By Evelyn Chen

Images: Kuna Photography

Marko Feher

Day 5 of Vancouver Fashion Week offered a change in pace with a different attitude and feel. Marko Feher played with the boundaries of conventional fashion typically featured at VFW, toeing the line with punk elements while showcasing his creative and technical skills. A mixture of textures were incorporated in this collection from soft fabrics to leather paired with an off centered zipper and a few buckles for good measure.

Models walked down the runway with their heads wrapped in mesh, held in place by wire structures to create interesting shapes. The show was fast paced, where models strode down the runway displaying a cool, calm attitude. While each piece was well constructed, the ones that grabbed the audience’s attention were the plastic leather skirt and dress where the pointed edges extended past the hips to create a dramatic silhouette.

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Hong Kiyoung

The last show of the night featured Hong Kiyoung, a collection titled “About the Road”.  It was clear that the show was carefully designed to embody the carefree, slightly rebellious nature of everyday youth. The word “Bullshit” could be seen on sweaters and shorts, and props were carefully selected to include water bottles, newspaper, and messages “STILL YOUR NEIGHBOUR” and “GIVE ME YOUR LOVE” hand written on brown paper bags.  Models were instructed to tousle their hair while striding down the runway to convey a cool attitude.

The designer played with a variety of textures using fabrics ranging from leather to soft comfortable fabrics reminiscent of the 70s with tweeds, wool, satin, in a range of neutral beige and gold metallics. While the collection was kept clean, there were underlying hints of subtle rebellion where a few raw edges and loose threads could be found.  Overall, Hong Kiyoung was a great choice to end Day 5. You can tell the models had fun, reaching out to audiences on the runway before heading back backstage.

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Hong Kiyoung Vancouver Fashion Week

Hong Kiyoung Vancouver Fashion Week



By: Evelyn Chen


Images: Kuna Lu Photography

NIGHT X DAY presented an element of sophisticated luxury featuring simple pieces perfect for everyday wear. The collection consisted of well-tailored suits made modern with large fanned out scarves and Mountie hats, along with oversized shirts paired with leather jackets. The style was kept clean, paired with loafers, with calf high socks for all to see. A little haughty, elements of cheekiness was thrown in as models walked down the runway with different shoes on each foot. A subtly playful move. Night x Day Vancouver Fashion Week

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Images:  Peter Jensen

The long anticipated wait for For Day 5 at Vancouver Fashion Week was instantly forgotten while guests rested their eyes on the extravagantly crafted pieces by Noe Bernacelli. The runway was lit with precious stones, delicate fabrics, and wispy feathers that transformed the energy of the crowd to one of dreamy elegance. From ready-to-wear day pieces to evening wear and flowing gowns, there was an item for every occasion that every woman cannot deny finding a use for.

  From delicate lace to silks the show was complete luxury. The designer’s skills balanced with his designs that molded to the model’s bodies transported viewers from rainy Vancouver to the runways of Paris.

Many details could be spotted, including flowers made of feathers and stone jewels, as well as other surprises such as hidden pockets in the seams of his gowns. While capes were whispered to be making a comeback for fall, Noe Bernacelli incorporated this trend into his coats and dresses, inspiring viewers to revisit this trend.

Noe Bernacelli’s display of garments showcased the designer’s understanding of women’s bodies. His craft was reminiscent of Valentino in the way his pieces allowed women to feel and walk with added elegance.

Noe Bernacelli Vancouver Fashion Week

Noe Bernacelli Vancouver Fashion Week





 By: Justine Barnes

Images: Peter Jensen

Despite the rain, the crowd seemed to be in good spirits, much thanks to the MC for the evening, Symone Says.  She is known around Vancouver for being one of the best performing drag queens with infectious whit and charm.

Here are the collections that stood out for us on Day 3 of Vancouver Fashion Week.

Pouneh Askarian

Pouneh Askarian’s creations this season were stunning! The models looked elegant while walking the runway in the  collection that consisted mostly of black, grey, cream and white. A pleasing variety of fabric manipulation added to the depth of this line.

Pouneh Askarian Vancouver Fashion Week

Pouneh Askarian Vancouver Fashion Week

Nadia + Zehra

The London based, twin sister fashion designers energized us with their loud and in-your-face collection. Staying true to form, they produced looks full of mixed and matched prints, metallics, faux fur and colours.  Nadia + Zehra were a huge hit this season, just as they were two seasons season ago and we are looking forward to seeing what they do next! Nadia & Zehra

Nadia + Zehra Vancouver Fashion Week

Atsushi Nakashima

We love everything about this designer and his clothing.  Atsushi Nakashima’s collection consisted of futuristic sporty pieces prominently in a neutral palette with some serious pops of neon yellow and green.  Most items were made with trending neoprene, enabling the designer to take advantage by incorporating some beautiful folds and structure to the line.

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Atsushi Nakashima Vancouver Fashion Week




I just love a crisp white shirt dress!

Albeit shapeless and boxy, it still exudes elegance.  A big trend this spring, I paired this shirt dress with another trend still with us from last year – the blanket cape.  Perfect for layering and super comfortable to sit and watch a series of runway shows in ;p

 Outfit:  Shirt Dress, Blanket Shawl, Necklace – H&M / Heels – Zara / Clutch – Aldo / Lips & Nails – Revlon

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By: Justine Barnes

Images: Peter Jensen

We managed to catch up with Sara Armstrong after her stunning show at Vancouver Fashion Week and ask her a few questions.

Sara Armstrong Vancouver Fashion Week 

What was the inspirations for your F/W 15 collection?

This season was inspired by my father and his pride that he has past down to use in our family name, but I suppose more visually, it’s inspired by Medieval Scottish winterscapes.

What makes your clothing different?

I’m not sure about “different” but what I think makes it special or unique is that it is locally handcrafted and ethically sourced. Everything is eco conscious. And, they are generally non-seasonal, gender neutral pieces, meant to last.

What is your favourite item?

My favourite pieces are the ones with the alpaca knots. Its from a local farm, Kensington Prairie Farm, and all hand felted, dyed and sewn.

What is your favourite fabric from this collection?

Melton wools – always.

Sara Armstrong Vancouver Fashion Week
Where can we find your clothing?

Mostly by private sales through – I am going to be carried in a store in Saskatchewan, my hometown. And, we are looking for a few more carriers in Vancouver and beyond. 


Are there any fashion designers that you are inspired by?

Gareth Pugh, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto – those are always my inspirations.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Living internationally and continuing to create pieces.






By: Justine Barnes & NLAStylist

Images: Peter Jensen

Black and white seemed to be an ongoing, very enjoyable theme for day 3 of Vancouver Fashion Week.  While the silhouettes changed, black and white stayed the same, looking incredibly chic. Another common theme was pairing these structured, yet over sized looks with an Oxford shoe.

LaSalle College

LaSalle College is a regular and much-anticipated show at Vancouver Fashion Week, with this season being its 11th season.  It is always so refreshing to witness such young creativity, executed with such maturity.

Adam-Lin Bungang

AMAZING. Adam-Lin Bungang’s dresses kept to the black and white theme perfectly while playing with different proportions. They were truly something any women would want in their closet. These dresses were a little sporty and very chic!

Adam-Lin Bungang

Adam-Lin Bungang Vancouver Fashion Week


Yicheng (Eric) Chen

This was Yicheng (Eric) Chen’s second time showing with Vancouver Fashion Week. We really enjoyed his take on the roaring 20’s. He created pieces with low hip lines and used feathers to evoke the 1920’s.

Yicheng (Eric) Chen Vancouver Fashion Week

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Shunan Zeng

The inspiration behind Shunan Zeng’s collection was found in women, post World War I, representing freedom and hope.  We loved the cohesive colour palette of muted tone and the creative panels on both the front and back of the garments – creating a fresh and modern twist on the classic boyish style.

Shunan (Andy) Zeng Vancouver Fashion Week


Su Yang

Su Yang created dresses that were very chic with dropped waistlines. It was very noticeable that she created these pieces inspired by menswear, with the addition of embellishments, making it extremely tres chic!

Su (Ariel) Yang Vancouver Fashion Week


Sara Armstrong

Headlining the night was Sara Armstrong and we absolutely loved the trouser pants that she created for F/W 15 that donned cross-over origami style panels! Each look was captivating and interesting.  Her pieces were oversized while still being perfectly tailored.

We caught up with Sara and asked her a few quick questions.  Click HERE to see more!

Sara Armstrong Vancouver Fashion Week

Sara Armstrong Vancouver Fashion Week


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For those that know me, from the moment I moved to Vancouver 4 years ago, my aim has been to highlight local designers and boutiques and showcase their talent either on my blog, in editorials or at local events. This season I’m more than honored to show off  a gorgeous piece by emerging designer Alex S. Yu’s from his s/s 2015 collection at Vancouver Fashion Week.

I love the exaggerated shape and structure of this top and the metallic patch work – bang on trend for Spring and Summer this year.  I wanted to draw out the pink and red tones in the plastic foil fabric, so I paired it with a lustrous red skirt and red lips and nails.

Outfit:  Top – Alex S. Yu / Skirt – H&M / Heels – Forever 21 / Clutch – Jennyfleur Loves / Earrings – Topshop

To catch up on our favourite designers from DAY 1 of VFW, click HERE

Stay tuned on how to re-create this makeup look ;p

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It’s that time of year again and a good one at that!

Day 1 of Vancouver Fashion Week brought to us beautiful designs and much anticipated local talent that we have been keeping our eyes on.   Here are our favourites of the evening:


Returning to the VFW catwalk for the second time, Vancouver emerging designer, Alex S. Yu impressed his loyal fans once again with dazzling metalics and fun accents.  Still keeping the same playfulness and use of interesting fabrics and materials as he did in his last collection, this line was inspired by ‘Mean Girls’.

If you missed my previous interview with Alex, click HERE

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Dubbed as China’s first you street style fashion brand, I LOVE CHOC brought their ‘1Dollar’ themed collection across the sea to delight our senses.  Another fresh and playful collection for the night with references to dollar bills and my favourite childhood book character (and first ever vinyl) – Pinocchio.   A strong and cohesive collection with its textures and bright primary colours.ILOVECHOC Vancouver Fashion Week

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We loved the leather looks by South Korean, YongKyunShin, with the clever cutouts and placement of frills and detailing.  The mixture of fabrics, belts and zippers added to the provocative avant-garde feel of the collection.

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YKS Vancouver Fashion Week


Another returning Vancouver favourite, emerging designer, Connally McDougal wowed us with a collection that primarily consisted of deep tones, luxe velvets and rich textures, with slight references to the 20s era.  We loved the brighter patterned print that popped up in various items of clothing with really uplifted the collection, keeping it fresh and youthful.

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All images by PETER JENSEN


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Jennyfleur Loves… still one of my favourite online boutiques!  I couldn’t resist giving a twirl in these gorgeous The Jetset Diaries and For Love and Lemons pieces, available now at

LOOK 1:   Dress – The Jetset Diaries from Jennyfleur Loves… / Heels – Zara / Bag & bracelet – Aldo / Earring – Vintage

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LOOK 2:  Dress – The Jetset Diaries from Jennyfleur Loves… / Heels – Guess / Bag – Urban Outfitters / Earrings – H&M

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Jennyfleur Loves The Jetset Diaries

Jennyfleur Loves The Jetset Diaries

LOOK 3:  Dress – For Love and Lemons from Jennyfleur Loves… / Bag – Zara / Heels – Guess

Jennyfleur Loves The Jetset Diaries

Jennyfleur Loves The Jetset Diaries


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Vancouver Fashion Week, established in 2001 by Jamal Abdourahman, will be returning for its 25th consecutive season next week to launch the Fall/Winter 2015 collections from designers across the globe and Canada’s most exciting talent.

Vancouver Fashion Week

Coveting Chi Chi will be there to capture it all for you so you don’t miss a beat.  Keep a look out for myself and my gorgeous interns, Evelyn Chen and Justine Barnes.

Vancouver Fashion Week Blogger

From Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd March, Vancouver Fashion Week will return to its downtown venue at Queen Elizabeth Plaza.

The Opening Gala, on Monday 16th March, will kickstart the week of seven days of showcase events, presenting the creative talents of over 30 designers from all over the world.

Vancouver Fashion Week founder Jamal Abdourahman is thrilled of the breadth of creative talent from new as well as returning designers. Jamal said,

“We are looking forward to sharing amazing creativity this season, with Vancouver shining the spotlight on lots of great local and international talent. We love to celebrate the diversity of fashion culture, and Vancouver provides this perfect platform to support emerging talent.”

Amongst the top-returning designers is Noe Bernacelli, whose Peruvian international style and beauty has been greatly received in Vancouver. He will be joined by Shravan Kumar whose motto, ‘Fashion is religion, than mere profession’, inspired his unconventional designs and use of textiles.

Also on the lineup is Korean designer Hong Kiyoung. Kiyoung is widely recognized for his luxury streetwear, which experiments silhouettes and colorful prints.

Every season, Vancouver Fashion Week continues to push its boundaries and strives to attract new and emerging designers from across the world.

This season it welcomes Chinese designer ILOVECHOC who mixes cute cartoon designs with luxury fabrics. Korean company JUKOjulie who has been greatly welcomed into the New York fashion scene and designer Paloma Sanchez who has been recognized as one of the 30 best jewelry designers in the world (‘Unique Book; The Best Jewelry Designers’.)

VFW also continues to support the city’s homegrown talent with the return of local designers Connally McDougall, Grandi’s Atelier and Sara Armstrong. All three designers are local to Vancouver and are inspired by the city.

Sara Armstrong said, “I am excited to be returning for FW15 at Vancouver Fashion Week. The team are a great group of creative minds and they are amazing to work with. They are setting the pace for up and coming Canadian fashion designers supporting them with an international market. It is the best fashion event in western Canada and I cannot wait for the Opening Gala.”

Tickets are available at

Show Pass – Two consecutive shows for $30

One Day Pass – A whole day of fashion for $75

Six Day Pass – All the catwalk shows excluding Opening Gala for $300

Seven Day Pass – A whole week of fashion including Opening Gala for $350

Opening Gala – The opening of Fashion Week and opening shows $150

With over 52 confirmed designers and counting, each day promises to showcase the best in international fashion design.

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See you there!

xxx Vancouver Fashion Blogger


Alex S Yu Vancouver Designer

Alex S. Yu is pleased to announce that he will be showing his fall/winter 2015 collection titled : The Sweet Sixteen at Vancouver Fashion Week at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza on 17th, March 2015.

Get your VFW tickets HERE.

The fall/winter 2015 collection entitled ‘The Sweet Sixteen’ finds inspiration in the often capricious teenage angst and the cult movie ‘mean girls.’  The overly mature and sexy appeal of pop culture and its pin-ups and media darlings intrigued and inspired Alex to design in a reverse way. This season he designed for a woman who is longing to be young again, to live naively, freely and worry-free and to remember that it’s okay to break some rules, have some fun and eat that extra scoop of double chocolate ice cream!

Alex launched his debut collection at Vancouver fashion week spring summer 2015 as the winner of niche magazine’s emerging designer sponsorship competition. For my interview with him click HERE

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The Alex S. Yu fw2015 pop up shop/showroom will be held at @thisopenspace at 434 Columbia street, Chinatown from the 20th to 22nd March between12:00 – 19:00 every day.  A selected series of limited edition products will be available for purchase and pieces from the fw2015 collection will be available for pre-order directly from the designer.  Everyone, wholesale and buyers are all welcome.  Come and chat, have some fun, take a selfie, and eat a cookie!


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Vestige Vancouver Emerging Designer

A recent coffee date with a friend turned into a delightful and inspiring meet up with Aileen Lee, the talented emerging designer behind her refreshing brand, Vestige.

It is one thing to be extremely creative, but you create a whole other beast when you combine that with intelligence, literature and business skills.   Aileen did not come from a design background.  In fact, she studied English Literature at UBC, at the request of her parents, and then went on to obtain her master’s degree in fashion management.  However, fashion design was something she always loved and upon completing her education, she decided to take a chance and follow her passion.

Vestige Vancouver Emerging Designer

“My style is simple and neutral. I wear what is comfortable, and that is my first priority when designing products.”

Vestige Vancouver Emerging Designer

“Our customer is someone who welcomes life in its most natural form.”

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What is the story behind your brand?

Vestige is the brainchild of fashion and literature. I have always been fascinated with the interconnections between people, and this is how I link fashion with literature. Both are vessels capable of telling others who we are, creating a bridge between individuals. Clothing is a language of its own.

Each season, Vestige tells a story of two girls, brought together by a message in a bottle. In a day and age where communication is undervalued, we try to promote the importance of connecting with others. In each story, a girl would write a message and send it off in a bottle. The process brings two seemingly different individuals together.

What type of woman are you designing for?

The type of woman who seeks meaning in life, and values her experiences. She is someone who digs deep, someone who appreciates beauty, as well as quality and craftsmanship. Vestige is very organic. We have a small team that does everything ourselves, and we use very little hired help. Our customer is someone who welcomes life in its most natural form.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career in design?

The people who became a part of or supported Vestige. Building up a brand is no easy feat, it is a wholehearted investment with no guarantees at the end of the tunnel. Yet everyone I’ve met along the way has been really supportive, and it made me realise how warm our community is.

What would you consider as the most important trait of being a designer?

Intuition and perception. Know who your audience is, because a strong design does not only cater to yourself. Design is an interactive playing field that shapes and sharpens your work with continual feedback and conversation.

Where can people buy/view your s/s 15 collection?

Our look book is up on our website, where you can read the full collection story. We will be showcasing our Spring/Summer collection at a pop up store in April. More details to come!

Vestige Vancouver Emerging Designer ss15 lookbook

Vestige Vancouver Emerging Designer ss15 lookbook

“Clothing is a language of its own.”

Vestige Emerging Designer Vancouver SS15 Lookbook


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This might just be the biggest sale in town!!!

65% off all fall clothing and 50% off all fall handbags!

And you have to check out their new spring stock – it’s so FRESH! Loving these Soia & Kyo pieces.

Fine Finds Soia & Kyo


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By: Evelyn Chen

 Write about hairstyles, nail design, and health issue for woman

Let’s turn back time with a few of our favourite anti-aging products. We’re wrapping up our skin series with Clarins, Vichy, and Kiehl’s.  If you missed the previous topics, click here:  PART 1, PART 2.

For our last post I got together with my favourite person in the world, my mom, who tells it as it is.  Here are a few products we tested on her and which made the cut.

The Clarins Super Restorative Day was dubbed as her favourite. It was creamy but not heavy, providing her the hydration she was looking for while giving her a radiant glow.

Details about Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream (For Very Dry Skin ...

I tried to get my mom on board with the Clarins Double Serum. This is a great serum that absorbs nicely into the skin. However, it does take a few minutes and my mum just didn’t have time for that.

Inicio > Clarins, Double Serum

While Vichy has its own following, the Vichy Liftactiv Global Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Day Care could not compete with Clarins.  After giving my mom the Clarins Super Restorative Day to try, she hasn’t returned to Vichy.

anti wrinkle anti wrinkle firming day cream 50ml

Lastly, she tried Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Eye cream, having had a great experience with Kiehl’s in the past. She is unsure how she feels about the effects of the cream as she hasn’t seen a dramatic difference since adding it to her routine a month ago but she is still a fan of the product.

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This wraps up our series!  We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of products as much as we loved telling you about it!


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Whoo hooo – I fit into all my clothes again!!!

Naturally, this celebration calls for my first style diary of the year after the arrival of my little dude ;p

The last 6 weeks have been a whirlwind of minimal sleep, lots of dirty diapers and constant feeding, which doesn’t sound appealing in the slightest but let me tell you, it’s all completely outweighed and forgotten in an instant the moment Liam gurgles or gives a little smile, the way he snuggles up to me and all the other special moments in between.

So back to style talk – the sunny Vancouver weather inspired me to freshen up my look and this blouse packed the perfect punch of colour which is made even brighter against the dark tan vintage leather coat.

Outfit:  Blouse – Jennyfleur Loves... / Boyfriend Jeans – Zara / Heels – Guess / Coat – Vintage / Earrings – Accessorize / Bag – Urban Outfitters

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By: Evelyn Chen

A couple weeks ago we attended the Nebulous Beauty event by La Biosthetique who showcased the release of a trend collection of hairstyles presented by Dylan Beatch and Sara Burke.


La Biosthetique Paris Vancouver Nebulous Stylist

While hair stylists Dylan (above far right) and Sara (above second from left) delicately handled their models’ hair, guests were slowly drawn in to the “sensory stimulation” show, mesmerized as the hair styles slowly began to take shape.

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La Biosthetique Vancouver Paris Nebulous Sara Burke

As fingers wove in between strands of hair, models intermittently walked across the stage donning designs by Evan Ducharme and styled by Sarah D’arcey. The atmosphere of the stage was nonchalant and mysterious, bringing out the attitude and style of the collection.

Dylan Beatch is a local award winning stylist with international training in Germany, Paris and New York.  He has experience photo shooting with the La Biosthetique’s artistic team in Phorzheim Germany and is currently taking appointments out of Black 2 Blond in Kitsilano.

“Sara Burke is an award winning hairstylist from Australia. She has experience working under the creative director for La Biosthetique at Paris fashion week and has recently been recruited to work at NY fashion week.  She is currently taking appointments at Black 2 Blond in Kitsilano.

La Biosthetique Vancouver Paris Nebulous Beauty

La Biosthetique Vancouver Paris Nebulous Beauty

La Biosthetique Vancouver Paris Nebulous Beauty

The models locks were styled by talented Marc Riese and his team and makeup by the always amazing Anna Riese.

La Biosthetique Vancouver Paris Nebulous Beauty

Hair Stylist, Marc Riese doing his thang

La Biosthetique Vancouver Paris Nebulous Beauty

La Biosthetique Vancouver Paris Nebulous Beauty

Makeup Artist, Anna Riese, perfecting the pout

La Biosthetique Vancouver Paris Nebulous Beauty

Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist, Aaron Brousseau

La Biosthetique Vancouver Paris Nebulous Beauty

Makeup Artist, Kaily Grist

After the last finishing touches, the hair reveal was complete. Models walked the stage one last time while the room dramatically filled with a slow drifting cloud rising from beneath the stage.

Images: Photo Credit: Genesis Alvarez


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By Justine Barnes

Elpidio Trading Pantone

Elpidio Trading hosted a media and buyer preview event on Friday, Jan 29th at their studio space in Gastown. The company was started by Rob Lytle and Thiago Paes in June 2014.  I am not sure if we were more impressed by the 3 brands that they carry (Pantone, Garment Project and Oh Dawn) or the founder’s taste in decor.  Each brand has different qualities that you will easily fall in love with. 

Rob Lytle is a born and raised Vancouverite with a degree in Business and Marketing, as well as a diploma in communication arts. With the education to back him, he chose the life of entrepreneur.  It is also noted on their website that he spent a year surfing at the best surf spots around the world.

Thiago Roberti Paes was born in Brazil and finished high school in Germany.  He moved to Vancouver in 2006 to complete a degree in communication studies and a minor in international business.  He is described as being a multilingual, roller coaster loving, fashion aficionado.

Read on below for our interview with Rob Lytle.

Oh Dawn

Oh Dawn


Pantone Pantone

Garment Project

Elpidio Trading

Elpidio Trading

Interview with Rob Lytle:

How did you and Thiago meet?

Thiago and I met through mutual friends, traveled through Europe and worked at a lounge on Davie Street called 1181.  Over years of knowing each other, we decided to expand our relationship into a working partnership through a collaborative effort.

What made you decide to start a company together?

We both have a love for business and design and wanted to create and build something together. Thiago and I often discussed owning a storefront together but found that distribution was a better fit.  It has been an ambition to work for ourselves and we are confident that with our combined education and life skills we have provided a solid foundation for our future success.

Why fashion?

Fashion is one of the industries we both have a keen interest in.  Thiago’s family has deep roots in the fashion industry.  His mother is a successful wedding gown designer, owning and operating “Atelier Ceica Paes” in Brazil.  Thiago’s grandfather, Elpidio (and our company’s namesake), owned and operated three large department stores and a clothing manufacturing company in Brazil.  We felt it was a great way to continue the legacy of his family and honor the late great Elpidio.

What is special about the 3 brands that you carry?

Our objectives as a company is to distribute apparel of the finest quality, produced ethically, reflecting our commitment to social responsibility within the global fashion community. These three brands are aligned with our objectives. They are produced from high quality materials and manufactured in Italy and Portugal.

PANTONE UNIVERSE COLORWEAR is a licensee of Pantone, the global authority on color. Established in 2012, Pantone Colorwear is a Monaco based fashion house with color at its heart. The collections are defined by a modern philosophy of design, thoughtfully combining emotion and functionality to invoke the feeling of empowered style and comfortable usability.


OH DAWN is a lifestyle label from Copenhagen started by three surfing buddies who were inspired by the contrast between their concrete surroundings and the breathtaking Scandinavian seascape. Oh Dawn creates pieces that compliment the urban, active lifestyle. Based on the high quality of their garments, Oh Dawn has bridged the gap between surf shops and fashion boutiques being featured and sold in both.


GARMENT PROJECT is a footwear company founded in 2013. Designed with Scandinavian aesthetics the collection is a hybrid between a classic sneaker and a formal shoe made from high quality fabrics including leather, suede, nubuck, goat and calfskin.

What are your goals for the future of your company?

In our first year of business we will focus on growing Elpidio and our brands within Canada.  We are excited to bring new, fresh quality apparel to the Canadian market. Our goal is to expand into the USA by year two and look to add more international brands including some Brazilian lines.


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By: Evelyn Chen

Skin Care

Image from Pinterest

Part 2 of the series features products to address two of the most irritating and frustrating skin problems: blemishes and blackheads.  We’ve uncovered a few magical potions that will help you control these rascals.

If you missed PART 1 – HYDRATION – click HERE

1.  Get crystal clear with Kiehl’s Herbal Blue Moisturizer. This is a 2-in-1 product with astringent to get deep into your pores and zap your skin into order. This oil-free lotion is a good option for those with acne prone skin.

Khiels Herbal Blue Moisturizer

2.  Get to the root of the problem with Clinique’s Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel to target those stubborn bad boys. This is perfect for those who prefer Salicylic Acid treatments. Bonus: it’s allergy tested and fragrance free.

Clinique's Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

3.  My My Mattify with Coni Beauty Black Whitening Jelly Mask. With skin calming rose water and other goodies, this mask draws out excess oil and gives you radiant, brighter skin. Also, it’s a super fun mask to use.

Coni Beauty Black Whitening Jelly Mask

4.  Get control over your skin with the Clarisonic Mia. This is an investment item worth investing in – it just requires a little patience. Keep in mind this tool is designed to provide a deeper clean than using your hands. Your skin needs time to adjust. When you first use the Clarisonic don’t use it every day but rather twice a week!  Start off slow and build up to it. Overall, the Clarisonic helps improve the look of your skin.  If you struggle with blackheads this will definitely help while giving your skin an instant glow due to its exfoliating brush.

Clarisonic Mia

While looking into recent updates about the Clarisonic, I came across this special lil something for the guys. The Clarisonic Mia2 and Jack Black partnered up to buffer out those rough edges and its brush helps to soften course hairs.  This, along with Jack Black, a great skin care line for men, makes the perfect combo.

Clarisonic Mia2 and Jack Black Set

Mia2 Gray + Jack Black Set

5.  Say bye bye to blackheads with Dermalogica Precleanse. While most products reduce the appearance of blackheads, this product cleans out your blackheads. The logic behind this product is counter-intuitive, but the results are wonderfully blissful. After a few weeks of regular cleansing with this oil, you’ll notice your pores are cleared out. Tip: dab on a bit of astringent after cleansing to tighten up your pores in areas where you tend to have blackheads. Dermalogica Precleanse

For the weeks in between waiting for the effects to kick in, a great concealer is a must-have and we’ve got a couple under our belt that do the trick.

The Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick 14hr is a great option for those with normal skin. This creamy concealer gives great coverage.  Just remember to set it!

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick

For those with dry skin, the Lancome Maquicomplet is a no fuss option to use. Simply dab on with the doe foot wand and blend with a concealer brush or your fingers. This little guy has a loyal following.

Lancome Maquicomplet

 While all these products combined may seem like a lot of time and energy, they’ve been designed to address a few of the most frustrating skin problems. However, at the end of the day, a good rule to go by is to avoid touching your face as much as possible! This tends to happen during times of stress, later developing into a regular habit. Not only does this aggravate your skin, excess oil that you don’t need is being transferred onto your face.  Be aware of your body and take care of skin problems as soon as you can. The earlier the start, the more likely you are to tackle the problem head on and minimize added stress later on.


Vancouver Fashion Stylist




By Justine Barnes

Kit and Ace Gastown Boutique Shopping

KIT and Ace Gastown Boutique

Whether you are involved in the fashion industry or not, we are sure you have heard something about Kit and Ace, which opened their first retail location in Vancouver in July 2014.   If you’ve visited downtown, you have also most likely walked past their beautiful location in Gastown, where there always seems to be an employee sewing something new on display in the window.  We were very interested in what this company was up to and set up a quick interview to ease our curious mind ?

Kit and Ace Gastown Boutiqe Vancouver Shopping

What is the 5 year plan for this company?

We see Kit and Ace as a global brand.   We started the company with that plan in mind and have been rapidly expanding to meet that vision.  In less than six months we’ve hired 240 people and will continue to grow in 2015.  In five years we will be a globally recognized brand, known for our innovative technical fabrics that save people time.

How many locations do you have so far?

Currently Kit and Ace has seven locations:  Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Toronto, New York and San Francisco. We have a rapid expansion plan for 2015, which includes more locations in North America as well as Europe, Asia and Australia.

Kit and Ace Gastown Boutique Vancouver Shopping

What is different about your cashmere?

Our cashmere is part of a proprietary fabric called “Qemir™” (pronounced come-here).  The fabric insures that our clothes can be thrown into the wash and dry without risk of shrinking, stretching or pilling while retaining the luxuriant feeling of cashmere we all love.

What is Meet Kit?

Meet Kit is our feature blog showcasing women that embody the spirit of our muse Kit.  Kit is the type of woman living a full contact lifestyle, finding passion and quality in all that she does. She is our muse and whom we design our products for.  We will have a rotating ensemble of women on the blog that represent Kit in daily life.

Kit and Ace Gastown Boutique Vancouver Shopping

What is different about this company that allows it to succeed? 

Not only do we have the proven background in the fashion industry in managing a global brand, we’ve brought on a creative team that knows how to think outside the box. We’re creating an entirely new market, Technical Luxury™, and we think people are resonating with wanting a brand that caters to their lifestyle needs and keeps them looking fashionable.


Check them out online at and read about the mother, son founders or stop by their Gastown location on Water Street.

“Your time is precious and your comfort is paramount.  We create designs that look good and feel amazing, so you can forget the small stuff and get on with the big stuff.” – Kit And Ace


Vancouver Fashion Stylist