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Style Guide: 3 Favourite Mountain Looks

Dec. 20, 2015
By Ashley Materi
Photos by Colin Ferguson

Whether you’re on Banff Avenue or on the slopes, we’ve got you covered with this season’s best clothing, accessories, outerwear and gear.

Powder Hound

Stylish snow seekers embrace high-tech gear that’s comfortable on both the chairlift and the descent. (more…)

Gilding the Lily Brings Star Stylist’s Finds to Toronto

Gilding the Lily.

Gilding the Lily.

Stylist to the stars Annie Jagger is known for her edgy-meets-feminine aesthetic; it’s well reflected at her new Distillery District shop, Gilding the Lily. Though based in Los Angeles—the better to work with such celebrities as Bradley Cooper, John Hamm and Kristen Stewart—Jagger chose Toronto for her first retail endeavor because she felt there was a void in the local market: true to its “embellished” name, the boutique showcases eclectic items that have an added touch of luxury. Among the well-curated goods are diamond and gemstone cocktail rings from Arik Kasten, body chains from Jacquie Aiche and ear skimmers from Smith and Mara. The rest of the stock, displayed against a barn board-and-wallpaper backdrop, includes funky shades from Anna Karin-Karlsson, hats in a variety of styles from Gladys Tamez, candles from Himalayan Trading Post and handmade soaps from Big Sur Country Soaps. Open Tuesday to Sunday. —Linda Luong

• Gilding the Lily, 47 Tank House Ln., 416-360-5459; gildingthelily.la
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Hot Shopping: Shop Talk: Style Maven

Joan Druxman-Jones, the leather-clad, rock-star chic owner of Joan’s Accessories and More, says she’s “starting over at 73,” but that’s not quite accurate. Although her trend-setting boutique has been in its current home above Eyelet Dove for just two years, Druxman-Jones (mother-in-law of Winnipeg jewellery designer Hilary Druxman) has been in the fashion business for more than five decades. “I’ve seen bell-bottoms three times,” she laughs. Indeed, she’s seen it all, which is precisely what makes her Academy Road shop so special. Druxman-Jones has a discerning eye for hunting down beautiful bags and bold cocktail rings you won’t see anywhere else. Inspired by fashion’s constant evolution, her drive to find the next big thing is reflected in her thoughtfully chosen wares. “When I started in the business, you matched your shoes to your handbag. Now, there are so many possibilities.” 485 Academy Rd, 204-415-4564.

Hot Shopping: Where to Get Unique Accessories

Check out Eclection for unique accessories that make great souvenirs.

Looking for a great souvenir? Eclection in the ByWard Market houses a colourful collection of hats, jewellery, clothing, and accessories, and specializes in work by Canadian artists and designers. (Fun fact: many of the staff members are artists whose collections are carried in the shop.) Prices are affordable, with jewellery starting at $10, accessories starting at $25, and clothes starting at $50. But it’s the fun, whimsical vibe and sheer assortment — eco-plastic jewellery, fascinators, scarves! — that will have you returning.
55 ByWard Market Sq., 613-789-7288.

Hot Shopping: Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Wardrobe Treasure Troves

Lights, camera, shopping! Summer is prime time for Winnipeg’s film industry with many movie and television cameras rolling across the province. Professional costumers turn to these spots to source silver screen standouts for both modern and period flicks:

Stylists solve footwear dilemmas at Canadian Footwear. This versatile shoe resource has three locations and a wide variety of styles from cowboy boots to patent leather stilettos. 128 Adelaide St, 1-204-944-7463; 1530 Regent Ave, 1-204-944-7466; 1504 St. Mary’s Rd, 1-204-944-7474.

A great resource for its rich costume collection and wide range of theatrical accessories, the two floors of Harlequin Costume & Dance are a golden go-to. 375 Hargrave Street, 1-204-943-6400.

Examples of colour, pattern, texture and shine at Ragpickers from each decade of 20th century fashion demand hours of rack rifling. 216 McDermot Ave, 1-204-942-7992.

A rainbow of hats, jewellery, shoes and vintage apparel at The Ruby Slipper Vintage Shoppe (pictured) include floral house dresses and charming twin sets as seen in Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story The Sequel that’s currently on location. 1-204-237-4976, 970 Sargent Ave.

The cyclical nature of fashion renders the savvy stock selection of Vintage Glory aligned with current trends. Pick up a hippy-chic structured straw purse or some vintage sunnies. 1-204-946-5212, 88 Albert St.

Hot Shopping: Steadfast Beauty

Milu Simoes specializes in dressing up little princes and princesses for special days inside her precious boutique D’Ella Formal Children’s Wear. The business started in 1978 as a spot for imported high-end European giftware. It evolved into the go-to special occasion store for little ones seen today when she started her own family. “As much as things change over time, beauty is beauty and quality remains quality,” says Milu.

The bright and airy showroom is filled with tiny, ornate christening gowns with matching hats, flouncy tulle-laden frocks and a rack of dapper suits up to size 16. French lace-trimmed frocks from Europe and New York City are altered on-site, ensuring a perfect fit for the big day. Milu loves outfitting families for milestone occasions, and takes particular pleasure when customers return years later with their own children in tow. Little ones are thrilled to twirl in puffy princess skirts, while for onlooking older customers, D’Ella sparks a nostalgic trip down memory lane. 624 Ellice Ave., (204) 774-4019

Hot Shopping: Shop Talk: From a Pod to a Peppertree

Peppertree Fashions owner Constance Hall (pictured) believes in staying true to her goals.  When the boutique opened 10 years ago, Hall’s dream of bringing fabulous style to Winnipeg women was coupled with a vision to connect with her community in meaningful ways. This is evidenced by the three charity fashion shows she orchestrates each year, where her vivacious customers are cast as models. Hall says these events are a great way to get to know her customers personally. With such strong customer relationships, Hall buys stock confidently, often knowing exactly who will love each piece before it arrives in the store. Peppertree’s merchandise ranges from chic, professional career wear to bright and  jazzy cruise wear for snowbirds carried year-round. Colourful appliquéed sweaters, bold jewellery, and printed tunics are found in this happy shop. Nourished by its firmly planted roots, Peppertree has flourished over the past decade and looks fashionably forward to the future. Peppertree Fashions, 123 Scurfield Blvd, 204-837-2435

Hot Shopping: Haute Handbags from Michael Kors

Donning a trademark logo is as old as fashion itself—
think of the double-C Chanel insignia or Louis Vuitton’s signature LV. Michael Kors presents his fans with a more subtle but no less stylish option for proclaiming their allegiance to his eponymous label: metallic or laser leather handbags and wallets ($150 to $295) from the Jet Set Monogram collection come emblazoned with the MK logo.

Cool Clothes for Chilly Conditions

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you should forsake all sense of style.
With this seasonal wear—everything from hats and boots to gloves and goggles—
you’ll be weather-ready whether you’re taking a stroll in a winter wonderland
or battling a blizzard.

Hot Shopping: Kors, Of Course!

Charlton gold straw tote by Michael Kors

Prodigious designer Michael Kors continues his expansion into Canada, adding a fifth retail location to Ontario’s apparently MK-hungry market. The prolific American is a one-man empire with a trio of eponymous labels, each boasting its own selection of ready-to-wear apparel, handbags, jewellery, watches, shoes, fragrances and eyewear. After opening standalone stores at Sherway Gardens and the Shops at Don Mills last fall, the Project Runway judge is set to dominate the downtown core with a boutique at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Opening this month, the latest lifestyle store is a 1,700-square-foot paradise of casual but classic tailored looks and accessories such as the large MICHAEL Michael Kors Charlton gold straw tote ($295).

Hot Shopping: A Touch of Tea

The growing popularity of tea has spawned a proliferation of specialty shops carrying loose-leaf varieties and such accoutrements as infusers and steepers. Whether it’s a cup for one or a pot for a party, put the kettle on for some black, green, oolong, chai or rooibos.

Clockwise from top left: Perfect Tea Mug, $19.50, David’s Tea; Lenox Chirp teapot, $234.50, William Ashley China; Harney & Sons tin of tea sachets, $9.99, Indigo; glass teapot, $25, Teaopia; Japanese origami tea caddy, $14.95, Tealish.

Hot Shopping: Nordic Combined

Scandinavian style has steadily been gaining influence over the Canadian aesthetic in everything from clothing to furniture. Fortunately, no one seems to be resisting. Junction-area boutique Mjölk appeals to this movement with goods from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, as well as a smattering of minimalist items from Japan. Shelve those thoughts of IKEA though—John Baker and Juli Daoust’s streamlined space offers anything but mass-produced wares assembled with a hex key. Housed in a Victorian-era building, their long, narrow space with a birch bark accent wall showcases ceramics, textiles, books, art, lamps and furniture that exude functional sophistication alongside uniquely quirky finds such as sheepskin-covered rocking sheep and wooden children’s toys.