While people elsewhere were lining up to purchase World of Warcraft’s expansion pack, young fashion-savvy consumers in downtown Vancouver lined up to H&M’s release of their collaboration with Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons. Available at only a few stores (only a half-dozen out of the hundreds of H&M locations in the States, and only three in Canada), Vancouver was blessed with the opportunity to host this event.
Comme des Garçons has been around for roughly 30 years and has been known to create extremely avant-garde fashion; pieces you can barely wear, much less justify the purchase for the average consumer. Jackets easily run upwards of 4 digits, and their wallets, lovely as they are, start at the 200-300 level. At their level of design, their pieces should be treated more as an art piece than as everyday wear that you can take to the office or the street.
Although the entire graduating class displayed a sense of originality, I noticed three reappearing trends in the midst of their diversity:
1. The “sweetheart” shaped and strapless necklines which portrays a feminine look of glamor by accentuating the neck and shoulders.
2. Corsette-style, criss-crossing lace-ups. These appeared on the front and back of tops as well as more subtly on short-sleeved blouses.
3. Parallel columns of buttons, big and small. Similar to the buttons on double-breasted winter coats but on tops instead.
In collaboration with Suki’s Hair Salon…
CONTEST: In 250 words or less, tell us about your most traumatizing hair experience and the best entry will win a redeeming pamper day at Suki’s Hair Salon or The Spa at Suki’s. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us cringe with embarassment! Entries will be judged on humor and trauma! Email us with your submission at email@example.com with the subject line “Suki’s Hair Contest”. Please include your name, gender, age, contact information and preferred prize. Guys can enter too!
PRIZE: Your choice of
1) A hair cut, color, treatment (if necessary) and style at Suki’s Hair Salon; or
2) A facial, manicure and pedicure at The Spa at Suki’s.
DEADLINE: Thursday October 30, 2008. Winners will be notified by November 1, 2008.
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Love. Lil ‘Angel. G. Music. Baby. What do these five things have in common?? They are all the names of scents from Gwen Stefani’s new Harajuku Lovers Fragrance! I am super excited to be one of the 50 female bloggers in Canada to receive an exclusive Harajuku Lovers Fragrance kit in a promotional blitz by the word of mouth marketing company Matchstick. This morning, a big box was delivered to my front door containing a whole bunch of cutesy Harajuku branded items….and of course, there are perks and free samples for my Modern Mix Vancouver readers! Click HERE to get mini samples of all five scents of Gwen Stefani’s new Harajuku Lovers Fragrance!
Dear MMV Readers,
Modern Mix Vancouver is currently undergoing construction!! We just switched servers and we are changing to a new, completely awesome layout!! MMV will be having more of a “magazine feel” to it, with featured posts and headlines….but it will NOT lose its blogging format with daily updates with the most recent posts all on one page! That way, you’ll always be kept up to date and in the know with what’s going on in Vancouver but also have a chance to read highlighted features and “extra special” articles!!
UVA Wine Bar (900 Seymour Street) was opened in April, 2008. Despite its modern, refurbished feel, with bold, black double doors at the entrance contrasting the light-colored interior German wallpaper, this venue has managed to keep it heritage roots, subtly incorporating aspects of its history such as the original floors from 1908. UVA Wine Bar is obviously influenced by an European allure, perhaps because of the French roots of the general manager Sebastien Le Goff. In fact, the ambient lounge melodies played in the background of UVA Wine Bar can be traced to the Parisian musical influences of the Hotel Costes in Paris.