Monday, 24 October 2016

We've been quiet...

Sorry we've been quiet.
Life and littles have kept us busy but we hope to be chatting with you again very soon.

Calliope + Clio

Friday, 15 July 2016

Summer Slip Styling

The lingerie-inspired piece of the year has to be the slip dress! We are loving this versatile addition to our wardrobe. Take a look at some of our fave instagrammers and how they style theirs.

Brittany at Thrifts and Threads.
We can not get enough of L.A. mama, Brittany's, affordable style, thrift and vintage finds. Her nude dress pairs perfectly with flatforms, denim jacket and scarf.

Anna at Mungolife.
From Kuopio, Finland, Anna's neutral layers couldn't be more suited to West Coast weather.

Sarah at Sarah Najafi.
From sunny Los Angeles, Sarah is an attorney, make-up artist and fashion and beauty blogger. With all that going on, she's got off-duty style covered.

Estefanía at Con Dos Tacones.
Louboutin-lover from Madrid, Estafanía's romantic lace trimmed dress and delicate cardi has us dreaming of a romantic Med getaway.

Aisha at Boy By Her.
Model Aisha Jade's 90's grunge X modern minimalist look has to be the 2016 slip dress at it's best.

Cara McLeay at A Fashion Love Affair.

In keeping with the 90's theme, Vancouver's own Cara McLeay channels her inner Blossom in this chic upgrade to a floral slip dress.

What's your fave slip style?

Friday, 10 June 2016

We Had A Roaring Good Time With Forever Yours Lingerie!

We're often asked if talking about fashion and lingerie feels superficial. Are intimates really that important when it comes to all the other stuff that women have to deal with? Ask any of the hundreds of women who benefit from Forever Yours Lingerie's Supportive Start Initiative and they will tell you about the value they receive from having clean undergarments that fit, especially when job interviews and food on the table are a priority. Never, as individuals, have we had an opportunity to make such a difference in the lives of so many women. We are proud to have the opportunity to raise awareness of this inspiring fundraising program.

This year's fashion show benefitting Supportive Start was an exceptional evening of entertainment, from which 100% of proceeds were transferred to the charity. Forever Yours Lingerie owner, Sonya Perkins, rallied tremendous support from community, vendors and volunteers to put together a spectacular show and 1920's themed extravaganza. It's Been A Roaring 20 Years was not only a celebration of 20 years in business, but also a celebration of the strength and beauty of every woman.

Supportive Start was founded in 2014 by Forever Yours Lingerie owner, Sonya Perkins. The program provides women in need and in transition, across the Lower Mainland, with intimates and toiletries. Sonya and her team of volunteers provide fittings at shelters and recovery houses. Attendees leave with new and gently used undergarments generously donated by customers and vendors. The charity has worked with more than 20 organizations and provided over 1,000 bras along with kindness, compassion and dignity to local women in need.

One organizer said, “I witnessed a couple of ‘fit clinics’ at the Rainier and was thrilled at how empowering these events were for the residents.  Not only did our residents receive new, properly fitting undergarments but they left the clinics feeling proud of their bodies and they had a very needed break from the stress of the world.  The fit clinics were always a high light of the year.” (Quote from here.)

Donate your gently used bras here.

The evening was Golden Age perfection. Exuberant art-deco details transported us to a more glamorous era. Guests arrived in their Gatsby-best;  flapper girls not a  Marcel wave out of place. They were greeted by a speakeasy, the sweet jazz sounds of Rossi Gang and Charleston dancers.

Men and women of all shapes and sizes strutted their stuff with confidence across the catwalk. This has been true of every FYL event we have been to. Body positivity is not just a theme or an aspiration, it's reality and it is inspiring every time. The entertainment didn't stop between sets! There were even Burlesque performances by award-winning, performer The Lady Josephine.

Of course, the lingerie was to die for. Can we please take one of each?
Carefully planned ensembles were embellished with lavish headpieces and whimsical bustles.

(Shop the show here.)

Fun and games off the runway included the game of War, Bra Pong and a Balloon Mistress. Many of the games were sponsored by popular lingerie brands. Once again funds raised from the sale of game tickets benefit Supportive Start.

Representing Chantelle, Tanya volunteered her time at Bra Pong.
The Spinning Wheel was sponsored by Empreinte.

With the lovely Janet Abe.
(Read Janet's review of the 2015 Night at the Carnival here.)

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Mother's Day Made Simple

As a mom of two, I can tell you that a little bit of luxe goes a long way in making mom feel great. For most busy mom's, sleepwear and daywear are synonymous. At the same time, these well worn staples are often the last that she takes the time to invest in. This Mother's Day, treat her to a special sleep set or robe. She will thank you for it!

Here are some Calliope + Clio faves to get you started.

This coveted Cameron Short Robe by Christine Silk. 100% silk and made in Canada.
(More Christine Silk here, here and here.)

For the new mom. This Hotmilk Nursing Chemise is cute, comfy and functional.
(Read our review of Hotmilk's Nursing Chemise here.)

Made by Fleur't, the buttery soft Take Me Away Robe is a Mom's best friend. Just add vino!

Sometimes flattery will get you everywhere. Besides it's only the truth.
Linda Hartman Sleep Mask available at Scarlet Lingerie Boutique.

KissKill Lingerie's Silk PJ Set is perfect for hot summer lounging.

Most importantly, let her know that you love her!

Friday, 4 March 2016

And in Milan, this happened...

An abundance of creativity inspired by lingerie at Milan Fashion Week. It's difficult to decide where to begin. Dolce & Gabbana...Bottega Veneta...Prada...

You may have thought that the lingerie inspired looks from New York and London were just a passing fancy - think again. The Italian set brought underpinnings to the runway in full force. If Milan Fashion Week is any indicator of fashion trends to come, then underwear-as-outerwear may very well reign supreme in Autumn/Winter 2016!

Dolce & Gabbana paid tribute to corsetry with fairytale-esque charm.

Bottega Veneta showed some very wearable dresses with bra-like structure tailored into the bodices.

Waspies, in unexpected fabrics, were a staple at Prada's presentation. 

(Images via here.)

Read more about lingerie inspired looks from New York Fashion Week here and London Fashion Week here.

Follow us on Pinterest for more of our favourite looks, on the runway and on the street, from Milan Fashion Week!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Pringle of Scotland: Corsetry Inspired Knitwear

Pringle of Scotland presented a brilliant collection at London Fashion Week. Knits and wools were worked into corset-inspired looks - with a hint of tartan, of course.

Luxury designer and manufacturer of knitwear, Pringle of Scotland was established over 200 years ago as a producer of fine knit hosiery and undergarments. A corsetry-inspired collection, with a hint of tartan, should come as no surprise then. We're particularly loving the look of structured wool bodices juxtaposed against billowing, loungy silhouettes.

(Images via here.)

Earlier at New York Fashion Week, Milly also put on a stellar show inspired by underpinnings. More here.

Follow us on Pinterest for more of our favourite looks, on the runway and on the street, from London Fashion Week!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Intimacy of Winter: Milly Fall/Winter 2016

Milly's Fall/Winter 2016 collection features minimalist lingerie, cleverly styled as outerwear.

Named "The Intimacy of Winter", Milly Fall/Winter 2016 features minimalist bralettes, bandeaus and high-waisted panties in luxurious fabrics. These are juxtaposed against voluminous coats and wool sweaters in a provocative presentation.

Founder and designer, Michelle Smith, calls to question the tendency of women to conceal their femininity in the winter months. "I wanted to embrace what can happen underneath all those layers, the sensuality of the female form, revealed… "

We think she's hit the mark precisely. Wouldn't you agree?

(Images via here.)

Later, at London Fashion Week, Pringle of Scotland presented a gorgeous collection of corsetry-inspired knitwear. Take a look here.

Follow us on Pinterest for more of our favourite looks, on the runway and on the street, at New York Fashion Week!