Bayview Village is a hotspot for holiday fashion
Sequins are back with a vengeance – make that anything sparkly and glittery and shiny – and they’re on everything from toques to boots this season.
On a recent shop hop in Bayview Village Shopping Centre, the girly glam pot in me practically fell into a shopping trance eyeballing all the glimmering bling in the shops.
But make no mistake: the shiny stuff here is more refined, and epitomized in the five glorious Art Deco chandeliers hanging over a common seating area – they’re the crowning achievement of the mall’s recent mini-makeover that includes a brand new concierge desk and new plushy pink rounded seating that has replaced the not-so-haute looking wooden benches that formerly occupied the mall area.
But back to the bling. In the spirit of giving and receiving, I compiled a wee holiday wish list pour moi and other glam gals like me, and – surprise, surprise – my top fashion and accessory picks for the holidays scream glam, sheen, and lotsa shine.
If you’re on a budget, invest in a pair of glitter-encrusted high heels and wear that old faithful little black dress, ’cos the shoes at Bayview Village are showstoppers.
In Ron White, there are several varieties worth a holiday peep: if you’re a party-all-night-long kinda gal, Ron White’s All Day Heels will help you dance ’til dawn. His platinum-hued “Sugar” sling-back open-toe glitter shoe has a reasonable heel but still packs a style wallop, $395.
If you prefer a trendier look, the silver glitter platform peeptoe “Avalon” heels by Stuart Weitzman, also $395, are dreamy beyond belief.
Meanwhile in Browns, there seem to be more boots than sparkly shoes, but what’s there in the holiday glam department is worth it: the sexy satin Manolo Blahniks, in black, silver or gold satin, are so special they’re on a table all their own, $790.
If you’re more of a rebel: the Miss Sixty combat style lace up boots with sequins, $299, may be more your bag.
It feels like a winter wonderland in the white-fixtured calm of Davids, where some glitter bespeckled slingbacks by Kate Spade, $350, are front and centre on the display piece.
But the real must-haves for the season (that could carry over to jeans in the New Year, methinks): the Christian Louboutin silver and black patterned shiny “Fifi” pumps, $645.
They’re real gems – not surprising, considering the designer’s mantra is to make shoes that look like jewels.
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a little bling under the tree from Santa Baby.
Berani Jewellery Design is the place to go for diamonds and more traditional classic fare. Don’t get me wrong: I would never turn down a diamond, but I must admit I gravitate toward the more contemporary diamond pieces here, like those in the Luca Carati collection.
My pick, along with a rich man to buy it for me: the H. Stern sterling silver and amethyst bracelet, $26,500.
For more of a contemporary look, the pieces at Cupido are lovely – my fave is the Baccarat “Psydelic” collection.
If that little black dress that’s been in your closet for a decade is getting a little tired, a sheeny new frock can perk up your glam factor this holiday season.
Glam can be a relative term. If I were a decade younger I’d be pretty jazzed by the look I see in Mendocino, which mixes sequins and studs in with some animal prints and fur. And hey, a gal can dream: I want the sequin short-shorts in pewter or black, $72, plus the 20-year-old’s legs to go with them.
On to more sophisticated fare in Brian Bailey, Toronto-based red carpet dress designer extraordinaire.
Like the sequin junkie I am, I’m hooked on the sequined dresses here – everything from the short blue spaghetti strap shift dress, $495, to the full-length body-hugging gown in midnight blue, $1295.
But remember: all that glisters is not gold, and in here, all that’s sheeny is not sequins. Bailey is a master of fabrics, and silk is his game.
My supreme holiday glam pick: the emerald green taffeta bow dress, $895.
If you prefer more of a retro-inspired look, the frocks at Ross Mayer have a 1960s sophisticate vibe to them.
The lace collection is truly a treat: long lace overlay skirts in black, plum, or brown, $795 regular price (but as with most of the store, on sale until they go, I’m told) are lovely, as are the long and short sleeveless lace dresses, same price.
They sport an empire waist and a bow at the bodice and remind me of a 1960s velvet dress my mother used to wear in the day – which my sisters and I still fight over.
But that’s not charitable: sistas, take mom’s dress as a holiday gift and I’ll buy a new one, tee hee.
Bayview Village Shopping Centre, 2901 Sheppard Ave., 416-226-0404 www.bayviewvillageshops.com
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