Except for celebrities, no one seems to travel in style anymore. It seems like it's become almost "wrong" to dress up for a flight, but I wholeheartedly disagree.After seeing the Poppy Barley's S/S'16 collection and learning of the concept to shoot at the Edmonton International Airport (#PoppyBarleyxFlyEIA), I wanted to recreate the time in the '60s and '70s when travel was still very glamorous and everyone’s style was on point. The woman who wears Poppy Barley shoes is exciting and fun. She is classy, with a touch of sass. I feel like fashion is taking a turning point this season with a "less is more" mentality: silhouettes have been simplified, bags have become smaller, accessories are less. So, I decided that I needed to combine elements of simplicity for each look and use some pieces that really reflect an era when jet-set fashion was still glamorous, but still keep the styles current. Simons is a big supporter of the Canadian fashion community and I was able to get some incredible spring looks there that fit the bill. Holt Renfrew also has some incredible brands and accessories which helped these looks come to life. For an authentic touch of retro, I went to Swish Vintage in downtown Edmonton. There, I found some amazing vintage designer scarves, which you can see in several of the looks below. Whether you tie it around your neck for something more fitted, or just drape it over the shoulders, it's a total hit right now. Further, being able to use actual vintage suitcases from the '60 and '70s was just too perfect. For a luxurious, modern spin, we also shipped in luggage from Ebby Rane in Toronto just for the shoot. Here, I break down the all the looks I created for Poppy Barley's S/S '16 campaign. Hair and makeup by the amazing Nickol Walkemeyer, photography by Nicole Ashley. Enjoy!
In Stardust Silver + Ivory Snake (Sign up to get first access!)This Camilla and Marc dress from Simons is one of the Pantone pink colour trends that we will really start to see more of this spring. The soft tones are everywhere. The Chanel sunglasses from Holt Renfrew and the blue vintage carryon travel case from Swish Vintage makes her look really polished. But the look would not be complete without Poppy Barley's D’Orsay Flat in Stardust Silver; they keep the look dressy, but not too formal that she would look out of place.
In Black + Ivory Snake (Sign up to get first access!)Jumpsuits won't be going away this season, and we're celebrating! This one (from Simons) is so perfect for any occasion. You can dress it up or down, and this light green colour, in particular, is going to start filling up display windows everywhere. Plus, the Slip-on Oxford is the perfect way to style an outfit without wearing heels and still keep the look edgy. If you want to go all-out, the fur knit vest (from Holt Renfrew) will step up the glam.
In Leopard Calf Hair + White Cheetah
This look is more '70s inspired with the wide legged pant. The off-the-shoulder trend again is going to be something we see a lot more of heading into spring and summer. This look (all from Simons) has a little bit of a European-Spanish girl influence too with the textures of the shirt and its layered ruffles -- such simple details that create something effortlessly elegant. Add a bold statement with an animal-print flat like The D'Orsay in Leopard Calf Hair and White Cheetah (and don't be afraid to mix prints!).