Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Springtime at Petra's

We are so unbelievably happy to show winter 2018 the door.

This one was all kinds of nasty, wasn’t it? The cold was particularly bitter, the snow seemed relentless and you couldn’t turn on the news or open the paper without being smacked in the face by bad news.But last week, we did our annual fresh tulip run for the store, which has traditionally been our first act of spring. And they’re beautiful this year. It’s like the flower gods knew the world needed a collective pick-me-up and boy, did they deliver.

Speaking of Flowers…


Floral prints are all the rage this spring. We’re seeing them on blouses, bags and even the odd bra (very cool). But the undeniable winner in this spring’s floral pattern category is this exclusive floral-print scarf and dress from Anja Gockel.

We profiled the German-born designer (and Vivienne Westwood protégé) in 2017 when she was voted "designer of the year" in Germany. As we expected, she was a massive hit with customers, and the Gockel touch is continuing to impress.

Bright is Right in 2018

It appears the nasty news cycle has inspired a bit of a backlash in the fashion world. “If you can’t change the stories” the collective seems to be saying “then change the mood.”

In addition to the life-affirming floral prints, bright pinks, blues, yellows and reds are dominant hues of the season.

These colourful pieces from lady-of-lace Valerie Kalfhon are some of our most exciting spring collections.
We were immediately drawn to her lace pieces when they showed up from France earlier this year, and our clients have had the exact same reaction.

And, of course, we couldn’t talk about springtime in the store without a shout-out to Barcelona’s Aldo Martins. We showed them off a few years ago in our look at Spanish Fashion, and highlighted their highly colourful and incredibly positive sensibility and they brought it again this year.

Check out these pieces from the fabulous spring collection Aldo Martins, perfect for the first few patio days of the season!

And one last bit of springtime wisdom…

If you’re like us, you’ll spend at least a few weekend days on spring cleaning projects (and possibly getting your taxes together too). Make up for it with a personal day on a random Tuesday or Wednesday. Start with a relaxing breakfast, take in the rejuvenating spring air, smell the odd flower and treat yourself and your wardrobe to something new for spring.

We’ll be here waiting for you, tulips and all.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Bites from the Big Apple

We just got back from Fashion Week in New York City - always one of our favourite events of the year because New York is without a doubt the most high-energy place to be.

One of the great benefits of being in New York are the fashionable people you see wherever you go. Runway shows and trunk shows are great, but nothing beats authentic street style. The highlight for us in this regard was our visit to the Met’s David Hockney exhibition. The crowd was classy, elegant and very well-dressed. And since the weather was relatively non-cooperative, we saw some of the most gorgeous winter coats and boots.

But the Hockney exhibit brought us back to the upcoming spring/summer season. We love the vibrancy of his art, the richness of his palate and the positivity it exudes. It was a real treat.

And our Met visit came at just the right time too, because on March 1, for the first time in over 70 years, the museum is instituting a mandatory $25 entry fee. Until now, it’s always operated as a “pay-what-you-can” attraction with a suggested entry fee of $25. And surprise, surprise — patrons have been choosing to pony up less. The good news is that the $25 ticket is good for three days so no one feels pressure to see it all in one shot. That was a smart decision.

From a clothing perspective, the rich textures we saw in New York mirrored what we saw and bought on our whirlwind January buying trip to Europe — Paris, Milan, Munich and Brussels in 18 days!

We saw a lot of velvet (we were wondering when that was going to make a comeback). We also saw some beautiful animal prints and faux-furs. It’s incredible how far faux-fur has come from a realism perspective. You’d never in a million years know they weren’t real. It’s a big win for the industry and the planet.

And speaking of the environment, green was definitely the “Couleur Du Jour.” Apple green and olive green were the most prevalent, but the entire spectrum was represented. Between that and the shades of blue, it was all very positive.

Interestingly, we also saw a lot of plaid. In that way, there was definitely a ’90’s feel to the show.

Now we’re back to the store and getting our clients ready for spring. If you’re by, come say hi and take a peak at our new Spring collection.