Portobello West market returns for spring

Portobello West, the Vancouver marketplace that brings together local talents in fashion, crafting and more, is back for spring.

And this year, the market has expanded its net of vendors to stretch the parameters of “local talent.”

“Our vendors all design their product locally. But local doesn’t always mean Vancouver. We have a new fashion vendor, Wilde and Sparrow that are from Parksville,” Shalu Duggal, co-market manager for Portobello West, said in a press release.

The event, which is back for its ninth year, features more than 50 vendors offering housewares, notebooks, jewelry — and more.

Portobello West takes place March 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre (1 Athletes Way). Admission is $2.

For more information and to check out a list of participating vendors, visit portobellowest.

Melanie Lyne gets Vince Camuto for spring

Vince Camuto fashions can now be found in Canada at Melanie Lyne.

The Montreal-based retailer announced the launch of the womenswear collection in its stores for spring/summer 2015.

“This season, Vince Camuto joins the hand-picked assortment of coveted labels available at Melanie Lyne,” according to a press release. “The designer’s collection caters tot he fashion-forward woman who is current, sophisticated and appreciative of quality fashion pieces.”

The shops will carry the “lifestyle concept” brand’s dresses, skirts and more, which range in price fro $185 to $345, in stores and online at melanielyne.

Tweed remix at CHANEL

Chanel’s iconic tweed has been reimagined for spring.

The fabric, which has played an integral role in the French fashion house’s history since its first appearance in 1924, has been brightened up for the Spring/Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear collection.

“Perpetuating the spirit of the house, Karl Lagerfeld pushes the territory of tweed a little bit further with every season in the Chanel collections, slipping it into the curves of an evening gown, glorifying it in a wedding dress, or draping it over shoes and handbags,” according to a press release. “Embroidered, woven, sequined, fringed, ripped, painted, frayed, combined with cotton, silk, leather, organza, rubber and even plastic, this material originally destined for menswear, succumbs to every fantasy and to every one of the designer’s ideas.”

A lighter cotton tweed has been crafted for several of the pieces for the latest release.

This season’s designs, which arrive in Chanel boutiques this month, include eye-catching suiting separates in white-and-black tweed, as well as punches of multi-coloured yarns that speaks to the luxury of the sultry season ahead.

Featured in more than 20 silhouettes by the fashion house this season including coats, suits, jackets, dresses and oversized trousers, Lagerfeld reportedly set out to create a collection that was, “flirty and intellectual, full of joy and hope.”

Kwantlen fashion student wins Télio design competition

Jasmine Su, a fashion student from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is returning home a winner after showcasing her designs at the Télio’s Canada Breakthrough Designer awards in Montreal.

25 student finalists took part in the competition, which was held at the renowned Montreal fashion destination OGLIVY last week.

Su won in the creative division of the competition, taking home a $2,000 scholarship. Five grand prize winners were chosen, amounting to more than $50,000 in scholarship funds, according to a press release.

The competition, which was back for its 10th year, celebrates excellence in fashion design by showcasing winning creations from 22 schools across the country.

This year’s jury included Vancouver stylist Michelle Addison, Toronto fashion designer Izzy Camilleri and Montreal designer Judith Desjardins — among others.

Kit and Ace expands to Kitsilano

Kit and Ace, the technical cashmere brand from Shannon and J.J. Wilson (yes, as in Lululemon’s Chip Wilson), is set to open its second retail location in Vancouver just nine months after opening its first shop in Gastown.

The new space, which will be located at 2235 West 4th Ave., is slated to open to the public July 1 and will feature a comprehensive range of the brand’s Qemir-fabric pieces.

“Vancouver is our hometown and has been incredibly supportive from the beginning,” J.J. Wilson said in a press release. “We’re bringing a beautiful space in which customers can access our clothing, but also come away with a deeper sense of our brand. What we offer is far more than apparel; it’s an evolved retail experience.”

In addition to the opening of the second Vancouver location, the Kit and Ace team plans to expand its operation to include 50 shops around the world by the end of 2015. The Vancouver-based clothing brand already operates seven stores in North America, including spaces in New York and San Francisco.

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