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Geek chic and print mixing? I’m in!  3.1 Phillip Lim’s Spring 2013 RTW collection is full of everything I love!  Leopard and leather and floral and and plaid and thick-rimmed glasses and tie-dye – fresh and fun!  The mixing of the plaid and tie-dye reminds me a bit of one of my favourite Rodarte collections from Spring 2010 RTW, but Phillip Lim does a more relaxed, casual look.  I would love to have every piece from this collection to mix and match for work or weekends!  All images from Vogue.com.

In the gallery next to the Art Deco Chic exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver is an ongoing exhibit called “Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver”.  The room buzzes with the hum of these spectacular neon signs from Vancouver’s history, rescued from the scrapyard and restored to glow again!  Many of the signs were taken down from their original homes in the 1970s when bylaws were introduced to reduce the “visual pollution” that these signs produced.  (For a great article, pop over to the online Georgia Straight article by Jessica Werb.)   It was neat seeing the exhibit with my parents, who remember some of the signs from growing up in Vancouver!  (The last 2 signs pictured are over in the permanent Vancouver History Galleries in the MOV.)  I really enjoyed this exhibit, definitely worth a visit to the MOV – perfect Sunday activity now that the days are getting cloudy and cooler!  (All images by me.)

Another gorgeous illustration by Manon Heine – I was so excited to see she had chosen to illustrate my favourite look from Rodarte’s Spring 2013 RTW collection!

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Rodarte had very new shapes in this collection, including this beautiful dress. It made me think of the Middle Ages because of the gold corset, but the fabric is so light, so sheer and so abundant at the bottom that it transforms in a fairytale. I loved how the satin reflected the light and how the corset caught it.

What did you think of this dress, like it or isn’t it modern enough (or too much)?

In the drawing: Dress and shoes: Rodarte S/S13

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Every season of Rodarte is so unique and whimsical, I never know what the Mulleavy sisters will come up with next!  The Spring 2013 RTW collection has this cool Sci-Fi edge mixed with a soft romantic touch!  The short dresses and leather jackets remind me a bit of Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2012 RTW line – like a fashionable samurai – but the romantic detail and mix of shapes and patterns and layers makes it Rodarte!  I’ll take a pair of those bubbly spongy moon-heels in every colour!  My favourite look hands down is the divine flowing blue gown (1st image) with the structured gold metallic corset – hard and soft – my favourite mix!  All images from Vogue.com.

I’ve been wanting to see the gowns on display at the Museum of Vancouver’s Art Deco Chic exhibit since it opened in March, and on Sunday, my parents came into town and we finally went!  The gowns instantly transport you back in time!  With shows like Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire bringing this era back to the forefront of popular culture, it was so great to see dresses worn by Vancouver women in the 1920s and 30s!  I loved the range from the intricately beaded flapper shifts from the early 1920s evening wear to the dreamy fluidity of the pink and cream draped gowns from the late 1930s evening wear.  The exhibit is open until September 23 at the Museum of Vancouver – try to go see these pieces from our fashion history before the exhibit closes!

Diane von Furstenburg is the Queen of Wrap-Dresses and mixing bold, colourful prints and this Spring collection was a beautiful showcase of her love for dressing women to make them feel feminine, fun but at the same time, empowered.  I think the 1st look is my favourite, followed closely by the ruffly lemon shirt worn by Mirte Maas.  All images from Vogue.com.