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The Fashion Frakas by Colleen Becker

Shopping is my cardio!

Graphic tees = all the rage

Think of any saying, and it is probably available on a t-shirt, tank top or crop top. The bolder, the better. Shopping is my Cardio; Go F%$k your #selfie; I woke up like this; Drop out; I was born in the wrong generation; - to name a few of the choices in store now.

This growing trend is super prevalent during the summer months, with tank tops being the #1 seller.  I expect this trend will stay strong into the fall months with short sleeve and long sleeve T-shirts heading the way.

T-shirts have come a long way. They are super soft and cozy. I almost want to use the word, "plush" to describe them. Available in a variety of styles from asymetrical hems, to boat necks, to plunging backs. Made of lightweight rayon with spandex makes them wrinkle free and comfortable to wear. Available in an assortment of colors, but the bolder the print, the better. Keep your eyes on the beaches this summer for sayings ranging from philosophical to down-right rude!


Coachella Coachella!

What began as a chill, relaxed musical atmosphere has slowly morphed into one of the biggest fashion events of the year, prompting trendy, style-conscious ladies to plan their Coachella wardrobe well ahead of time. The festival is now known to set the stage for what to wear and which trends to follow for the rest of the summer season.

The fashion rules at Coachella are as follows:

  • Experimental.
  • Celebrities and nobodies equally outrageous.
  • Floral prints, tie dye, fringe, flower crowns, crop tops and bindis/other facial jewels, cut off shorts, band tees.
  • Over the top: full on costumes, a performer wearing a sheer mesh bodysuit with nothing but pasties underneath.
  • "Hippie" & "Boho chic".
  • Lots of head gear.. flowers/flower crowns, jeweled headbands, floppy hats, fedoras, feathers and full-on Native American inspired head dresses.
  • Bright printed maxi dresses, maxi skirts and palazzo pants are examples of the flowy, hippie-esque styles.


If you missed Coachella 2014, there is always 2015 to look forward to.

Meanwhile check out all the music festivals happening in our own province this Summer.

Get your Music fest gear at www.shopfrakas.ca or check us out on Facebook at Frakas Boutique.

Coming up daisies

I recently spent a week immersed in the fashion scene while attending the largest fashion trade show in the world. It's called Magic Market Week and is held in Las Vegas twice per year. Celebrities make an appearance here when they launch a fashion line. (We were fortunate enough to see Fergie close up). The show is huge, so you really need to be at the right place at the right time. The show is open to retailers only and closed to the public. It draws more than 80,000 people to Vegas during MAGIC week. After Vegas, I made a two day stop in Los Angeles to shop the Fashion District.

If I had to choose one trend that stuck out in my mind the most this Spring, it would be the daisy trend. Daisy print tops, shorts, rompers, dresses and pants. Accessories such as daisy headbands, daisy statement necklaces, daisy earrings, and all things daisy. There is something very serene about a bunch of daisies. Reminding me of a picnic in a park, this is a sweet feminine look that can be worn by any woman. Add a daisy accessory or go all out in a daisy print dress.

The 1960's Flower Child look is trending big time this Spring/Summer, and that is how the daisies come into play. Round frame sunglasses, crop tops, fringe tops, high waisted skirts and shorts, flowy printed pants, crochet bags and kimonos.

All three Frakas locations are overflowing with daisies and other amazing Spring fashions. Stop by and let one of our stylists help you find your inner 60's girl.

Visit us on Facebook at "Frakas Boutique", or on line at www.frakas.ca


An unfashionable disaster

It is with mixed emotions I write this column today, as I am departing from the Philippines after joining my son in disaster relief volunteer work.

Working six days per week tearing apart damaged homes, sawing through rebar with a dull saw, sledge hammering through cement columns, eating rationed food, I depart with tears in my eyes.

I was humbled to be a part of a team that has only one thing on the agenda.........helping those in need. I lived at a camp with 63 other people from countries all over the world. I was doing work that is pretty much polar opposite to the Fashion Industry. For once, nobody asked me what I did for a living; that oh so common ice breaker of the Western World. I was just the lady from Canada, and "Mom" to the team leader (and a few others who adopted me as "mom").

Day 1 on the job site was quite intimidating, as we arrived at a large house which was now in a pile on the ground - a crew of six with a wheel barrow and a few hand tools. I was overwhelmed and didn't know where to begin. Finger nails cut off, and work gloves on, I dug in after being told we should expect to be finished at this job site by the end of the day. (Including sorting the debris into "good wood", "bad wood" and a pile for tin. Leaving the space empty and ready for rebuilding one day).

The home owner is there to tell us he was born in this house 65 years ago. I find his cell phone, her eye glasses and other personal effects in the rubble. There is a fine line to be drawn here! A fun-loving, youthful group of volunteers will keep the laughing and joking to a minimum as they complete the task, out of respect for the home owners. No high fives about completing the work until we are out of sight.

Day 4 presented me with a young teen boy who was watching us work. He was quite chatty, and happy to see us. He told us he lost his mother, father and sister. What does one say?! A hug is the best solution at such a helpless time.

At the end of a tiring work day we all climb onto the Jeepney for the ride back to camp. So much gratitude is felt as we drive along. Children running after us screaming "Haaaaaay", locals waving, signs erected stating "Thank You".

Each day bringing emotion to the volunteers, and then when it's time to go home, it seems that all the experiences from each day come to the surface. I can not put this feeling into words, I can only encourage you to apply to be a volunteer in a needy country. I completely understand why my son can't leave and "NEEDS" to be in the Philippines until the project is wrapped up. I will be cutting off my fingernails and donning unfashionable work clothes again. Soon!

Much love to all the volunteers at All Hands Project Bohol, and to the beautiful , gracious people of The Philippines.

Please check it out at www.hands.org


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About the Author

Colleen Becker is the owner /operator of FRAKAS, Shops for Women Inc. Frakas, has three locations, one of which is in the Mission in Kelowna. Colleen's expertise is in buying, with regular trips to the world's fashion meccas.


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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