Monday, September 15, 2014

For this fantastic three day event at Harbor Centre, Vancouver, 100% of the monies went directly for a great cause: funding towards providing women in need, entering or re-entering the workforce, with "professional attire, career development tools and a network of success".  A two dollar entry fee got shoppers into a very well organized, attractive space featuring loads of designer clothing and accessories.  Brightly lit dressing rooms, cheerful d├ęcor and lots of enthusiastic volunteers to help out, made this an experience well worth repeating.  Shopping for a cause is always the best!

A black and white satchel by Rampage was perfect for packing in my white and black Ribkoff jacket with matching black and white collared and zippered vest.  Bright pink clutch is a standout with any outfit.  Navy blue skinnies from Loft (label and tags attached) and a navy fancy hat by Julie Ng, are going to get a lot of wear, this year.

The shoes, the shoes!  Love the Lola Ramona black and whites with red heels and pink soles.  The Guess peep toed, polka dot bows will look stunning for a 40-50's Dress Exhibit Gala opening, Sept. 17 at the MOV!  The red booties will be coming with me to Toronto and New York.  And the jewels, well, real or not, they do provide glam and glitter.  Pearls, yes not plastic, are for a certain someone with the initial A and the orange earrings, a wow for me.  The hand that writes this blog, now is sporting that magnificent two finger, orange and flash ring.  Priceless!



Sunday, September 14, 2014

I've been taking part in water sports more than ever this summer. I recently completed sailing lessons and thought I would try something without sails for the Toronto Air Show! Here are a few adventures from my trip across Lake Ontario to Toronto Island! What outdoor adventures did you get up to this summer?

Ready, set, paddle!

Safety first!


From afar



Amazing coordination!









Hearts!









I try to keep it color coordinated :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

This is a shoe design coloring book, a starting point for creative ideas around the fashion and style of shoes, accompanied by a great quote for each. "All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking." Friedrich Nietzche.  "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." Marilyn Monroe

"I have enough shoes."  Said no-one ever!  This is a soft cover black and white edition with bright red binding that instantly draws your eye, and invites you to see what's next. The images draw upon history, architecture, sports, space, literature, geography and more.  The shoes can be anything you can imagine on feet and on the ground, and they can take you onto the runway and into everyday. 

This 2014 incentive to dream, draw, create and color, is by Seymour Chwast, notable artist and designer and Carol Chu, graphic designer with a passion for shoes. 

Who doesn't love a good shoe?  Said no-one ever so what's your idea.  Color and show!

This is all about the fun and artistry of fashion. It's about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.  100 pages of what could be and your version of what that looks like.

To explore next...Carol Chu's "The Fashion Coloring Book" and more of Seymour Chwast's work at Push Pin Studios.






Wednesday, September 10, 2014

With the close of every summer, comes the Greta Constantine summer poolside party at the house of Krystal Koo and Michael Cooper. The animated designers, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, mingled and greeted guests as the sun set, and we eagerly awaited the always exciting fashion show. One of the things I love about Kirk and Stephen's shows is that there is always a fashion show and afterwards, the models mingle with the guests, it gives guests a chance to see the designs, first hand. This exhibition's theme was "Fine Young Savages" and featured a show that stopped the music and commanded everyone's attention.

This year also featured a raffle to raise funds in honor of Susan Alvaro, in support of Rethink Breast Cancer. The lucky winner was thrilled to win a custom Greta Constantine dress. Another great show this year with a great cause. Thanks for having us!






Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ever get the feeling that you can't quite find the perfect dress you are looking for when you need it? Forget wasting your time searching and design it yourself with Canadian, custom design-your-own-dress e-boutique, Rose Athena!

Rose Athena offers over 2,500 dress variations in soft jersey styles in all sizes. You can create mini/midi/maxi lengths, and/or sleeveless/cap/full sleeves. The jersey styles come in 5 solid colors (tangerine, cabaret, grey, navy, black) and 2 patterns, with plans for more to come. After creating your design online, it will be delivered to your door in 10 business days (within Canada and the US).

The concept for the line came about when co-founders Bushra Dirir and Lily Wong realized how difficult it was to find dresses designed to their liking while form fitting to their body shapes. The co-founders and friends graduated from business school and decided to team up to build a line for everyone. What I learned from them at their preview event is that they both have undergraduate degrees in sciences! But of course! 

The line was named after the iconic blooming flower and Greek goddess Athena (of reason, intelligence, arts and literature).  The designs are very classic and a great canvas for accessorizing for the occasion. Bravo to these two, it was a pleasure meeting you! Check out their website and try it yourself at RoseAthena.com

Co-founders Bushra Dirir and Lily Wong


Pima cotton is one of their main fabric choices. Soft and only gets better 
with time!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Ivan Sayers curates and presents his collection of bathing suits and accessories from 1890 to modern times. This collection will be at the museum until November 2 and will be a great place to visit when the beaches are deserted and the umbrellas are up. 


Historically, the bathing costume went from ornamental costume to form fitting, 
practical and functional swim suit.  Think from standing or sitting, shaded by a 
parasol, to swimming, diving, competing, life-saving and so forth. 
I do like practicality and glitter, especially in gold!



We are reminded of how modesty was a big issue back in the days of petticoats, 
shifts and corsettes and cover up, and even though these may seem old fashioned 
to us, they were revolutionary for the times.  




In terms of accessories, two I really liked, even though they were (and are) 
detrimental to the 'do', have interesting designs and are, of course, gold. 
If you have to wear a bathing cap, then you must have the right sunglasses 
and these ones caught my eye.





Ivan has included a whole display of iconic labels and symbols of the 
companies who were in the bathing suit business, and one you all 
know well from Vancouver, is Jantzen.


This is a photo of a Woodword's window and all that is 
Canadian about advertising at that time.



















This is an extraordinary collection and documentation of the history behind some fun in the sun.

See more of Ivan's collection in his next exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) Sept 18th-to March 8, 2015:  From Rationing to Ravishing: The Transformation of Women's Fashion in the 1940's and 50's.  MOV is at Vanier Park, very close to the Maritime Museum.  Get dressed up and come to the opening, September 17, 2014!  Setting, fashions and company - extraordinaire!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fariba Mirzaie finds her materials in nature and creates wearable art from that and her fabulous imagination.  She won The People's Choice Award at the Port Moody Wearable Arts Show and Exhibition in 2013 as well as receiving an award in The Open Category 2013 in Saskatchewan's Wearable Arts Show.  She exhibits her work at Fashion Weeks and galleries everywhere.  I was delighted to see her at The Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver, recently.  She lights up any room and her work definitely draws you in with its intricate process and unique materials.

Her infinitely 'wearable art' should be accessorized with gold or silver.  Stunning!
More about Fariba Mirzaie at www.facebook.com/FaribaMirzaie

The Silk Purse on the beach in West Vancouver
Always something special!

The artist with her piece "Surrender - Trust the Process"








 
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