Realizing there can be very little wiggle room in the budget around the holidays, it takes imagination to juggle the season’s demands. We jump through hoops in search of the most perfect gifts while dealing with conflicting party dates with finesse. All that’s left is what to wear to all the festive affairs while making every dollar stretch. That’s where we come in with our 50 handpicked party dresses under $100. We’ve searched our favourite online retailers for dresses to suit every party mood you may find yourself in. If the night calls for a few friends hanging out for eggnog, a boho chic piece from Nasty Gal makes for a cool laid back look. For those ultra luxe dos that demand a little sophistication, we found a River Island metallic maxi and two vintage sixties cocktail dresses. For the life-of-the-party kind of gal, we have sequins, polka dots and a shoulder to ankle lacy number to keep the spotlight on you. We’ve left no stone unturned by including an on-trend tartan midi, florals and animal prints and even quilted and velvet finishes. Since a closet lined with options is essential in avoiding outfit déjà vu, these party dresses under $100 will have you festivity ready with just a few clicks. Read more »
Sun, sand and endless art newness. What could be more genius than Miami Art Basel? We hit the 12th annual art fair this past weekend in the sunshine state and found so much visual inspiration, it’s still possible to size it all up.
On the street, the style was Miami 2.0 with a healthy dose of gallery girl chic. Popping metallics were everywhere, from on reflective aviators to party dresses. So was pattern play, which included unique blends of stripes, florals and fruit prints.
Amidst the A-list parties and artist debuts, several of fashion’s favourite It girls including Leigh Lezark, Stephanie LaCava and Hannah Bronfman made appearances, making for some much-needed flavour bursts during a currently bundled-up season back home.
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Grey hasn’t always been our favourite neutral. With a connotation that’s more “mid-winter sky” than “exciting wardrobe staple,” it has taken a back seat for the past few seasons. That all changed for Fall 2013, when designers from Paris to New York re-imagined the grey trend in various exciting ways.
On the runways, Alexander Wang made us re-discover grey by using its full spectrum in head to toe looks. Muted gunmetal coats were lined with cooler tones while cloudy cashmere snoods and fuzzy gloves accessorized misty furs fused with contrasting dark leathers. Stella McCartney showed tone on tone grey pinstripes on boxy sweaters, midi skirts and oversized coats. Dolce & Gabbana made grey sexy, by showing one reinvented power suit after the next in a warm version of the hue. Meanwhile on home soil, Mikhael D (formerly Pavoni) designer Mikael Derderian worked layers of tulle resembling an overcast sky into his decadent creations while Lucian Matis revealed structured pieces in a murky grey neoprene.
In kind, our Style Panel is going beyond oversized mens coat to collecting pieces that we’ve playfully mixed with textures, patterns and tones to punch up the colour. Showing us how to liven up muted grey palettes is Jillian Lansky of The August Diaries who takes a plunge to turtleneck territory and creates a flattering shape by tucking her oversized sweater into a leather pencil skirt. With a fitting cameo from her grey kitten named Monkey, Barbara Ann Solomon of Barbara Ann’s Style Blog feeds her need for colour by adding a cobalt blue to contrast the greys in her fur coat and dress pants. Lyndsey Forest of Over My Styled Body proves how perfect the once overlooked hue is in letting all your favourite accessories shine.
Question 81: Tis the season of grey. From the sky to the runway, it’s everywhere. How do you punch it up? Read the answers now! »
ALEX GRANT, VANCOUVER | BARBARA ANN SOLOMON, TORONTO | IVA GRBESIC, TORONTO | JILL LANSKY, VANCOUVER | KAYLA SHORT, HALIFAX | LYNDSEY FOREST, EDMONTON | MELANIE MORAIS, EDSON | SANDY JOE KARPETZ, EDMONTON | VICKIE LALIOTIS, EDMONTON
If the frigid temps in our neck of the woods weren’t reason enough for an ample dose of wanderlust, Miami Art Basel (on through Sunday December 8) has us fantasizing about hitting the beach. Last month, Toronto-based photographer Renata Kaveh and The Collections fashion director Dwayne Kennedy did just that, bringing some of our best talents to the tropical metropolis for an all-white photo shoot premiering exclusively on our site. Check out these breathtaking images featuring the likes of Greta Constantine, Lacerda and Matthew Gallagher on the white sands of Miami.
Just when you thought you’d take some recovery time from Black Friday, we have news of some of our favourite homegrown designers gearing up for end-of-year sample sales and noteworthy pop up shops and holiday promos. You watched their designs sashayed on the Fall 2013 runways and made notes of your favourite pieces: now’s your chance to get that wishlist into your closet at discounted prices.
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Ah, what to wear to the holiday party. It’s one of our most common refrains this season, and yet, never ceases to puzzle. As we juggle an ever-surmounting social schedule of cocktail parties, dinners and the like, falling back into the fail-safe LBD can be tempting. We’re here to take you away from the typical and get you going with some out of the box inspiration.
Channeling the holiday literally with red and green is always fun, but why not go the extra mile and blend those hues with high fashion flair? You can be flirty and feminine or even grungy glam if you please. So whether you’ll be a host, attend a glitzy affair at work or be entertained by family or friends, we’re challenging you to be unexpected just like the holiday style ninjas that make up our Style Panel.
Schooling us on the art of mixing and matching sequins, stripes and metallics is Lyndsey Forest of Over My Styled Body while Jen Tam of Her Waise Choice rocks a Topshop jumpsuit that is sure to make her the flyest hostess when she entertains guests at her annual party. Showing that one can never be too dressed up during the holidays is Cara McLeay of A Fashion Love Affair who is stunning in a BCBG Max Azria maxi dress.
So consider what to wear to the holiday party your next great adventure, not challenge.
Question 80: Party style! What’s your look going to be this holiday season? Read the answers now! »
ALYSSA LAU, EDMONTON | AMBER DESILETS, LONDON | BARBARA ANN SOLOMON, TORONTO | BECKY KUNG, CALGARY | CARA MCLEAY, VANCOUVER | IVA GRBESIC, TORONTO | JEN TAM, VANCOUVER | LEAH GUST, TORONTO | LYNDSEY FOREST, EDMONTON | MO HANDAHU, HALIFAX | NICOLE WILSON, TORONTO | SANDY JOE KARPETZ, EDMONTON | VICKIE LALIOTIS, EDMONTON
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Kate Moss at 40, Playboy at 60. Two anniversaries, two ample breasts, one jaw-dropping photo shoot. In advance of the much-anticipated January issue’s release this Friday, the 18-page spread featuring a 39-year-old Moss (she hits the milestone on January 14) in her birthday suit has been released online. The Mert & Marcus-shot images take sexuality in fashion to the next level, using classic Playboy bunny props as fodder for just the latest exposé of Moss’s unparallelled seductive charm. View the whole photo shoot in one go over at thefashionography.com.
When red carpet renegade Kristen Stewart wore a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors with her Yigal Azrouël dress at the MTV Movie Awards in 2009 (or the sneakers she wore on any number of subsequent red carpet walks), she was essentially flipping fashion the bird. In this industry, comfort has historically been a four-letter word: f-l-a-t.
This season, there’s a more sophisticated way to save your soles.
After years of sending models teetering down runways in sky-high strappy sandals and stilettos, designers have become the new flat-vocates, endorsing everything from clunky lug soles and creepers to trim, slim loafers and sleek skimmers especially suited to holiday dressing.
Like so many other recent trends that can be traced back to Lanvin, it’s arguable that the house’s ubiquitous stretchy, girlish ballerina flat of 2002 was fashion’s gateway drug to comfort. Once you go flat, you never go back. This season, Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz sent winter floral party dresses down the runway but grounded their feminine whimsy with more mannish oxfords in leather, velvet and glitter-encrusted versions. This new flat provides a balance to the proportions of fall’s revival of ’50s volume, from the new New Look of full dirndl skirts at Rochas to the boxy topcoats at Céline.