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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...

Top fall trends from NYC

Sep 4, 2012 / 5:00 am
Every year, I do much of my fall/winter buying in NYC. The selection of merchandise matches our Canadian winter just perfect. (Not to mention that New York is a major fashion capital!) The booths were packed with color this year. A treat for the eyes after years of black, grey and...

Kick off to Summer

Jun 5, 2012 / 5:00 am
Beach season is quickly approaching. The time of year when we get tourists shopping in their bathing suits. As an Okanaganer we don’t even notice the small amount of clothing some people are wearing while shopping in nearby businesses or walking the streets of Kelowna. I often think of what...

In living color

Apr 25, 2012 / 5:00 am
Wow, this Spring/Summer season is so full of beautiful colors! Mix and match, color block, wear bright colors that are not typically paired together...anything goes, as long as it involves lots of color. Stripes and wide color blocked dresses and tops are hot this season. They are loose,...

Style the streets of Kelowna

Mar 21, 2012 / 5:00 am
Style the Streets - the theme this Spring, as Frakas rolls out our Street Style Promo. We want to encourage Kelowna women look their best. Easy to do this Spring, with all the fabulous styles arriving. Style the streets in colored denim. The colors are so fabulous. Bright blue, hot peach, rosy...

Sweet, sweet Spring 2012!

Jan 18, 2012 / 5:00 am
I can’t wait! Candy colored, flowy blouses; longer length, asymmetrical skirts; colored denim, and so much more to feast your eyes upon. This month, let’s look at two of the new trends, and come back for more goodies in February. Blouse: A woman's loose upper garment...

Party season is here!

Dec 5, 2011 / 5:00 am
First, I wish to thank the women of Kelowna for participating in our Annual Frakas Shopping Party that took place on November 25th. The evening was a huge success with a packed house of excited shoppers. We made our goal, and will be building the girls dorm walkway at Irbaan School in Africa....

Help to build a Kenyan girls' school

Nov 22, 2011 / 5:00 am
I am back in Kelowna and feel blessed to be here. How ironic it is that the source of this Fall’s fashion inspiration (Tribal Africa), has no knowledge nor interest in fashion. My time in Africa was a break from the world of fashion. And, honestly, how dare anybody even think of fashion, when...


Oct 12, 2011 / 5:00 am
Fall 2011 - Love it! This fall is the year that greets us with plenty of color. A year that we truly do see the colors of fall in the stores. Instead of black, grey and brown, the tribal and ethnic influence this year brings us beautiful shades of rust, burnt orange, mustard and egg plant. The...

Cultural Inspiration for Fall

Sep 4, 2011 / 5:00 am
I feel like it has been a short summer this year, and feel sad to say good-bye to another fun-filled Okanagan summer. With summer coming to a close, this opens a whole new door to a very exciting season in fashion. Fall 2011!!! Leaving the soft shades of summer behind, the flowy chiffon and...

Must have for summer 2011

May 22, 2011 / 5:00 am
Must have Fashion staple…The maxi dress!!! All the celebs are wearing them. The Maxi appeared in our stores two summers ago, but were slow to take off. In true Canadian style, we have seen the maxi around for a couple seasons, and now we can’t get enough. A little slow to...

Is Spring going to come?

Mar 19, 2011 / 5:00 am
I don’t know about you, but I am feeling very anxious and impatient for Spring to arrive. I have been seeing the Spring fashions for months now, and feel the need to get out of these darker and heavier clothes. I am even quite willing to put away the boots (my favorite part of Winter...

February: the month of love

Feb 12, 2011 / 5:00 am
I have just returned from a buying trip to Los Angeles where I always come away with so much inspiration. The dresses are light, lacy, and frilly, in beautiful soft pastel shades. We are seeing longer skirts - some so long that they will touch the ground. We will be seeing a lot of lace used in...

Spring/summer 2011 fashion directions

Jan 1, 2011 / 5:00 am
A new year begins, and we transition into spring/summer 2011 fashion collections. The old is cleared out, and the new starts arriving into the stores. Fashion is never an obvious change over, it evolves with each season, so within a couple of years, we are looking at something completely different...

Embrace the season

Dec 12, 2010 / 5:00 am
We all want to feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman at least once in our lives...and this holiday season it's your turn. Embrace the season and spoil yourself silly. Embrace the opportunity to dress up for no reason, or embrace that you have every reason possible. Embrace excuses. Please be...

I want candy!

Nov 13, 2010 / 5:00 am
You are all invited to Frakas, November 25th from 4 – 9pm when we will be treating our customers to candy, cupcakes, bevies, tons of door prizes, gift with purchase, and best of all...20% off everything in the store!!! November is here, and with that we can expect some colder weather and most...

The Fashion Frakas!

Oct 10, 2010 / 5:00 am
It’s an honor to be the official fashion reporter for Castanet. I will be reporting on what’s happening in Kelowna, other parts of Canada and the rest of the world. Have a look at this short little video clip from the most recent buying trip - New York City! Don’t worry, this column...
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 does not warrant the contents.