Anita’s Canadian Fashion Year in Review

Canadian fashion had a very good 2017. I noticed an uptake in buzz surrounding local talent during the year via social media and in the news. Brands were gaining and retaining new high profile retail accounts. Way more celebrities were wearing Canadian this year too.  Here’s a recap of some of the things that made me scream out YES in 2017.

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“Let me just check with her sister…”

I hear this so often (replace “sister” with “best friend/mother/daughter/housekeeper/etc.”) – from young men, grown men, newly weds or long standing partners. There is no rule, no standard, no set frame to determine the kind of guy who will default to it. Some of you seem to get into a state of panic, frozen mind, lost at sea when it comes to picking a personal gift for your girl.

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Anita's #shoplocal Holiday Gift Guide

I start my holiday shopping late every year. I can't seem to change it, so I've adapted to keep my sanity. Now, I visit my favourite shops to find the perfect gifts. Shopping local isn't as easy as ordering from Amazon, but it's more thoughtful, memorable and original.

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Dior at the ROM

I must confess that after having been wowed by the splendid Paris Dior exhibit in September, I was a little bit skeptical about what we would see at the ROM. But I was wrong. The curator, Alexandra Palmer, cleverly brought it home by scouting dresses owned by Canadian fashionistas in the early 50s—recognising household Canadian names amongst the donors makes one feel proud and involved.

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Introducing Galerie Rue Pigalle

On Tuesday night, we opened our holiday pop-up shop, Galerie Rue Pigalle, at Yorkville Village with a bang! Throughout the night, the city's style lovers came through our fabulous space to indulge in unique fashion pieces and engage with the Stacklab objets and furnishings. It was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday shopping season! Check out our photos of the Galerie and the party, and be sure to come visit us before December 31st!

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London Calling: Anna and Cristóbal

Luckily for me, my London dates overlapped with two major fashion exhibitions happening in the city.  The Fashion and Textile Museum presented The World of Anna Sui, and the V&A held the much-hyped, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. The fashion lover in me was thrilled to be around to catch a few of the seemingly endless supply of fashion exhibitions that happen across the pond.

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Scarves for All Occasions

We are beginning to lose daylight and there is a definite chill in the air. With the holidays approaching we're all starting to feel the pressure: a party here, gift shopping there. It's a lot! But don't panic, there's always a silver lining and this season it comes in the form of scarves. Below find a few different ways to include them in your wardrobe while (literally) wrapping up the loose ends of the coming season.

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