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Seasonal update: Local pros weigh in on trends for spring

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Spring is upon us—maybe, anyway; this is Edmonton, after all—which means it’s time to put away the heavy coats and think about updating your look. Vue asked a few stylish Edmontonians about their clothing, footwear, hair and makeup tips for the season.

 

 

Sandy Karpetz

Sandy Karpetz

 

Sandy Karpetz, stylist and blogger (theprettysecrets.com)

Vue Weekly: Tell us a little bit about what you’re wearing and why you chose it.
Sandy Karpetz: I’m wearing: Sunglasses – Tom Ford from Holt
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Jacket – vintage black wool coat from my mom
Top – Theory from Holt Renfrew
Skirt – Theory from Holt Renfrew
Boots – Alexander Wang
Bag – 3.1 Phillip Lim from Holt Renfrew

I’ve always been heavily influenced by the ’60s, and it’s nice to finally show a little leg now that the weather has decided to be cooperative.

VW: Which spring trend are you excited about this year?
SK: I try not to let trends dictate my style choices. I always find that the outfits I regret the most (and there aren’t many) are the ones in which I wasn’t true to myself.

VW: Which spring fashion trend is played out or best avoided?
SK: Florals for spring is a pretty tired trend but who knows, someone could always surprise us by making it seem fresh again.

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VW: Spring in Edmonton can be a tricky season. What’s your staple clothing item?
SK: I never leave home without sunglasses anytime of the year. For spring, a good pair of shoes that can withstand water and lots of gravel are key, as well as a coat that’s both warm but isn’t bulky if you need to take it off and carry it.

VW: Any advice for people looking to shop for new spring clothing?
SK: Invest thoughtfully on pieces you’ll love for a long time, not just for one season.

VW: What’s on your spring clothing wish list?
SK: The Brown Springbok Palma Bag by Brother Vellies at newclassics.ca is a real stunner! Aside from that, a new scent perhaps.

Craig Boa

Craig Boa

Craig Boa, owner of Weekly – Trim True (weeklyyeg.com)

Vue Weekly: Tell us a little bit about what you’re wearing and why you chose it.
Craig Boa: I’m wearing a pair of Wings + Horns chinos, a Wings + Horns long sleeve crewneck and a Saturdays NYC down-filled vest.

The reason I wear the Wings + Horns gear is because I really appreciate the best of the basics. Nothing flashy but really, really well-done pieces. As for the vest, this one in particular is great because it offers quite a bit of insulation, but it’s not too chunky or boxy. It also layers really well with shirts like I’m wearing here and/or flannels and hoodies.

VW: Which spring clothing trend are you most excited about?
CB: I keep my style pretty basic, but with that said, I always like what Reigning Champ and Wings + Horns come out with. I feel like the chinos may be making a comeback on the joggers, and I’m down with that.

VW: Spring in Edmonton can be a tricky season. What’s your staple clothing item?
CB: The vest is definitely a good piece to have as well as a good flannel. Pendleton makes some pretty solid ones.

VW: Much like clothing, there’s seasonal trends for hair too. What are you seeing in terms of that this year?
CB: I feel men are just doing what’s classic, handsome and simple these days. Nothing too exaggerated or try-hard—just a good clean cut that makes sense.

I think women are finally starting to come to terms in realizing they shouldn’t be hanging on to the raggedy ends to have it as long as possible. You can get a much nicer, cleaner look that waves (which is really in right now) much easier as well.

Craig Boa

Craig Boa

VW: Any advice for people looking to change up their hairstyle this season?
CB: Come to Weekly – Trim True. Haha.

VW: Are there any important tips for hair care at this time of year?
CB: It’s always helps having some good products in the shower (shampoo and conditioner) at home to get out whatever they worked into their hair. Built-up products in hair can make styling hair quite tricky at times.

Kendall Barber

Kendall Barber

Kendall Barber, co-founder of Poppy Barley (poppybarley.com)

Vue Weekly: Tell us a little bit about what you’re wearing and why you chose it.
Kendall Barber: Self-Portrait Blouse: Ruffles are a key detail for spring. In the shirt I’m wearing, the ruffles feel sophisticated and edgy.

Poppy Barley Mules in Stardust Silver [These can be seen in her photo on the front-left of the table]: The shoe and colour are perfectly on trend, unbelievably comfortable and insanely versatile.

Midi Skirt from Aritzia: the midi has been trending for a while, and I love this one with the front and back slit in a soft pink.

VW: Which spring trend are you excited about this year?
KB: White shirts have never been so fun! This season, I’m loving the unique draping techniques and design elements like extra-wide sleeves, ruffles and lace. I’m excited by the return of the slip-dress; practical in the heat, stylish for a night out and practical layered over top of a white dress shirt. And I’m loving all the exposed shoulders.

VW: Which spring fashion trend is played out or best avoided?
KB: For an easy update, retire your plaid shirts. Replace them with stripes or gingham prints.

VW: Spring in Edmonton can be a tricky season. What’s your staple clothing item? What about footwear?
KB: Spring in Edmonton requires transitional clothing. For footwear, I choose a spring style in a closed-toe variation. I’m loving our D’Orsay Flat with its nod to the mule and side cutouts.  For clothes, the right jacket tops my list. This year, I’d reach for a bomber jacket.

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VW: Any advice for people looking to shop for new spring shoes?
KB: I buy fewer, better shoes. Following this philosophy, this spring I’m gravitating towards mules and lace-ups for their versatility with shorts, dresses and pants. At any height, whether heeled or flat, mules are the go-to shoes this season. Play with  interesting neutrals and textures in a palate of silver, white and black to make your shoes easily work across almost every outfit in your closet. And be sure to include an “urban sneaker”—comfortable kicks are still fashionable and practical.

VW: What’s on your spring clothing/shoe wish list?
KB: The perfect pair of culottes, a dramatic off-the shoulder top, a silk bomber jacket, an architecturally interesting white blouse, white sneakers, silver mules, a shirt in bold stripes and a slip dress versatile enough for day and night.

Amber Victoria Prepchuk

Amber Victoria Prepchuk

Amber Victoria Prepchuk, makeup artist and educator
(ambervictoriaprepchuk.com)

Vue Weekly: Tell us a little bit about what you’re wearing and why you chose it.
Amber Victoria Prepchuk: I’m wearing a local tank made by my friend Nicole—Preyonce (a time before bae)—a Levi’s boyfriend denim jacket (both from Bamboo Ballroom) and an old pair of Cheap Mondays skinny black jeans. My shoes are from Aldo because I’m a sucker for a sale and a comfy heel. I love the peep toe and fringe detail. My hand chain is Annette + Simone, made by myself, sold at Bamboo Ballroom. I chose this outfit because I like casual comfort and I find it lets my makeup and hair take centre stage.

VW: Which spring clothing trend are you excited about this year?
AVP: I’m happy that over-accessorizing is coming back. I love wearing all the rings and all the necklaces. I’m also a fan of anything ’90s-inspired: thigh-high socks, matte brown lips and sneakers. I have too many Converse, yet somehow not enough.

VW: What about spring makeup trends?
AVP: I’m excited for colour to come back to makeup, whether it’s dark blue or electric, this colour made itself known on the runway for spring ’16. I’m getting bored of the neutral, contoured eye looks—it’s time for a pop of colour. Also, lashes—always lashes!

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VW: Which makeup trend is played out or best avoided?
AVP: Cream contouring, baking, concealing around your brows and Photoshopped Instagram makeup. We’ve had enough, thank you very much!

VW: Spring in Edmonton can be a tricky season. What’s your staple clothing item?
AVP: My staple in spring is a light coat that has enough room in it to wear a hoodie underneath. Some days you need just your cute coat and other time you need a basic hoodie underneath for warmth. I also like to throw my favourite vest over a light coat when I need to be more dressy. Basically, layering is key.

VW: Any advice for people looking to shop for new spring makeup?
AVP: Go to a makeup counter where they actually do makeup. Trying a new look or trend is tricky enough, but if it’s not done successfully it’s unlikely you’ll be willing to try any new trends in the future. Have an expert sit you down and teach you ways for you to comfortably pull off a new look. Then practice!

VW: What’s on your spring makeup/clothing wish list?
AVP: Makeup: House of Lashes, any and every pair; NYX Cosmetics liquid suede cream lipsticks; MAC skincare and prep and prime; L’Oreal voluminous mascara in blackest black; Melt Cosmetics—everything they make.

Clothing: I promised my boyfriend I wouldn’t buy any new clothes this year, so I would take pretty much any new piece I could get my hands on—specifically a leather bomber jacket. I think that will be my first splurge when shopping’s back on.

 

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