It’s so close we can almost taste it: Spring. With it, the colour palette of our wardrobe changes, we put away our long johns and we watch the ground waiting for those tulips to peep out! In celebration of impeding Spring we bring you a new style file, from the Nordstrom Gala for the United Way on March 5. The Gala, held at Nordstrom’s new Rideau Centre store, raised funds through the United Way for project step, which provides school-based intervention for young people with addictions issues. Since project step... | Continue reading article
The unaffectedly cool anti-pop star and chanteuse of the wildly popular Royals, Lorde, performed in Ottawa this past Thursday, September 11th as part of this year’s Ottawa Folk Fest line-up. With surprisingly relatable lyrics, I’m a fan of Lorde not only for her haunting music but her subtle confidence. Without relying on barely-there clothing or abiding by every style rule, she proves that modesty and a strong sense of self can be chic, too. Though the singer first shot to stardom as a result of her entirely unique sound comprised... | Continue reading article
All photos courtesy of Aisling McCaffrey In most of Canada, Labour Day weekend is a last ditch attempt to enjoy the frivolities of summer before adults and children alike are expected to buckle down and work through the winter. In Ottawa, however, we’ve managed to extend our fun by moving the last days of summer to the weekend after school starts, and incidentally, the best time of year in fashion. With my heart full of love for both festivals and street style, I spent three nights of folk fest checking... | Continue reading article
All photos by Adria May Bluesfest 2013 was an amazing venue for fashion inspiration in the city. It was scorching hot outside, with lots of scorching hot people. Better late than never, check out our belated Bluesfest Street Style File! Occupation: Therapist and co-founder of Couch Assassin Outfit: Shirt: Smoove (New Zealand) Skirt: Jacob Shoes: Clark’s (dancing and hooping all day require comfy shoes) Style inspiration: My style is dictated by cut and colour. Dresses are the easiest piece of clothing because they are most forgiving of fluctuating body shape... | Continue reading article
On June 1st, Ottawa Velo Vogue held a fashion show at the Kichesippi Beer Co. Between the cute dresses, cute bikes and fashionable people, the event was filled with style inspiration. If you didn’t have an opportunity to attend the event, photos can be found here. Name: JORDAN DE RUITER Occupation: Designer at Jordan De Ruiter Outfit: Dress from her line, Jordan De Ruiter Style Inspiration: “I just make what I would really wear. Stuff you can dress up in, but that you buy and doesn’t just sit in your closet forever.”... | Continue reading article
All photos courtesy of Adria May There were swells of vintage-lovers looking to buy that special one-of-a kind item at this year’s Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show on November 18. This years’ event has held for the first time at the Ottawa Convention Centre and was packed with enthusiastic fashion-lovers. I had the good fortune of meeting four fabulous women: Julia, Rosa, Erin and Erica. Name: JULIA CARON Occupation: Works for CBC Radio, Quebec City Outfit: Dress – Toronto, somewhere on Queen Street West Shoes – Mexico City (she recalled entering a store... | Continue reading article
I took to the streets of Ottawa during some days of great weather, not knowing who I would meet or what they might be wearing. Unlike some previous Style File posts I had no specific theme in mind, I just knew I wanted to see something ‘original’. These ladies pulled off varying eclectic styles from a range of sources, some surprising. At the end of the day, every person, every outfit had a story. Name: EFFIE VAICOUSSIS Occupation: Works at a community resource centre for seniors Her outfit: Headband –... | Continue reading article
Chinatown Remixed, the annual celebration of Ottawa’s most eclectic neighborhood, went off without a hitch this weekend. The art was fun, the crowds were cool and the fashion was hot! Here are some of the fashionistas that caught our eye (sorry guys, but while many of you turned out in style, you were too fast for our crew to catch you). Name:Greta Grip Occupation:Knitter Describe your personal style:Quirky, Witty, Knittery Where did you get your outfit? I made my knitted blond wig and dress, which is a copy of my... | Continue reading article
Photographs and text by Stephan Telka In mid-June, Raw Sugar played host to one of Ottawa’s first Men’s Clothing Swaps. Finally a chance for the men of Ottawa to come together to get rid of some gently used clothing and pick up a few new pieces! Style File reporter Stephan Telka was on the scene to capture some of the cool and some of the quirky finds. The organizers are hoping to make this a regular occurrence, so check back in the coming months for the next date.
Thespians are known for their attention grabbing ways, but does their flare for the dramatic extend to the wardrobe? Melanie Yugo, crafter extraordinaire and co-founder of Spins & Needles, and Lauryn Kronick, a vintage-obsessed fashion junkie, were on hand at the 2011 Fringe Festival to find out. While the festival ended last week, we hope that some of the styles that made their way to the famous fringe beer tent last all summer long.