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Everything Old is New Again: The Queen Anne Corselet is back!

I came across an article called “Old-world corsets and gowns define a modern romantic chic” by Mary Frances Hill featured in the Westender in October, 2000.  That’s like before smart phones so people still had to use newspapers. You can see it here. I had to scan it btw.

Mary highlights two hot new designers and their shops, Heidi Schmidt from New World (holla) and Sanne Lambert from Venus & Mars (duh). She goes out of her way to praise lace up bodices and Queen Anne collars.

Where am I going with this?

Well, we just made a hot, new fresh batch of wicked sexy QUEEN ANNE CORSELETS (lace up bodices with Queen Anne collars – see what I did there?) and you absolutely need one.  Devon’s Super Awesome Wardrobe of VM has three so far but I’m totally going to get myself a fourth one because now they come in purple.

These things NEVER go out of style.  They look equally awesome with jeans or crinolines or skirts.  You can dress them up or dress them down but ultimately you will look super sexy regardless and they are as comfortable as wearing a tshirt. You need one.  What are you waiting for?

Check out some vintage VM QUEEN ANNE CORSELETS in the video below.

Do you have something in your wardrobe that you have been able to rock for 14 years?  What is it? Let us know in the comments below.

Do you have people you’ve been friends with for longer than we’ve been making these CORSELETS? Why not show them some love and share this with them on Twitter or Facebook?

Until next time,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Monocles and Monogoggles: Be Classy and a Cyborg!

Monocles Available in Shop.

Greetings Internet Monkey,

The New York Times has declared that the monocle is back in the recent article ‘One Part Mr. Peanut, One Part Hipster Chic’ by Allen Salkin.

While I appreciate that the New York Times is an esteemed publication and historically held up as the holy grail for freelance writers, I still have to express the following: Duh and/or hello.

Monocles are badass and as far as I’m concerned they never went out of style to begin with.  No, monocles are more like the unicorn of eye wear. You may
go you’re entire life without seeing one, but for the pure of heart who are graced with it’s presence it is truly a magical experience.

The dapperness of a monocle is beyond compare.  It’s like a classy eye patch that you can see through.  I for one would be ecstatic if they became a
fashion trend and were readily available in every mall in an assortment of styles and colours.

But alas, that day is not today.  Do not despair, Venus & Mars has a solution for you.

We carry MONOCLES and MONOGOGGLES (for when you need to be classy
and a cyborg).  You too can join the ever growing micro-trend before it explodes into the mainstream.

Below is a video that explains how to wear one of these uniquely awesome accessories.

What do you think of the monocle trend?  How much do you dig it?  Let us know in the comments below.

Everyone knows someone who wants a monocle.  Why not share this with them over Facebook, Twitter or by email?

Until we meet again,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Top of the Mornin’ to you,

Venus & Mars is going to be at Celtic Fest this weekend (March 15 and 16, 2014)!  We have a booth at Granville street just past Robson so make sure to come say hi.

We packed up all the green things and loaded them into the van. As we did, I realized that I really don’t know anything about St. Patrick’s Day.  Oh no!

So I used the all powerful Google.  And I will share with you the magical things that I learned.

St PatricksDid you know?

  • St. Patrick is the primary patron saint of Ireland (you probably knew that but I didn’t)
  • March 17 is the date of his death (kind of a downer, don’t think about it when you’re drinking green beer)
  • St. Patrick’s colour was traditionally blue and not green (we’re all doing it wrong)
  • The Shamrock (which has three leaves, not four) is a symbol for the Christian Holy Trinity (or the Pagan Triple Goddess)
  • The Shamrock is not the national symbol of Ireland, the Celtic harp is (only country with a musical instrument as their symbol)

Regardless of what you know,  its always fun to get a little bit Irish on March 17th.  This year while you’re celebrating why not look ultra fabulous in a Venus & Mars CINCHER or MILITARY FROCK COAT?

I hope you have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  I will leave you with this rad traditional toast to make you sound all deep and eloquent:

“May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below it never fall out.”

-Devon Dale

ps: This video previews our St. Paddy’s Day window.

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Once Apon A Time in Gastown (Throw Back Thursday)

 (Items in the Gallery are available in our shop)

Sanne Lambert Once upon a time there was a little rocker chick from Richmond.

Her name was Sanné Lambert. The little girl studied hard, won many proud battles and eventually landed in glamorous Gastown where she built the kingdom of Venus&Mars.

For 19 years the steampunk kingdom was a land of peace and prosperity.  One dark day an evil troll named Landlordia decided that she no longer wanted the kingdom of  Venus&Mars steampunk in the land of Cambie and poisoned all the crops giving the good people of Venus&Mars only thirty days to find a new home before they starved.

Sanné Lambert search high and low through all of Gastown until she found a space of abundance on the edge of glamorous Gastown to rebuild the kingdom of Venus&Mars.

After a year of hard work, Venus&Mars Hastings was more prosperous than it had been in years and everyone knew that it was only going to get better with time.

Want to be a WHITE KNIGHT?  Share our story on Facebook and Twitter.

What’s your fable?  Let us know in the comments below.

Oh yes, and of course, they lived happily ever after but it is far from the end.

Devon

Video:
A peruse through Venus&Mars Flagship in Gastown (1993-2012). Clothing by Sanné Lambert for Venus&Mars.      Music by Sanné Lambert Album: ‘Unlimited Growth’. Song: Spare Change.

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Lisa’s Throw Back Thursday

Check out super sexy VM alumni Lisa

in a BLACK SATIN PEASANT BLOUSE, BLUE TAPESTRY WAIST CINCHER, and BLACK WIGGLE SKIRT strutting her stuff down the Venus & Mars catwalk at the flagship location in the district of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. Hit the links to check out her awesome outfit in our storefront.

Doesn’t she look amazing?  You should probably share this with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and while you’re at it, leave a comment below!