PC: Eric Deis
Two of Hearts designers and boutique owners Jenny Yen and Tabitha Savoie really heart local. In fact, they declared their love of local fashion and design proudly (in T-shirt and cake form!) at their "I Love Local" party last Saturday evening. Friends, well-wishers, and members of the fashion industry gathered at the cozy Main St. boutique and browsed the racks while waiting for the fashion show to begin. Bargain hunters, take note: The front of the store is stocked full of spring/summer merchandise marked down to ridiculously good prices. I spied a belted teal tank dress from the CiCi line that looked so good when I tried it on, I bought it on the spot and wore it for the rest of the party.
My perusal of the store yielded other treasures as well. That's one of the things I love about visiting the Two of Hearts Boutique: Aside from being the place to find CiCi, Togs, and Two of Hearts apparel, their selection of jewelry, accessories, and handmade goodies constantly changes.
Handmade glass earrings by GroovyGlassGirl
These pouches and bags by Big Rock are an intriguing concept. Made from colourful and punchy fabrics, each pouch/bag features snaps and buttons. You can combine them into a completely unique, one-of-a-kind bag with compartments that suit your needs. Neat eh?
The show featured clothes from the Two of Hearts, CiCi, and Togs fall/winter 2009 collections styled alongside locally made and designed accessories from the store. Expect to see a lot of ladylike polish this season combined with the playful and sporty aesthetic that Two of Hearts is known for. Tops and sweater dresses featured interesting neckline details like ties and cowl necks. A belted waist was the look du jour, showing up on fitted skirts and a trench-inspired sleeveless dress. Screened details and coloured fabric insets added visual interest to dresses and sweaters. Jenny and Tabitha also remade some perennial favourites such as the Gigi dress and the Kendra hoodie dress in new fabrications. With every new look that came out, the crowd murmured "Ooh I like that!" and "That is cute!"
Fashion show photos by Eric Deis
Congratulations to Jenny and Tabitha on reaching the 6-month milestone with their boutique and continuing to promote Vancouver fashion! For those of you who don't live in Vancouver, good news: Two of Hearts is launching their online store this fall, so you'll be able to shop the collections from the comfort of your own home.
P.S. If it seems like all I've been doing lately is going to events and parties, well, you're half-right. September is shaping up to be a busy month!
This post also appears on Stylefinds.