Nov 22, 2013 / 5:00 am
As I write this month’s column, it is with profound sadness for over 4000 lives lost and thousands more grieving and displaced from their homes after the devastating disaster that hit earlier this month. I dedicate this column to the people of The Philippines, the Filipino community in Kelowna, and my 19-year-old son, Dane, who is in The Philippines volunteering with the massive cleanup.
(While backpacking solo in Southeast Asia, my son heard of the utter devastation caused by the Typhoon, and he immediately wanted to help. He applied multiple times with a non-profit organization called “All Hands Volunteers”, and a few days later received confirmation that he had been chosen to work on the deconstruction crew to sort through rubble in Bohol.)
I realize this column is about fashion, and it felt a little trite to be writing about what we should be wearing right now, so I will instead give a shout out to a few Filipino fashion designers who have become very successful in the world of fashion.
Danny Barrios who designs a line called Crispin & Basilio, is now sold throughout the U.S. and world fashion markets.
Albert Andrada styles shown here at The Philippines Fashion week.
Dennis Natividad showcasing his designs at the 365 Fashion Show at The Philippines Fashion Week.
Congratulations to these designers. They are just a few of the many designers from The Philippines, who have become very successful. We don’t tend to think of such places when we think of world fashion, however there are numerous talented designers and artists in the area.
I would also like to acknowledge the Filipino community in Kelowna. Many of you have friends and family members there that you have not heard from since the Typhoon hit. Our hearts go out to you as you await some news. I can’t imagine the panic, grief and sheer frustration you must feel. I hope and pray for a quick restoration of the area, as I await for phone lines or internet to be restored so I can be in contact with my son, and you can get the answers you are waiting for from your loved ones.
Please join us at our Annual Shopping Party on November 29th from 5-10pm. You won’t want to miss this event with snacks, beverages, prizes, discounts, gift with purchase and a live DJ.
One night of shopping with 20% off the entire store.
Frakas would like to donate a portion of the proceeds to All Hands Volunteers. Project Bohol, Philippines.
Please come out and support this very important cause.
Jul 16, 2013 / 7:00 am
Summer is one of the most delicious times of the year, both in food and fashion! It is the best time to let your style be loose - go crazy and be free! There is a wide range to this summer's fashion which means that every girl will find her perfect match! And with all the summer events going on it gives us even more reasons to shop!
There are a lot of big trends which allow us to explore and create our personal style! Bright colours or a cute little dress are a couple of easy ways to help us to stand out in a crowd.
Dresses are the perfect option - they are so functional and there numerous different styles out there! And let's not forget they are the most comfortable and freeing things in the world! If you spend the day on the beach and are meeting up with friends later you can just wear a cute little dress! It will slip right over your bikini and all you have to do is add a cute belt and necklace, a pair of wedges and pull your hair up and you are ready for a night out with the girls!
Summer is the time of the year when you can wear the hottest trends, the big statement pieces, take risks, show a little skin, and be proud of your body and your uniqueness!
Crop Tops & Bustier Tops
This hot trend originated from the 50s and 90s when all you had to do was bare your tummy to be a Fashionista! It started up again in 2012 and is here to stay!
Crops and bustiers are a riske but very edgy and sexy looking. You can wear a crop with low cut shorts or maxi skirt if you are comfortable enough, but for those girls who prefer not to show as much, a crop or bustier will look so stylish and comfortable paired with a high waisted skirt, short or pant!
This style can look very laid back by pairing a bustier top with a pair of jean cut-offs and a fedora for an effortless look! And If you want to dress it up, pair a lace bustier top with a high rise skirt, a pair of heals, pull your hair up and put a pair of long dangly earrings on and you will be the centre of attention!
Retro vintage is back! The time when women were proud of their curves and not afraid to show them off! It is probably the coolest way to flaunt your unique side and your own flare for fashion!
Bright colours, big prints, unique fits! Put a modern twist on the old vintage! Have fun with the Pin-Up looks whether it's a dress,
shorts, bikini, accessories, makeup and hair! Just go for it!
Unexpected cut-outs when done right are a jaw dropping trend this summer! They can be on the chest, hips, back, stomach! Sexy yet elegant and are a show stopper piece for sure!
Who doesn't LOVE Maxi dresses? The Maxi Dress can be elegant and sexy or it can be laid back and dressed up! You can show off skin in sexy ways! A backless maxi is super elegant; a maxi that shows of the legs with slits is intriguing! A maxi that shows off your chest can be perfect for a night out on the town! There are so many options and so many prints for this beautiful dress! Pair a maxi with sandals and a bikini for the beach and for night you could dress it up with a belt and some wedges for an effortless beautiful look that is sure to get a lot of attention!
Lace is so perfect for summer! It gives a light, beautiful and elegant look to your outfit! It can be found on many different clothing items which is amazing! Lace is very feminine, delicate and romantic. What girl doesn't love that combination?
I personally LOVE fringe on anything! It adds so much character and dimension to fashion! It turns an ordinary outfit into a true work of art! It makes your outfit flow; it is an attention grabber!
You're so Transparent
Transparency this season is for those daring Fashionistas out there. It is a very unique fashion statement that will for sure get people talking!
Black & White
Black and white never goes out of style! It is very classic and you can't go wrong with these fashion trends that are all over the runways this season!
Peplum can be found on dresses, blazers, tops and skirts. It too is a very classic look that brings out your femininity! This look is sleek and stylish giving your body curves that you will LOVE!
In today's day and age we just need to be confident and happy with ourselves and our bodies! We are all beautiful and unique! Make sure to choose the styles that represent you the best! Happy shopping beautiful ladies!
May 30, 2013 / 5:00 am
The Summer of the Maxi is here! Women of all ages are shopping for the maxi dress and maxi skirt this season.
It is rather ironic that the maxi dress is so popular in the same season that the short-shorts are in style.
It is perfect timing! Don't feel confident enough to pull off the short-shorts? Purchase a maxi dress or skirt and you will be right in style. The maxi is the most versatile piece to have in your wardrobe. It is flattering for all body types. It is slimming as it creates a long line. It fits in all situations - office attire, lunch date, beach wear and even wedding friendly. You can wear the maxi anywhere. Dress it up with jewelry and accessories, or tone it down by pairing it with flip flops.
Maxi dresses come in a variety of fabrics and styles. Soft cotton/poly mixes for a casual look, or flowy chiffon for a dressier look. Find Bohemian layered styles, pleated skirts, straight or full skirts, bold floral prints or solid colors. The maxi skirt is the perfect answer to packing dilemmas when travelling. Rolled up in your suitcase or worn in flight. I love to travel in a maxi, with it being so loose and comfortable, looking dressy, but it will also keep your legs warm when you hit the higher elevations.
Throw a casual maxi on over your bikini at the beach, or wear it out to dinner. Anywhere you go, the maxi will fit right in.
To see a full selection of Spring/Summer 2013 styles go to www.frakas.ca or to Frakas boutique on Facebook.
Apr 28, 2013 / 5:00 am
Spring is worth celebrating! The fauna and flora are turning beautiful colors and so are the fashion boutiques as we display dresses, blouses, trousers and jackets in fabulous bright floral prints.
Botanic pattern from head to toe is absolutely perfect for Spring/Summer 2013 season. Mixing floral prints is acceptable for the first time ever. Some of us may be a little shy to blossom from head to toe, or maybe even too shy to wear a jacket or pair of trousers in blossom patterns. There’s still a way to get in on the floral trend if you don’t want to wear a lot of color. Wearing a light floral infinity scarf with your plain Tee looks great as it will add a little pop of color while dressing up a plain outfit.
A floral headband or a garland of greenery in your hair is a great fix this season. Many of the styles are a little Bohemian looking, so the headband with little blossoms on some greenery is a perfect addition.
Summer music festivals are a growing trend, therefore many clothing companies are designing pieces specifically for those attending outdoor music festivals. “Coachella Style” was a commonly used term in the fashion industry as the big music festival draws a huge crowd from all over the world. With Coachella kicking off festival season in style, there are many more festivals coming up where we will see some fun, fashionable ladies dancing to the groove.
Get your style on with some blossoming color this season. Celebrate in style with Frakas at our 10-year birthday bash. We invite all to attend May 10th for party treats, loot bags & fashionable giveaways.
Join us at www.frakas.ca or on Facebook at “Frakas Boutique” to see photos of this season’s best styles.
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