Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Butter - YYC's New Beauty Parlour/ Fashion Night Out Canada

A new beauty parlour to make you look fabulous is in town - Butter

The word "butter" makes me think of foods that are creamy, silky, and smooth. In this case though, we are talking about things, such as hair and skin, that refine appearances and may determine our first impressions to other people. Butter focus just specifically on those: to simply provide hair treatment, styling, manicure/pedicure, and skincare services to keep you fresh and confident. 
The slogan "Butter is Better" has been a trending topic on Twitter in the last couple weeks before the grand opening of this local beauty parlour. Binzento Vincente was invited for their house warming party! Just how "Butter" like they say is "Better"? Walking in immediately I got a sense of warm and cozy feeling. Very much like spending a weekend afternoon sitting in a patio, having a drink, and enjoy reading a book, except that at Butter you have people servicing to make you ready to look good (lady or gentleman alike)  for the evening. 
The interior decor is totally Euro-inspired. I do like the bright light setting to keep up the energy and the modern elegant vibe of the parlour. In terms of prices, it ranges from $9 for hair treatment, to $31 for a manicure, to $295 for a specialty service such as eye lash extensions. Very reasonable. They even have kids blow out, which means beauty moms can have their "beauty parties" not having to worry dropping their children elsewhere. Appointments/bookings can be done online as well.
Thank you Anstice Communications for thinking of Binzento Vincente and Butter for the wonderful party. For more info of Butter Beauty Parlour, there website is: http://butterbeautyparlour.com/

Photos by: KO, Binzento Vincente

FASHION NIGHT OUT CANADA
That's right!! Canada's 1st very own Fashion Night Out (FNO) is happening. Starting from May to September, every 2nd Tuesday of the month, FNO will showcase Canadian fashion designers, retailers and stylists :). 


Recently received one of my favourite fashion designers Martin Margiela Artisan collection piece. :) FNO is approaching, time to look into my wardrobe :)


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Monday, March 26, 2012

The Le Château Revolution - A Change For The Better

Recently Binzento Vincente was invited to stop by the newly renovated Le Château at The Core Shopping Centre. The Canadian fashion company was founded and established in the late 50's by Herschel Segal in Montreal, Quebec, since then it became one of the most recognizable Canada based fashion retails. In the early 90's (when I was still very young), I remembered Le Château used to be a popular store young hipsters shop at. Over the years, I found the company slowly migrated its focus on producing cheap clothing to maximize profit, and somehow neglected fashion sense and styles. What's more distasteful was the once a proud Canadian fashion became "not-so-Canadian" anymore, almost all of the products were not produced locally. When I was to the point of giving up and almost forgotten this label, Le Château once again captured my attention. I can see that the company is trying to rebuild its image to bring back to its original roots. 
Having not been in a Le Château boutique in years, I was happy to see a shift from the tacky nightclub designs to a more sophisticated, and professional preppy styles. The "reinvented" Le Château located at The Core downtown YYC is approximately 6000 sq ft. in space and two levels.  80% of the products were finally brought back to "Made in Canada". What amazed me was some of the clothing were also "Made in Italy". Although their prices have gone up, however the quality of the clothing material matched up to reflect this increase. 
I also liked that the men's line which became really discreet, and quite reserved to fit young business men. I've heard people telling me that they began to gain confidence in Le Château again and shopped with them. Le Château was kind enough and gave me a gift card to shop. Feeling positive about their new image, I picked up couple pieces that I can wear on my preppy days to work. The long forgotten Le Château triggered my sentimental memory of the old days. That evening when I got home, I dug out my previous purchases back (dated 15 years ago) from the old Le Château, where Canadian fashion was still Made in Canada. To be honest, these retro Le Château pieces still rock the trend. The "revolution of Le Château" to restore its image is an honourable decision to appreciate anyone who enjoys fashion and support Canadian fashion companies. The change is no doubt for the better, and I really like it.
Thank you Le Château and also Jason Krell for the invitation.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dean Davidson Jewelry at YYC Holt Renfrew

Binzento Vincente met Canadian jewelry designer Dean Davidson when he visited Calgary past weekend. Brought with him was his new accessories collection sold exclusively at Holt Renfrew. YYC is not a foreign place to Mr. Davidson, since prior to becoming a jewelry designer, he was an alumnus of Alberta College of Art and Design. He'd also previously worked along side with Canadian fashion designer Paul Hardy, where he designed a capsule collection for him. 
Although having been reading about his work from various publications, this was my first time physically seeing some of Mr. Davidson's work. Sterling silver coated with 18K gold, in combination of unique colourful gemstones were mostly the types of materials Mr. Davidson use for his jewelries. The designs of the current pieces displayed a soft elegant vibe. The utilization of the 18K gold added "strength" to the collection, which gave rise an overall balance of power and femininity. 
My favourite piece was the gold/pearl white beads bracelets. The classic style, which reminded me of religious buddha beads designs, transformed into something trendy with the added "D" for Dean Davidson charm. Dean Davidson jewelry collection will be sold at YYC Holt Renfrew for a limited time only. His work can also be purchased in stores listed here: http://deandavidson.myshopify.com/pages/stores
Binzento Vincente with Dean Davidson

It was a pleasure to meet Mr. Davidson. I liked the beads bracelet so much that I even bought one for myself. Hopefully next time he'll bring more of his men's line with him during his next visit.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

PARKshow 2012

Last weekend was the long waited PARKshow 2012, which showcased a series of fashion collections by our local designers. This season's PARK fashion show was sold out at least one week prior to the event, which again proved YYC became more aware of our local fashion scene. What made me kinda happy was to see the increasing number of corporate sponsors (ie: Mercedez Benz and Heinekin) involvement to support the fashion event. As a non-profit organization such as PARK, they've done a good job in their marketing and promotion. 
photo by: Ania B

KO, Andrew T. and I got our front row seats at the runway show, where each of us got a gift bag full of goodies, a current issue of FASHION Magazine, and cupcakes from Buttercream Bakery. Kinda cool how they placed all the bloggers on the same row; we had Mr. Fabulous and The Girl With The Messy Hair on our right, and Aldona B from Swerve Magazine and Calgary Fashion on our left. I also came across friends, fashionistas, and familiar faces that I haven't seen in a while. It's always nice to catch up with them. 
with Ania B 

with The Girl With The Messy Hair and KO

There were a total of 12 Canadian fashion designers showcasing their latest collection that night, in the order from casual wear, to semi-formal and formal wear. They were Light & Soul Apparel, Ekumenik, Hoakon + Helga, Bano eeMee, Rebecca King, Dionne Dionne, Chantel Traub, Apiana Que, MaNoKin, Ruby Woo Couture, Emogene Couture, and KARA by Kara Chomistek. All the pieces were presented on the runway by Sophia Models International
 
Some of my favourite pieces of the night were by Dione Dione, Bano eeMee and MaNoKin. I guess I was more drawn toward their simplified and sophisticated styles. Overall, it was a pretty smooth show, and the audience was engaged. However, one of my comments would be the consistency of the collections. Due to the number of designers being showcased in one night, it was difficult to find a coherent theme, especially when there was a mixed of S/S and F/W fashions. The show finale ended with a hip hop dance performance.
After the show, we stopped by KO's favourite Chef Mario's pizza truck where we had his famous "apricot and brie" pizza. HEAVENLY!
Binzento Vincente and KO finishes their night with lots of delicious calories

Thank you so much KO for introducing us Chef Mario's masterpiece! :P Congratulations to PARK for hosting yet another successful event. I look forward to their next event, and I am sure from this experience, it will only get better.

photos taken by: Binzento Vincente, KO and Rania Al-Naimi

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