Valentine’s Day Gift Idea for Him and Her



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Dash the flowers and don’t even think about buying those chocolates. It’s time to revamp the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts for your significant other, and Novella is here to help give you a few ideas as to what to choose for your beau or your misses.

These three choices for him and her are a guide for what to get this Valentine’s Day, and will sure add more of a wow factor to your gift than a teddy bear that will collect dust and chocolate that will melt if you don’t eat them fast enough.


Gifts for Him




A good pair of sneakers are a good way to let your man know that you care about his aesthetics. Not only are sneakers really comfortable, but they are also great to switch up with different outfits. Picking a colour that best suits your beau is also fun on your end, as you pick his favourite colour, or the colour you would like to see him in.




Who says all the fun flavours have to be for women? Pampering your guy with scents are a great alternative to traditional cologne gifts. Whether he might want something fun and whimsical like Margarita scents, or strong and sophisticated like Tom Ford, your man will smell irresistible every time he steps out the shower.



A great pair of shades are perfect for any time of year. Whether it’s the gusty winters or the smouldering heat, a pair of sunnies for your guy are perfect for that added Valentine’s Day touch. Ranging in different shades and styles, you can become your man’s stylist as you choose a pair that best represents him.


Gifts for Her

Charm Bracelets


Simple yet chic, charm bracelets are good for stacking, mixing, and accessorizing with any outfit of your girls choice. Alex and Ani have a great selection of charm bracelets and bangles that each have their own meaning and sentimental value to each piece. Choosing the right bracelet and charm that represents your love is a great gift idea this Valentine’s Day.



Now on trend, backpacks aren’t just for middle schoolers anymore. Ranging in a variety of textures, colours and styles, an on-trend backpack would be great as a Valentine’s Day gift for your girl this year. Think of all the things she can carry on her way to work, school, and a day date with you while looking chic and stylish.



Watches are great for not only keeping track of time, but also for accessorizing! Stacking a good watch with bracelets (see item 1.) can really pull a look together when wanting to add a little something to carry out an overall look. By purchasing a good watch for your girl, not only are you keeping her on time, but also making her a bonafide style maven. Who knew you had it in you!


Hope this list helps you out this Valentine’s Day! Spread love while spreading style!




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Paul Mason: VIP Interview

After more than 30 years in the fashion industry, renowned model Paul Mason remains as down­to­earth as though his professional career has just started. In fact, behind that silver beard—his signature feature—there is a fresh, youthful energy that’s infectious to anyone around him. Upon meeting him in person, I found myself wondering if the polished Mason has more in common with Mr. Newman than just a first name.

I had a roster of questions prepared for my interview with “Fashion Santa” (that’s the title he earned during his latest gig, which launched him even further into superfame), but a few minutes into our conversation I completely forgot them. Sitting in Le Gourmand at Richmond and Spadina, with Mason sipping a black coffee and I a decaf Americano, the mogul’s warm genuinity let our interview sink easily into more of a friendly chat during which he revealed the most important things he’s learned as a model and his hopes for Canada’s fashion industry.

His journey began in the midst of a Bachelor of Social Work at Ryerson University. Sometime during his studies the young, less bearded Mason was asked to walk for a presentation in a sociology class. Afterwards, he was handed the phone number of Judy Welch—the head of one of the first modeling agencies in Toronto. Mason made the call, and it wasn’t long before he was on the runways in Tokyo and Paris.

It’s a killer origin story, and it launched Mason into a lifelong and very successful career on the catwalk and in front of the camera. Naturally, he’s picked up a few jewels of fashion intel since then. For one, he sees fashion as an expression of how we feel and perceive ourselves (“Through our clothes, we tell the world who we are”) and thinks style is all about the details (“They define our personal style. Through them I can totally see which people are stylish”).

Then he touches on the street style phenomenon that’s had an increasing effect on the fashion world in recent years.  “Even designers look at what people are wearing on the street,” says Mason. “It’s the trickle­up effect! One of my favourite documentaries is the one about Bill Cunningham, the renowned street style photographer at The New YorkTimes. That’s a great example of what you see on the streets, which a lot of the time is much more interesting than what you see on the runway.”

With a solid career on his back as a fashion model, any advice from Mason has more value than anybody else’s. He encourages up­and­coming designers, models, stylists and makeup artists to fight for their dreams and always keep an open mind. He also stresses that in this industry, working hard is definitely more important than playing hard, despite what it might look like on Page Six.

“I think that people working in fashion are probably the hardest­working people,” says Mason. “From editors, to photographers, to stylists, to models, it is a really tough industry to work in!”

In the last few minutes of our interview, I ask Mason for his opinion on the Canadian fashion industry and how we should go about resolving the lack of local support that we are dealing with. His response sounds as calm and cautious as usual, but more determined than ever.

“My biggest hope for the Canadian fashion industry is to keep it at home,” he says. “We should start buying more clothes by Canadian brands and supporting each other. This is a place that’s unique on the planet. I think now through TOM* we have kind of set a standard even that there is a lot of controversy around us. I believe that through more initiatives like that, the cultural institutions and the government in power really can’t turn their backs on what is going on. We have to support this industry from the ground level but once we get the government involved, everything will be easier, definitely.”

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Photographer: Yannick Alain Gauthier

MUA: Marika D’Auteuil

Hair: Patrick G Nadeau

Stylist: Emmanuelle Neron

Paul Mason wearing Philippe Dubuc

Female model Marie Laurence Goyette (Montage Models) wearing Marie Saint Pierre

Top 10 Designers from Vancouver Fashion Week

With six days showcasing Vancouver’s rising up comers in the fashion world, Vancouver Fashion Week brought out what seemed like a consistent theme of an array of colour for the Fall/Winter 2016 collection season. Among the 96 designers showcased throughout the week, Novella has their eyes on 10 designers that seemed to make the cut in colour, design, and overall aesthetic when they graced the catwalk during Vancouver Fashion Week.


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Ed Ng Photography

Showcasing evening elegance with a hint of sexy, Lesley Hampton shows the runway how to work sequence and patterns cohesively. ,making what looks like liquid metal as the gowns cascade down the runway, Lesley Hampton dresses male a great choice when wanting to stand out in a crowd.


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Ed Ng Photography

Showing everyone how to layer for the chiller seasons, NOCTEX brings the layering aesthetic to the runway with the use of neutral tones such as beige, black and grey. Even though these shades may seem like a major bore, the way NOCTEX blends the shades with the use of flowy fabrics and layers creates an aura of comfy chic.


Bernardo Moura Photography

Bringing South Asia to the catwalk, Akshay Wadhwa exudes a sense of royalty in her Fall/Winter 2016 collection with the rich colours of gold and navy blue. The traditional South Asian embroidery on the various pants, skirts and tops, with the accompaniment of draping in the pants and capes gives an international feel that is needed on North American runways.


Bernardo Moura Photography

Cut and sophistication are the two words that come to mind when looking at Danya Weevers Fall/Winter 2016 collection. Giving off a “first lady” appeal with the use of structured coats, skirts and culottes, the eclectic collection would be admired by the elegant woman wanting to make a statement with bold and solid colours.


Vancouver Fashion Week
Bernardo Moura Photography

Fusing the male tuxedo aesthetic with the femininity of the female dress, Melanie Dylis flawlessly combines the two in her collection for Vancouver Fashion Week. A highlight piece of the collection is a button down, long sleeve pleated dress that has velvet accents and an array of other material aspects.


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Dale Rollings Photography

Fur, tassels, and intricate embroidery is the eye opening and jaw dropping factor that had many at the edge of their seats for Noe Bernacelli collection during Vancouver Fashion Week. Reminiscent of Balmain’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection with the use of layers, embroidery and textures, Bernacelli puts his own twits on the collection by staying with dark colours with the pop of neon greens and pearly whites. Still very chic and show stopping, Noe Bernacelli is definitely one to watch!


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Kerp Photography

Not forgetting about the men collections during the week, Enicma brings traditional pieces with a homegrown label. With trench coats, long sleeves, and a variety of basic everyday essentials, the collection is one of timelessness and practicality.


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Dale Rollings Photography

Think modern western with a couture aspect and you have Evan Clayton’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection. With ruffles and off the shoulder styles being a consistent theme, the brand uses a lot of neutral colour such as olive green and white to show versatility with the pieces in regards to switching up the style and making them your own.


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Kerp Photography

By designers Nicole and Nathan, the duo want to showcase the versatility of the tuxedo, for both men and women, and that the traditional piece can be styled and combined in a variety of ways. Ranging in patterns and textures, the brand showcases the potential that a traditional suit has when cut to the body and accompanied by stand out accessories.


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Kerp Photography

Continuing with the print and textile theme of the week, Samuel Yeung brings his take of graffiti art on dress for his collection for Vancouver Fashion Week. And not just keeping with the bright colours that the textiles bring, he also incorporates a woven textured dress to begin the show. The see-through frock with a ruffled bottom is a staple for the warmer season despite its Fall/Winter collection debut. Paired well with either a trendy sneaker for a day on the town or heels for an evening out, the versatility of the dress goes above and beyond for any season.