The signs are there: Cherry blossoms burst from the trees like tiny pink frothy fireworks. Longer days renew our enthusiasm to do more than spend evenings in the company of Friends reruns and reality television. Our wrinkly white toes tingle at the thought of trading in designer gumboots for the season’s breeziest set of strappy sandals. Spring is upon us.
But has your wardrobe caught up? Or are you still wearing your winter basics – stiff dark trousers, confining black boots, smothering sweaters – and thinking of nothing but how you’d like to ruthlessly toss these old companions from your closet to make way for a group of trendy new best friends?
For most of us, a full closet overhaul to keep up with seasonal style switches is not realistic, unless we are willing to forgo a roof over our heads to make it happen. But what’s a girl to do to avoid slipping into a life defined by recycled outfits and frumpiness?
She heads down to Azool’s Spring/Summer Fashion show to check out some fresh styles and pick up a few essential accessories to add some flair to a tired wardrobe.
Azool is a local design company that specializes in fun and flirty jewelry, handbags and purses, clothing, and other accessories to keep us Vancouver gals as chic as can be.
Founder, Dawn Francis, started the company back in 2000 as her need to give uninhibited voice to her designs grew. She later recruited Pamela Nair as Principle Jewelry Designer, after she saw Nair had the vision and inspiration needed to create the bold, classy accessories that define Azool.
Francis says she loves accessories because they offer the perfect tool to add a little spunk to your basics. She explains that introducing a simple piece like a shimmery gold clutch to a t-shirt and jeans takes the outfit from average to enviable.
Nair adds that each of Azool’s elements is uniquely designed to act as a mode of self-expression for the wearer and has a bit of glamour “that’s got that little edge to it.”
Azool’s pieces aren’t overly trendy though, because both Francis and Nair don’t want them to be one-season only. Instead, they “create classics, things that will last, things that you will love forever,” Nair says.
And that’s just what you’ll see in Azool’s Spring/Summer collection. It will offer light hearted dresses in bold prints kissed with sophistication and charm and a touch of mod styling to add punch to your wardrobe now, yet you'll be able to return to them season after season.
The show will also feature multi-faceted style combinations that will demonstrate the fun and functional art of mixing and matching accessories. With just a few items, Francis and Nair will show you how you can layer up to create an ultra-hip getup or take it down to the basics for a simple, elegant, impress-your-new-boss-at-the-office look.
And not only will visiting Azool’s fashion show introduce you to some pieces that will freshen your wardrobe, it will warm your heart as well. Francis and Nair have built Azool to be something more than simply the production and sale of clothing and accessories for the fashion conscious woman. They strive to use Azool as a vehicle to provide support to others where they can.
That’s why for Azool’s Spring/Summer Fashion Show, they have decided to donate the evening’s proceeds to BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation (www.bcwomensfoundation.org).
So stop by the Azool show, support a good cause, and pick up a couple of unique elements and fun fashion tips to shake up your spring style.
Azool’s Spring/Summer Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, April 26th, at Harrison Galleries (www.harrisongalleries.com), located at 901 Homer Street. Doors open at 7:00 and the show begins at 8:00. Admission is by donation and capacity is limited, so RSVP’s are a must. Email info,,,azoolproductions.com to reserve your spot.