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Weddings and Grads – How to be Timeless

Whether you’re graduating or getting married, now is the time of year when women are shopping in full force. You know that your photo will be taken hundreds of times and no matter how hard you try, you will never outlive a bad, dated outfit. But how do you dress when you want to be stylish, but not so stylish that your dress will be out of style before you sober up?

Here are our picks for the classics. The very few looks that will have staying power.

 

 

The Woman in the Fitted Tuxedo

It’s not a look that every woman can or wants to pull off, but you see this silhouette coming back over and over. Madonna, Annie Lenox, Marlene Dietrich, they all rocked it, so can you.

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The Halter Dress

Made famous by Halston in the 70s, this look has really never gone away. It’s sexy without being sleazy, elegant without trying to hard. Also, it moves with you so it’ll help you make the entrance that nobody will forget.

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Little Black Dress

What could be simpler? For your money, this is the dress that you will wear over and over again, so buy the most flattering, best quality you can afford. 

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BOW TIES for every occasion

We love our bow ties and like to sport them for any occasion. Bow ties can amp up any outfit. Most men cringe when they hear the word bow tie or you hear “I am not wearing that!” Well, listen up, if you are hipster enough to rock a ‘stache or beard, you can most definitely rock a bow tie. There are so many different options available from patterned, solids, different materials such as wood, fabric, and even feathers. We are sure you will find the right one to suit any occasion not matter how dressy or casual.
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Kat Marks is a Calgary based designer that studied in London. Her passion is working with exotic leathers and is a leader in fashion enterprise and design. She is so creative and when it came time for to dress for hosting the red carpet, her unique NEW AMBROSIAN style of neckware was where Aly had to go! A new take on a bow and a bollo tie made with the most gorgeous materials such as silks and leathers. Kat Marks is a fashion force in this city and we cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
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Bo by Mansouri 
You’ll be the talk about the party with these bow ties made with wood. Thats right, real wood. Started by a father and son duo, these fashion forward bow ties are made with cut offs from wood processing facilities across North America. In addition to this, they also use soft leather offcuts sourced in Israel, which are used for the neck straps. The bow tie goes through several protoype phases before becoming the almost weightless version that you could have in your hands. We both own one and can’t say enough about how amazing they are made in Canada!
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Aristocrats Bows N Ties 
Based in Toronto, these gorgeous bow ties are available through their online shop. From florals, stripes, solids, to vintage florals, you will find whatever tickles your bow tie fancy. They like to pride themselves in their fashion details and like to call it sophisticated and dapper, with a twist. All their bow ties come with an adjustable band making it suitable for any man. They also carry a broad range of accessories from lapel pins to pocket scarves that will have you looking put together and dapper with a click of a button.
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Brackish Bow Ties 
Started in 2007, all because the designer was not able to find the right groomsmen gift, Ben handcrafted his first bow ties from turkey feathers and they were an instant hit. Every tie is handcrafted in South Carolina and every single feather is hand selected ensuring that no 2 ties are alike. Every piece is a sustainable work of art and ensures that it will make a fabulous statement. We love the organic and of course colourful nature of the feathers and think these are the perfect tie for weddings, graduations, or any fashionable social function.
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PARK 2015: Promoting Artists, Redfining Kulture

In its 3rd season, this years PARK Show is sure to be an amazing one! Being held Saturday May 23, 2105, this show has not disappointed in previous years as being one of the premiere fashion events to go to in the city. Fashion alumni as well as new to the fashion scene designers will showcase their collections in a two part fashion show. There is nothing more thrilling than sitting at a show, when the light turn down, the music starts and the models start strutting their stuff on the runway. It’s exhilarating. This is how we get a little NYC feel in YYC.
TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE.

We thought we would run through some of the designers that we cannot wait to see on the runway!
Designer Aleem Arif founded this brand in 2011. The leather extraordinare, Aleem has a knack for making well tailored and fashion forward jackets and blazers. We are loving the lazer cut details that he is showcasing in his now collection. Perfect for those Calgary summer nights were it can get a little chilly. We are also loving the asymmetrical lines in some of his designs, we like to call this Modern Micheal, as in Jackson if you’re nasty… wait a minute, that’s Janet!
If there is one thing we love, it’s a strong pattern and this is the directions behind Vivian Lee’s new collection called RISE. A contemporary athletic-leisure menswear collection marries technical design and function with simple, clean aesthetics. Made for the modern jet setting man, who is athletic, career oriented, and fashionably sensitive… I think that describes us to a T!
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Graduating from design in School in London, England, we are loving the simple aesthetic of her designs. Going through her collection we love how easy, casual, and well made her pieces are. We love how each of her pieces can be a staple but also go with so many other items, giving that piece longevity in your wardrobe. Something that is very important.

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This Month’s New Celebrity Collections

You just never know who will design a collection (or collaborate) next. This week, we learned about three new collections by some of the biggest celebrities of the moment. Does this make us want to buy them though? We’ll see how the collections turn out when they are released later this year.

1. “ED” by Ellen DeGeneres – www.EDbyEllen.com (coming soon)

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Expected in mid-June, Ellen has created a new collection consisting of womenswear pieces raining from $45 to $400. “This is nothing new to say, but I don’t think you should sacrifice style for comfort. Everything about ED is casual and yet it’s chic.” Inspired by her love of tailored fashion, the word “LOVE” its stitched into all jackets.

According to an interview in Womenswear Daily, she wants to make this the biggest brand in the world and jump into a wide range of categories including menswear, socks, bedding, eyewear, candles and beyond.

2. “REBEL FOR TORRID” by Rebel Wilson – www.torrid.com

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Torrid is America’s fastest growing plus-size fashion brand and they have now teamed up with Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson. A limited edition collection (25 pieces from $28.50-$125.00), it will feature holiday wear and be available in November.

She was selected by the brand for being a fan of sexy, edgy fashion. Rebel explains, “I’ve always had a ‘torrid’ affair with buying clothes my whole life.”

3. Kim Kardashian for retail chain C & A – www.c-and-a.com

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In Sao Paulo, Brazil this week, Kim K announced that she had teamed up with retailer C & A to create a line that she calls “Simple and Sexy.” She also acknowledged that Brazil is a country where women’s curves are celebrated, to it was the perfect fit. The collection includes knee-lenth skirts, dresses, sandals and crop tops and prices range between $9 and $65 in C&A stores across Brazil.


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Let’s Hear it for the Mums!

She birthed you, bathed you and baked for you, so when Mother’s Day comes around we’re on the look out for the best gifts for your mama. Sure, perfume, flowers, breakfast, they’re all great gifts but this year we’re challenging you to think outside the box and come up with something that will really outdo your siblings (and isn’t this really the fun part?).

1. Handmade Items (but handmade by someone else). We’re big lovers of ETSY, and we especially love these pillows by Urban Tree Artistry ($34).

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2. Cleaning lady (or man) for a day. Mom’s, you’re welcome for recommending this one, we know you want to come home to a nice clean house.

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3. Tickets! This is one of our favourites, get her tickets to an upcoming show. Broadway? Mediums? Metal? Here are few upcoming Calgary shows with links to tickets.

Long Island Medium – June 11th

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Motley Crue – December 13th

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Musicals – coming up this year by Broadway Across Canada:  The Lion King, Once, Dirty Dancing, The Wizard of Oz.

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