(212) Sample Sale on Jan 17 + 18th on East Pender In Vancouver
December 30, 2008, 2:56 pm
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(212) in Gastown is having a studio sample sale! This takes place on January 17th and 18th at 204-111 E. Pender Street (a different location than their boutique). This includes samples, clearance sale items and past season items still kicking around.

Unlike many sample sales, they will be accepting Visa and Mastercard along with cash.  Mark the date(s) on your calendar!

(212) Sample Sale on Jan 17 + 18th on East Pender In Vancouver


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

Six Vancouver Designers Chosen In Télio Design Competition Finals
December 5, 2008, 8:35 am
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Six Vancouver designers have been selected to be among the finalists in the Télio design competition. The 2009 finalists include:

Student’s name School
Savannah Qiu The Art Institute of Vancouver
Yvonne Xie The Art Institute of Vancouver
Kidde Itto University of the Fraser Valley
Emily McIntyre University of the Fraser Valley
Katherine Koniecki Vancouver Community College
Marcia Robertson Vancouver Community College

The finalists will be presenting their designs during Montréal Fashion Week and have a chance to win a scholarship of $10,000. Good luck to all the finalists, and congratulations for doing B.C. proud!

Six Vancouver Designers Chosen In Télio Design Competition Finals

Christian Siriano To Design Shoe Collection For Payless
December 1, 2008, 9:17 am
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Project Runway Season 4 winner Christian Siriano is putting together a shoe collection for Payless.  Since Alice + Olivia are taking up the SS09 retail spot, I’m thinking Siriano’s line will be for Fall 2009.  Promo photos and collection details have not been released just yet, but I’ll include them as soon as they are.

Matthew Williamson To Collaborate With H&M For SS09 Collection
November 25, 2008, 2:39 pm
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I’m not hyped about this one at all. While the wearability will redoubtably be more universal by using Matthew Williamson; the creativity of the pieces are ultimately suffering. I took a gander on Williamson’s site, and found what looked to be a collection heavily inspired from the Gucci SS08 catalog crossed with Pucci; hippie florals in flowing sheer fabrics with a color palate of large tripping proportions.

The evening pieces were more bearable, but were still too acid tripping floral for my taste. I wonder how Williamson will be working his collection in order to keep costs down and interests up; because I know for damn sure that cheap[er] materials and plain designs spell launch d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r.

Matthew Williamson H&M