by George Giannakos and Robyn Yager | Slowing down a little and breaking out a good book is never a bad idea. But what to read? You could walk into any bookstore and roll the dice on a recent release, but here’s another option: pick up a book that you last put down 5, 10, or 20 years ago. For the next book in Scout’s Read It (Again) series, we’ve picked Louisa May Alcott’s 1880 classic, Little Women.
Why You Should Read It Again: At first read, the book comes off as a typical coming-of-age book for young girls. It follows young Jo March and her sisters Meg, Beth, and Amy in their journey to womanhood. It’s also about challenging expected societal roles, with Jo aspiring to become a writer (an occupation largely reserved for men at the time) and turning down a proposal for marriage. Little Women is an ode to keep going after what you want despite what others may say about your status in the world.
Pair It With: Although the March sisters were likely not the type to drink beverages of the alcoholic variety, we’re going to go ahead and assume that if any of them were to drink (when they came of age) they would probably go for something along the lines of L’Abattoir’s Clover Club Refashioned. The drink is made of raspberries, sweet vermouth, mint, fresh lemon and gin – sweet and refreshing with a little sass, just like Jo.
by Robyn Yager | This week marks the opening of the long awaited Archive, the new retail adjunct to Revolver Coffee in Gastown. The Giannakos family hosted a party over the weekend, complete with copious amounts of meat, cheese, and Brassneck beer.
Archive will provide additional space for Revolver customers to sit and enjoy their coffees and give them the opportunity to learn and talk about coffee and coffee merchandise. With graphic identity by Post Projects and design by Craig Stanghetta and artist Ricky Alvarez, the expansion doubles the cafe’s capacity. Unlike Revolver, there are no four person booths in Archive. A long communal table runs the centre of the space instead, with a standing bar on the south side and individual seating in the window. Coffee merchandise and accessories are displayed on the cabinets opposite the standing bar, where one can browse various coffee brew methods, equipment, accessories, and resource books.
With the room painted almost entirely in black with the exception of the light wood cabinets, table, and bar, Archive is a completely different environment from Revolver; albeit still comfortable in its own right. The art installation that hangs above the standing bar sees the Dewey Decimal system broken up into ten framed art pieces; a testament to organization, systems, and an overall charming way to display the library classification system used in libraries around the world. Interestingly, it seems to run parallel to the way in which Revolver and its counterpart functions – in efficiency, organization, and elegance. A second art piece hangs on the north wall stating “Every one of us has all we need” in white acrylic letters with brown paper scored to give the piece texture.
Archive is open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 6pm.
by Robyn Yager | There are times when artistic interpretations of fashion completely outshine the things that make up fashion itself. In this video, Australian artist CJ Hendry takes the iconic quilted Chanel flap bag and reinterprets it in an achingly beautiful and detailed illustration on paper (via). At first your heart breaks when the spray paint hits the leather, but by the end you appreciate her version over the real object. Hendry similarly transforms Gucci shoes, Oxfords, boots, and other fashion items into 1.4 meter images.
1. Etsy’s Industrial Revolution | The world of DIY and vintage has become a viable market for craft lovers and those preferring to purchase items with some hand-made flair. Etsy, the world’s vintage/craft epicentre, recently announced an upcoming change in policy that backpedals on everything they built their business on. A recent New York Times article states that the company is facing the same issue that led to the Industrial Revolution. Ultimately, it’s not Etsy’s policy change that is questioned, but rather what exactly defines something as “hand made”. It makes for an interesting read about the future of the craft industry in e-commerce as well as our changing appreciation for artisanal products.
2. Park Royal Re-Opens | November 30th marks the grand re-opening of the present mess of a construction site called Park Royal. Anthropologie, Sephora, Anne Taylor, J. Crew, and Zara are among the big name retailers set to be revealed there at the end of the month. So, expect more traffic, longer delays, and less parking in West Van than ever before come the holiday season!
3. Nicholas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton | The old assumption that the fashion industry is really incestuous is confirmed. Nicholas Ghesquiere, previously of the house of Balenciaga (which is now headed by that of Alexander Wang), moves to Louis Vuitton as creative director upon Marc Jacob’s departure. It is one of the biggest stories regarding high fashion this year and it will continue to be until the IPO for the Marc Jacobs line is released. Ghesquiere will hopefully “bring a new era to Vuitton in the same way he did at Balenciaga” (via Vogue UK)
4. Old Navy opens on Granville and Robson | Another giant chain moves onto Robson Street (and there wasn’t much rejoicing). Following the opening of Victoria’s Secret on Burrard and Robson, is anyone really surprised that the only store with enough dough to spend on Robson rent is a company that owns both The Gap and Banana Republic? Didn’t think so.
5. Hudson’s Bay Co. Jacket | As seen at the Grand Opening of Still Life on Main Street. Never goes out of style.
6. Isabel Marant for H&M | Why hasn’t my Instagram been flooded with boys and girls sporting the newest designer collaboration with H&M? This could be why: writer Alexander Fury claims that Isabel Marant is a “step down from the other talents H&M have tapped”. In other words, Isabel Marant doesn’t compare to the likes of Rei Kawakubo and Maison Martin Margela. However, her entry into the H&M designer collaboration hall of fame is not for her progressive designs; Marant is heralded for her knack of knowing who the modern French girl is and what she’ll be wearing. In any case, thanks to Fury, I don’t feel so bad for sleeping in on that fateful November 14th morning when the collaboration was launched.
7. The Bullet-Proof Suit | No, we’re not talking about an extra stylish suit to protect you from social media ridicule. We’re talking about an actual bulletproof suit made for super-heroes and gangsters. Garrison Bespoke in Toronto has launched a line made to withstand a spray of lead whilst looking dapper. The luxury tailoring house said, “after receiving requests from high-profile clients who travel to dangerous places for work, we went out to develop a lightweight, fashion-forward bulletproof suit as a more discreet and stylish alternative to wearing a bulky vest underneath”. So if you’re in the market for a good suit and you want to feel like Batman (and you have an extra 20 grand burning a hole in your pocket), consider a bulletproof suit by Garrison Bespoke. Oh, and it also protects against stabbing. Yay.
8. Black & White Acre Projects | A minimal black and white outfit as seen at the Acre Projects Fashion Show last month.
9. Fur and striped jacket | Spotted at the Vancouver Public Library.
10 Leather and sparkle | Pair something harsh like a black jacket with a leather lapel with something more girly and feminine like a sparkle-embellished athletic sweater. This local girl pulled it off.
11. Polka Dots: This outfit is very Karen Walker Spring/Summer 2013, what with the light blue and white polka dot dress and white cropped blazer. As seen at Cavalier.
12. Obscenely Popular Shoes with Questionable Aesthetics Explained | It’s far too easy to adopt attitudes towards fashion trends and styles because we see it in popular media. Attraction towards something because someone else is wearing it seems perfectly natural but we’re just not entirely sure WHY we like it. Thanks to Bullett Media, current shoe trends and styles are analyzed from an outside perspective, completely disconnected from the blogs and magazines that influence taste. Give it a read; it’s funny because it’s true.
13. Cat Dress | Quirky prints and a coffee make an outfit more interesting. Seen at Revolver.
14. Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen | Damien Hirst has launched a capsule collection with Alexander McQueen. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of McQueen’s iconic skull scarf (emulated everywhere), the artist has created 30 different styles ranging from the Forgiveness scarf featuring butterflies in various colours and other flying insects surrounding a prominent skull image in the centre, to the purple Perfect Moment scarf with scattered butterflies joining in the middle to make up a skull image. The pairing of these two visionaries is perfect; they share an aesthetic that is dark, eerie, and mystical. The collection launched Friday and is available at Alexander McQueen boutiques. (via T Magazine)
15. Must See Fashion Documentaries | Rainy days call for spending much-needed time inside watching movies. This weekend, consider skipping that Lord of the Rings marathon and take it upon yourself to brush up on your fashion history. Check out this list of “Must See Fashion Documentaries” care of The Style Spy. Not included in the list (but very worthy of your time) is the Yves Saint Laurent documentary, L’Amour Fou and the biopic starring Andrey Tatou as Coco Chanel in Coco Avant Chanel.
16. Must follow Vancouver fashion blog: Style is Style | If there’s one thing I love, it’s a girl who can rock a style no matter the era. Lydia, of Style is Style, can sport anything from thrifted items and adorable boat hats to full A-Line skirts, oxford shoes, and vintage blouses. She’s got a thing for colour and she’s incredible at mixing prints, plus she has a talent for thrifting. So, to say that we should take a few style notes from Lydia would be a severe understatement. We should do ourselves a favour and take a lot.
17. Woody Allen | Woody looking like he’s waiting for a girl to try on a new dress at Oliver & Lilly’s new location near Beaucoup Bakery.
18. Toques & Muted Colours | Restrained colours are popular this winter; stick to more muted tones like beige, caramel, black, rusty red, and white. Toques, natch, are a staple.
19. Black Patent Heels | Spotted in Gastown – a pair of black patent leather oxford heels, perfect for the season.
Robyn Yager is the style reporter for Scout Magazine. She is enthused by anything out of the ordinary, loving art, striped shirts, macchiatos, classic literature and picking through thrift stores for unique treasures. Her mission is to inspire Vancouverites in their sartorial choices and to see beauty and style everywhere.
by Robyn Yager | The popular Main Street consignment store Front & Company is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year by featuring four of their favourite displays in one collaborative window exhibit. Ranging from 1997 – 2008, the exhibit features a collection of white dresses made from paper, a glass waterfall, a lead submarine, paper cakes and delicacies of every size, all elaborate and stunning in thir detail. Well known for their beautiful and creative displays, Front & Company’s work rivals that of big timers like Holt Renfrew and The Bay.
Diana Li opened the store in 1993, starting out as a small vintage shop with accoutrements traditionally found in thrift shops. The next 20 years has see it grow into much more than Li could have ever dreamed, expanding into a consignment shop selling gently used clothes in addition to samples, new clothing, accessories, shoes, and all manner of eclectic gifts. A smaller novelty shop can be found next door that specializes in home wares, gifts, cards, baby items, and jewelry. So raise a glass with congratulations to Front & Company! Here’s to many more years as one of Vancouver’s best shops!
by George Giannakos and Robyn Yager | Slowing down a little and breaking out a good book is never a bad idea. But what to read? You could walk into any bookstore and roll the dice on a recent release, but here’s another option: pick up a book that you last put down 5, 10, or 20 years ago. For the next book in Scout’s Read It (Again) series, we’ve picked Ray Bradbury’s master work, Fahrenheit 451.
Why You Should Read It Again | Fahrenheit 451 is considered one of the greatest dystopian novels of all time, tackling censorship, the suppression of ideas, and propaganda. Bradbury once stated that the book was about “the dangers of an illiterate society infatuated with mass media,” which is amazingly prescient since it was published 50 years ago, almost to the day. Clearly the dangers have yet to pass! More importantly, the book encourages resistance to passivity and apathy. It tells us to not be so caught up in our own concerns; to look around once in a while and taste the rain. Cheers to that!
Pair It With | A drink with heat. We would suggest something along the lines of Mezcal. The obvious venue for that is La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive, and the obvious drink is their Lucia’s Garden. The fiery burn of its chipotle-infused Mezcal combined with the freshness of mint and the sweetness of agave makes it the perfect match for Ray Bradbury’s darkly balanced tale of censorship and liberation.
by Robyn Yager | Menswear fashion label, Wings + Horns, opened their first retail space on November 1st in the industrial nook of West 5th Avenue. It’s a modern, minimalist looker of polished concrete, 100-year-old reclaimed fir, metal detailing and glass.
In addition to showcasing the W+H goods, it serves as a concept space for local line Reigning Champ. Right now, a pair of signed giclee prints shot specifically for the shop by Vancouver photographer Colin Adair hang as part of a dsptch collaboration that launches later this month (the 36” x 24” prints are available for purchase either framed or unframed in an edition of five).
Wings + Horns is a brand that epitomizes West Coast men’s fashion. Its clothes can be found in several shops around Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, as well as in the US, Korea, Japan, London, and Switzerland. Founded in 2004, the line blends Canadian and Japanese fashion elements with clean, crisp results. The Fall/Winter 2013 collection was inspired by the 1950′s modernist youth movement in London with outerwear, tees, shirts, vests, knit sweaters, and trousers in customized knits, textured wools and tartans all coming together in classic style with a utilitarian edge.
Check it out at 133 West 5th Avenue between Manitoba and Columbia.
by Robyn Yager | Do you ever find yourself standing in front of your closet, staring at clothes that seldom make the rotation? Do they haunt you because you know you have the need to get rid of them, but you just can’t find it in your heart (or your wallet) to simply give them away or donate them? Have you had previous problems with consignment shops, returning to the store only to find that only a portion of your items have sold and the gamble you took on lugging all of your old items in feels barely worth it? Well, we have found a store for you that can cure all of the above concerns.
Jigme Nehring is the founder of the new Mine & Yours Co., a carefully curated women’s resale shop (not to be confused with a consignment store) located at 1060 Hornby Street. What sets it apart from other stores is that they offer 30% up-front in cash on your items.
After spending the summer collecting inventory, they opened just a few weeks ago. Pieces in their current collection range from low-end to high-end (ie. from Topshop to Chanel). In addition to offering an extraordinary assortment of garments, they also get the community involved creating and fostering relationships with Vancouver’s talented stylists, bloggers, and local celebrities.
The Mine & Yours team is made up of three extremely smart and stylish women – Jigme Nehring (founder), Joanna Chaffin (buyer), Courtney Watkins (partner) – and each of them bring a broad knowledge of art, fashion, and business to the table. Check out the shop for some super nice wares that have been edited and pared down to only the best of the best. The prices are friendly, too, plus buying preloved and knowing you can swap it out later for something different is motivation in itself.
“We don’t really have any criteria when we take clothes from people, but of course we like things to be on-trend and in season,” says Chaffin. ”We also encourage people to come in with an accumulation of clothing, as opposed to one or two things. That way, as the seller, you get your money’s worth.”
The shop is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11-7pm.
by Robyn Yager | If you don’t have a trusty fall coat by now, have no fear – there’s still plenty of time and places to find one. Sourced from some of the best boutiques and shops around town here is an all-encompassing list of must have outerwear for the season. This list features coats all across the spectrum, from the trench coat to the leather jacket as well as a few more unusual pieces in between to keep you dry, toasty, and looking awesome.
1. Coloured Statement Jacket | Pink is having an unusual moment in this season’s fashions. And not just any pink. We’re talking about the pale blush variety that we’re more likely to associate with early spring. In a sea of dark colours that we’re prone to see walking the streets of Vancouver this time of year, what better way to stand out than to wear something less solemn? This Maison Scotch wool throw coat found over at Cordova’s Today You Are Special is the perfect piece to pull this trend off. The shape is reminiscent of those large, over-sized felt jackets Rei Kawakubo designed for Commes Des Garcons, but they’re more approachable. The lovely peach pink colour is on trend, but it holds some warmer tones, which makes it a little more appropriate for fall. It’s also the perfect length with exaggerated shoulders so you can wear it over layers and still look graceful.
2. The Parka | A Canadian classic, this jacket is not for the faint of heart. It will always keep you warm. People turn to it when all else fails and your patience with trying to layer and still look great has diminished. Thankfully, all style doesn’t have to go out the window when choosing to wear a parka – there are lots of great looking options that will make you feel like you’re living in a sleeping bag without looking like you are. Still Life on Main Street has really great options with brands like Canada Cross, Ganni, and Fjall Raven. I love this Canada Cross Miramichi parka with its contrasted fabric detailing on the sleeves and hood. It’s a puffy jacket without being too much of a puffy jacket (due to the cargo jacket-like front). It also gives off the mild impression of a Soviet spy, which is dead sexy. Still Life also carries parkas for men like this beige and black Dawson jacket (also from Canada Cross), which is similar to a standard down jacket but with more structure and sophistication. Feel free to wear this type of jacket over anything. If it’s really that cold, no one will judge you!
3. Boyfriend Jacket | Men can officially stop worrying about us sneakily (or not so sneakily) “borrowing” their cozy outerwear. Since the inception of “boyfriend-style”, this look has been available in nearly everything from button-up shirts and jeans to even last summer’s loose-fitting oversized shorts. For this season, we’re coveting the “boyfriend jacket”. Its allure is its casual quality. It can be worn with everything. It suits an everyday look or can be thrown over something more formal. The effect is chic insouciance, only heavy on the warmth. You can find some great pieces at Gravity Pope, particularly the Chalayan wool-blend, thigh-length coat. The trick with such exaggerated outerwear is to pair it with something slender and sleek on the bottom like slim fitting pants with a minimal boot.
4. Trench Coat | Such a classic piece! The trench coat is often advertised in the spring, but it’s a coat that can be worn year round. What’s tricky about the trench is the warmth that it typically provides. Generally, they are made with a lighter fabric which is great for those warmer rainy months. However, you can find ones in heavier fabric that lets the wearer indulge in this classic shape for both spring and fall. A perfect example is this wool-blend trench in a gorgeous beige colour by Steven Alan at Oliver & Lilly’s. It’s a hybrid of trench coat and classic camel coat. Wear it over a pencil skirt and a white button-up with a pair of classic black pumps. Alternatively, try it with a pair of wide-legged denim pants and some Converse All-Stars.
5. The Varsity Jacket | The varsity jacket is for someone who enjoys a more casual style, doesn’t mind layering up, and has an appreciation for retro looks. It’s an iconic piece associated with high school athletics. The style has come back around but has been tweaked and updated for a more modern look, yet it’s still highly reminiscent of the original. For the guys, Board of Trade offers this cool varsity jacket by Mark McNairy. It’s modern yet vintage and an all-around great option in terms of casual outerwear. The piece uses the classic fabrics of tweed on the body and suede on the sleeves, yet the structure still remains largely inspired by sportswear. Ladies: see “boyfriend jacket”.
6. Camo Jacket | The camo jacket is something that never seems to go out of style. We thought it would back in the early 2000′s, but it has yet to leave our minds or our closets. The camouflage print offers a unique pattern and can even be considered a neutral (like a leopard print). According to Leighann Boquist of Oliver & Lilly’s, “you either love it or you hate it”. We’re pretty much loving it. When worn over a heavy knit sweater with a pair of jeans, the look is complete for a day grabbing coffee and heading to and from work. On the other hand, when paired with a little dress and tights, it dresses down the outfit making it appropriate to go from place to place, like a style passport. Check out Oliver & Lilly’s new location right next to Beaucoup Bakery for this fun women’s APC Army Jacket, as well as Gravity Pope for this Maison Kitsune option for men.
7. Rain Jacket | Everyone needs a good rain jacket in Vancouver. Unfortunately, few fit the style bill. In fact, rain jackets are notorious for compromising aesthetic for function. Finding something that can perform well under wet conditions and still look great should be a no-brainer, and it is with Dace. The fashion brand is a favourite in the city as the line is both designed and manufactured locally plus it’s the perfect expression of West Coast style. This Thomas waxed cotton rain coat is perfect for wearing over a cable knit sweater and jeans on the dampest of days. It comes in three colours, but our favourite is this deep green.
8. Leather Jacket | The leather jacket is a staple in the fall closet and it’s the most bad-ass of all your outerwear options. It typically alludes to motorcycles, rock and roll, and rebellion, but it can also keep you super cozy. Mackage is Canada’s ground zero for the ultimate leather jacket. It has become one of the most prestigious outerwear brands in North America. Based in Montreal and New York, the company prides itself on creating pieces that are sexy, modern, and chic. Blubird on Alberni carries a variety by the label, from the classic leather motorcycle jacket in black to pieces that are more along unconventional lines. A personal favourite is this bright orange number with shearling lapel. The colour is spot on for fall, plus it adds some much needed colour in a cold weather wardrobe that usually leans towards darker hues. Although the colour is a bit tricky to pull off, the shearling lapel tones down its intensity. Wear it with dark denim, a basic white t-shirt and a pair of sneakers and you have the perfect weekend outfit.
9. The Fancy Blazer | Sometimes you just need that stand-out jacket that will keep you warm indoors when heavy outerwear is just too much. Consider an embellished blazer with a metallic pattern. Metallic fabrics are back this holiday season and have been seen in dresses, trousers, and shoes (even make-up). What better way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe than in a fine smoking jacket by Canadian label Smythe? This gorgeous metallic jacket with velvet lapel is the perfect piece to layer over your party dress or used to take a day outfit into the night. Although it’s not likely to keep you warm walking around town, it’s light enough to be worn underneath at least a few of the options listed above. This one is purely for looks and it’s available atBlubird.
10. The Unconventional Jacket | Aside from all the fall trends of this season, one way to express your style through outerwear is to completely throw all popular styles out the window and try something unusual. Capes, for example, are fantastic pieces to have in one’s wardrobe. They are old-fashioned, beautiful, and elegant, plus they allow for more movement than a traditional jacket. Board of Trade carries their take on the cape, but this one by A Kind Of Guise incorporates some athleticism into the design. The German brand focuses on providing and manufacturing products that are “long-lasting with original ideas and great quality”. Their Cape Cool jacket is a double-faced navy blue wool garment inspired by the cape but with the addition of a high-rise collar, zipper closures and three-quarter length sleeves that make it a bit more contemporary while maintaining the traditional silhouette. Wear this over a neutral coloured thermal and a pair of black denim pants finished with your comfiest pair of durable boots.
by Robyn Yager | In Canada, plaid has long run especially rampant in Fall, but it’s also making a high fashion turn this season (see Hedi Slimane, Dries Van Noten, Stella McCartney, Celine, et al). As a “look”, it has traditionally been associated with lumberjacks, bros, Judd Nelson and Jordan Catalano, but it has roots that run much deeper than any contemporary trend or champion. Its origins are actually wrapped up in identity politics and fierce (and not so fierce) rebellions.
By definition, a “plaid” (from the Gaelic: “blanket”) is a garment worn as a singular piece of tartan fabric around the waist with one end tossed over the shoulder and fastened at the front. In North America, the descriptor is used interchangeably with “tartan” in reference to particular textile patterns. The word “tartan” is thought to come from the French word “tiretain” (from the verb tirer – “to draw”). The plaids/tartans that we’re familiar today consist “of cross horizontal and vertical bands in two or more colours in woven cloth”.
Tartans can be found in many cultures across the globe, but in Scotland, their specific colours and patterns represent clans, sects, families, and institutions. They were such a part of Highland identity that the English banned them as part of their strategy to bring the Scottish clans under their rule. The tartan was actually made illegal for an entire generation (1746-1982) via the infamous Dress Act. In the modern era, they are used to differentiate events, governing bodies, military groups, and so on, evoking pride and a sense of belonging.
Plaid and Canada are of course very close friends. Like it or not, from Bob and Doug Mackenzie to Don Cherry’s awful suits, the pattern is entrenched in our DNA, much like the toque. Canada even has an official tartan, as do each and every province (you can find those here).
In today’s fashions, tartan has become commonplace, usually in the form of button-up shirts, pants, skirts, or accessories (hello Burberry), but it first re-emerged as an expression of personal style in the rebellious and very anti-fashion punk subculture of the 1970′s, when the Royal Stewart tartan was worn in ripped shreds – a figurative middle finger to the civility of high British society. Vivienne Westwood is largely symbolic of this movement and has been incorporating tartans (as well as safety pins and bondage gear) into her designs since the beginning of punk. The pattern simmered in the 1980′s, particularly in film, alternating from prep (Sixteen Candles) to rebel (The Breakfast Club), before Marc Jacobs brought it back to the high-fashion forefront in 1992. He was no doubt inspired by the Pacific Northwest’s grunge movement, sending Doc Martens, flannels, and thermals down the runway. And so it seems that plaid will always says something about identity, and because of that it is one of those fashion facets that will always return with new meaning and something new to say.
Finding plaid in the city this time of year is easy. Walk down any fashion-forward, boutique-heavy street in Vancouver and you’re likely to cross a window display featuring the pattern in some form or another. For really great selections of plaids and flannels, check out Community Thrift & Vintage on Cordova for men and the Frock Shoppe on Carrall for women. Who knows, maybe one of the shirts you find belonged to a legitimate Canadian lumberjack at some point, with his best girl at his side…
by Robyn Yager | Tuesday night’s Young Oak + Park show at Eco Fashion Week opened with a stunning model whose hair was set in a high pseudo-French twist with long bangs pinned to the side. Her lips were painted bright red – head to toe old Hollywood mixed with femme fatale – and her sleeveless light grey double-breasted jacket was something Lauren Bacall would wear while strolling alongside Bogey after a day of shooting the next film noir. The outfit was paired with a black mid-thigh skirt and a pair of black opaque knee high stockings by Park. Oh, and black pumps. Wow! This outfit was the perfect way to start off another show at Vancouver’s 7th annual Eco-Fashion Week.
Next was a gorgeous over-sized wool houndstooth jacket with leather detailing on the lapel. Its three-quarter length sleeves allowed gave it elegance while the enormous pockets looked perfect for warming cold hands. Worn with a pair of white tights, the look was young (consistent throughout the collection), evoking something of a childish quality that was offset by the maturity (even masculinity) of the heavy jacket. Hitting just around mid-thigh, the jacket would be ideal on a cold winter’s night (no bulky layers).
I also loved the luxurious black velvet outfits that ranged from jumpsuits to cocktail dresses. Their billowing sleeves – some lace, others sequin – made me long for those dark days of December when holiday/cocktail parties dot the calendar. The pieces were demure but with just the right amount of sexy, the styling allowing for slivers skin by way of crop tops or a deep scoop neck in the back. Each was fitted to flatter.
As the last of the velvet outfits made their way down the runway, a battery of shine and glitter took their place, starting with a metallic gold sleeveless a-line minidress with an empire waist. A shimmering gold shift dress followed with an Art Deco-inspired pattern and tassel falling beneath the bust. It was a dress that the Daisy Buchanans of the world would desire, revealing Tammy’s inclination towards the classics – all simplicity with touches of glamour. Sequins travelled down the next three dresses where one black shift with sheer overlay on the skirt was embellished with a burst of gold and black sparkle at the neck that extended down in vertical lines like the tail ends of falling fireworks.
I’m not sure if the outfits were inspired by the Jazz Age (a style shockingly not yet tired by this year’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby) or if it was just a case of Tammy’s immense assortment of collected vintage coming from that era, but one thing was very clear: her ability to reinvent old clothes by incorporating traditionally glamorous materials was enough to make one want to cover up, slather on the best red lipstick, adorn cold shoulders with fur (or faux) and fantasize about being in the company of Fitzgerald and Hemingway.
The show ended with a white sequinned dress that could only be described as exquisite. The top of the dress was vertically beaded, the effect gradually dissipating down the length of the skirt in lines that dropped off the long skirt in clusters. Paired with flats (a charming complement to the dress’ ankle length), it conjured visions of Marlene Dietrich or Lilian Gish. That dress – moving wispily down the runway – was the perfect last look.
by George Giannakos and Robyn Yager | Slowing down a little and breaking out a good book is never a bad idea. But what to read? You could walk into any bookstore and roll the dice on a recent release, but here’s another option: pick up a book that you last put down 5, 10, or 20 years ago. For the next book in Scout’s Read It (Again) series, we’ve picked Joseph Heller’s timeless 1961 World War II novel, Catch 22.
Why You Should Read It Again | Catch-22 is Heller’s masterpiece. The anti-war satire is filled with humour of all sorts – though mainly of the dark and paradoxical type. The story follows the mis-adventures of Yossarian, a bombardier who is constantly forced to fly more missions due to the infamous ‘Catch-22′ while weaving back and forth non-linearly in time through a web of characters and sub-plots that make for an wonderfully entertaining read.
Pair It With | Leading up to your next unanticipated flying assignment, it’s probably best to sip slow from an aptly named Aviation. Made of gin, maraschino, lemon, and liqueur de violette, it’s a drink that’s just as “swift and straining” as each of Yossarian’s flying missions. The chosen venue for this drink is Chinatown’s Mamie Taylor’s. With their modern American provisions and decorations of mortality (taxidermy), it’s just the sort of place the late and cynical Joseph Heller would appreciate.
1. These boots. (Native Jimmy Plaid Shoes) | Before it gets really nasty out, it would be wise to grab a good, sturdy pair of boots. These holiday edition Natives are the perfect pair to add to your shoe collection. With their warm plaid lining and waterproof exterior, they are bound to keep your feet toasty and dry for the winter. Get a pair over at the new Still Life boutique on Main Street or find the original Jimmy boot on the Native Shoes website.
2. This book. (Seeking Love, Finding Overalls) | You’ve seen her blog and most likely seen her picture. You might have even met her, but Leandra Medine’s newest work is definitely something any Man Repeller fan, fashion lover, and even humour-appreciating reader should read. Many of the essays in the book sub-titled Seeking Love, Finding Overalls are inspired by stories that Medine has touched on in her posts, but they offer more insight and thought provoking prose than before, giving reasons as to how and why her experiences have helped her get to where she is now. Her notorious and crude asides make for a book that is inspiring, funny, and an all around entertaining read on being a girl and finding your way through the fashion world.
3. This nailpolish. (OPI Dating a Royal) | Bring on the dark colours! Gone are neons and pastels! Yup, it’s time to whip out the big guns with hues of grey, deep reds, and of course, navy blue. This beauty was found at a local Winner’s; the perfect nailpolish to bring in Fall.
4. This jewelry line. (Army of Rokosz) | Army of Rokosz jewelry, designed and handcrafted in Vancouver, epitomizes individuality. With inspiration drawn from “environmental observations and childhood memories [these pieces] bridge an East Van perspective with a suburban adolescence”. Available at Cavalier on West Hastings.
5. This service. (Garmentory.com) | There’s no denying it – getting something gorgeous on sale beats the heck out of paying full price for it. If you share this shopping ideology you’re going to love this service. Garmentory.com lets you shop the sale racks of local boutiques and designers from the comfort of your couch, bed, or wherever else you enjoy online shopping. Vancouver boutiques such as Oliver and Lilly’s, One of a Few, Today You Are Special, and Holly all have a stake in the site, as well as a few south of the border from Portland and New York. So, support some local shops, get a deal, and grab some gorgeous new fall pieces – all in one place.
Robyn Yager is the style reporter for Scout Magazine. She is enthused by anything out of the ordinary, loving art, striped shirts, macchiatos, classic literature and picking through thrift stores for unique treasures. Her mission is to inspire Vancouverites in their sartorial choices and to see beauty and style everywhere.