Brand Spotlight | Dusen Dusen

If wild prints, bold colours, and monochromatic PJ outfits are key components of your style MO, then prepare to fall head over doc martens for Dusen Dusen, a cool girl clothing and home decor brand based in Brooklyn. Designer and founder Ellen Van Dusen launched her first collection in 2010 and in the seven years since it burst onto the scene, it has expanded to include accessories and home furnishings, all with her signature eclectic aesthetic. Ellen draws inspiration from the typical sources – art, graphic design, culture – but she also creates each collection while considering how the human brain reacts to colour and contrast. Her artful (and somewhat scientific) approach translates into sleek and sharply cut silhouettes, bright hues (often primary colours), and geometric prints. It’s a magic formula that has earned this indie brand a cult following and Dusen Dusen shows no signs of slowing down. My usual style is pretty classic – think sleek cuts, lots of lace, feminine details, and lots of pastels with the odd bright here and there – so Dusen Dusen is not my usual cup of tea. That being said, there’s something about its unapolegtically in-your-face feel that pulls me in. While I’m not quite ready to don their head-to-toe printed panama suits, I am in love with their summery day dresses, cuddly (but with an edge) sweaters, and playful home furnishings line (I NEED the fruit bedding set). If you refuse to remain under the radar and love the ease of matching sets (and who doesn’t?), then allow me to introduce you to your style soulmate. Wallflowers need not apply.

DUSEN DUSEN PICKS


1 // Wrap Dress Lock Stripe


2 // Blue Key Tiered Tank Dress


3 // Floral Tile Jane Dress


4 // Rose Tile Mask Tee

5 // Floral Tile Level Tank


6 // Gray Curl High Waisted Pants


7 // Lilac Key Elastic Waist Pants


8 // Clip Throw


9 // Fruit Bedding


10 // Ladder Pillow

xoxo,

Alicia

Gingham Style

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Gingham is one of my favourite patterns this spring. It feels very country casual and lends a flirtatious vibe to any outfit. It’s girl next door meets farmer chic in the best possible way. It may be a bold print but it is also surprisingly versatile. You can go all out and mix different coloured checks from top to bottom or dip your baby toe in this trend with shoes and accessories. From a picnic by the lake to a board meeting at the office, you can work this trend anytime and anywhere. Scroll on for a few of the million ways that you can go gingham.


1 // The Picnic – Vintage Inspired Blue Check Gingham Sunglasses

2 // Alexandre Birman – Clarita Gingham Canvas Sunglasses

3 // Edie Parker – Jane Gingham Straw Basket Crossbody Bag

4 // J. Crew – Gingham Bow Ponytail Holder

5 // Solid and Striped – The Anne-Marie Gingham One-Piece Swimsuit

6 // PrettyLittleThing – Lorinda Gingham Frill Hem Shorts

7 // Kayu – Gingham Envelope Clutch

8 // Zaful – Gingham Check Cold Shoulder Blouse

9 // Betsey Johnson – Ann Flats

xoxo,

Alicia

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In The Jungle

The single perk of the non-stop rain we have been enduring in Vancouver for the past six months is that now everything is gorgeously green. From dark olive to emerald, my surroundings are like a mosaic of different shades of green. Even though summer is still a couple of months away, the sun is finally shining and it has me daydreaming of hot days and vacations in exotic places. The other day I found myself watching episodes of Gilligan’s Island and it completely inspired me. I had never really watched the show beforehand (although my parents love it) and everything from the clothes to the beauty of the landscape made me fantasize about what it would be like if I lived on an undiscovered tropical island. In reality I would obviously hate it (I enjoy the many amenities of living in the city) but the untouched beauty of the jungles and lush greenery is giving me a serious case of wanderlust. While my boyfriend and I have been talking about traveling somewhere exotic and adventurous (Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam are a few of the places we have discussed), in the mean time I will be using fashion to satisfy my travel bug. Opulent leafy prints and batik patterns are absolutely gorgeous for spring and summer and evoke images of wild jungles and tropical paradises. Until I can hop on a plane, these beautiful pieces will have to do.

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JUNGLE BUYS

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1 // Marc Jacobs – Tropical Strass Palm Tree Studs

2 // Vans – Black Tropical Leaves Authentic Sneaker

3 // Mango – Leaves Lapel Clutch

4 // Vila Vista Cushion

5 // Komodo – Lulue Tropical Tencel Shirt

6 // Miguelina – Pamela Printed Cotton Voile Wide Leg Pants

7 // Adriana Degreas – Bonsai Green Ginkgo Swimsuit

8 // Les Nereides – Chimera Plant Fuchsia & Blue Flower with Leaves Clip Earrings

9 // Casetify – Tropical Plant Leaves and Bananas iPhone 7 Case

10 // Tropical Monstera Leaves Pattern Serving Tray

xoxo,

Alicia

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Designer Feature | Sex + Ice Cream

 

Break up drama and heartbreak are definitely universal and inevitable experiences that everyone goes through, but it’s rare that anyone deals with those types of experiences by creating their own successful fashion label. Fashion designer Nicole Leth did just that after breaking up with her boyfriend when she was eighteen. Instead of dealing with the split using a more traditional method – say crying over her ex’s Facebook profile, making wine-fueled bad decisions or having a cathartic moment with a playlist full of scorned woman anthems (hello Lemonade) – she harnessed her pain and used it to create Sex + Ice Cream, empowering herself and other women in the process.

Graphic prints, celebrity motifs and bright, candy-like colours are a few of the brand’s signatures. I personally am obsessed with her Boxed Wine patch and “My Internet Crush” oversized tee, which is covered in a print of Drake’s face. Nicole continues to take her label to the next level and is making a point to women everywhere that, while the end of any relationship may be painful, we all have the ability to take a gut-wrenching and difficult situation and transform it into something that pushes us forward and helps us find our joy. We all belong to ourselves. I seriously can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.

Designer Nicole Leth.

SEX + ICE CREAM PICKS

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1 // Champagne Papi Tee

2 // “In Memory of When I Cared” Oversized Tee

3 // “Clothes Before Bros” Tee

4 // GRL PWR Sweat Shirt

5 // “He Took Me to Wal-Mart” Oversized Tee

6 // Boxed Wine Patch

7 // My Internet Crush Edition 2 (Beyonce / Nicki)

8 // My Psychic Patch

9 // My Internet Crush Edition 3 (Bieber Fever)

10 // My Internet Crush Tee (Drake)

xoxo,

Alicia

Above photos sourced from Sex + Ice Cream.