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Wings+Horns – Clothing Sale (December 5 to 7, 2008)

By Guest-writer Kenneth Law

Wings & Horns (formerly Spruce), a relatively cryptic brand of upscale streetwear and casual workwear for men, designed and manufactured in our very own Vancouver, B.C. is having a sample sale at 188 West 6th Ave. I’d be inclined to say it’s one of the best sample sales ever displayed by the label, with stock that includes some of their famous tiger fleece hoodies alongside thermals, buffalo check jackets, raw denim and tees for ridiculously low prices. Sizes are available from XS – XL, and if you go early enough in the day there’s usually enough stock to give you a great selection.

Collections of Wings and Horns can be found locally at Holt Renfrew, Roden Gray,Gravity Pope (footwear) and Dutil Denim (denim). However, it’s a fairly certain guarantee that the deals at this sample sale will outshine anything those stores can offer. While their designs are usually not out of the ordinary enough to jutsify the regular retail price they command, the sheer quality of the material and details in the construction (No YKK zippers!) are definitely worth the prices you will be finding at this sale. Note it is cash only.


Shop Cocoon – Friends & Family Sale (Thurs. December 4)

The concept behind Shop Cocoon (3345 Cambie Street @17th Avenue) is simple. Artists and designers lease shelf space from the store and are also required to work a minimum number of hours behind the counter each week, allowing them the opportunity to showcase their emerging brands without having to undergo the costs of starting up their own shop. The brands available at Shop Cocoon will not be unfamiliar to Vancouverites who are interested in the local and independent designer scene. From Tyte Lids to Filou Designs, these clothing and accessories have frequented the likes of Portobello West, Spend on Trend and more!

On Thursday December 4, from 11am to 9pm, save up to 30% off the entire shop for their friends and family sale. Goodies will be served.

A Change of Perspective

By: Guest-writer Hannah Willetts

On Thursday evening, I was lucky enough to attend the Changes (4454 W 10th) fashion show held at their Point Grey boutique. The store itself was delightfully cozy, jam-packed with patrons and Kwantlen Fashion Design Program students, not to mention the racks of conspicuously organized original clothing. Doors opened at 6:30pm, and refreshments served while we perused the one-of a kind store.

Changes offers shoppers “lightly used” designer clothing, for “real women”. The clothing is both from consignment and store buy-outs, ranging from $20- $160, and accessories from local and Canadian hand craft designers, ranging from $3 -$60. Changes strives to provide for the modern women who is not constrained by sizes or media influences because, “size means absolutely squat!”

The show started after a tearful speech by Rhonda, who stated the store 11 years ago in Vancouver, after her mother’s store in Calgary. Soon after the show began, showing various looks for fall, notably showcased on models of various shapes and sizes who are all loyal customers of the shop. Notable pieces were, a sea-foam green tunic blouse with silver sequins ($24), paired with a pencil skirt($89), and sling back Guess shoes ($39), as well as a black Kenzie blouse ($29), paired with a coral tank ($23) and a very characteristic 1950’s inspired poodle skirt ($39). The crowd favorite by far a navy and black bandeau satin dress with a bow at the waist ($89) paired with a black faux fur vest ($119-French Spy), with black heels by Feet First ( a steal at $29), crowned by a Kazumi necklace, made of Czech Crystal.

The night was finished with a round of cake, and much shopping ensued. 100% of money raised this evening goes towards the Central Asia Institute, which includes the building of schools in Afganistan. If you’re looking for a one of a kind piece in a store in which employees treat you like family, this is the place for you!

Their next show is on Oct 29th , for more info please see their website , or drop by the shop during opening hours:

Monday to Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday to Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 5:30pm

Twigg & Hottie – five year celebration (October 4, 2008)

Twigg & Hottie, a local boutique on Main Street, is having their five year celebration with a show of fall 2008 and a preview of We3 designs’ spring and summer styles. Doors open at 8pm, fashion show is at 9pm. As for the rest of the night, get ready for prizes, drinks dancing and live music. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Call the store at 604.879.8595 to RSVP and purchase your tickets.

HOTBOX – Fashion Show (Friday September 26, 2008)

Hotbox Accessories (2560 Main Street) is having a Fall Fashion Show on Friday September 26, 2008 from 6pm to 11pm. As the press release states:

It’s time to lace up those boxing gloves! Hotbox Accessories is hosting a “Hot Boxer Fashion Show” where ladies and gents will be duking it out in the season’s latest accessories!

Drop by for a visit for “sucker punch sangria” and great discounts! And best of all, admission is free!

OAKRIDGE Fall 2008 Fashion Show – Review

Oakridge Fashion Show Runway

Photographs by Grace Lau Photography.

The Oakridge Centre Fall 2008 Fashion Show “Front Row” (presented with FASHION Magazine) started off with an hour of mingling with hor d’oeuvres catered by The Lazy Gourmet.

Shortly after 8pm, Susie Wall from CTV’s “eTalk Daily” gave a brief introduction of the runway show and praised the charitable efforts of Oakridge Centre – with refreshments and raffle ticket prizes in support of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. And great prizes they were, as the Oakridge retail community collaborated in the name of charity: from a “priceless” Trevor Linden Signed Canuck Jersey to gift cards from Marciano, Hugo Boss and Aritzia (to name a few).

Susie Wall

As the models posed in trios before disappearing backstage at the end of their catwalk strut, the crowd truly had an opportunity to digest the trends of the upcoming season. According to my observations, from trench coats and jackets to winter dresses and dress shirts, solid hues of dark colors dominated the runway – in both men’s and women’s wear. It was the subtle details which set the pieces apart from each other – the speckles on a formal jacket from Aritzia or the thin stripes on a Jacob dress shirt.

Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss

These darks colors are a sign of summer truly being over…until a trio of models wearing Swimco Swimwear appeared on the runway! If you are intending to take a tropical vacation this season, you can take your pick of two-piece swimwear, in red or yellow and splashed with tasteful polka dots or a plain white bikini paired with a wide-brim straw hat. Another colorful surprise came from Tru Drama with silky handkerchief inspired tops and dresses.

Tru Drama

Tru Drama

Accessories were also duly noted in the fashion show. I spotted Matt and Nat bags from the Japanese Paper collection, showcasing the selection available from Valise at Oakridge Centre. From Tie Rack, brightly colored pashminas were used to contrast the dominating dark clothing colors. Similarly, pastel patterned leggings by Aritzia added a splash of feminine colors. In terms of jewelry, Blue Ruby displayed gold filigree earrings with a matching pendant necklace.



In light of all these classic clothing pieces and fashion accessories for the working-age crowd, don’t worry – the kids weren’t left out or left behind. As three children, representing Gymboree and Please Mum and clothed in colorful stripes, scampered onto the runway, waving with childlike innocence, cheers of encouragement were heard from the crowd.

All in all, I felt that the pieces chosen for the runway were extremely representative of the featured store’s collection. Several times throughout the fashion show, I could point out exactly which retail outlet the clothing was from: “That’s so classic – it must be from Banana Republic or “The casual skater look is very Quiksilver“.

Now I have a sudden urge to go shopping – and for good reason! For those of you who attended the show, don’t forget to redeem your $10 Oakridge voucher, found in your giftbag. Other discounts and goodies included a lipstick from MAC Cosmetics (and a complimentary booking for a makeover), redeemable product samples from H2O, $25 to RK, and more!

ISHARA – Eye Candy Soiree at Oakridge Centre (Tuesday September 30)

For one night only Ishara at Oakridge Centre will be serving up live models wearing trendsetting fashions, beverages, a candy bar, and unlimited eye candy. It’s their Eye Candy Soiree grand opening on Tuesday September 30th from 7-9pm. Ishara specializes in a decedent shopping experience with well merchandised garments that are as original as you are.

From their website:

By bringing together the best pieces from noted designers in a comfortable atmosphere, ISHARA provides an ultimate closet of sorts to discerning women in Vancouver where they can choose that perfect outfit knowing that it won’t be found everywhere else.

Indulge for one night in shopping for hard to find and exclusive labels at 15% off!
RSVP to info@thehoneymustard.com