Inspired by Friends

I find inspiration everywhere. But I get really excited when I’m inspired by my friends. Recently my friend Lucia Bellina posted a link on my wall. It was for show in Milan at Villa Necchi Campiglio entitled MODA DI CARTA.

It showcases the work of Isabelle Borchgrave with 30 full size garments made entirely of paper. The designs illustrate fashion from the Novecento (early 1900s).

I would have loved to see this exhibit. The clothes look spectacular and the fact that they are made of paper really got me inspired to create some new looks for the dolls.

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This show reminded that another friend of mine, Tracy Kim, was kind enough to think of me on a trip to Paris this summer and brought me back this charming Marie Antionette paper doll set. Obviously the mood was perfect for design.

I choose blue and white as a theme for the first dress. The navy and white paper dress from the exhibit, as well as the feeling of MariAnt were the inspiration. I also created a long flapper/mod dress in pink. I’m feeling the resort pull as temperatures drop and snow blankets the 6ix.

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Design Inspo 2

Coming up with great content is a tough job. I’m not interested in blogging for the sake of getting a post out. I want the content on modacarta to be interesting to my followers. I know if I’m not excited about it they won’t be either.

Are fashion magazines dead?

I read most magazines digitally. It’s faster and easier. I can pull screen caps quickly to include in posts or for design references. But once is a while I enjoy the tactile experience of flipping pages. While traveling in Sicily I picked up the October issue of Elle Italia. I carried it around from city to city – all 450 pages of it!

The Campo dei Fiori editorial, by Alberto Zanoletti, jumped out at me and immediately I had the content for my next post. The patterns and colours reminded me of Japanese paper. It was easy to create a fall wardrobe for the dolls from this inspiration. Jackets, dresses, skirts and tops reflect the shapes of FW 2016.

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I hope you enjoy these images and as always I would love to hear from you 🙂

 

 

 

Mini Bags

Several designers have down-sized their handbag offerings this season. The French fashion houses in particular love the idea of a mini. You may think that a mini bag is decorative but useless. I have changed my thinking after purchasing a beautiful aqua leather mini bag in Como. First, a la francais.

French Design

Louis Vuitton delicate, pretty mini pink and burgandy Capucine can be handheld or worn crossbody. It comes is variety of leathers or skins and many colour combinations. The mini Viv by Roger Vivier is bold and structured in black and white with 2 compartments and pockets inside to organize your small stuff. Finally the Hermes mini Halzan in sapphire. The bag of a thousand forms. When you see how many ways this bag can be worn and how stylish it looks you will want to save your cash for this investment bag!

Italian Design

My mini bag has the width to hold a full size wallet, iphone, keys and lipstick. For social occasions not much else is necessary. My mini bag has 2 handles as well as a detachable cross body strap. When I use my mini bag for work it needs a companion tote. I use my Longchamp tote for all the work week necessities.

Italian Haul

I’ve been back for a couple of weeks from my trip to Italy and as always I was depressed to leave la dolce vita and return to my everyday vita. That being said, my everyday vita allows me to live la dolce vita for short periods of time. On to the fashion and the shopping…

ITALIAN STYLE

Having visited both the North and South on this trip I can say the style language is very different. The North boasts Milan – fashion capitol of the world and mecca for modern art and design. Northern Italian woman love their jeans and even if they are ripped to shreads, they are styled with lovely ballet flats or neat, clean sneakers + a blouse or crisp white shirt. You won’t see a pair of dirty, grungy Converse anywhere. You see neat, tidy Converse or Stan Smiths.

The South is totally different. It was still full summer in Sicily. Women were more bohemian in dresses and frilly tops paired with flat sandals and high heels.

THE HAUL

Shopping was not the number 1 priority but I did take advantage of every opportunity made available. My primary shopping was done at Foxtown in Mendrisio, Switzerland. It is about a 40 minute drive from Milan and on every Asian Tour of Italy package. It is no Great Lakes or Sawgrass or any other big outlet Mall you can think of, but the quality of high end designer stores is what makes it famous.

I focused my attention on handbags and footwear. Specifically Gucci. img_2935I wanted to celebrate the completion of my certificate in Digital Strategy from U of T with a Gucci Bag. I did my research so I knew what styles I liked and I definitely wanted the double GG canvas. I love the rose gold trim and fold over closure on this bag. It holds a ton and also has a cross-body strap. It’s the perfect Forever Gucci bag at less than 1/2 price. This style has been updated for 2016 but the fine straps and hint of pink add a touch of elegance and femininity to this bag.

 

I scored on img_3199ballet flats at Tods. I love Tods shoes. Their driving loafers are famous for comfort and pedal to the metal grip but I’m not a loafer girl – I’m a ballet flat girl. I chose a tri-colour suede and leather combo in royal blue, charcoal and black as well as a deep rose patent leather. These were marked down twice so I basically payed for a regular pair of no-name leather flats but got Tods quality instead.

If you’ve been reading my blog you know I have been searching for a dark green blazer. My favourite Italian brand Benetton came through. This blazer is soft and drapes well. I know it will look great this fall. Especially when I pair it with the chunky stone necklace I bought in a local market.

FASHION DOLL

I couldn’t leave her at home. I had fun shooting the doll in Italy. Thanks to Elena for your patience and help setting up the shots.

 

 

Design Inspo

Inspiration can come from anywhere for a designer and an artist. Yesterday I was adding to my paper supply at the Paper Place in Toronto when a sheet caught my eye in the clearance bin. I knew I had to have it.

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When I got home and unrolled it I immediately had designs in my head and a blog post for today. The vertical panels in this paper screamed tunic and shift dress in my head, so I got to work.

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Designs

Here are final designs. A shift dress with a feature panel in the front and a tunic & pants outfit. I have no SS2016 runway reference for these designs. It was my own inspiration for these looks. Although the tunic and pants are my favourite look.

Jewellery to Love

Luxury jewellery maker Cartier has created a new collection celebrating love in Paris. This necklace from the Nouvelle Vague – new wave – Collection captures the look of Pont des Arts where couples go to lock in their love and throw away the key – literally. imagesThe lattice design with whimsical jewel pendants is reminiscent of the laser cut skirts and dresses from the SS 2015 collections.

There is also a film promoting the collection.

Locally, just behind Toronto’s Mink Mile in Yorkville several jewellery designers are housed at Craft Ontario. I recently stopped by to look at the collections with manager Yusun Ha. Here are some stand out pieces. jewelsThe bracelet and ring set of mixed materials is from Bandes des Quatres.The earrings are from GOSS Design Studio.  The ceramic necklace is by Julie Moon. There is so much more to discover in store so it’s worth a visit. I ordered a pendant made from 3D printing which will be on the blog when it arrives.

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I first saw the Cartier Nouvelle Vague necklace in an editorial in Marie Claire, August Issue. Immediately this dress design came to me. The modacarta publication schedule was full I had to wait to create this dress. I love it so much that a visit to my seamstress may be coming up. Shoes are the doll’s own.

Photo Credits

Cartier Necklace – Cartier website

Jewellery from Craft Ontario – Lori Tonizzo

Doll – Lori Tonizzo