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Candied delights, Parisian dreams and worldly flair—Vancouver designers usher in spring.
This winter hasn’t been as harsh as in the past. And I must admit, once or twice I’ve even gotten away with wearing a light jacket. Despite the mild temperatures, I know we’re all still itching for that day when we can free ourselves from our winter wardrobe and run around in our light-as-air spring wear and summer shoes! Here are my choice picks for coveted styles from local designers this season.
Body Politic | Fine Finds | Life of Riley | Lord’s | Not Just Pretty
Noir Bonbon is welcoming the warmth with sweetness. You’ll find that the pieces in the candy-inspired collection range from a muted signature black (“noir”) to cavity-inducing bright blues and pinks (“bonbon”).
The fashionable confection from Noir Bonbon combines feminine and masculine shapes in maintaining a great contemporary and versatile line. The eco-conscious, made-in-Vancouver label also uses natural fibres whenever possible, including Azo-free and pesticide-free silks, organic cotton, soy, and the biodegradable Tencel.
Violet Boutique | The Block | Eugene Choo
Who loves Paris in the springtime? Dace does! The Vancouver-designed and produced label is bringing the land of l’amour to us with its Spring 2010 line, inspired by Francoise Hardy, the iconic French singer and actress.
The romantic spirit of Paris is infused in each piece, while the feminine silhouettes are attributed to the soft flowy fabrics of silks and cotton-linen blends. Neutral tones of blue, khaki and off-white are mixed with brighter hues of purples and indigo.
Even better? Check out these sweet numbers made from organic cotton:
Carrying simple yet luxurious pieces, Dace is definitely all for effortless style. Jump on your moped and score a couple pieces, vite!
Available from Ban-Dia Apparel in Kitimat, BC.
Jack & Jill | Babe Belangere | Urban Rack | Halfmoon Yoga | Vive
Have your luggage ready on standby! Tension, locally designed and manufactured, is giving us a whirlwind-tour in their spring/summer “Passport” Collection. Sister clothing line, Sweet Chemise, focuses more on party dresses.
Pulling inspirations from New York City, Paris and Tuscany, this line is a great mixture of sexy, sophisticated and classic.
Bright colours and eye-catching patterns tell a story from each city:
Full of key versatile pieces, Tension’s line is definitely travel-friendly and a great option for those of us who can’t afford an international shopping tour! I do hope, though, that they will start incorporating eco-friendly fabrics in the future.
Make sure to get started on your spring wardrobe early—the sun is already peeking out trying to get a glimpse of all you fashionable Vancouverites! Don’t let him (or her) down!
Marjolyn “MJ” Ustaris is best known for mjfromaroundtheway.com, her personal blog dedicated to art, fashion and local events. She has been labelled “MJ of all Trades,” being the creative mind behind many local art and fashion events, bringing visions to life with wardrobe styling and a unique written voice.