. Instead, something new is coming” on his Instagram, leaving us all to ponder what this new endeavour might entail. Rubichinskiy’s isn’t the first designer to opt out of showing seasonal collections, although his recent stellar collaboration with Burberry has fans hooked enough to follow whatever he may do next.  

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

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New Creative Director of LV Menswear Announced
Virgil Abloh, the former designer of cool-kid streetwear brand, Off White makes history as the first black artistic director at Louis Vuitton. Since founding Off White in 2013, Abloh successfully intermixed streetwear with luxury wear, turning hoodies into prestigious pieces. He is also known by many in the music industry for working and collaborating closely with Kanye West. In 2011, Abloh was nominated for a Grammy for his art direction on Kanye West’s and Jay-Z’s hit album, Watch the Throne. A few years later, Off White’s womenswear line gained serious momentum as Beyoncé was seen sporting his sweatshirt in a music video and he became a finalist for the famed LVMH Prize. Virgil Abloh’s career has been a whirlwind since the moment it began, proving he is a worthy pick for the job at Louis Vuitton. We are anxiously awaiting his first collection at this esteemed fashion house.  

 

Calling all Sneakerheads
Time Magazine has deemed San Francisco’s, Allbirds sneakers as “the most comfortable shoe in the world” and now we Canadians can finally get our hands (or feet) on a pair. The start-up sneaker brand launched its Canadian e-tail yesterday at www.allbirds.ca. The comfort factor and sleek style has gained attention from sneaker-heads and celebrities alike and gained the company a large following in the last few years. Allbirds creates lace-up and slip-on shoes from materials like merino wool for a soft and cozy feel and fibre spun from eucalyptus tree pulp for a breathable, lightweight option. Just in time for their e-commerce launch, Nordstrom in Vancouver’s Pacific Centre will be hosting a pop-up with the brand today on floor 1, be sure to check it out if you’re in the area. With minimalist, easy styles and affordable prices, Canadians, including myself, will be sure to jump on the Allbirds bandwagon.  

 

Browns Success Prompts Company Growth
In light of major success and growth seen across the board, the Montreal-based shoe company continues its development with two new stores, two relocations and one expansion in Canada. Over the next several months, Toronto will see two new locations at Don Mills and Sherway Gardens expected to open in May and July of this year. The existing Browns stores in Pacific Centre in Vancouver and Quartier DIX30 in Montreal will be relocated to more spacious locations with an implemented new store design. An expansion will also be taking place of the B2 location at Place Laurier in Quebec City. Browns credits its growth to a customer-service oriented environment and a wide selection of styles and sizes – if you can’t find your size in store, they will ship it to you free of charge! 

 

Sweden’s Second Largest Fashion Brand to Enter Canada
Popular Swedish fast-fashion brand, Lindex is preparing to launch in Canada as the company searches for an exclusive Canadian partner. The company is looking to open stores in major markets such as Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Founded in 1954, Lindex is a sustainability-focused company offering a wide array of products in women’s fashion, lingerie, kid’s wear and cosmetics. Their values of socially responsible business practices, reliable design and sustainable materials to increase product quality are sure to appeal to many Canadian consumers. Like H&M, Lindex has also seen success in collaborating with well-known designers to create capsule collections. Past collections have included works from Jean-Paul Gaultier, Matthew Williamson, Narcisco Rodriguez, and Missoni. Once Lindex has found a Canadian partner, plans for brick-and-mortar stores as well as a Canadian e-commerce platform will come into place.  

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Friday, March 16th, 2018

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Asics Opens First Canadian Flagship
The Japanese athletic brand, widely recognized for their footwear has started global expansion by opening new flagship locations. Following the opening of a flagship in Manhattan in December, Canada is joining the Asics crew with a 4,400 square foot, two-level Asics store on Queen Street West in Toronto. Sports-geared brands are becoming more prominent on this popular Toronto Street. The new Asics store is surrounded by the likes of Lululemon, Adidas and Reigning Champ and will be joined by a new Mountain Equipment Co-op location later in 2018.

 

Canadian Beauty Brand Launches into Retail
Toronto-based beauty guru, Brittny Robins has teamed up with retail expert, Bonnie Brooks to launch her skincare brand, Flawless by Friday into retail. They will be participating in 14 different pop-ups across Canada this month in popular areas in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg. Since 2015, when Robins founded her beauty brand, Flawless by Friday has been sold in approximately 100 retailers across North America, but this will be the first time the brand is stepping out on its own. Flawless by Friday combines effective skin-care ingredients with the simplicity of use to create confidence and “flawless” looking skin.

 

The World Waves Goodbye to Hubert de Givenchy
A great loss was felt in the fashion world this past Saturday when legendary designer, Hubert de Givenchy passed away in his home at age 91. The founder of the iconic fashion house, Givenchy, was famous for his elegant designs, his quintessential take on the “little black dress” and his creations worn by his friend and muse, Audrey Hepburn. Who could forget Audrey’s classic on-screen wardrobe from films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Face? People will continue to look at his respected masterpieces and career as inspiration for years to come.

 

Kit and Ace Decreases Store Count in Canada
After closing all of its international locations in spring 2017, Canadian brand Kit and Ace has decreased its store count to just six locations and one coffee shop. Vancouver-based Chip Wilson and wife Shannon Wilson, the family that also owns Lululemon, founded Kit and Ace in July 2014 and took on a fast-tracked expansion internationally, bringing the store count to more than 60 stores globally. In March of last year, that number decreased to 41 stores around the world and the announcement came a month later in April 2017 that only nine Kit and Ace stores would remain open. Since then, locations in Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto have closed their doors as well. The six remaining stores are currently operating in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Oakville. 

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay

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Friday, March 9th, 2018

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DVF Celebrates International Women’s Day
Diane Von Furstenberg kicked off a four-day, celebratory event in honour of International Women’s Day. The event began with a cocktail party at the DVF House in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, featuring multiple panels shining the light on women in charge. Guests such as Natasha Diggs, Chelsea Leyland, and Fran Lebowitz were present, joining in on customizing #InCharge T-shirts and listening to a diverse group of professional women speak. Diane Von Furstenberg herself was joined by psychotherapist Esther Perel, multidisciplinary artist Prune Nourry, model Paloma Elsesser and actor-writer Franchesca Ramsey to discuss what it means today to be a woman in charge. 

 

New Celine Accessory Boutique Unveiled
Competition between two of Vancouver’s biggest department stores heats up as Holt Renfrew unveils the new Celine accessory boutique. The Canadian luxury department store opened another leg of their long-running renovation when they opened the Granville Street facing boutique last week. Products are at street-level view, enticing customers to enter into the new architectural space. The Celine shop features sharp angled design and custom pieces made by FOS, the Danish artist including an eye-catching copper chandelier. Nordstrom was holding a strong edge on Celine customers since they were previously the only shop-in-store accessory boutique in Vancouver. My guess is loyal customers may be curious about this stunning new space.  

 

Judith and Charles Expand Street-Front Presence in Canada
The Montreal-based brand is opening two more standalone stores this spring. The first will be opening on April 1st in Montreal and will become both a flagship location as well as the first standalone store in the company’s home base. The second, expected to open in May will be replacing the former Ella Shoes store on Vancouver’s well-known Granville Street. Before 2014, Judith & Charles stores only operated out of large shopping centres, but since seeing success in venturing out with the first Kitsilano location, the company has been gradually moving away from malls to expand their street-front presence.  

 

Highlights from Paris Fashion Week
– This year, Paris Fashion Week had more female designers than ever showing collections. Women’s empowerment remained a huge influence throughout all the fashion weeks, and the momentum only continued in the “city of love”. Both female and male designers were vocal about the feminist movements whether it be through interviews or the designs they produced.  

 

– Chanel was once again a favourite among the PWF audience. Karl Lagerfeld continued his nature-themed sets with an above and beyond forest. Edwardian-style, long coats and classic Chanel tweed numbers with shimmering gold boots juxtaposed against a moss and leaf covered floor created an unforgettable atmosphere. 

 

– Maria Grazia Chiuri had what Anna Wintour herself is calling “her best collection so far”. Her set? Creatively splashed with 1960s magazines and protest art. Her clothing? An optimistic mixture of colour, detailed patchwork and slogans refurbished from the student protests of 1968 that still rang relevant today.  

 

– Newcomer Marine Serre impresses with her third collection, inspired by her “rollercoaster ride” of the few months at her own label. The collection, titled Manic Soul Machine, proved she’s in the game to stay.  

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay