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The Best of Vancouver Summer 2013

This summer (please, tell us it’s not over yet!) has been stuffed with a filling rich in experience, music, and inspiration. Not only that, but Vancouver skies broke records with its consecutive days of sun exposure. No wonder there are so many smiles spreading across town.

Over those sunny days and nights, we held an Instagram contest, #YVRLovin to award those who captured beautiful Vancouver. Judged by photographer Clayton Perry, the above six photos were selected as winners.

Here are a few of our favourite memories from the past few months:

Chinatown Night Market: This year the market stepped up their game with the help of Bao Bei’s Tannis  Ling and pop-up expert Ken Tsui. We played ping pong, sang at Hip Hop Karaoke, and battled at Street Fighter. We bet you’re already practicing your hip hop beats for next year’s show, aren’t you?

Squamish Valley Music Festival: If you can’t make it to Coachella, don’t fret. This 3-day music festival less than an hour out of town draws the most hypnotic of tunes. Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Queens of the Stone Age, and Dragonette were just a handful of the talent that trekked onto the stages. We can’t wait to hear what next year will bring.

Grand Hotel Exhibit: Clearly, we’re into hotels, and this exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery pays homage to that international beacon of history, culture and hospitality. If you haven’t yet seen it, get in before September 15th.

Deighton Cup: The excitement of the horse track can be experienced most weekends, but the Ascot-esque finery and elegance that goes along with the races can only be taken in one weekend each summer when the Deighton Cup occurs.

Pride Weekend: While Pride is celebrated year-round in Vancouver, the community rallies together over the August Long Weekend to produce one grand expression of diversity, acceptance, and love. Dance parties, street parties, and boat parties buffered the colourful parade that guests from all around the world fly in to attend.

What are your favourite memories from Vancouver’s summer?

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

#YVRLovin winners (left to right, top to bottom): @TheFalconer; @viviahsu; @youyesyou; @ephekz; @mike_was_here; @Bronwyn_00

The Punk Aesthetic

Whether or not you listen to The Clash, Ramones, or Bad Religion, followed Sid Vicious, and dream of long gone, hot-blooded nights at CBGB in New York, the punk scene has influenced your fashion choices.

Rows of studs, worn-out leather, haphazard safety pins, scuffed work boots, ripped t-shirts, tattered peacoats, and body piercings are all elements of the often-thought nefarious movement. And it’s almost guaranteed that your closet holds bold details from the milieu.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual extravagant celebration honoured the aesthetic this year with its PUNK: Chaos to Culture exhibit running from May 9 to August 14, 2013. It was an opulent affair for a cultural era that favoured anarchy and opposed the brazenly affluent - a dichotomy if there ever was one.

At the gala benefit, co-chaired by Rooney Mara, Lauren Santo Domingo, Riccardo Tisci, and Anna Wintour, punk-inspired designs by Givenchy, Giles Deacon, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs ascended the grand, crimson staircase.

Above: Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood Couture; Madonna in Givenchy; Sienna Miller in Burberry Prorsum; Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon.

The exhibit is an excuse to pause and appreciate one of the greatest examples of culture influencing fashion.

Rodarte, Versace, Spiked cuffs.

Kate Moss for Vivienne Westwood, Vivienne Westwood, Vogue Paris.

Balenciaga, The Clash, Balmain.

Alexander McQueen, Sex Pistols, Versace.

~ Sandra O’Connell