NEWSTYLE Letter letter Fall/Winter 2006 SPRING | SUMMER 2007 D SPRING’S Fall/Winter 2006 BEST RESSES fall preview: SHOE TRENDS The Fashion of Art S is Back Star Poshtyles Victoria Beckham: Fashion of art or from the editor Letter art of fashion? U nderstanding fashion with all its technical awkwardness and intellectual free flow is one step closer to thinking like an artist. Fashion paints a picture of the times and often glimpses into the future; it quietly fights wars and romances the others all while eliminating doubts and preconceived notions of what intellectual beauty really is. In this issue of NEWSTYLE we focus on art as an inducement, a starting point in the creation of masterpieces we gallantly parade around from season to season. The braver you are when it comes to fashion choices, the more artistic your ensembles - and the result is obvious even to the clueless. Ahh, to be brave enough to pull off a black Giambattista Valli number with an oversized matching hat to your BF’s wedding – ala Victoria Beckham‘s bold statement as she left the Hassler hotel in Rome for TomKat’s wedding in Bracciano, Italy. It should be no surprise that she is the starlet we’re profiling in this issue of Star Styles. We’ve seen what spring should look like in London, Paris and Milan and in this issue, we gladly share the details. Check out Travel Tales for snippets from Europe’s fashion capitals and Spring’s Key Notes for the best dresses we’ve seen on the runways. All in all, it’s the season of exaggerated florals, twirly gowns, high sheen suits and geometric separates. A ndrea M. ON THE COVER: A piece from Michelle DeMello’s Royal Shoe collection. www.michelledemello.com We can’t wait for the new Holt Renfrew store - coming to Vancouver May 31/07 STYLE DOME’S TRAVEL TALES: London, Paris and Milan W e love what we do. And we love to travel. Common sense told us to combine the two. Although Europe isn’t a stranger to us, Andrea and I have had the recent pleasure of gallivanting through the streets of London; people-watching at outdoor cafés in Paris; and most recently, spotting spring trends in Milan. Mixing business with pleasure in our favourite fashion capitals has proved to be a six- month whirlwind – but someone’s gotta do it. Apart from styling photo shoots and handling the PR for some up and coming designers trying to break into the North American market, the diva and fashionista wouldn’t live up to their names if they didn’t have some fun. Marina and Andrea behind-the-scenes at a London photo shoot. Here are Style Dome’s observations - from across the globe. STYLE DOME’S TRAVEL TALES: London Fashion: From ballet flats to flat boots, these girls are all about blending comfort with style. Partly because they WALK everywhere! Top Shop is their haven. Music: A distinct Londoner, Lily Allen is the princess (she’s only 21) of cheeky lyrics with an underground tone. Her album Alright, Still is a must for cruisin’ around with the girls. Eat: Ping Pong, located in Soho, offers a great range of Dim Sum in a sophisticated yet cool atmosphere. Drink: Was a guest taster at a Tanqueray No. 10 mixology event and now I’m hooked. Pair this London gin with tonic for a crisp and modish Marina in Piccadilly Circus, London. experience. Celebs: Kate Moss is seriously royalty. Sienna Miller graces every magazine and all guys want to date her. Takeaway: Surprisingly, for being such a fashion hub, girls and guys stay away from conforming to trends. They epitomize individual style by understanding fashion concepts and extrapolating the best pieces for the occasion. London is fantastic – the perfect combination of European forwardness and North American ease. STYLE DOME’S TRAVEL TALES: Paris Fashion: When they’re casual, they’re casual. When they’re dressy – they dress up! They don’t necessarily mix jeans and a silk cami for an evening out – they’ll whip out the Louboutin’s to match their latest off-the-runway dress. Music: The French love to dance so euro dance beats top the charts. The kind that you can’t help but download to your iPod for the gym when you realize that you need to work off those baguettes. Eat: Pershing Hall - in the centre of the golden triangle (between the Champs-Elysees, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V). The best place for a rendez-vous where intimate flirts with daring. Drink: Buddha Bar. Dinner was disappointing so make it strictly a drinks place. Consider yourself warned of the expensive price tag though. Celebs: Girls go crazy for Orlando Bloom look-a- likes. Takeaway: There really is something in the air - the city of love, fashion and good wine. It may sound cliché but it’s true. If you’re not a smoker, you’ll be Marina in Paris: the familiar Eiffel Tower photo opt. tempted. It just feels like the right thing to do as you sip on your merlot. And if you’re there, make sure you take the train into London – it’s more comfortable than a plane and very convenient. STYLE DOME’S TRAVEL TALES: Milan Fashion: There is no such thing as casual in Milan. The Milanese are dressed up, accessorized to the max and heavily perfumed before they even step out for an early morning cappuccino (and cigarette). Men are no exception: in fact, they’re absolutely up-to-date in their fashion choices and well-deserving of a seductive smile, although the whistling is a tad annoying. Music: Milanese love life, fashion, and music. The music choices are eclectic, raging from dance to jazz to new-world and instrumental classical. Eat: Cracco-Peck, near Piazza del Duomo. Hushed elegance, impeccable food, and an amazing wine list. Drink: Just Cavalli Café. This is Milan’s most stylish (and by far the most pretentious) bar. Prepare to shell out up to 20 Euros for a cocktail, but the antelope- furs draped over your chair, gold fish swimming in long-fingered bowls on your table and the beautiful people around you, make it all worth while. Andrea in Milan: The infamous Duomo in the background. Celebs: The football world champs are fanatical about their soccer stars. And with good reason! Inter Milan players like Marco Materazzi are absolute royalty in Milan. Takeaway: Although Milan’s elite fashion houses found in the Quadrilatero d’Oro are a must, don’t forget to visit some bargain basements nearby. Check Basement for Gucci, YSL, D&G, Fendi and Prada; Matia’s for Cavalli, Jill Sander, CK and Bluemarine. STAR STYLES: Victoria Beckham T he term posh is used particularly in Britain to describe the somewhat over- the-top luxuries affected by those with social pretensions. Aka: Victoria Posh Beckham. Whether she’s hanging out with the kids, strolling hand-in-hand with hunky hubby David, house hunting in LA, designing killer jeans, sitting front row at Paris fashion week, or most recently, acting as Harper’s Bazaar’s guest fashion editor, the infamous Posh Spice is nothing short of fabulous. If you haven’t already made her latest book, “That Extra Half an Inch” a coffee table bible, you’re missing out. When I was in London last Fall, I had the honor of getting my own copy prior to it hitting stores. Word of advice: take notes. What’s next for this model-like picture poser? She’s rumored to design a baby fashion line with BFF, Katie Holmes. Love her or hate her (she is married to David Beckham after all!); Victoria is one busy and fashionable lady topping our Star Styles this season. spring’s COVER STORY BEST DRESSES: key notes Sketches by Srdjan Magas W hether you prefer polished tutu’s, neon mini’s, jersey’s drapes, cosset the Spring’s hottest one- or goddess piece: the dress. The dress is your key note this spring, whether at the office, beach or out with the girls. It’s the easiest throw-on, leaving little room for error or contemplation. It can be grand, flirty, sexy, romantic or fun; the interpretations are endless, as are the choices. Take a peak at a few that got us enthralled. Alexander McQueen, Spring 2007 spring’s BEST DRESSES: COVER STORY key notes Sketches by Srdjan Magas P eter Dungas did not disappoint with his notion of the dress: from ultra-electric, high-color mini’s to spots, stripes and blazing neon chiffon, this is surely a collection we will be seeing quite a bit on the red carpet. Emanuel Ungaro, Spring 2007 spring’s COVER STORY BEST DRESSES: key notes Sketches by Srdjan Magas A lthough unusually subdued, Cavalli still caused a stir with his habitual leopard prints and zebra stripes. Roberto Cavalli, Spring 2007 spring’s COVER STORY BEST DRESSES: key notes Sketches by Srdjan Magas H ere is a brave relay: nude is the hot new color. And we love it! From Laboutin’s nude, patent pump to Michael Kors’ nude Spring ‘07 palette, we can’t wait to get into the nude. And his nude ballerina dress (shown below) - now that’s a revelation! Michael Kors, Spring 2007 Sty e Dome says... Love to laugh. Love fashion. Be chic. Be memorable. Be talked about. Be STYLE. styledomeconsulting.com | email@example.com OF art THE FASHION I t’s no secret that the line between fashion and art is a blur. Accepting fashion for what it is – a form of art – is getting closer to mastering the art of seduction, in which fashion clearly plays a major role. So what’s it all about? It’s about seducing the world, swaying the equilibrium one way and stirring emotions. Designers like Giambattista Valli are notorious for their Blanco versions of art on canvas. Inspired by the abstract expressionist Alberto Burri, Valli went as far as reprinting one of the artists’ mobile paintings for a bubble skirt he paired with a collarless, belted jacket for his spring 2007 collection. And people, one of whom being Victoria Beckham, appreciate the overlap. So what does this mean for the next generation? How can we learn from the art of fashion? ATHENA BAX Award-winning artist and distinguished Vancouver Fashionista. Athena Bax explains how she relies on fashion for inspiration and uses it to covey feelings of affection in her art. “For me, fashion doesn’t just co-exist with other areas of interest in my life; it is an equal ingredient in all that makes me who I am. It is where I choose to live, how I blend paint for my canvasses, but most of all, it sets a personal inner mood for me,” she explains. “Fashion is a part of my vision for that moment in time, until something new is introduced, keeping the process moving forward constantly. Fueling the desire to create someone new. Paint someone new. This process is necessary for me. For my art. It keeps me connected, curious and for some reason…really happy. Like what Athena Bax it feels like to buy a great pair of new shoes I guess!” Bax adds. Mother by Athena Bax www.athenabax.com Rain by Athena Bax www.athenabax.com art THE FASHION OF MICHELLE DeMELLO Artist and visionary behind NEWSTYLE’s cover. Shoes and art: what a unified concept. To every glam girl out there claiming to recognize the basics in trend entice, we need not elucidate the relationship between shoes and art. To say that the right shoe will take you to new heights is an unnecessary cliché. Whether it is Cinderella’s glass slipper, a Balenciaga high- tech heel or a Louboutin patent pump – shoes are expressions of emotion, for both the creator and the consumer. To Michelle DeMello, a young Canadian artist who merges abstract art with the frilly pleasures of fashioun and design, fashion is art. “I am inspired by the textures, colors and shapes in their various forms, which outfit and evoke specific moods and emotions with the statement they create. Fashion is a perception of beauty and it crafts a feeling of beauty, which is what I seek to express with my art,“ explains DeMello. Paintings from her Royal Shoe Collection grace the walls of some of Vancouver’s most notorious divas – our Communications Director, Marina Govic, is a proud owner. Michelle DeMello Pieces from The Royal Shoe Collection by Michelle DeMello. www.michelledemello.com LADY AND THE CHAMP: Deb and Vlad on the art of fashion. LADY AND THE CHAMP: Deb and Vlad on the art of fashion. F rom Vancouver’s high circle of creatives, infamous for blurring the boundary of art and fashion, Vladimir Markovich and Debra Walker of Q: BCFW has been an important step towards recognition of new and emerging Canadian designers. Thanks to this action, designers such as BC Fashion Week answer how they use fashion as a AsLuxe have received a glimpse of the international form of expression to emphasize what matters most. stage, with Hollywood starlets taking note. How do you see the Canadian fashion landscape today? Q: Your BCFW Spring 2007 opening show was clearly a journey through time, wonder and emotion, A: “In short, we see potential and we see change,” all while using fashion to bring importance to socio- says Debra Walker, Executive Director of BCFW. As political, cultural and stereotypical blur on an atomic Walker explains, there is remarkable talent in Canada, level. What was your motivation behind such grandeur? but where we fall behind is in the knowledge of fashion marketing and the business side of things. A: “This grandeur was a challenge for a number The art of fashion and the business of fashion need to of reasons – but the easiest of all was getting and co-exist in order for the industry to develop further. remaining motivated in the midst of all the creative “That’s part of the reason why we created BCFW: to chaos,” says Vladimir Markovich, Executive Director of support emerging Canadian designers and to help BCFW. “Everything starts with an artistic idea, which them reach a certain status in production, marketing in turn, evokes emotion and finally you’re ready to and public relations. We’ve seen a tremendous create fashion. That’s how some of the world’s most degree of success over the last few seasons and celebrated collections are born, such as Galliano’s most certainly, there is a seriousness about BCFW; Crown Collection. With this year’s theme, The Journey, it is relevant to both the retailer and the consumer. our aim was to showcase the voyage of thought, Furthermore, we’ve been successful in capturing the creation, execution - in short the journey of life that attention of the local and global community,” she leads to the collection preview. We gave art a concept, adds. BCFW has established co-op relationships with so that every collection shown at the opening night Greece, Russia, Japan and Mexico. Thanks to these had a theme rooted in the initial artistic idea: fear, faith, efforts, Canadian designers will have an opportunity wonder, joy, desire, love. All of these emotions inspire to showcase their collections in these countries as and lead a designer in a certain direction,” he adds. a part of their individual Fashion Week previews. LADY AND THE CHAMP: Deb and Vlad on the art of fashion. Q: Sustainability is a buzz word – one that has lost its meaning due to overuse. Nonetheless, hordes of conscious, value-based consumers take it very seriously. And designers like Twice Shy, Hajnalka Mandula, Mala Kuja and Nanna are listening. What are your thoughts about these green collections and their effect on fashion as a platform of change and active environmentalism? A: According to Vladimir and Debra, although the concept of sustainable fashion has become trendy, it will take further production (and marketing) efforts for it to become sexy and commercially accepted at large. As Debra explains, it is a battle between status versus philosophical ideology: does the consumer buy organic only because it is currently hip to be conscious or is there truly a movement towards organic fashion? “Currently the industry of sustainable clothing continues to target and reach a very narrow niche. In order to expand its reach and gain complete commercial access, these designers need to go back to the four basics of design: fabric, fashion, finish and fabrication,” adds Vladimir. Both agree that these sustainable collections need to reflect the current trends and move forward with seasons. “There are numerous local designers, such as Mandula, who are innovative and risqué, but at the same time employ the principle of sustainability in their collections. These are the true innovators and pioneers who have created quite a buzz in the market,” says Debra. For more info on BCFW, visit www.bcfashionweek.com FROM BOTTOM TO TOP: the top 5. The whole package – seems like that’s what we want with everything nowadays. If you plan on making a little spring investment, be smart and stylish with Style Dome’s top 5. SHOES: Metallic meet Wedge: The perfect spring neutral – you’ll wear them more than you think. Cyprus Wedge in platino leather with gold detail, Gucci. * Style Dome’s Diva just snagged a pair! DOWNSTAIRS: Boyfriend Chic: Suck in no longer! Exhale in these roomy trousers with boyish appeal. Pair with a structured top and turn it into an oxymoron – boyishly feminine. Wide Leg Trousers, L.A.M.B. UPSTAIRS: Asymmetrical Cuts: Add a new angle to your wardrobe by making the most of an elegant neck and shoulders. Chiffon Top, 3.1 Phillip Lim FROM BOTTOM TO TOP: the top 5 FACE: Smart Makeup: Believe your ears, we found make-up that talks! With the touch of a button, a voice can explain how to create that perfect seductive gaze. Smoky Eye Palette, Stila HAIR: Paging Veronica Lake: Masculine with hints of sexiness and femininity where soft textures provide flow and movement. Try it on either short or long hair to make your own glamorous shape. Hair at the Paul Smith fashion show, London. BIKINI READY: BCFW Spring 2007 BC Fashion Week is the week to be in town and we’re never thwarted. Spring 2007 surpassed all of our expectations from the opening night to a luxe close with Asluxe. Indeed, it was a journey. Our favourite: the returning siren, Anna Kosturova (www.annakosturova.com) and her line of crochet swimwear in rainbow colours. From preppy glam, modern classics to lacy cover-ups and rainbow blooms – Anna has a little something for a lot of us. And the best part: ultra chic meets divinely comfortable (no puckering nor digging here). BCFW Spring 2007: Anna Kosturova BIKINI READY: continue. W hat do you prefer: going to the dentist or shopping for a bikini? If you’d rather be drilled, flossed, and drugged than slip on a two-piece, let us make a few suggestions that just might turn you in a different direction – the less painful one. Here are NEWSTYLE’s bikini basics. IF YOU ARE CURVY: Accentuate your waistline with belts, mesh insets, and diagonals. Support the bust with an underwire or built-in cups. Try halter necklines for better support. IF YOU ARE LONG-WAISTED: Consider a tankini; the horizontal break in coverage helps the body look more proportional. IF YOU ARE BOTTOM-HEAVY: Wear an attention-grabbing colour or detail at the bustline. Keep the bottom of the suit dark and matte. Use V-necks, along with vertical stripes, prints and details to elongate the torso. Consider Empire-waist suits. IF YOU ARE BROAD-SHOULDERED: Look for straps that hit mid-shoulder, to cut off breadth. Try wider straps which can make the shoulders appear less broad. Look for vertical details which make the body seem longer. FALL | WINTER 2007/08 PREVIEW: shoe trends. Sporty Glam. W e have just returned from Milan, where we attended the largest and most prestigious international exhibition of high level footwear – MICAM at Rho Fiera Milano. Women’s Fall 2007 collections are hyper, with the return to the timeless charm of boots and the boom of sport glam. This fall, a true fashionista is a minimalist, one who does not linger over décor and maybe shows off one shoe accessory. She is sober but not punitive. Another big trend is feminine romanticism with gold, bronze and glitter. Rider’s boots as well as eco/chic slouch ankle boots continue to evolve and sporty glam is entering the fashion arena once again. Here are some samles. OUT&ABOUT: vancouver know how’s Read: How to Walk in High Heels: The Girl’s Guide to Everything by Camilla Morton This is not news; the book has been around for some time. We’re merely reminding you that you need to buy it, read it, love it, own it. With a foreword by John Galliano and brilliant illustrations by Natasha Law, it’s an encyclopaedic catalogue of how to live life to the full – in heels! OUT&ABOUT: vancouver know how’s Eat: Azia Restaurant. (990 Smithe Street, 604.682.8622) NEW! The glitz and glam of Asia, an authentic culinary delight, wine by the legends - try Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 2000 - and loca- tion galore! What else can we say? Oh, try the Grilled Lemongrass Chicken on Tumeric Rice - it’s charbroiled boneless chicken mari- nated in lemongrass. OUT&ABOUT: vancouver know how’s Bling: Dyrberg/Kern (www.dyrbergkern.com) What do you look for in jewelry: personality, identity, innovation, quality, simplicity and value for the money? Good - then we have just the thing! Gitte Dyrberg and Henning Kern are the master- minds behind this sharp jewelry line that’s clean, modern and perfectly Scandinavian chic. Although incalculably current, their jewelry goes beyond the trends of the time and easily transcends from one season to the next. Not the same is true for shoes…but that’s slightly off topic. OUT&ABOUT: vancouver know how’s Shop: Teenypig.com This is our favorite e-shop, and not only because we LOVE the name. Teeny Pig offers collections by Dace, WESC, Sweetees, Free People, Chulo Pony, etc. They claim to represent confidence, trendsetting, and exclusivity - and we believe every word of it.