For my March break getaway, I’ll be packing a frilly little number like this one by Montreal-based chain Dynamite ($40, dynamite.ca). By day, I can work it on the beach with flip-flops and a sunhat à la Brigitte Bardot, then dress it up post-sunset with strappy sandals and glam red lipstick.
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When jewel-encrusted butterflies land on Lanvin’s Spring 2011 accessories, you know it’s time to put down your swatter and embrace the creepy-crawlies. Insect embellishment is creating major buzz, popping up on everything from belts to bags. Like Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz, I prefer them as luxe baubles, like this playful ladybug pendant by Aaron Basha (from $950, at Birks, aaronbasha.com). No exterminator necessary.
Leave it to the buyers at Misch (2960 Granville St., 604-731-1017, misch.ca) to stock the latest and greatest from the best under-the-radar fashion brands. New this spring is a capsule collection of shirts and other pieces by Forte Forte (forte-forte.com), an Italian label that has re-dyed and repurposed gorgeous fabrics.
On trend but not over the top, these minimalist denim kicks by TOMS ($65, at Holt Renfrew, 510 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-269-7341, holtrenfrew.com) give your blue-jean basics a modern twist without blowing your budget. Even better: The company donates one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold.
There’s been plenty of action on Laurier Avenue lately: Salon Orbite (221 Laurier Ave. W., 514-271-6333, orbite.com) just got a futuristic reno; dandy den Michel Brisson (1074 Laurier Ave. W., 514-270-1012, michelbrisson.com) moved a couple of blocks east; and Billie (1012 Laurier Ave. W., 514-270-5415, billieboutique.com) has taken over this chic space.
After 25 years in the Canadian fashion industry (including a nine-year stint as senior designer for Lida Baday), Dennis Merotto has added another layer to his already impressive resumé: his own label.
No matter what the forecast says, I’d like to believe that the sun’s hiding just around the corner. And if not—well, I can always take a little spring-break vacation, non? Either way, I feel justified splurging on a pair of Linda Farrow for Agent Provocateur sunglasses (from $375).