Lauded as one of the world's most livable cities — with the Pacific Ocean on three sides and a mountain range shadowing it on the fourth — Vancouver's residents celebrate its natural wonders with an eco-centric spirit all their own.
"As a major cosmopolitan city on the Pacific Rim, Vancouver is at the center of international trade and tourism with a thriving port, the largest in Canada," explained Gary Balaski, general manager of Vancouver's Holt Renfrew, the prime luxury retailer in the region. "The [run-up to the] 2010 Olympics have encouraged unprecedented investment and growth in infrastructure, residential and business development, including the retail sector."
"We find Vancouver to be a city with a variety of international and local designers available to shoppers," said Dace Moore, designer for Vancouver-based dace. "The boutiques here are fantastic. The shopping is amazing. This is something we realize more and more coming home [after being] away from the city."
The past five years brought a convergence of fashion, film, music and art in Vancouver, or "Hollywood North" as it is dubbed, due to the influx of movie projects. That elevated the communal fashion sense from layered fleecewear with anorak raincoats to updated styling, with shoppers now sporting smart denim pants, trendy T-shirts and one-of-a-kind jackets.
The increased style awareness also accompanied the city's fervor for earthwise concerns and heightened demand for green-designed lines. This eco-desire, as well as the eight area design schools, provided a foundation for a vibrant crop of hometown independent designers.
"Given the geographic location, there are strong connections to Asia, a cultural diversity and beautiful natural surroundings," explained Debra Walker, executive director of British Columbia Fashion Week, next scheduled Sept. 22-26, and featuring shows by local talent. "Our designers are not afraid to try different things with design and fabric. We are a new city, testing standards as a teenager would, and creating new traditions."
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye