Friday, February 01, 2008

Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony at Jonathan+Olivia

It's been a while since I first looked at Chloe Sevigny's Spring 2008 collection for Opening Ceremony and I'm still not sure if I love it... I do like Liberty print and I have a hard time resisting a nice sack dress, but am I really ready to revisit some of the other grungy/punky/early '90s looks? But it's always best to judge these kinds of things in person, and luckily we'll all have that opportunity when the line arrives at Jonathan+Olivia in the next week or two!

Here are a few photos to whet your appetite:

And here's a video of Chloe talking to about the collection and how it came about:

Definitely worth a look, don't you think?

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Generation Next SS09 Review

Apologies for not getting this up sooner everyone!

The third edition of Generation Next took centre stage at BCFW last Thursday. In front of a packed house, this season’s finalists presented three distinct mini-collections in their bid for the title of Generation Next Designer Spring/Summer 2009.

Opening the show were Jenny Yen and Tabitha Savoie from Two of Hearts. The duo’s eco-friendly collection was sporty, urban, and colourful. They had some interesting screen printed pieces; I quite liked the butterfly design on the yellow tunic top. My favourite look was probably the menswear inspired sleeveless shirtdress. The collection had a very young aesthetic overall, perhaps a little too young for my personal taste. I much preferred their 1970s-inspired fall collection, which Lisa talked to Jenny and Tabitha about in an earlier post.

Next up were Michelle Lee and Garry Favell for Joseph and Elizabeth. The colour palette for this collection was generally limited to black and white, with hints of cream and grey. There was a definite sophistication to the pieces, from the more professional looks to the final full-length gown. Personally, and possibly because I don’t wear suits or evening gowns often, I had more of an affinity for the casual pieces. I loved the cropped motorcycle jacket and what I read as a variation on the tuxedo (little black vest over a cream handkerchief top, paired with black cigarette pants). I would’ve loved to see a more vibrant palette, but then again I love colour more than most people!

Rounding out the finalists was Red Jade designer Margarita Angelatos. The intro set this collection apart slightly - creating a unique mood with the runway awash in red lighting. The first look struck me as a bit boho-schoolgirl… but in the best possible way. There was a quirky quality to Margarita’s pieces that I really appreciated, and it didn’t take away from the femininity of the garments. I also liked the sculpted collars on both the belted, beige shift and the brown trench coat. There was a combination of casual fluidity and architecturally-inspired detailing that I found appealing. The tailoring may not have been quite as well-executed as that of Joseph and Elizabeth, but this was the definitely the collection after my heart.

After deliberation, the judges revealed their pick as Generation Next Designer S/S 2009: Margarita Angelatos of Red Jade!

Afterwards, I got the chance to speak to and congratulate Margarita. Having beaten out some tough competition for the top prize, Margarita said she was truly honoured by the result. Red Jade, comprised of eco-friendly natural fabrics, draws upon her love of European styling. Margarita also expressed her desire to create clothing that is sophisticated and feminine, while also being sexy and edgy.

Some other interesting tidbits about Margarita: her all-time fashion icon is Audrey Hepburn, she’s very much inspired by the work of Alexander McQueen, and she used to teach a fashion school design class prior to launching her line.

Keep an eye out for Red Jade, Two of Hearts, and Joseph and Elizabeth!

All photos Shallom, except 6th and last (mine)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Coquettes, Chaperones & Courtship: A Period Fashion Show

All of us here at Stylefinds just love Ivan Sayers. He's a Vancouver-based fashion historian and curator for the Original Costume Museum Society. He holds fabulous period-wear fashion shows, and gives fashion history lectures all around BC.

If you've never been to an historical fashion show (I haven't), now's your chance! And it's for a good cause!

On February 8th, 2008 at 6:45pm (doors at 5:45) "Everyone's Daughter" will present Coquettes, Chaperones & Courtship From 1900 to Now: An Ivan Sayers Fashion Show. It's a benefit to support The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, an annual BC Cancer Foundation fundraiser. The event will feature a period clothing fashion show, complimentary Victorian twilight tea and dessert, an old-fashioned silent auction and door prizes in support of breast cancer research.

Reservations are available by calling 604.599.0244, or by email: Tickets are $20, and will also be sold at the door. The show will take place at the Diamond Alumni Centre, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain Campus. Yes, I know it's quite a hike (SFU is my old alma mater) but I promise you it will be well worth it!

Photo: Victorian Wedding Dress by annwood on Flickr.

Monday, January 28, 2008

New Year, New Purchases

Sometime in December, clearly in a moment of holiday naiveté, I told myself that 2008 would be my year of careful financial planning.

Maybe not. Though, in my defense, I did go a full two weeks without buying anything… that’s not bad right?

Naturally, I fell off the responsible spending ladder at
Holt Renfrew. Last week I bought a black DVF blouse, with pleats down the front, puffed shoulders and great detailing at the sleeves. Demonstrating that she too has an inner fashionista, my 1-year old Shepherd/Rottweiler cross decided to jump all allover me while I was wearing it. My blouse is now covered with dog hair and saliva and needs to be dry-cleaned, but at least I have the satisfaction of knowing my dog appreciates good taste. (She has an adorable orange coat from Gumdrops too! Pictures of that some other time)

Then, on a seemingly harmless trip to school I was lured into
Miss Coquette for markdowns of 50-70%. With the store making the move up to join tenth & proper it seemed like I should say a symbolic goodbye with a purchase. I emerged with a tartan-tastic piece by local line dace. The Luisa Jacket makes me wanna put on a pair of riding boots and head for the hills! If only I could horse-back ride… oh well, it looks equally adorable while shopping.

This week, I picked up a green swing coat on a complete whim at
Blushing Designs. The coat has a bit of a retro feel and reminded me of spring, which I seem to be prepping my wardrobe for despite the chilly current temperatures. Plus, it was 50% off and I am to a sale as a moth is to a flame!

After school on Thursday I strolled around Main St, which I haven’t done in a while. Like Shallom posted, there are sales galore and good deals to be had. The (only) purchases I made were at purveyor of all things stylish and Canadian:

I picked up a grey
Suburbia shirt and a purple Wise & Proper hoodie. Love the lion graphic and the saying written on the shirt. Equally love the lace detail on the purple hoodie. Love - even more - the fact that they were both on sale.

Hopefully these purchases will hold me over until next month… during which I hope to splurge on a pair of new shoes. I hope everyone is staying stylish despite the snow!

tenth & proper

4483 West 10th Ave

Blushing Designs
579 Richards St

3671 Main Street @ 21st Avenue

Photo of DVF blouse courtesy of