If you hadn't already heard, the infamous comic book character, Mr Archie Andrews, will die in today's "Life with Archie" release. The series which focuses on the Riverdale gang as adults will come to an end with this surprising finish. The other versions of the characters focusing on their high school lives will continue, so no need to fear! I've always been more of a "Betty and Veronica" digest reader myself and so in honour of today's importance to Archie Comics history I've compiled a quick visual history of the two beauties that are Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. Originally introduced in 1942, the first versions of the girls are quite different than what we're used to. Sometime in the 60's they chose a style for the comics that remains today, but the 40's and 50's saw a few different artists lending their style to the girl's look.
Beautiful through the ages! Who do you prefer- Betty or Veronica?
This Sunday we'll be shooting our Summer Lookbook and couldn't be more excited! Our inspiration for the shoot comes from the sports of summer. Think croquet, badminton and lawn bowling. Who says you can't look cute and ladylike while taking part in a sport or two! Check out some of our vintage and more recent inspirations here! And save the date for our Summer Launch Party where we will debut the new lookbook and our summer collection coming up on Friday July 4th!
We had a great time on Saturday at the Hamilton Fashion Week Gala runway show! Our models looked beautiful in their tropical inspired looks and we were honoured to open the show and set the tone for the first half.
Siobhan McAvoy did an amazing job opening the show in a 60's bold printed mini dress and statement earrings. The darling Delaney Stone looked awesome in a pair of 60's jungle-printed shorts, crop top and banana necklace/earrings. Natasha Stavnitzky was drop-dead gorgeous in an Esther Williams high-waisted bikini and vintage accessories. The adorable and always energetic Tess Garland looked like a bombshell in a retro one-piece swimsuit and pineapple earrings. Kate Sciamanna (that girl can strut!) killed it in an off-the-shoulder crop top, statement necklace and parrot-printed skirt. Closing the show was the amazing Victoria Stavnitzky, who had such an amazing runway presence, in an embroidered folk top and high-waisted denim shorts. Seriously love these ladies and they will always be honourary Girls on the Wing!
All in all it was a great night with a wonderful team and lots of friends around! It was so fun seeing the collections from our pals at Newolds, White Elephant, O's Clothes, the Eye of Faith and Hawk and Sparrow. Special thanks to the James North General Store boys for executing the event! And very very big thank you to my pal Noah McGillivray for making an awesome summer mix for the girls to walk to!
See more photos here or on our Facebook page (shot by Ralf Vandermeulen)
We're excited to be carrying AndSmile's goods made in the UK. The artist, Viktorija, has an adorable style to her illustrations and references some awesome pop culture icons. From Frida Khalo earrings to Margot and Richie Tenenbaum brooches, we are obsessed with her accessories! She also makes lovely pocket notebooks and postcards as well, if you're more of a paper nut. Check out the items by AndSmile now in shop!
Brooches: Frida, Jaques, Tenenabums $14 each
Earrings: Fox, Flowers, Sparrows and Frida $16 each
Floral Teacup necklace: $24
Notebooks: Moonrise Kingdom, the Royal Tenenbaums, Frida and flowers in teacups $8
+ postcards in Frida, Moonrise Kingdom and the Royal Tenenbaums $3
All images copyright AndSmile
This summer we're wearing our heart...scrath that, our STOMACH on our sleeve in fruit-inspired styles! I've always loved Carmen Miranda, and all that she stands for. Known to most as the woman with the fruit on her head, Carmen Miranda was a talented singer/dancer/actress appearing in countless movies from the 30's-50's. I know her best from the movie "The Gang's All Here" where she rocks her signature style. On screen you can find her in elaborate costumes often with fruit or floral headpieces and turbans. Off screen she was known for her overwhelming collection of platform shoes. My kind of lady!
The fruity style is great because it encompasses everything we want from summer: fresh, fruity, bright and nostaglic- a fruit motif can never go out of style. I remember wearing dresses with watermelon prints as a kid and strawberry earrings- and now designers are experimenting with different fruit fabrics and inspirations. My favourite fruity collection has to be Mother of Pearl's SS14 show. This London-based duo teamed up with artist Mat Collishaw to create some amazing patterns- check out the juicy looks below!
Check out some looks available at Girl on the Wing:And check out some of our weekly picks this week (featuring lots of citrus-inspired styles!):
With the changing weather we're excited to be getting lots of new products in the shop to help refresh your spring wardrobe! One of our favourite companies, Baggu, make amazing high-quality canvas bags in classic styles and colours, with an affordable price tag. Located in Williamsburg, NYC, we were lucky enough to visit their showroom in December and are happy to continue selling their stuff. Check out the two styles now in shop!
Duck Bag: transitions from a handheld carry-all to an across-body messenger. Great size for all your stuff- pack a picnic, your favourite book, laptop and see where the day takes you! Also great as a grocery bag. Colours available: Indigo, Leopard and Sailor Stripe. $28 each
Classic Backpack: Fits a laptop and has a side pocket for your keys and sunglasses! Great for the biker and adventurer! Colours available: Chestnut, Black, Indigo and Hunter. $45 each.
We're excited for this weekend's event, The Vintage Marketplace, happening at the Careport Centre! Last year was so much fun and it's going to be even bigger and better this time around.
Highlights of the Show:
* Special merchandise at our booth: We will be debuting our new vintage-inspired swimwear line Esther Williams
* Sneak Peek at our Spring Collection!
* Fashion Show organized by me (Whitney) featuring Girl on the Wing and a selection of the other vendors both days at 2:00
* Special deals and discounts for customers!
Just a note that the store will be closed our regular Saturday hours as we'll be at the show! Hope to see you there!
Here are some of our favourite items we're coveting for spring!
A Classic Carryall in nautical stripe pattern- perfect for days wandering around the city. Fill it with a picnic lunch, your favourite book, and a camera and see where the day takes you! (Baggu carry-all available at Girl on the Wing, $26)
A Blank Notebook- perfect for sketching out ideas, writing down your thoughts and keeping organized! (Quill and Fox Set of 2 Notebooks, available at Girl on the Wing $20)
The Perfect Summer Sandal- these Saltwater Sandals are an American tradition and are the comfiest leather sandal that form to your foot. Plus they look great with shorts for a causal look, or dressed up with a flowy summer skirt. (Saltwater Sandals, available at Girl on the Wing $64)Fun and Fresh Stud Earrings- these art-deco inspired studs are the perfect compliment to any outfit and the colours are fresh for spring! (DecoSquare studs, available at Girl on the Wing $18)Retro- Inspired Shades- Sunglasses are quick and easy way to glamourize your outfit. These retro shades will make you stand out and look oh-so Old Hollywood! (Sunglasses, available at Girl on the Wing $24)Hope to see you soon for all your spring wardrobe needs! xoxo.
We're excited to announce this year's shipment of Saltwater Sandals have arrived! These shoes are a summer staple and are perfect for their classic look and durability. I bought my first pair about 4 years ago and they are still kicking- and are my favourite spring/summer shoe. The sandals have been around since the 1940's and are a long-standing American tradition.
"Crafted with a Littleway stitched leather sole, extra-thick high grade leather upper and solid brass buckles, they offer an unmatched level of comfort that will last for many seasons. Salt Water's exclusive colour bonding process means the colour will not wear off like other sandals. All Salt Water sandals are designed to be worn in the water, and can be thrown in the washer. Just hang to dry and they will spring back to shape for a new adventure."
The best thing about the shoes is how they form to your foot as they get broken in and turn into such a comfortable shoe. My advice for buying is they should first fit fairly tight as they will stretch with wear. I also have lots of tricks to breaking them in quickly- including immersing them in water and walking around in them and gently stretching the straps with your hands. For more information on sizing and care, stop by the shop and ask away!
This year we are carrying the sandals in women's sizes 6-10 in red, navy, white and tan. $64 a pair.
There's still a shiver in the air but with the recent reappearance of the sun, spring is the only thing on my mind! I long for the day when I can leave the house without a parka and snowboots. It's going to be here before we know it and we're starting to plan the store's spring season. We've got some exciting new product lines coming in, some stellar vintage and must-have accessories on their way. Today's spring fashion inspiration is all about folky florals.
Alberta Ferretti's spring 2014 collection was heavily influenced by various European folk cultures, specifically Hungarian floral embroidery. I've always had a love for traditional European clothing for it's intricate and decorative designs on simple, well-cut clothing. With Ferretti's latest collection, she brings this traditional folk style to a high-fashion level.
I love the way Ferretti mixes simple, feminine silhouettes with decorative embroidery and pattern. All the pieces are based in either black and white with pops of bright colours- most notably in vibrant pinks and reds, tangerine oranges, and a bold lavender. The looks feature cropped tops, tiered skirts, empire waists and full skirts. My favourite part of the collection is how she bridges the gap between so many European styles; long, flowy Grecian style dresses, hints of Parisian chic, traditional Hungarian details and Ferreti's native Italian romantic style.
How to Get the Look:
Vintage Top, Folk Heart Earrings, Vintage Silk Skirt, Hibou Fringe Necklace, Vintage Top, Flower Girls postcard set. All Items Available at Girl on the Wing.