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ooh la la Louis Vuitton Maison Vancouver

2 storey handbag wall @ LV Maison Vancouver

No amount of rain could have stopped VIP guests from attending the invite-only Louis Vuitton Maison opening party last night in Vancouver.  The celebrities and journalists probably didn’t even notice each other’s soppy hair while basking in the lap of 10,000 square feet of LV luxury.

The Louis Vuitton Maison store situated in the Hotel Vancouver is the first of its kind in Canada and there are only eleven Maison stores around the globe.  According to Jean-Philippe Hecquet, vice-president at Louis Vuitton Canada, Vancouver was a natural choice for Canada’s first LV Maison.  “It’s a very dynamic city with a strong image and character, and its own personality. It represents a truly diverse, sophisticated cultural centre, one which we knew would be extremely receptive to the very highest level of Louis Vuitton creativity,” he said.

The LV Maison Vancouver houses ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewelery and of course, LV luggage including a trunk for $35,000.  There is a dramatic two-storey wall of handbags and original Canadian artwork by Vancouver artist Steven Shearer.

Soppy hair or not, Vancouverites are looking good in their new maison.

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Colette Loves Canada

Colette and the Hudson’s Bay Co. are giving us more reasons to love winter.  The young Colette, an uber-chic department store on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris loves Hudson’s Bay, the iconic Canadian department store steeped in 340 years of history.  Parisians can now purchase select items from the Bay’s trademark multi-stripe wares including the Caribou point wool blanket, cashmere scarf, Geoff McFedtridge-designed mug, Swiss army knife, and the adorable snowman dress-up kit .  The cool factor continues to rise for The Bay as Colette is known to stock only the coolest of cool. Here are the items hipsters across the Seine are lusting after.

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Fierce 80s on Canadian Catwalk

Image via Madam Wolf

When it comes to 80s trends playing strong on the runways right now, it doesn’t matter whether one’s in the fashion mecca of New York or lesser known Calgary, the mid-sized Canadian city which is a stone’s throw from the Rocky Mountains.  What I saw on the closing night of Alberta Fashion Week was a nod to the decadent era when Madonna became a household name and cone-shaped bras a fashion statement.  Although the clothes had a Canadian flair all their own, it was easily apparent the 80s have influenced designers all across the globe during the current Fall shows.  Here are some highlights and photos below:

Brook Fung of Peeko Apparel presented fresh and eco-friendly designs from recycled materials, such as men’s dress shirts. The show opened with a model wearing Fung’s signature neck garland that was both stylish and functional for fashionistas living in colder climates.  There was an abundance of chains, shoulder epaulets, high-waisted  asymmetrical skirts and cropped tops, all giving tribute to that decade we either love or hate, depending upon one’s fashion sensibilities.

With the eclectic travel-influenced Kanyo & Court label shown by siblings Shelly Kanyo and Andy Court, it was easy to be transported from Canada to somewhere much warmer and exotic.   Feminine skirts and embellished tops in bursts of color borrowed from the Far East seemed to float across the runway.  The strong bohemian spirit continued with turban headbands, suspenders, tailored shorts and flowy tops, perfect for jet-setters with wanderlust for faraway places.

Jenna Etcheverry, the brainchild of ready-to-wear line Madame Wolf, almost made us forget we were sitting entirely north of the 49th parallel with a glam rock collection ideal for young Hollywood.  The models strutted down the runway carrying cans of Redbull and oversized bags slung over their shoulders without a care in the world.  An attitude only the rich-and- skinny might afford.  Off-the-shoulder tops were playfully paired with high-waisted shorts which drew eyes to the carefully positioned gold zippers in the back.  The good girls-gone bad vibe prevailed as feminine dresses with asymmetrical hemlines and cinched waists were shown with tough military boots. The finale being a ‘Wolf Pack’ romper showing fierce fashion at its best.

So no matter where you are, the 80s are like, totally back in a big-puffy-shoulder-pad kind of way.

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