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The Fashion Frakas by Colleen Becker

Fun fashion quiz!

May 10, 2015 / 5:00 am

We all have our own personal style and often won’t go outside of that box. Maybe you won’t wear floral prints, but when you see them on your BFF, you love it. Perhaps learning what your personal style is will help you step outside of that box and be creative within your comfort...

Brand crushes & music fests

Mar 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

I woke up this morning thinking.. “Oh no, it’s here.. Monday found me!” All I wanted to do was pull the blankets over my head and tell responsibility I wasn’t ready for it today. But alas, my coffee craving overpowered the desire to sleep so off I went to face the day with...

Sheer, sheer and more sheer

Feb 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

Let's face it: sheer fabrics are never going away and thank goodness - not only do they jazz up tops and dresses but they make us feel like we're wearing nothing. But of course, designers wouldn't be designers if they didn't mix things up, which is why labels such as Ports 1961 and...

Are you a Boxing Day shopper?

Dec 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

If you are anything like me, I assume you avoid shopping on Boxing Day like you would avoid sticking a pin in your eye. Crowds and parking wars don’t sound like a lot of fun. I must be honest though, I have not experienced Boxing Day shopping first hand as I am often working that...

Plaid crazy

Nov 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

This fashion trend came on suddenly and has hit us hard. It’s the Plaid craze! The most popular print of the Fall/Winter season is definitely plaid. The Plaid trend started with the typical flannel lumberjack button down shirt and has spread to include, dresses, jackets, capes,...

Tattoo jewelry obsession!

Sep 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

Temporary Jewelry Tattoos: The latest craze to hit the fashion world. Whether you’ve seen them in the pages of Vogue magazine, on the bodies of divas like Beyonce or Rhianna, the decorative gold and silver body jewelry has become a fashion and beauty phenomenon popping up just in the...

Shopping is my cardio!

Jul 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

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...

Coachella Coachella!

May 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

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...

Coming up daisies

Mar 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

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...

An unfashionable disaster

Feb 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

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...

January warming trend

Jan 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

Happy New year to all our favourite fashionistas! Every winter season there is always a hot selling item in our three Frakas boutiques. It's the item I am scrambling to buy more of in December with the Christmas rush. (Last year it was thick knit infinity scarves, so we had plenty on hand...

Festive holiday dressing

Dec 17, 2013 / 5:00 am

It is party season and the shop is filled with 100s of festive dresses. Whether it’s a planned office party or an impromptu dinner out, you will want to be prepared and not go through the dreaded “I have nothing to wear” panic as you rummage through your closet. You can easily...

Kelowna to the Philippines

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...

Summer fashion 2013

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...

Maxi-mal effect

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...

Celebrating efflorescent spring styles

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...

Spring trends

Mar 16, 2013 / 5:00 am

Try These Trends 90’s Revival Think Beverly Hills 90210 think nirvana, range against the machine & the cranberries the 90’s revival trend is all about grunge, throw on some cross jewelry, chunky collars, bare your midriff, & rock those slasher...

Buying for a small chain of boutiques

Jan 27, 2013 / 5:00 am

So here I am in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The Spring buying has been done, and the product will be arriving this week. There are some super sweet styles arriving this season. The girls at Frakas are so excited as they count down the days until the boxes start arriving. It is like Christmas all over...

Cozy, soft & warm!

Nov 21, 2012 / 11:00 am

Christmas is quickly approaching with thoughts of fashion gift giving on our minds. Cozy, soft and warm! This is trending heavily for Winter 2012. This season the hottest trend going is large, chunky-knit infinity scarves. Worn with your jacket or coat as a pop of contrasting color, or it...

Warm can be cute!

Oct 21, 2012 / 5:00 am

Now that we’re officially into the fall season, we can finally get excited about winter clothes and accessories! Once again, scarves are a huge accessory this fall. From chunky knit scarves to colourful floaty figure-8’s, we have tons in store at Frakas to choose from. We have some...

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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