Peplum perfection at Dior, Spring/Summer 2012. Photography by ImaxTree.comIt's almost the long weekend, and what better way to celebrate that with one of this season's most fashionable cocktails? Here are our top tips for matching your look to your libation. City: Vancouver The hot spot: Hawksworth Restaurant (801 West Georgia St.) The fashion vibe: Refined ladylike The cocktail: Try the Hotel Georgia cocktail, if you’re a daring drinker. Plymouth gin is mixed with fresh lemon juice, almond syrup, and orange blossom water. The pièce de resistance? An egg white for extra froth! (Like we said - only for the daring!) The look: Peplum, if you please! Sure, adding a frill of fabric around the hips may seem like a strange idea (much like adding egg whites to a cocktail), but it’s a super flattering way to emphasize your waist (and derrière!) Not convinced? Check out style-setters like Kate Middleton and Blake Lively for pointers. Runway inspiration: Peplum was undoubtedly one of the hottest trends on the spring/summer 2012 runways but we were particularly fond of the pieces by Giambattista Valli and Christian Dior. Fashion difficulty level: Master class. City: Toronto The hot spot: The Harbord Room (89 Harbord St.) The fashion vibe: Smart, casual. The cocktail: Try their signature summer cocktail, the S.O.A, which is only available for a few months. Tequila, lime juice and ginger beer are combined with berries in a balsamic preserve, then shaken over ice — the result? A smooth, tart drink that's oh-so refreshing. The look: Relax on the patio in one of this season’s fabulous pastel pieces. Since coloured denim is such a fun trend, why not try mint green capris? We also love the look of a lady-like pastel sundress. Runway inspiration: Issa London’s fabulous frocks and Ralph Lauren’s pastel flappers. Fashion difficulty level: Beginner.
City: Toronto The hot spot: La Carnita (501 College St.) The fashion vibe: Model off-duty The cocktail: Not only does La Carnita’s signature drink, the “Who Shot Ya” win for most creative name, the vibrant pink cocktail - accessorized with a thick orange rind garnish - takes after another one of this season’s hottest trends: colour blocking! Plus, it tastes delicious. Two ounces of Bulleit Bourbon is combined with house-made hibiscus grenadine, ginger syrup and lemon juice for a sweet, spicy drink that definitely packs a punch. The look: Colour blocking, of course! Try a LCBD (little colour blocked dress) or, if you’re not sure about the trend, try mixing two solid complementary colours at once. Experts tend to agree that mixing more than three colours in one outfit is dangerous territory, and not for the faint of fashion heart. Runway inspiration: Dolce & Gabbana’s colour blocked patterns and textures and Marc by Marc Jacobs’ edgy tunics. Fashion difficulty level: Moderate.
City: Montreal The hot spot: Le Lab (1351 Rachel, Est) The fashion vibe: Great Gatsby cool The cocktail: Le Lab, which has a Prohibition-era theme, is known for its absinthe cocktails. Try the Amazone, a mix of mint, raspberry puree, lemon juice, syrup, absinthe and prosecco. But…may we make a suggestion? Maybe stick with just one! The look: Drop-waist dresses, cloche hats, intricate beading and a devil may-care attitude. Runway inspiration: Alberta Ferretti’s cream drop-waist frocks, Etro’s sequined dresses and Gucci’s pleated pieces. Fashion difficulty level: Advanced.