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WESTENDER Fall Fashion 2016

AUGUST 22, 2016

Fall fashion preview: Hits and misses
Aileen Lalor — Westender
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Gigi Hadid walking for Chanel FW16 during Paris Fashion Week. — Contributed photo
It seems more than a little bit ridiculous to be writing about autumn style as the sun’s splitting the stones. However, the fashion calendar dictates that summer ends around Aug. 31 and thereafter we must ignore the thermometer and swelter in winter coats. We asked our favourite fashion friends for their top tips this season, and what we should avoid.

Right to bare arms

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Chanel, Fall/Winter 2016/2017 – Contributed photo
Stylist Crystal Carson says that this season is all about the arms. “We saw one-shoulder pieces, bell, over-long and puffy balloon sleeves, and a continuation of the cold-shoulder trend,” she says.

Puff piece

The one item that will be in everyone’s wardrobe is the puffer jacket, according to Carson. How to stop them looking basic or soccer mom? “Look for longer ones in luxe fabrics with interesting finishing or asymmetric tucks to the neck.”

Colour me good

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Chanel, Fall/Winter 2016/2017 – Contributed photo
Pack away summer’s orange-y reds, burgundy and pastels. This season, says stylist Nadia Albano, everyone’s got the blues. “It’s a huge trend this season with royal blue and midnight blue making a big appearance on runways,” she says. “We’re also seeing purple, saffron, yellow, military green and the obvious – black.”

High-street hits

Albano believes one-shoulder silhouettes, micro-pleats, ruffles and tassels will be a big hit. “Tartan, plaid and anything military will also play well because they can easily be integrated into an existing wardrobe,” she says. “The ’80s revival – metallics, big shoulder pads and Lurex – will be great for thrift shoppers.” Carson’s betting on chokers. “They’re not just trendy – they’re essential,” she says. “Menswear and androgynous sweatshirts will also be big – literally, because they’re oversized. Then there’ll be luxe fabrics like velvet, and patchwork jeans instead of ripped ones – reconstructed, not deconstructed.”

Fashion duds

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Stella McCartney, Fall/Winter 2016/2017 – Contributed photo
“Puffer jackets over evening wear doesn’t work for me,” says Carson. “I mean, we’re forced into it as Canadians, but I think it’s an awkward combination.” According to Albano, “the vinyl trend and the moto jumpsuit are definite skips. They’re not versatile enough and don’t work for most lifestyles and body types.” And, says Carson, anyone who has to do anything practical should skip extra long sleeves. “They’re totally unrealistic for people who need to do normal stuff like typing – the most dysfunctional look of the season,” she says.

It’s a keeper

Both Albano and Carson say you should hold on to your cold-shoulder tops. To style them for winter, Carson recommends layering over a turtleneck. “That works for slip dresses too,” she says.
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Festival fashion: Madeline Merlo Style

Dress up denim shorts with to-the-knee gladiator sandals. White lace kimono, necklace, blue bodysuit and embroidered denim shorts, all from GUESS. Sunglasses and gladiator sandals from Express.
Dress up denim shorts with to-the-knee gladiator sandals. White lace kimono, necklace, blue bodysuit and embroidered denim shorts, all from GUESS.<br />Sunglasses and gladiator sandals from Express. LIZ ROSA /SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Struggling with what to wear to next weekend’s Rockin’ River Fest? Not anymore.

Take inspiration from these festival-ready looks worn by Maple Ridge’s own country sensation Madeline Merlo. The singing star hits all the right notes (sorry, we had to) with her looks — from fun fringe skirts and shoes to spotlight-stealing all-white ensembles.

Take a look.

 

Chic and comfortable shoes — like cowboy boots — are a perfect option for a country music festival. Teal Fringe heels from GUESS (left) and brown cowboy boots from Cuadra via XIXO Apparel.
Chic and comfortable shoes — like cowboy boots — are a perfect option for a country music festival. Teal Fringe heels from GUESS (left) and brown cowboy boots from Cuadra via XIXO Apparel. LIZ ROSA / SPECIAL TO THE SUN
Make a statement with a bold necklace like this one from Express.
Make a statement with a bold necklace like this one from Express. LIZ ROSA / SPECIAL TO THE SUN
There's no better place to wear a fun fringe skirt than at a music festival. Pictured is a black leather Valentino skirt from Mine & Yours Co.
There’s no better place to wear a fun fringe skirt than at a music festival. Pictured is a black leather Valentino skirt from Mine & Yours Co. LIZ ROSA / SPECIAL TO THE SUN
Pretty prints and fun fringe are a perfect pairing for outdoor music events.
Pretty prints and fun fringe are a perfect pairing for outdoor music events. LIZ ROSA / SPECIAL TO THE SUN

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Keep the night chill away with a cool kimono. White lace kimono, necklace, blue bodysuit and embroidered denim shorts, all from GUESS. Sunglasses and gladiator sandals from Express.
Keep the night chill away with a cool kimono. White lace kimono, necklace, blue bodysuit and embroidered denim shorts, all from GUESS.<br />Sunglasses and gladiator sandals from Express. LIZ ROSA / SPECIAL TO THE SUN
The perfect shades for a summer festival? Ones with mirrored frames. Sunglasses from Express.
The perfect shades for a summer festival? Ones with mirrored frames. Sunglasses from Express. LIZ ROSA /SPECIAL TO THE SUN
Dress up denim shorts with to-the-knee gladiator sandals. White lace kimono, necklace, blue bodysuit and embroidered denim shorts, all from GUESS. Sunglasses and gladiator sandals from Express.
Gladiator sandals from Express. LIZ ROSA / SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Photographer: Liz Rosa

Producer & Stylist: Crystal Carson

Makeup & Hair: Marlayna Pincott

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WESTENDER Instagram: Vancouver not immune to paid-post controversy

DECEMBER 15, 2015

Instagram: Vancouver not immune to paid-post controversy

Niki Hope — Westender
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Vancouver Fashion insider Joshua Langston weighs in on ‘Insta-celebs’ getting paid to post. — streetscout.me photo

When you’re flicking through that Instagram feed, and you spot Amber Rose bursting at the breasts and hips from her “waist trainer,” it’s pretty clear she’s getting paid to push the product.

The dark side of the Insta-famous and the problem-free beautiful life that gets celebrated in well-lit images of ridiculously attractive young women came to light earlier this year when Australian model Essena O’Neill quit social media, saying the drive for “likes” and the post-for-pay lifestyle left her feeling empty and like a fraud.

But O’Neill’s assertions (some cynics even question her motives for going public with her concerns but then continuing to have an online presence) seem to have done little to quash this new – and sometimes murky – form of advertising. Companies can simply move onto the next stunner with 100K-plus followers to show off their wares. And there are plenty of them, some even raking in seven-figure salaries. The biggest of the fashion bunch is blogger Chiara Ferragni, of The Blonde Salad, who has a whopping 5.1 million Instagram followers and rakes in an estimated $8 million a year with her various business ventures – offshoots of her social-media and online success.

What most of them have in common is youth, style, beauty, brains, an unrelenting ability to put themselves out there.

The process of getting paid to post can involve an array of deals – some a single post with a mention, others include blog posts, others entail the Instagrammer/blogger working as a “brand ambassador,” and on and on. The prices are also varied – locally, one source told me it can cost anywhere from $300 for a single post, to $5,000 for a whole campaign; those numbers can jump substantially in the US. There are a number of locals making money online – through blogging and Instagramming – but none of the ones I reached out to were eager to talk about the trade.

“As your following [grows], you get paid. As your numbers grow so does your ability to make money,” explains Joshua Langston, editor in chief for The Social Life, a website covering fashion news, runway reviews, and style events. But Langston stresses the importance of establishing an audience organically to build authentic engagement, as opposed to the disingenuous practice of buying followers.

A 2014 story from the website Racked, pointed out well-known bloggers with hefty audiences, like Jessica Quirk of What I Wore, Kimberly Pesch of Eat Sleep Wear, and Aimee Song of Song of Style have been called out on sites and   buying social media followers. In the same article author Chavie Lieber writes: “Originality doesn’t get bloggers noticed anymore – numbers do.”

It’s a departure from the way magazines – the one-time arbiters of style – did business.

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Vancouver stylist Crystal Carson. – Aaron Aubrey photo

Vancouver fashion industry veteran, stylist, and media personality Crystal Carson has had a front-row seat to watch the media revolution go down.

“When I first began my career it was not about me at all. It was about the work; it was about the readers,” she recalls. “I find it so interesting to compare the depth of skill and knowledge at larger magazines to a picture of a blogger wearing a hat or a shirt or drinking coffee.”

Carson isn’t a social media naysayer, but says it’s important to maintain authenticity.

“I’m not opposed at all, I think it’s great that people are having the ability to express themselves, share what they love,” she says.

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PR guru Malania Dela Cruz. – Rachel Pick photo

While Vancouver fashion and lifestyle public relations pro Malania Dela Cruz sees the benefit for companies to collaborate with Instagrammers on a campaign, there needs to be a long-term goal in mind to ensure it’s successful.

“There are some benefits there – for our clients, the brands,” she says. “Our approach is to work with influencers who have a reputation of authenticity and integrity, but we do like to work with them because it is a powerful tool.”

But she doesn’t rule out the benefit of good, old-fashioned print media either.

“Print, for me, is so exciting,” Dela Cruz says.

But one fact is as clear as a freshly posted Instagram pic: traditional media is no longer the only gatekeeper when it comes to creating a buzz about the latest must-have styles.


© 2016 Vancouver Westender

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10 Vancouverites & their relationship advice

Even though most people think my best advice is learned through years of educational training as a relationship counselor, it’s really those around me that often teach me the most. In the spirit of learning from others, I asked ten Vancouverites what their best relationship advice was. Here’s what they shared:

a) Always look at your lover or partners relationship with the parent of the opposite sex. In my case; I looked at the relationship of my man and his mother. This will tell you a lot about what your relationship will be like. It’s the first relationship they have experienced with the opposite sex.

b) Never go on a second date with anyone if you do not burst into laughter that almost brings you to tears on the first date. I live by a quote from the movie Michael with John Travolta. ” you got to learn to laugh, it’s the way to true love.” Life is far from perfect; knowing how to laugh with your partner is the most important.

c) Be their dream come true. Everyone has an idea in their head of the perfect someone but no one is perfect. It’s just a bunch of little things that create that dream. So ask what they are, don’t be afraid if you aren’t all of them, the things you do align with are what you can focus on and live to create magic in their life.

d) Be honest, open and real. When you truly love someone you must know the worst thing about them and accept it. Crystal Carson (Stylist)

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