Shop Talk

Shop Talk: Garden Party Glam


This article was originally published in the May 2015 print edition of Ottawa Magazine

Photo: Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio; Willow and Forsythia arrangement and vase courtesy of Scrim’s Florist

Twice the Fun
Animapop, a new Italian clothing line, has created the perfect reversible summer party dress. With a photographic floral print on one side and subtle polka dots on the other, this laser-cut neoprene short-sleeved dress is wrinkle-free and easy to wash and comes with its own travel bag. $245. Manhattan West, 322 Richmond Rd., 613-695-0517.

Channel Chanel
Add elegance to your outfit with this unique Chanel-style hat, which is made in Italy with straw, lace caging, and pearl details. Designed for Justine’s private label, this topper is sure to evoke Coco Chanel — and ensure that you are the belle of any garden party. $425. Justine, 17A York St., 613-562-4000.

Step Up
The Alli nude sandal with 3½-inch heel, by Donald J. Pliner, will be your go-to shoe for summer. The asymmetrical elastic bands and padded foot bed will transport you from day to evening in the utmost of comfort, and its neutral tone and gold details make this the perfect versatile sandal. $358. Wolf & Zed, 519 Sussex Dr., 613-860-7463.

Get Prepped
This linen blazer adds a preppy edge to a man’s outfit. The navy windowpane jacket is made by Sand ($695), a Danish company that produces all its goods in Europe. Pair it with L.B.M.’s garment-washed-cotton casual pant ($295), and you are set to accompany your partner in style. Morgante Menswear, 141 Sparks St., 613-234-2232.

Don’t Sweat It
Keep cool in the summer sun with Haupt’s 100% cotton summer-weight sport shirt ($140); its subtle diamond print with navy contrast trim pairs perfectly with a bold printed blazer. Cuff your pants and dare to go sockless with Allen Edmonds Strand oxford dress shoes in walnut ($450). Add an Italian silk Stenströms pocket square to finish off the look ($65).
E.R. Fisher Menswear, 199 Richmond Rd., 613-829-8313.

Looking for something a little different? Here’s an alternative look we shot for this May issue feature.

Photo by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio
Photo by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio

Alice & Olivia Kiro dress
$428 from Schad
Rich colour highlights the lush floral print on a fit-and-flare alice + olivia dress. A plunging V neckline cuts a flattering profile, and stretch mesh frames the exposed back zip. Sleeveless. Lined. Pockets. Strong liner underneath to define shape of fit and flare.

Checkered hat
$275 from Justine. Made in England, for Justine’s private label.
Black and white checkered cloth line the outer brim. Black nylon ribbon surrounds top with big statement bow. Straw structure.

Designers Remix – Bau Shoe
$418.00 from Wolf & Zed
Chunky wide heel, pointy toe, ankle boot. Patent beige leather with black elastic detail. 100% leather.

Mirto long-sleeve floral print sport shirt
$225 from E.R. Fisher Menswear
Egyptian Cotton, Made in Spain

L.B.M. garment-washed 100% cotton pant in red
$295 from Morgante Menswear

L.B.M. garment-washed, linen, window pane sport jacket in blue
$875 from Morgante Menswear

Hugo Boss Cennis double-monk strap in dark red
$475 from Morgante Menswear
Zig-zag stitching on front round toe, and on heel.