Montreal street style

Photos by Kristin Yamada.

Recently a lot of Americans have been looking north to Canada for a comparison. Especially this winter, it seems we might have a lot to learn from our Canadian neighbors–in terms of dressing for cold weather. Our street style photographer Kristin Yamada was just in Montreal, where she snapped the city’s residents bundled in unique coats, trendy wool accessories and cold-kicking boots.

Here are four outfits that you can cop when the temperature drops, with shoppable links to get the look.

HERE’S HOW TO LAYER UP À LA MODE MONTRÉAL

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Veilance production images courtesy of Arc’teryx

You probably have heard of Arc’teryx, the Canadian outdoor company whose technically advanced gear stands up to extreme conditions. But do you know about Arc’teryx Veilance?

Veilance is the luxury fashion wing of Arc’teryx, which blends outdoor technology and ergonomics into versatile clothes for the city-dwelling person. Everything is tied back to a stark and vaguely mysterious aesthetic. Basically what we have here is apparel equally suited for biking to work, conducting meetings and looking cool on the street.

To learn more about Veilance, we caught up with designer Lars McKinnon and Arc’teryx lifestyle design director Takanori Kasuga. Topics discussed: professional histories, the nature of Gore-Tex and the unrelenting design mission of Veilance.

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SHOP: Mionn IS jacket | Graph cardigan | Seque tote | all Arc’teryx Veilance

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As most design enthusiasts will tell you, Scandinavians are known for a certain elegant restraint. What is it about life in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and other points North that inspires that wonderful less-is-more aesthetic? Oh, there are any number of theories, really, but the bottom line is that minimalism gets a lot of love these days and the lineage of designers that has come to include Oslo’s Mona Jensen are to thank for that.

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Mona Jensen in her Oslo home, photographed by Ole Martin Halvorsen

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Tom Wood accessories

Beginning with her simple but bold unisex signet rings, the founder and creative director of the SPACE jewelry line Tom Wood offers accessories for a beautifully low-key everyday style that could easily be called modern minimalism. It’s a look that Mona herself wears well, and in fact, lives and breathes—so we asked her to share some of her home and her life with us.

EXPLORE MONA’S LIFE, STYLE, AND HER HOME

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There are few idols from our youth with whom we’re still enamored. Most childhood stars dwindle once adulthood arrives, when our seasoned tastes and collected experience reveal chinks in the gilded armor of celebrity. But Miss Piggy is one for whom our regard has only grown as we’ve grown up.

Frankly, she’s a badass. The professional actress, spokes-pig, karate enthusiast and fashion plate holds her own amid a colorful cast of mostly male Muppets. She is outspoken, brash when circumstances call for it, genteel when the situation is otherwise. Her flair for fashion and her unapologetic femininity and ambition are characteristics that plant her firmly in the modern era, even though she has been in the public eye for four decades.

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All this makes her the perfect star for kate spade new york’s latest “Miss Adventure.” We spoke with Miss Piggy about the new collection of accessories, for which she was the muse, her co-star, Zosia Mamet, and how she manages to do it all while including time for romantic entanglements.

First things first. How is your love life? Are you seeing anyone green?

 Moi’s love life is fantastique! As for “anyone green,” I can’t imagine what you’re talking about. Oh, you mean, “him” … Well, we’re still friends and colleagues, but for now, I’m done with “A for Amphibians” and I’m working my way through the rest of the alphabet. To put it succinctly, I’m not just seeing anyone … I’m seeing everyone.

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Sometimes life calls for dramatic change. Occasionally business as usual becomes totally unacceptable. And some people are courageous enough to throw off the shackles of comfort to confront the excitement of uncertainty.

Kim Jones was a banker in Australia before she decided to buy a one-way ticket to Manila. Once there, she launched what, by all accounts, is a successful career as a fashion influencer and luxury consultant. She has appeared on the cover of L’Officiel in Manila and Singapore, and was described by Who What Wear as one of Asia’s most influential bloggers. Her blog, Miss Jones, shows how Kim’s love of travel and adventure intersects with fashion and her beach-to-café lifestyle.

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We spoke with Kim about her latest undertaking: a collaboration with Shoes of Prey inspired by the Italian coastal town of Positano. The shoe collection, titled La Dolce Vita, conjures the sophisticated drama of Italian fashion in five heel styles. Each sexy shoe captures not only the bella figura of Italy’s style, but also Kim Jones’s own enthusiasm for beautiful living.

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Homemade sweaters as gifts tend to evoke the same disdain as a sticky brick of fruitcake. We envision handcrafted knitwear as ill-fitting and scratchy, in musty-colored yarn with multihued crocheted granny squares. But the ladies of Loopy Mango, a couture knitting company, have managed to shed this tired cliché with their trademark megachunky yarns and knitting kits. Dyed in candy pastels and brights, their woolly products yield creations that look like high-fashion cocoons.

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A shawl from the Loopy Mango Merino No. 5 knit kit now at Nordstrom.

Waejong Kim and Anna Pulvermakher, the effervescent duo at the helm of Loopy Mango, merged their love for fashion and art with the DIY movement. Fashion devotees with a fondness for anything one of a kind, they’ve spent time on both coasts, curating eclectic goods for boutiques that combine vintage with new, practical with precious. Their love for needlework eventually led from establishing a small yarn section to a massive yarn line, which has appeared in Vogue and been used by knitting circles around the world. The whimsically large accessories even caught the eye of the late roving fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, a day the Loopy ladies call “a life highlight.”

We spoke with Anna about Loopy Mango’s macro-gauge designs, her favorite TV shows to knit to, their celebrity fans and tips for new knitters who may pick up one of their super-popular knitting kits–the Merino No. 5 is now available in our new Pop-In shop.

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With the idea that the holidays deserve their very own holiday collection, Olivia Kim and the SPACE team created Winter Whites, a seasonal emerging designer shop-in-shop filled with killer gift-worthy accessories, books, housewares and more—and exclusive tweed skirts, rad denim and cotton hoodies from Simone Rocha, Marques’Almeida, Vetements and other top names.

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Tulle and ruffles by a Rihanna favorite, Molly Goddard

In an interview about the shop with Vogue.com, Olivia said, “I’ve always loved all the various interpretations of the holidays and what they mean to so many different cultures. So, by creating a capsule around white, it seemed so fresh and renewing—like a clean slate.”

We, in turn, tapped a few of our favorite white-shop designers and got their take on what the season’s hottest hue cues up for them and how they approach this season of giving and togetherness.

GET INTO THESE WHITE-HOT IDEAS

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Each month we take a lady we admire and give her the model treatment in our photo shoot, The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and makeup artist; she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style. Then we all head out on location for a professional shoot that showcases this month’s featured dress looks.

It’s that time of year when you gather you and yours to spread good cheer. In homes and restaurants around the globe, families and friends will come together to clink glasses and raise forks full of food. While we were thinking about what dishes we’d serve this season, we decided to consult restaurateur Sarah Penn. Sarah happens to own two of the loveliest and coziest restaurants in Seattle—perfect venues for intimate, festive mixers with kin.

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We visited Sarah at her two locations, Pair and Frank’s Oyster House & Champagne Parlor, where she shared scrumptious recipes with us and offered her suggestions for celebratory wine pairings, all while modeling five dresses perfect for hosting or attending a holiday party. Get her easy recipes for smoked salmon blini and potato leek gratin (you need these), and a peek at the dresses in her restaurants’ warm interiors.

Sarah Penn, The RealestChiara Boni La Petite Robe Stellina peplum jersey sheath dress | Loren Hope Clara crystal bracelet | Panacea crystal & tassel bracelet

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We each have our own holiday traditions, but we all wrap gifts. This year we hope to inspire you to get creative and put your heart into it – and to take care of everyone on your list at Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, our holiday shop curated by Olivia Kim.

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Check out our video below, meant to inspire you to wrap with multiple papers. That’s right, multiple papers at the same dang time. And have you ever made a pinwheel? It’s fun and easy!

SHOP: Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom | Home & Paper

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

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Jenifer & Morgan | Real Weddings

Jenifer and Morgan held a rustic and spirited celebration at Robinswood House in Bellevue, Washington, where the gorgeous surroundings and weather still couldn’t outshine the bride and groom.

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Tell us about the location.

We both wanted an outdoor venue since we were planning on getting married in August and wanted to take advantage of the warm weather! Morgan proposed in November of 2015, so when we decided on a summer wedding in 2016, the race was on to find something that had availability! What we loved about it was that it is this little enclosed oasis in the vastness that is Robinswood Park. I wanted a more rustic outdoor feel for the wedding, and this checked off all of the boxes. From the old 1895 homestead to the English garden for the ceremony, it just felt perfect for what I had envisioned.

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