VIFF: Bringing Fashion Back to Vancouver

As the Host Hotel for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver is thrilled for this year’s festival. In honour of opening day, we pay our respects to all the amazing fashion that will be showcased at the opening night gala and in the films this year.
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This year at the 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival, we will be bringing a series of fabulously stylish films to Vancouver. This series of films showcases fashion, style, and art that will for sure please the en vogue community of Vancouver.

VIFF is offering an exciting Style In Film Passport ($99). This passport gives you access to all six films and access the most fashion forward events happening during the festival. Events include:

  • September 27th – Series Launch: A memorable evening put on by Ecofashion Week. This special screening of Looking for Light: Jane Bown will include a panel on fashion and what you need to do to reach success as a stylist, model, photographer etc. in the industry.
  • October 3rd – Yves Saint Laurent red carpet: Get dressed up and strut your stuff down the red carpet. Enjoy a pre-screening panel dedicated to the life and impact of this famous brand, and its creator.
  • October 4th – Jason Matlo and Ecofashion Week pre-screening panel: A special panel dedicated to tackling the issue of  sustainability in fashion, and how handmade products can reduce industry impact.
  • October 5th – Red Carpet & Holt Renfrew VIP Party:  Dress up and lead with your self down the red carpet with your best foot forward. The first 100 pass holders are also invited to this exclusive Holt Renfrew VIP party.
  • October 10th – Closing Party/Jason Matlo Fashion Show: To close off the series, we are inviting the first 75 pass holders to join us at Jason Matlo’s 10th anniversary fashion show.

Dress up in your most glamorous attire and share your most fabulous selfie at the events for a chance to win a 2015 VIFF Festival pass & so much more! Come to a show, take a selfie, tag #VIFFStyle on Twitter and you could be doing VIFF 2015 in style!

Click here for passes: Style in Film

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Full Film Screening Breakdown:
Advanced Style: A documentary that examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging.

Hand Made with Love in France: This film charts the work and gradual demise of French artisans’ workshops that are essential suppliers for haute couture fashion houses such as Dior and Chanel.

God Help The Girl: Eve’s a troubled young girl who also has a talent for singing and song-writing. Music leads her to Glasgow where she meets James and Cassie, two kindred spirits each at crossroads of their own. What follows is an uplifting and stylish pop musical filled with renaissance, friendship and romance over a long, dream-like summer.

The Two Faces of January: The film stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as tourists who get to know a tour guide in Athens played by Oscar Isaac. All three are put in danger after an incident at the hotel, and the suspense builds from there.

In the Name of My Daughter: Inspired by the true case of Agnes Le Roux, a young, glamorous heiress, the film tells the story of her disappearance in the late 1970’s after becoming embroiled in a Mafia-backed plot to force her mother Renée to sell the family casino on the French Riviera.

Looking for Light: Jane Bown: This is a moving portrait of Jane Bown, a life-long photographer for the Observer newspaper who has photographed famous subjects like John Lennon and The Queen. The film examines her quiet determination working in an almost exclusively male world and how the sorrow of her early childhood influenced her unique photographic style.

Fall Colours As Seen Through The Eyes of Autumn

autumn_leaves_196054A new season means a fresh colour palette, and the fall 2013 palette is loving versatility and experimentation. As the leaves change, so does the ability to try a new fashion for brisk days ahead. The transition into colder weather is now much brighter simulating warmth and heat.

This year, the fall runways were bursting with rich colours, with every jewel tone imaginable appearing on statement pieces from coats, shoes, pants and bags.

Red
color_autumn_natureNo, Valentine’s Day hasn’t come early, but the colour of love will be present in a major way well before February 14. You can evoke your inner ‘lady in red’ through everything from statement coats to workwear. For a fun day look, let your toes pop in a sky-high virtual pink sneaker wedge.

green_and_yellow_leaves_199251Moss Green
Thinking about getting rid of your army jackets? Don’t. This season that perfect shade of military or ‘moss’ appeared all over the runways. Try layering lighter and darker shades together. If you think you’ve ended up looking like you’re about to enter a battle (albeit a rather chic one), you’re probably doing it right.

Orange
yellow_maple_leaves_210243This season’s orange is as bold as it gets, appearing in the exact shade of the traffic cone. There’s nothing safe about this fashion statement, but we do recommend wearing it for a great way to stay safe while walking late at night or biking around the city.

Which colours are you going to wear this autumn?

Colorful clothes on a laundry line and sun shining

Why We Can’t Wear White After Labour Day

white after labour day 6The post–Labour Day moratorium on white clothing and accessories has long ranked among etiquette hard-liners’ most sacred rules. For instance, as punishment for breaking it in the 1994 movie Serial Mom, Patty Hearst’s character was murdered by a punctilious psychopath. But ask your average etiquette expert how that rule came to be, and chances are that even she couldn’t explain it. So why aren’t we supposed to wear white after Labour Day?

white after labour day 3One common explanation is practical. For centuries, wearing white in the summer was simply a way to stay cool — like changing your dinner menu or putting slipcovers on the furniture. Not only was there no air-conditioning, but people did not go around in t-shirts and halter tops. They wore what we would now consider fairly formal clothes. And white is of a lighter weight.

But beating the heat became fashionable in the early to mid-20th century. All the magazines and tastemakers were centred in big cities, usually in northern climates that had seasons. In the hot summer months, white clothing kept New York fashion editors cool. But facing, say, heavy fall rain, they might not have been inclined to risk sullying white ensembles with mud — and that sensibility was reflected in the glossy pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, which set the tone for the country.

This is all sound logic, but that’s exactly why it may be wrong. Very rarely is there actually a functional reason for a fashion rule.

white after labour day 4Instead, other historians speculate, the origin of the no-white-after–Labour Day rule may be symbolic. In the early 20th century, white was the uniform of choice for Americans well-to-do enough to decamp from their city digs to warmer climes for months at a time: light summer clothing provided a pleasing contrast to drabber urban life. If you look at any photograph of any city in America in the 1930s, you’ll see people in dark clothes. By contrast, the white linen suits and Panama hats at snooty resorts were “a look of leisure.”

Labour Day, celebrated on the first Monday of September, marked the traditional end of summer; the well-heeled vacationers would stow their summer duds and dust off their heavier, darker-coloured fall clothing.

white after labour day 7By the 1950s, as the middle class expanded, the custom had calcified into a hard-and-fast rule. Along with a slew of commands about salad plates and fish forks, the no-whites dictum provided old-money élites with a bulwark against the upwardly mobile. But such mores were propagated by aspirants too: those savvy enough to learn all the rules increased their odds of earning a ticket into polite society.

Some etiquette buffs don’t buy this explanation, however. There are always people who want to attribute everything in etiquette to snobbery. There were many little rules that people did dream up in order to annoy those from whom they wished to disassociate themselves.

Coco ChanelWhatever its origin, the Labour Day rule is perennially met with resistance from high-fashion quarters. As far back as the 1920s, Coco Chanel made white a year-round staple. It was a permanent part of her wardrobe. Fashion rules are meant to be broken by those who can pull it off, and white looks really fresh when people aren’t expecting it.

Much to the chagrin of sartorial purists, that skepticism of the Labour Day law has seeped into mainstream America. From 1960s counterculture to the present day — white after labour day 2where would-be fashionistas get as many ideas from blogs and friends as from magazines and Fashion Week — more people than ever are breaking the rule. Even the 2004 manners bible, Emily Post’s Etiquette, 17th Edition, gives the go-ahead for wearing white after Labour Day.

No matter what side of the fence you sit on, it doesn’t seem proper for The Sutton Place Hotels to decide whether white can be worn after Labour Day. But… Coco Chanel famously wore white whenever she wanted, so why shouldn’t we?

The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton Gets Shopper Savvy

Like all of our Sutton Place Hotels, our Edmonton hotel is ideally situated to create a host of conveniences for our guests. Set directly in the center of the city, just a stone’s throw away Sir Winston Churchill Square and the bustling downtown Edmonton Arts & Entertainment District, it’s guaranteed that on any given day of the week, you’ll be entreated to an endless volume of metropolitan sights and sounds during your stay.

Even if you’re just stopping in for a short visit, we are connected by an indoor pedway to the Edmonton City Centre Mall, making shopping literally easier than walking out the front door.

Which brings us to the biggest new benefit about being set in the centre of the city: following suit after The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s successful program launch, our Edmonton location now has its very own Sutton Shopper Program.

Offering up to 40% off selected retailers at City Centre Mall, the popular guest program is perfect for everyone from guests who are picking up presents for home to visitors who need a little relaxing retail therapy.

Hailed as downtown Edmonton’s most popular mall, City Centre features everything high-end designer fashion to convenient everyday retail needs.

Just in time for the coming winter, we’re guessing there will be plenty of reason to stay indoors this season – which is good because shopping outdoors in 4 inch stilettos during minus 30 temperatures can be pretty difficult.

To see featured retailers and to find out more information about our program, click here.

Luxury & Supercar Weekend – Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance

 

The Sutton Place Hotel Company’s luxury chalet in the VIP area.

 

This is a preview of our luxury chalet in the VIP area in one of Vancouver’s classiest event, Luxury & Supercar Weekend – Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance. We simply cannot wait for everyone to see what is behind that curtain but it is nothing less than luxurious.

 

Debuting high-end fashion, elegant lifestyle, and of course, luxury cars, this event is definitely going to be magnificent!

We will be tweeting live for all the event’s updates and coverage this weekend, so be sure to follow us on twitter @SuttonPlaceHtl.