“Now I understand the sacrifice Tatiana [lead character in the ballet Onegin] makes when [she's forced to] chose between love and responsibilities. We don’t really live for ourselves, because we have so many people that surround us that we care so much about.”
- Xiao Nan Yu, principal dancer for The National Ballet of Canada in “Retracing her Steps” by Alexandra Breen in Fashion March 2014.
Canadian designer Sarah Stevenson has recently won the jackpot–she triumphed in a competition that will enable her fresh floral designs to be in Target stores across Canada! Her killer capsule collection will be available starting March 23rd for a limited time only. We love to see a Canadian designer, especially a woman, have her designs be made so accessible to the general public.
Here are our fave picks from her collection. Stevenson said that this spring collection will provide some colour to our wardrobes, “which people desperately need I think in Canada, after a long winter.” The floral/ombre blazer above is so beautiful, no?
Above: The slight bit of detailing on this classic white blouse is a good step for those who are more hesitant about incorporating colour into their wardrobes.
Above: This blouse is so perfectly ladylike, and has such a beautiful floral print which Stevenson says is her signature. The longer sleeves are an interesting detail, too.
Above: This dress is another good choice for those hesitant about colour–this blue is super on-trend but not too much, and the black accents keep things grounded. The shape and colour will also hold up during colder months beyond Spring 2014–just layer up!
All pics found here.
Critics have cooked up many Hollywood-worthy stories about the sisters [Kate and Rooney Mara]. (You know the the cliché: A younger sister sweeps into the industry and racks up accolades while her older sister continues working quietly.) That’s fiction, though. Mara is clear that there is more than enough work- and praise – to go around. “I started so young, so I had the experience of doing it on my own for a long time,” she explains. “Then to have somebody I could really bond with over the experience, the excitement of it, the rejection and all of that?” She’s beaming. ” It makes it easier knowing that someone who shares your blood also shares your passion and can understand the ups and downs of it.”
-Kate Mara in “Limitless” by Kathryn Hudson in Elle Canada Feb. 2014.
We’re loving how Canadian designer Denis Gagnon cast entirely models of colour for his Spring 2014 lookbook (above). The actual looks shown are pretty inspiring–the flippy minis with the gold-zippered hoodies = super fun and fresh for spring.
The 9th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival is taking place this year from March 6-9th. What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th than to check out some excellent films made by women? Here’s what to wear to this exciting cultural event driven by and celebrating work made by women.
Madewell sheer shirt, 100 CAD / Red camisole, 46 CAD / Nümph highwaisted pants / ALDO black stiletto, 110 CAD / Alexander Wang buckle purse, 1,355 CAD / Revlon eye makeup, 5.55 CAD / Revlon beauty product, 5.55 CAD
Attending film festival screenings is like going to any other movie theatre. However, the films are introduced, and Q&A panels may follow with the filmmakers, so a few special details might be nice to have. An easy rule? Throw together whatever Euro-chic pieces you have like the ensemble above– a nice blouse, unexpected colours, interesting cuts, etc.
Topshop chiffon shirt, 78 CAD / Vanessa Bruno pink tuxedo, 745 CAD / Mango skirt, 52 CAD / Topshop sporting footwear, 110 CAD / ASOS laser cut purse, 42 CAD / J Crew tri color jewelry, 83 CAD / MAC Cosmetics lips makeup, 18 CAD / Essie nail polish, 15 CAD
A basic silhouette works for attending a screening as well. Above we have a skirt, blazer, and blouse. Adding pops of colour and something fun like a polka dots lends the outfit a more cosmopolitan vibe. Don’t have the $ to pull an outfit together? Just paint your nails an exciting colour–it adds colour, and won’t break the bank.
Supporting women involved in the Canadian film industry is super-important considering the barriers they face. The 2013 report Women in View on Screen showed that women made up just 22% of fiction directors and 20% of fiction writers. Things were even worse for racialized women–the study found that out of 78 fiction directors, just 2 were women of colour, and that racialized women were entirely absent from documentary production.
The Vancouver International Women in FIlm Festival is mostly entirely volunteer-driven event, here are some interesting facts about what was going on behind the scenes during the planning of the festival (found here).
Interesting facts about #VIWIFF 2014
- The festival line-up has a movie from every continent this year except Australia and Antarctica.
- For the first time ever, the festival is opening with a thriller/horror movie–Karen Lam’s Evangeline.
- Our block of Venezuelan films showing the afternoon of Saturday, March 8th, are not only excellent films, but the result of a partnership with the Venezuelan consulate to bring the best of Venezuelan female filmmakers to Vancouver!
- The beautiful documentary Chi by Anne Wheeler focuses on Babz Chula, a larger-than-life Vancouver performer who was also a lifetime member of Women In Film & Television Vancouver.
- Germany and Venezuela tie for having the third most films showing at the festival after Canada and the States. From Germany we’re showing Finsterworld, Zu Dir?, and Am I Not Your Girl?
- Evangeline was submitted at the very last minute before the submission deadline–at it was a good thing as it is our opening night film!
- Our Evaluation Team watched an average of 945 minutes of film each; Festival Committee members had to watch an average of 2350 minutes of film each.
- You name it, we had it: we had submissions of all genres and lengths–films as short as 90 seconds, and as long as 2 hours. We had rom-coms, horror movies, animated films, student films, even erotic films!