Spring Romance

Romance was a huge theme in the SS2016 collections. There were a lot of pale florals as opposed to the dark florals we saw in 2015. Erdem and Etro were the leaders in this category. Mixing lace, pale florals, transparency and victorian details in the cuts of their dresses.

The addition of the black tie on this Erdem dress makes the green stand out against the silvery white background. I love this look from Veronica Etro, especially the trim on the bottom of the skirt. It’s flirty and feminine and 100% wearable.

Lingerie is not something everyone can wear in the everyday lives of work, home, and family but it’s a trend worth exploring. Celine and YSL showed skimpy slip dresses that skimmed the body. Celine’s dresses were silk with lace trim. YSL’s super mini dresses were entirely lace with shimmery beads and embroidery. Take a cue from these two designers and pair these lace looks with boots, flats and oversized bags. It adds a bit of street to the boudoir.

Celine2To get this look, think of pieces that skim the body not those tight camis with lace trim you have sitting in your drawer. Look for vintage slips and then wear them over skinny jeans or layer them under skirts. Keep the accessories or other clothing pieces casual to complete the look.

The 3rd look in this romance theme I’ve named 50s sweetness. Full-skirts, bows and tons of colour. I am totally in love with everything Alessandro Michele is doing at Gucci. The clothes, the bags, the shoes! Everything!

The bows and bomber jacket from Gucci remind me of 1950s style. This no collar coat over a full skirt presented by Dries Van Noten also has a 1950s feel. Those midi skirts you bought last year can be worn again this season.

Next post I’ll explore the movement theme from SS2016.


dollI adapted a previous dress from Florals Revisited to illustrate the pale romance theme. I simply cut a plunging neckline into the dress and added more flowers to the trim. I’m always about adapting older pieces into new looks in my own wardrobe and now I have done it in paper as well!



Florals Revisited

My very first blog post was about the dark floral trend from SS2015. I was inspired to write about this topic after reading about the acquisition of this painting entitled Wisdom of the Universe by Christi Belcourt at the AGO in Toronto. I took this photo of it when I was visiting during the holidays.


It’s now been a few months and many blog posts later but florals are still on my mind as we approach Spring 2016.

IMG_0078The shoes in the feature image I purchased at DSW over the holidays and thought they would be great for Spring and will add visual interest and colour to almost any outfit from jeans to skirts. These shoes reminded me of the Dolce & Gabana esthetic. Bright colours and flowers like this photo.

Here are 3 floral looks from Spring 2016 that really caught my attention. Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen and Erdem both showed romantic floral maxi dresses. I love how free and flowing these dresses are.

This pantsuit from Escada is bright and unexpected. The great thing is you could wear the pieces separately and create a mini floral wardrobe for spring.


I also wanted to design something unexpected in paper so I created a white shift dress and added light and dark floral panels to each side. I love the black, white and pink combination and might have to plan a visit to the fabric store!




Movie Wardrobe

Over the Fall season there were lots of references to Margot Tanenbaum from the movie The Royal Tanenbaums 2001. Her wardrobe or style was a jumping off point for many of the Pre-Fall and Fall 2015 collections. It wasn’t the content of her wardrobe as much as Margot’s style and look.

If I had to choose a movie wardrobe for content, I would pick Renee Russo’s wardrobe from The Thomas Crown Affair 1999 where she played Catherine Banning an art insurance investigator. Her entire wardrobe would still be relevant today. It is still classic and elegant almost 20 years after they were selected from Celine’s 1997 collection. That collection was designed by Michael Kors and has a lot of his signature style cues in it.

The wardrobe in this film was what Catherine took with her from Switzerland to New York. It leaves me wondering what her full wardrobe was like…

Paper Art

Catherine Banning wears a lot of shift dresses in the film. She has dinner with Thomas Crown several times and wears a different dress each time. She also has several of wool coats that match the dresses or suits. I chose this pale blue printed paper because I just completed the Resort Report and wanted to carry the feeling into something new. I also created a white coat to go over the dress.

What movie wardrobe would you choose? Are you Margot or Catherine?




Dressed Up

I recently visited the much talked about Ross Dress for Less in Florida. It is a US chain very similar to Winners or TJ Maxx with a selection of dresses that beats all of them.

My friends rave about the deals and the volume of dresses they purchased. I had to check it out for myself.

I wasn’t super impressed with the store itself. It’s a Winners. Racks of clothes and accessories which means hours of digging to find the gems. I’ll be honest it is not my kind of shopping.

I headed for the dress racks and when I dug in, I became a believer. Great dresses for work, casual weekends and even evening wear. All under $20 US ($28 CAD). I filled up my cart with about 15 to try on. 7 worked out and came in at under $100 US. All different and all work appropriate. I didn’t try on any formal dresses because I’m not really in the market for one. I was looking for prints to add some excitement to my wardrobe.

I plan on wearing this print dress to a New Year’s Eve party with tights and black boots. My favourite dress is this large dot print with green trim. It reminds me of Kate Spade and I love that brand.

Are you a Ross believer? Share what you’ve found.


Paper Art

I received an abundance of Japanese paper for Christmas so I wanted to get straight to work on a design. This dress is inspired by a Prada look from FW2015/16. I love this collection so much and especially this dress with it’s empire waist and mid-century look. Bellissima!



Trend Alert – Brocade

Brocade fabrics were used by many designers for AW 2015/16. Brocade is a class of richly decorative fabrics often made in colored silks and with or without metallic threads. The name comes from the Italian verb broccare – to stud, set with nails which links brocade to its upholstery lineage.

ERDEM_0049A standout for the season was Erdem who can always be counted on for interesting prints. Like this lovely pink dress. Mario de Vincenzo showed brocade in a modern way with a striped dress. Not a household name but Mario is an “it” designer. He, along with Silvia Venturini Fendi, created the peek-a-boo bag which has reached cult status.


The master of brocade this season was Dries Van Noten. He not only did beautiful brocade gowns but also used it for jackets, skirts and pants. A piece like this in your wardrobe would elevate work wear to high style wear.

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The Japanese paper I use for the dolls is so close to brocade it was hard for me to decide on one look – one paper. While researching this trend I came across this gorgeous dress from Etro which used a patchwork of brocades to create the dress. It’s this dress that provided the inspo for this week’s doll look.


Photo Credits

All runway from Style.com runway archives.

Doll – Lori Tonizzo

Mod 60s Revisited

Modacarta introduces a Vintage Thursday feature. It’s a look back at great fashion design, style icons, designers and photographers. This week it’s all about the mod 60s. This is relevant for fall as the mod look was presented by many designers like Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Dior.

vogue1In the mid 1960s Mary Quant, Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne all played a part in creating the mod look. Mary Quant took the skirt to new heights with the mini and Saint Laurent created his Mondrian inspired dress. Godard and Fellini created a new kind of cinema. Protests, sit-ins and the peace sign were de riguer.

Here are 2 Paris Vogue covers from the mid 60s. One shows the famous YSL dress and the other shows just how short the mini skirt was.


Paper Art

I chose this red paper because it reminded me of tweed. So many designers did tweed dresses or skirts for Fall like Prada and Miu Miu. I added a low sash in a complimentary pattern to add visual interest to the dress. The black and pink floral dress in the lead image I created for the Runway Report a couple of posts back.


Photo Credits

Modacarta Dolls – Lori Tonizzo

Vogue Covers images from The Art of Vogue Photographic Covers by Valerie Lloyd