Spats Are An Emerging Footwear Trend For 2009

Yet another trend taken from the 18th century is set to gain momentum in 2009; this being spats.  The beauty of the spat is the leather can be attached to any current ankle boot or pump you already have, which instantly makes it into a shiny new piece of footwear with an entirely different look.

I’m not too fond of the gladiator style “Posso the Spat” look; many of these are far too Roman-esque for my tastes and not at all elegant.  The product shots below are from Hi Bandit; much more military like and traditional looking.

For those still wondering WTH is up with spats, a number of designers have been incorporating the spat concept into their footwear designs already, one being Gwen Stefani with her L.A.M.B. “Rosebury” ankle boot.  In reality, any side ankle boot has taken influence from the original spat design.

Try something new…you’ll likely be one of the only people on the block brave enough to pull these off!

Spats Are An Emerging Footwear Trend For 2009


An Affordable, Lovely Winter Coat By Hayden-Harnett

An Affordable, Lovely Winter Coat By Hayden-Harnett
I’m talking about the “Audrey” ; a twill overcoat with lambskin leather detailing. This coat has a dash of equestrian without being too over the top. To add to its appeal, the Audrey coat is on Hayden-Harnett’s sale docket; priced at $210.40 (from $526).

Hayden-Harnett designs have been featured on shows such as Gossip Girl, and they currently have a special line designed specially for Target on sale now [preview photos of the entire line]; though those pieces are strictly accessory based.

Topshop Creates Givenchy Runway Jewelry Lookalike

After a four months’ wait, Topshop has come out with a lookalike multi strand chain necklace (with trademark charms of course) to give with Givenchy’s fans with less of a budget than $2k something to claw for.  This piece isn’t gold (the metal isn’t even identified; we’re only given “metal fiber”), but at savings of $1,915 I suppose we shouldn’t complain too loudly.

Topshop Creates Givenchy Runway Jewelry Lookalike

Topshop’s Sale Begins Today
December 26, 2008, 8:57 am
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They aren’t calling it a “boxing” sale, but hey, we’ll [almost] take anything Topshop will give us.  The sale varies from piece to piece, but many good items are at 50% off.  Below are some of my picks for top buys; or check out the entire sale here.

Topshop's Sale Begins Today

From left to right: Can Can Frill Dress ($60; $60% off), Cardigan By Simone Shailes ($300; $210 off), Pencil Skirt by Boutique ($50; $60 off), High Waisted Sequin Trouser ($70; $65 off)

Topshop's Sale Begins Today

From left to right: Print Check Biker Jacket ($50; $60 off), Stripe Double Waistcoat ($30; $35 off), Slashed Velvet Jacket ($140; $120 off), Frill Neck Bomber Jacket ($60; $65 off),

Awesome Motorcycle-esque Boots Ahoy

Awesome Motorcycle-esque Boots Ahoy

Let’s face facts, here: winter is not the time for heeled boots. In the spirit of not dressing like you’re about to hit the slopes, may I suggest the delightfully buckle and zipper laden Virgie boot by Aldo.

Think of it this way; these boots will go swimmingly with all the buffalo check you’ve purchased in the last month (or perhaps it’s just me?)

Presenting The Boxing Day Sale List For Fashion Lovers In Vancouver

Alright, folks…here it is; the last word on boxing day sales in the fashion world taking place in Vancouver. If a listing has “Sale to be announced on December 26” then the company has either refused to cooperate or employees do not know what the discounts will be until the day of the sale.

If you are a retailer that would like their shop on the list, please send me your sale information!


  • Mandula – 20% off the entire store, plus special items on sale for even lower.
  • Nouvelle Nouvelle – 50% off the entire store; December 26-28 [flyer]
  • The Block – 25-80% off the entire store.
  • Dutil – 50-80% off selected items.
  • One Of A Few – Sale to be announced on December 26.
  • Two Of A Few -Sale to be announced on December 26.
  • Fluevog – A small discount will be posted on December 26.
  • Lloyd’s Of Gastown – 20-60% off selected items.
  • Mooncruise Gallery – 30-50% off clothing an boots, 10% off bags.
  • Obakki – 50% off fall/winter collection (December 22-Jan 1)
  • Hunt & Gather – Sale is confirmed, though details were not released beyond all H&G pieces being marked down.
  • Livestock – Up to 75% off stock. Sale will be taking place around the corner from then Gastown location on Cordova from 11-8pm all week.
  • Roden Gray – Most clothing 40-50% off
  • (212) – Entire store 40% off.


  • Komakino – 30% off selected items and brands


  • Boys’Co [Robson and Metrotown] – 20-50% off winter collections as well as extra surprise deals in-store.
  • French Connection – Sale to be announced on December 26.
  • BCBG (also in Pacific Center) – 50% off the entire store.
  • Aldo (also in Pacific Center) – 50% off shoes, 30% off bags and accessories are buy one, get one free.
  • Aritzia -10-50% off the entire store.
  • BCBG (also in Pacific Center) – Sale to be announced on December 26.
  • Tommy Hilfiger – At least 40% off the entire store.
  • El Kartel – 40-50% off the entire store.
  • M.A.C. – No sale, but an unveiling event is occurring for new products.
  • Plen+y – 30-60% off


  • Hart And Sole – 20-70% off the entire store.
  • Mavi (also in Gastown)– 50% off all regular priced jeans.
  • Urban Outfitters – Sale to be announced on December 26.
  • Leone Sale to be announced on December 26.
  • American Apparel (also S. Granville, Robson and various other locations) – 20% off a purchase of $100 or more [online] only with promo code BOXINGDAY08


  • Holt Renfrew – Up to 50% off mens and womens Fall merchandise through Boxing Week.
  • Sunglass Hut – Sale to be announced on December 26.
  • Brown’s Shoes – Sale to be announced on December 26.
  • Nine West – Sale to be announced on December 26.
  • H&M – Sale to be announced on December 26.


  • Eugene Choo – A sale has been confirmed for December 29th as the store will be closed on the 26th.
  • Ark Clothing – Sale to be announced on December 26.
  • Jonathan + Olivia – Up to 50% off the entire store.
  • Jewellerbau – 10-20% off selected items on December 26-28



  • Gravity Pope (West 4th) – 10-70% off selected items, sale lasts all week.
  • Mintage (West 4th, also on Commerical Dr) – Up to 100% off items (you read correctly).
  • BJ’s Fashion (West 10th) – Sale to be announced on December 26.
  • Wear Else (Park Royal, Oakridge, Kitsilano, Richmond Center) – 30% off all denim, <20% off all accessories and 10% off regular priced merchandise
  • Mohair Beauty [hair products] (299 Columbia) – All human hair extensions (Russian, Indian, and Malaysian) are 50% off, all free flow hair extension packages are 50% off for new clients, plus all products are also 10% off.

You Should Own At Least One Pair Of Snow Boots

Sure, it may only snow two weeks out of the year in Vancouver (thankfully), but for times like these it’s paramount to have a pair of good looking season less snow boots in the closet.

I say season less because you don’t want the fad of the moment in boot form; you need wearing longevity, not to be a the biggest ski bunny (the horror).  I would suggest investing in a solid pair of thick snow boots; something solid in color; possibly with a fur accent (this is the time for real fur; fake will not give you the years of service and will wear into an ugly blob) and a thin, streamlined design.

Avoid clunky boots that look like you’re about to take to the hills, those have no place in the city.  Try a hybrid of a snow-rain boot like Dolce & Gabbana’s design pictured below.  A taller design is also ideal, depending on how much white stuff you’re going to have to battle with.

The main concern is to keep warm and dry, so make those your top priorities.  For a boot that will likely last you many seasons, I would encourage buying a well constructed piece of footwear.  This may be more expensive, but it will last!

You Should Own At Least One Pair Of Snow Boots

From left to right: Dolce & Gabbana charcoal nylon buckle snow boots ($656; Bluefly), Marni lambskin knit lined riding boots ($844; Bluefly),  Sorel Caribou boot ($110; Zappos)