Canadian style so hot, HBC Web site crashes

Canadian style so hot, HBC Web site crashes

Smythe's blanket coat for The Bay (Photo by Carlo Mendoza)

With Alexander McQueen Olympic scarves and maple leaf mitts at a premium, Canada is officially, like, so hot right now. So it was no surprise when we took a look at the catwalks recently and saw a bit of home.

The boys at Dolce and Gabbana took a page out of DSquared2‘s look book for their D&G line. The fall-winter 2010 show in Milan lacked the polished Italian glam we expected; instead, snow bunny models looking ready for après ski at Cypress Mountain strutted in patterned leg warmers and tights, reindeer- and snowflake-patterned knits and fur mukluks.

In Vancouver last week, Hollywood followed suit: Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm sported a wool and leather Canada jacket while taking in the Games. Toronto outerwear label Smythe got plenty of attention thanks to its collaboration with the Hudson’s Bay Company; Rachel Bilson was spotted in a redesigned HBC striped coat in Vancouver, and Jeanne Beker is rumoured to have been showing hers off, as well. In fact, the enthusiasm for Canuck garb caused technical difficulties for the HBC Web site and its on-line store Sunday night, as people searched for those chunky-knit moose sweaters worn by the athletes during the closing ceremonies. The lacklustre closing concert may not have delighted audiences, but at least our outfits did.

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