Quote of the Day

“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan. Never the goal”.

Vogue Italia September 2012 by Peter Lindbergh

Vogue Italia September 2012 || Peter Lindbergh


Quote of the Day

“And if I asked you to name all the things that you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?” – Unknown


Photographed by Norman Parkinson || Vogue, April 1, 1950


Hunter Original || Debut Fashion Show


Dynamo at London Fashion Week

When you think of the household name, “Hunter”, you think of the trendy, cool and practical rubber rain boot company, but that’s not all! This past Saturday, newly appointed Creative Director, Alasdhair Willis debuted The Hunter Original Autumn/ Winter collection at London Fashion Week! Thriving from their English heritage, Willis is giving us more options to look practical but still chic and is prepping us for the worst storms of the century! With sensible clean lines, the collection showed big pockets, reinforced double zippers, a classic anorak, military jackets and obviously waterproof fabrics! The color palette was fresh with deep greens and purples, yellows and reds.

Willis took the collection one step further and brought his sensible style to a stunning runway made of water, woodlands and dare I say, a magic show? Dynamo, the great British magician, performed his matrix levitation, and made himself and eight of the models disappear during the finale! I’m excited to see what else Willis has up his sleeve! What’s your favorite look?

www.hunter-boot.com || @hunterboots

*Click on the images below to enlarge and see slideshow!*

“I was impressed by Hunter and their ambitions for the brand, their heritage and what they stand for. I felt they would be a great partner for me to explore a collaboration in the fashion industry for the first time”.- Dynamo

See who got splashed with water sitting in the front row:

A big thank you to Jane Gill & Associates PR! Follow them here @jga_pr

Words by Kate Wotherspoon
Images provided by Hunter Original and style.com 

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Suki`s Salon || 40th Anniversary

Words & Photos by Kate Wotherspoon

Last Saturday, November 17th, I pulled up to the Vancouver Art Gallery for Suki’s 40th Anniversary party (along with another 1500 people) and felt like I was pulling up to the Met in New York City – minus a few obvious details… Since 1972, Suki’s has been delivering exceptional craftsmanship to the arts of hairdressing and with a red carpet entrance, the entire Gallery was covered head to toe with sculptural hair pieces and hair models.  Each floor and exhibit depicted Suki’s colourful history and was furnished completely by Jacqueline Conoir and Town Shoes.

What I would like to call the “Fiery Peacock”

Hair Models

Suki’s really knows how to throw a party, and better yet, they sure know how to present forty years of exceptional hair artistry throughout an entire art gallery! One hair masterpiece after another left me speechless and made me think twice about my hairdo for the evening and everyday for that matter.

Definition of “Up Do”

Mannequin or not? || Scott Mayo || scottmayo.com

Leather & Feathers

After photographing almost everything I laid eyes on, I made my way up to the top floor balcony. With a view that overlooked Robson Square and incredible tunes played by DJ P. Deady, I got my dance on with some great company. Unfortunately, my Wangs weren’t cut out for all my dance moves and I was left to hobble not strut out of the gallery at the end of the evening…

Robson Square

Left to Right: Myself, Lyndi, Joshua, Scott and Kyle <3

Lyndi Barrett & Scott Mayo || lj-pr.com

Kyle Foo & Joshua Langston rocking studs like no other. || the-sociallife.com

Besties || Kyle & I <3 ||  Kylefoo.tumblr.com

Feeling like I walked out of a dream of pure hair beauty I cannot congratulate Suki’s Salon enough. Everyone involved did incredible work and I’m sincerely thankful for being a part of such a fantastic, celebratory milestone. Congratulations Suki’s and to another forty! xx www.sukis.com 

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Style Feature || Kyle Foo

Photos & Words by Kate Wotherspoon

Kyle Foo is definitely a name to know!  We met at Blanche Macdonald and quickly became a duo that did everything together.  With similar tastes and a drive for success, Kyle Foo was my partner in crime and life line at school.  We compared assignments while eating pancakes at Dennys and quizzing each other for the next exam till the sun came up but that’s another story…

Dressing well comes naturally to Kyle and he has a serious love affair with designer handbags – and I mean serious!  He’s even looking at designing his own handbag line and I’m telling you now they will become the season’s must-haves!

He’s currently the assistant manager at Moulé in West Vancouver, a high-end boutique for home décor and designer clothing, and is an aspiring accessories buyer. Quickly after graduating school he was already producing a spring fashion show for the Lioness Club with mutual friend, Mary-Elyn Keenan (also a name to know) and is seen assisting at many fashion events around Vancouver. Anyone who meets this guy is quickly intrigued and is always left with a smile on their face and in my case, left with aching abs from laughing so hard.

He shares my obsession with studs and prints and is seen here wearing just that.  Enjoy the interview and photos below!

Kyle Foo  || Blazer: H&M and he cut off the sleeves to make it a vest! ||

Sunnies: Marc Jacobs || On Wrist: Nixon Watch, Aldo/H&M bracelets ||

Handbag: Givenchy Pandora (Of course!) || Loafers: Unif HellRaisers (These kick ass, and I mean kick ass well!)

Dress Shirt: Versace for H&M || Shorts: Acid Wash & Cut off Levi’s

Kate W.: What is your current state of mind?

Kyle F.: Content. I feel I’m in a good place for my age but I’m striving for more and feel a change coming.

KW: Where do you feel most at home?

KF: In my hometown, St. Albert, Alberta, with my family. That’s where I feel the most comfortable.

KW: What is your greatest fear?

KF: Failure with my career.

KW: What makes you laugh?

KF: My friends. They know how to have a good time and get my twisted sense of humour.

KW: Prints or neutrals?

KF: More so neutrals…But, my shirt today says differently and is quite obnoxious.

KW: Vintage or new?

KF: I prefer new.

KW: What would you say your signature fashion piece is?

KF: Easy.  Handbags.

KW: Do you dress mostly by the day’s events or your mood?

KF: My mood.

KW: Currently, what are some songs on your playlist?

KF: “Blue Jean” – Lana del Ray remix with Azelia Banks and I love the Songza app, it generates playlists for you!

KW: Dark, milk or white chocolate?

KF: White chocolate, yum!

KW: What is your fav breakfast dish?

KF: An omelette with eggs, cheese and bacon.

KW: What is your dream job?

KF: To be a buyer at Bergdorf Goodman and handbag designer.

KW: Your favourite colours?

KF: Black, gold and silver.

KW: What was the last thing you bought?

KF: A pack of cheap cigarettes, Peter Jackson Black.

KW: Which fashion magazines do you read?

KF: AnOther Magazine and lately Elle US.

KW: Which living person do you most admire?

KF: My mother. She’s always happy and positive and was successful while being pregnant at a young age.

KW: Who are your fashion idols?

KF: I love the quirkiness of Anna Del Russo and I really like Kyle Anderson’s sense of style. www.kyleeditor.com

KW: What are some of your favorite brands?

KF: I adore Givenchy handbags and Margiela for it’s cool and edgy constructivism.

KW: What’s next for you?

KF: I’m brainstorming a lot regarding my own handbag line and would love to explore a new city like NYC/LA or even somewhere in Europe.

KW: Thank you Kyle!

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Style Feature || Jerome Esplana

Photos & Words by Kate Wotherspoon

Allow me to introduce you to someone who is driven, hardworking, stylish and continuously perfecting his talent each and every day – ladies & gentleman… Jerome Esplana!   He’s a force to reckon with from the West Coast but is the most down to earth and funny guy you will ever meet.  His dance videos are taking over the virtual world via his youtube channel (which features beast dancers from Vancouver, Seattle and Los Angeles etc.) and he can be caught throughout Europe teaching master classes in London, Germany and Austria.

Not only has teaching around the world become part of his daily schedule, he also runs a hip hop crew in Vancouver called TwoFourSeven Company with close friend and Diamond Crew member, Roberta Bierman.  In addition, he is a part of The Faculty Crew which took home the World of Dance Champions title more than once this year!  He’s only in his young twenties and his list of accomplishments does not end soon…

On the style end, I’ve caught Jerome rocking button downs with bow ties or casual trendy looks like the one below; not to mention he probably owns every Mickey Mouse graphic shirt ever made and makes it trendy.

You’ll love his interview and should probably join the thousands obsessing over his latest dance videos on youtube.

Enjoy. xx

Jerome Esplana || Beanie: Army & Navy

Watch: Casio || Bracelet: Some religious store (his words exactly)

Shades: Primark || Jean Jacket: Levi’s

|| Backpack: Herschel ||

Fancy Footwork || Shoes: Vans

Some MJ’s in the blood! || Jeans: Bluenotes

Kate W: What is your current state of mind?

Jerome E: I’m really happy.  Great things even stem from bad.

KW: Where do you feel most at home?

JE: When I’m dancing.

KW: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

JE: “Never Give Up”. It’s straight forward, but it’s true in any industry, even in the youtube world.

KW: Which living person do you most admire?

JE: Will Smith. He’s very accomplished, seems quite humble, wise and is one of my favorite actors.

KW: What was the last thing you bought?

JE: A costume piece for the 247 Company.

KW: What makes you laugh?

JE: Oh my God. Everything!

KW: If you could dance in any music video, which one would it be?

JE: I have three! First would be Michael Jackson’s “Bad” , second would be Janet Jackson’s “Rhythmnation” and Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You”.

KW: Which dancer, choreographer or artist would you want to share the stage with the most?

JE: Justin Timberlake. I’m always a fan of his work, and again I feel he’s humble. He has incredible stage presence and his concerts are always insane.

KW: What has been your greatest extravagance thus far?

JE: Performing at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and travelling the world teaching dance.

KW: What is your favorite dance city?

JE: First, I have to say Vancouver for it’s incredible potential and talent. Vancouver has a very driven dance community.  Secondly it would be LA. There’s many different vibes present, even from studio to studio.  I also feel ML (Movement Lifestyle in NoHo) is my second home; I have very close friends there and the studio itself has a great vibe and inspiring talent.

KW: What is your favorite fashion city?

JE: London. It’s so fashionable and trendy with a certain maturity.  It’s exactly how I want to dress.

KW: If you were to dance in this outfit you’re currently wearing, would you change anything?

JE: Nope!

KW: Cat or Dog?

JE: Dog.

KW: Black or white?

JE: Ughhh… I love both!

KW: What’s your number one breakfast dish?

JE: That’s really hard, I love food. Any kind of meal makes me happy and I’m happy eating cereal for dinner.

KW: Name some songs on your playlist.

JE: Backstreet Boys “Get Down” , N’Sync “This I Promise You” and Usher “Superstar”.

KW: Do you dress mostly by your mood or the day’s events?

JE: Weather actually plays a huge part, or if I find something in my closet I haven’t worn for awhile. I find I’ll wear certain colours depending on my mood too.

KW: What is your signature piece?

JE: My gold watch.

KW: Which shoes do you love to dance in?

JE: My Vans.

KW: Favorite colour(s)?

JE: Neutrals.

KW: Suspenders or bow ties?

JE: Both!

KW: What’s next for you?

JE: I’m aiming to choreograph for artists like Justin Timberlake and if I wasn’t dancing, I would want to be an architect.

KW: Thank you so much Jerome!

Style Feature || Farhad Younus

Words & Photos by Kate Wotherspoon

This guy, is one hell of a good dresser… I worked with him at Holt Renfrew and everyday his outfits would never disappoint.  From head to toe and handkerchief to showy socks, his look is sophisticatedly on trend and a perfect mix of media.  He works for Tom Ford and is a family guy with two sons who are quickly catching on to the definition of style.  He plans to start his own label on the side catering to urban women who will feel sexy and powerful wearing his designs and you can always catch him walking with a certain je ne sais quoi… #swag

We planned for the style feature numerous times but it never panned out until one day I was sitting in Starbucks and he joined me for break.  It was one of my last shifts and we were running out of time and decided we mineswell “get’er done now or never” (That’s obviously what I spat out, not him)… So, I borrowed a pencil from the barista and scribbled his thoughts, preferences and inspirations down on an Americano stained napkin and snapped some street shots with my handy dandy iphone!  Check out the photos and interview below. xx

Farhad Younus

Blazer: Zara || Dress shirt: Isaia || Pants: Wings & Horns

Ring: Isaia || Watch: Movado

Loafers: Tod’s || I want these for myself! Great colour!

Kate W: What is your current state of mind?

Farhard Y: Happy. I’m very happy.

KW: Where do you feel most at home?

FY: When I’m with my family.

KW: What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

FY: “The world is full of idiots, you have to learn to live with them”.

KW: What’s your biggest fear?

FY: Drowning. I almost drowned when I was 17 years old and I still have a fear of it.

KW: What’s your most prized possession?

FY: My sword collection.

KW:  What was your last purchase?

FY: The blazer that I’m currently wearing.

KW: What is your greatest extravagance?

FY: It would have to be working for Tom Ford.

KW: What was the last film you watched?

FY: “What to Expect When Expecting”. I hated it… But my wife dragged me along with her friends ahaha. I have to admit though,  there were some funny moments in that film.

KW:  Which designer(s) do you see yourself collaborating with?

FY: Isaia, Tom Ford and Brunello Cucinelli.

KW: Black or white?

FY: Black.

KW: Suspenders or bow ties?

FY: Suspenders.

KW: Favorite fashion city?

FY: Florence, Italy for it’s perfect mix of art, history and fashion. They know how to dress there.

KW: What makes you laugh?

FY: Anything really, I’m easy going.

KW: Prints or neutrals?

FY: Prints.

KW: What is your go-to breakfast dish?

FY:  Oatmeal with fruit or a little bit of honey.

KW: Your most desired drink?

FY: Rum on the rocks with a Cuban cigar.

KW: Your favourite fragrance?

FY: Tom Ford – Tobacco Vanilla.

KW: What song do you find yourself always busting a move to?

FY: I love to dance to any MJ song. I’m a big Michael fan.

KW: What are some songs currently on your playlist?

FY: Dr. Dre – “Next Episode”, Michael Jackson – “Off the Wall” and Neyo – “One in a Million”.

KW: Your magazine(s) of choice?

FY: GQ and Fine Cooking.

KW: So you like to cook! What is your signature dish?

FY: My homemade recipe for pasta – it’s damn good!

KW: Do you dress by your mood or the day’s events?

FY: My mood for sure.

KW: Thank you Farhad!

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PNE 2012 & Hip Hop Workshop

Words & Photos by Kate Wotherspoon

This past week, my days off from work were filled with some pretty memorable moments. I performed at PNE with a stacked group of dancers under the 247 Company & Friends Show and my good friend from Toronto, Mark Samuels, taught a hip hop workshop at Harbour Dance Centre.  Both the show and the workshop generated incredible vibes and it’s times like those when I’m so grateful to be able to surround myself with top notch talent. Vancouver reps hard!

There will be videos posted soon from both events, but for now, here are some photos…

Note: Check out all the hype outfits these dancers rock out. Just awesome! Love them all.

PNE || NO BOYS ALLOWED ft. (Left to Right) Taylor, Shay, Daniela, Anne, Abbey, Randa, Carmen, Me, Sharon, Rina and Roberta!

PNE || Scott and I

PNE || Scott & Stu… If you know Stu, I’m sure he’s given you one of his famous massages. The facials are priceless.

PNE || Kristen, Ashley, Me & Scott

PNE || Sammie, Stu and Ben || Check out Stu’s meal.. dammmnn

PNE || I like chicken || Ben & I

After Class || Akshun, Mark, JB & Jerome

After Class || Michael aka Akshun, lookin fresh!

Mark & I || Missed this guy!

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Style Feature || Deanna Palkowski

Photos & Words by Kate Wotherspoon

Where do I even begin? Deanna Palkowski is honestly one of the coolest people I have met here in Vancouver. First of all she is incredibly funny! I think I had a side stitch from laughing so hard when interviewing her and by the end of it, I decided I should become her new sidekick and partner in crime. Second of all, she has striking style, genius talent and works her ass off! She follows through with what she say she’s going to do and she still has time to drop it low! Cool right?

Her passion for fashion, as cheesy as that may sound, occurred at a very early age when she watched her grandmother sew her and her sister matching floral, floor length dresses for a party. She then began self educating herself with the mentoring of her grandmother and learned all the tricks of the trade. Deanna then moved into acting during her adolescent years and following that she found herself captivated with styling.

Palkowski is a huge Canadian success when it comes to her work with fashion and creative direction. She is signed with Lizbell Agency and her work has been featured in various magazines like ION, Montecristo, Nuvo, Moda and Contributor Magazine as well as brands like Fidelity Denim. She also has her own brand called Minting Die and is looking into collaborating further with friends for new projects. I could write about her all day but I will leave you to check out her interview below and her pics showcasing that chic stylist touch! Enjoy. x

Shorts: Calvin Klein || Top: Vintage || Sunglasses: Oliver Goldsmith

Necklaces: Anna De Courcey & Sleep Standing Up || Bracelets: Philippe Audibert, Minting Die & Catherine Hartley || Rings: Minting Die

Purse: Vintage

Baroque Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell

Kate W: What is your current state of mind?

Deanna P: I feel very accomplished from where I started but hectic at the same time because I want to do more.

KW: Where do you feel most at home?

DP: Honestly, I feel most at home when I’m by myself. This way I’m left to my own thoughts with no one to answer to.

KW: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

DP: When I was younger, my dad would play that trust game with me, the one where you fall and the other person is supposed to catch you from behind, and he would tell me he would catch me but never did! He always said to “Trust nobody” and I feel best when I take matters into my own hands then leaving it with someone else.

KW: What’s your biggest fear?

DP: Falling…Heights scare me. I also find it unnerving to think of not having that one person to share my life with, to share that special connection. I would hate to have to be with the wrong person.

KW: What’s your most prized possession?

DP: It would have to be my grandmother’s ring.

KW: What is your greatest extravagance?

DP: I’m still growing and I’m not there yet. I feel I’m only just starting with my career and would hate to say my greatest extravagance has already occurred.

KW: What was the last thing you bought?

DP: Black Converse shoes.

KW: What was the last film you watched?

DP: The Rum Diary.

KW: Which sites do you visit everyday?

DP: The NY Times, Tumblr & read the News, BoF and visit various magazine sites for inspiration.

KW: Which designers do you see yourself collaborating with?

DP: My talented friends, Central St. Martins, Margiela and Rick Owens.

KW: Black or white?

DP: Instinctively black, but I’m loving white right now – it’s so angelic.

KW: Suspenders or bowties?

DP: Suspenders. I’m over bowties.

KW: Favorite fashion city?

DP: Paris. I feel there’s more talent, creativity and history there. Fashion is a lifestyle in Paris.

KW: What makes you laugh?

DP: Everything. I seem to laugh so easily at anything!

KW: Prints or Neutrals?

DP: Neutrals.

KW: What is your go-to breakfast dish?

DP: Oatmeal with granola and berries!

KW: And what would be your signature drink?

DP: Oh Dirty Martinis and Double Vodka on the Rocks. I have a trick actually when ordering drinks at bars… It’s always loud and you end up going back and forth with the bartender while he asks you multiple times what you want, and no one can hear each other… I’ve solved that. I now have a saved note in my iPhone and just show the bartender the note and signal for “two” so I don’t have to go back later. Works like a charm!

Insanely smart trick ||Double Vodka on the Rocks || Deuces!

KW: What’s a song that you always bust a move to?

DP: I like to drop it low to Diplo – “Express Yourself”.

KW: What are some songs on your playlist at the moment?

DP: “Murda Bizness” – Iggy Azalea & “National Anthem” – Lana Del Ray Remix

KW: What are your fav fashion magazines to read?

DP: Hobo Magazine and ACNE Paper.

KW: What would you say your signature fashion piece is?

DP: Jewellery.

KW: Do you dress mostly by your mood or the day’s events?

DP: The day’s events.

KW: What makes you cry?

DP: Animals dying.

KW: If you could be in any music video, which one would it be?

DP: Any of Prince’s music videos! I love to dance – I have a bootie, so I like bootie dancing moves!

KW: Do you have any fashion idols?

DP: There’s so many people to draw from but Bridget Bardot and Kate Lanphear stand out to me.

KW: Vintage or new?

DP: If it’s a really great vintage piece, yes, but I’d rather always wear something new.

KW: What’s next for you?

DP: I recently became the new Fashion Editor for ION Magazine! I’m very excited to start this next chapter and I would like to bring the magazine to another level.

KW: Thank you for sitting down with me Deanna! I will definitely use your bar trick and perhaps drop it low…;)

www.deannapalkowski.com @deannapalkowski www.ionmagazine.ca

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Style Feature || Renee Palkovsky

Photos & Words by Kate Wotherspoon

If you ever meet this girl, you’ll instantly love her, if you already know her, you know what I’m talking about!  I met her only just last year in one of my fashion classes at Blanche Macdonald Centre.  We became fast friends after our assigned seats in class had us sitting next to one another. After only knowing her a day, I could already tell she was headed for big things.

She’s only 21 years old and habitually jets off to New York City to buy for (212), a trendy boutique in Gastown representing NYC Style, rides her own motorcycle and is currently taking multiple courses to prepare her for the fast paced world of Stock Exchange. Yes, I know, she’s such a cool chick – I absolutely adore her.  Renee’s personality and sense of style is filled with greatness, her shoe collection is to die for and not to mention she’s sample size and drop dead gorgeous.  Everyone, meet my fashionable friend, Renee Palkovsky!

Renee rocking the Beach Chic!

Sheer Cover up: (212) || Bag: Cole Haan || Orange Bikini: H&M

Hat: Aritzia || Rings: From Mexico || Bracelet & Earrings: Blue Ruby – Giles & Brother

Just the cutest! || Sunglasses: Prada ||

Kate W: What is your current state of mind?

Renee P: I’m happy and content. I’m ready to make things happen, I feel like an eager beaver – ready to push.

KW: Where do you feel most at home?

RP: In my bed, it’s super cozy.

KW: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

RP: “Don’t Settle”.

KW: What was the last thing you bought?

RP: I bought this hat that I’m wearing yesterday.

KW: What was the last film you watched?

RP: I watched Grease in Stanley park the other day.

KW: What makes you laugh?

RP: My girlfriends always seem to get that deep tissue laugh out of me.

KW: What’s your favorite breakfast dish?

RP: I’m really into waffles with whip cream, lots of syrup and berries.

KW: What sites do you visit everyday?

RP: I went through a phase when I was 18 and was on shopbop.com religiously but now I mostly research the stock markets.

KW: Black or white?

RP: Black.

KW: Prints or neutrals?

RP: Neutrals.

KW: Favorite fashion city?

RP: Berlin. They make winter look good which is a very difficult thing to do.

KW: Do you dress mostly by the day’s events or by your mood?

RP: My mood. But, I will usually pick one item that I need to wear and decide what else to put on according to that piece. Today it was my earrings.

KW: What are some songs on your playlist right now?

RP: “Say My Name”- Destiny’s Child (Cyril Hahn Remix) & Trials of the Past – SBTRKT

KW: What’s your most prized possession?

RP: That’s so hard! They’re all my babies!  But, if I had to say something it would be my rings and bracelets that I’m currently wearing.

KW: What’s your biggest fear?

RP: Failure.

KW: Which living person do you most admire?

RP: My dad. He’s always so happy even if the worst things are upon him. He really knows how to stay positive. I admire that.

KW: What’s your signature drink?

RP: Dirty Martini – extra dirty, extra olives.

KW: What are your favourite brands?

RP: I don’t have any. My personal style is always evolving just like how numerous fashion houses and designers are continuously evolving their own brand. One thing that has stuck with me though is how I incorporate vintage pieces in my day to day outfits.

KW: What’s next for you?

RP: I was originally planning on going to NYC in the fall to buy for (212) and was looking forward to being apart of that crazy Fashion Week culture but I’ve realized fashion isn’t what I want to do, it’s just a part of who I am. My strong suit is reaching the top and working hard for it. I didn’t get the nickname Ram for no reason. What’s next for me is the financial industry.

KW: You’re incredible and so driven! Thank you Renee!