Calgary Style: How to Look Hot When it’s Cold

For fashion designer Haithem Elkadiki, colourful pieces and a summery fragrance are essential for frigid Calgary days.

Coat, handmade by Elkadiki; Boots, Timberland; Jeans, Levi’s 501; Turtleneck, Dsquared2; Scarf, made by Elkadiki, inspired by the cover of the Pet Shop Boys’ 2009 album, Yes. Photograph by Jared Sych.

Haithem Elkadiki is the designer behind the brand KaaDiki. Whether he’s making T-shirts, coats, button-down shirts or swimsuits, his designs are bright and bold. Having lived in Calgary since 1998, Libyan-born Elkadiki has figured out how to dress for cold weather while maintaining his sense of style. The key? Colour. “It’s like fuel for me. I walk everywhere, so wearing colour lifts my spirits,” he says. “Visual stimulation is important in winter when everything is white and grey.” Elkadiki accessorizes his winter wear with vibrant socks, a vintage Prada toque and Radish Vetiver, a Comme des Garçons scent mimicking the smell of wet grass. “Fragrance is like psychological empowerment to help me go out into the cold. Our winters are harsh, so every little thing helps.”

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This article appears in the January 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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