Black & White Study

This week’s inspiration came from a  number of different sources. Year of the Rooster had me thinking about plumage and Chanel’s Haute Couture Show gave me ideas on how to create fantastic dresses aceented with feathers.

Chanel showed floaty, feathery, uber feminine dresses in a very monochromatic palette of black and white. I decided it was time to use up the feathers I had from the fascinator project int he summer.

I think the dolls look elegant in their feathery gowns. What inspires you to create?

 

2017 COLOR

HAPPY NEW YEAR FASHIONISTAS!

I welcome 2017 with colours. specifically the PANTONE Colour of 2017 – Greenery.

Greenery represents nature and revitalization. Something we could all use after 2016. At the Spring 2017 shows, Louis Vuitton captured the essence of Greenery with sharp pantsuits that reminded me of tart green apples.

The Pantone Fashion colour of 2017 is Niagara. Flowing water and deep lakes, Niagara is also a revitalizing colour. Louise Vuitton also hit it with this lovely flowy dress. I want this so bad! This pleated shirt from Celine is a reminder of cascading water. Probably something you can pick up at H&M or Zara at a reasonable price point. Denim can also be an interpretation of Niagara and Altuzarra’s embroidered denim skirt is another item on my Spring “must-haves” list.

I created a cropped, bat wing top out of this beautiful origami paper from Muji.I love how fresh this shade of green looks. It gives the promise of a great year for 2017. Hope you enjoyed this colour report and let me know what your colour is for 2017. Cheers!

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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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Vintage Show Report

On Sunday I attended the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show at the Queen Elizabeth Building at the CNE. There were tons of vendors with really great finds.

IMG_1282I found that jewellery and handbags had a large share of the show floor. One booth in particular had an large selection of brooches. The vendor mentioned it took her 6 hours to set up the display. Vintage pins are a huge trend for Fall.

This vendor also had a huge selection of necklaces, bracelets and rings. They also had $5 craft bags jammed full with stuff.

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My favourite piece was this Moschino dress. Perfect for a holiday party or date night.

IMG_1284Handbags were definitely the find of the day. My friend and I both got great deals on vintage bags. We spoke to one vendor who had very fine leather and skin bags from Italy. IMG_1285She cleans all bags inside and out and makes any repairs before they are part of the collection for sale. The selection of Gucci, Fendi, Prada was wide and hard to choose a favourite. Prices ranged from $150-350. Most styles were from the 1980s and 1990s.

THE HAUL

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Cognac embossed leather Salvatore Ferragamo handbag. 70s style and in perfect condition. $50

Black suede with gold detailed Paloma Picasso small handbag. This bag was a great buy at $30 and it was also in perfect condition.

Black Fendi mini Knapsack. The straps of this bag identify it as 1990s when Fendi used this logo. $45.

The next Vintage Clothing Show is coming up in Spring March 4,5, 2016.

Coming up on Vintage Thursday we’ll look at other vintage bags.

Schiap!

Elsa Schiaparelli had a name no one could pronounce but it was a name everyone knew. They simply referred to her as SCHIAP! and her modern, avant garde designs continue to influence and inspire designers today.

When Elsa designed dresses she felt she was creating art not just clothes. She along with Coco Chanel offered women modern, less constricting clothing in the 1920s and 30s. She drew inspiration from sports uniforms and took them into everyday apparel.

eveningskeleWhen Elsa began designing evening wear her creativity knew no bounds.  Gowns and dress jackets were heavily embellished with palettes, mirrors, pearls and gold embroidery. Opposite to this was the minimalist skeleton dress that used trapunto quilting to create bones on a stark black plain. The skeleton motif has been reincarnated many times on the runway.

In 2012, the Costume Institute at the MET in New York held an exhibit where Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli had a conversation about fashion and design. It was favourite show to date! The show juxaposed Prada and Schiaparelli designs so visitors could see the parallels and influence. There was also a film by Baz Luhrmann that played in the background showing the 2 designers having dinner and conversing. Elsa Schiaparelli was played by English actress Julie Christie. One topic the designers explored was Waist Up/Waist Down. Elsa designed for a cafe society where women were seated and on display so waist up was important. Prada focuses her attention waist down to the organic, earth bound female. Evidence for this is Schiaparelli embellished jackets, Prada embellishes skirts.

Here are two images from the show catalogue that represent this idea:

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I chose to do an embellished jacket for the doll. I used different papers to create a parrot which is a nod to a costume Elsa wore to a party in 1952.

inspodollREFERENCES

The Little Book of Schiaparelli by Emma Baker Wright

Schiaparelli & Prada Impossible Conversations

PHOTO CREDITS

Lead Image, Parrot costume, dresses – from The Little Book of Schiaparelli by Emma Baker Wright

Schiaparelli Suit, Prada Skirt – Schiaparelli & Prada Impossible Conversations

Doll – Lori Tonizzo

Family Jewels

Vintage jewellery is always appealing and it doesn’t have to be a family heirloom to be cherished. There are many great markets and vintage clothing & jewellery shows to hunt for special pieces no matter where you live.

The necklace in the lead photo I purchased at a Toronto show previously the Old Clothing Sale, now called the Toronto Vintage Clothing Sale. The show will be held October 3 and 4, 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place. I’ll definitely be posting my treasure from the sale.

prda_broochbroochBrooches are a huge trend for FW 2015/16. I especially like the plexiglass and crystal ones from Prada. The brooch to the right was my grandmother’s. She purchased it in Toronto sometime in the 1950s. It’s very fine and elegant with pearl accents. I like to pair it with the more edgy looking double chain link necklace.

Another interesting piece from my collection is this mosaic cross IMG_1122pendant. I love the colours and the detailed lettering of the word ROMA. It was possibly someone’s souvenir purchase on a visit to that city. I attached it to a string of coloured and jet black beads I had from other necklaces. It reminds me of the Dolce and Gabanna esthetic with their use of black lace and iconography.

PAPER ART

The Prada brooches provided the inspo to try a paper idea. I took a couple of brooches with unique but recognizable shapes and created a paper background for them. Don’t know how they’ll hold up on a lapel all day but it’s worth a try.

paper1Here’s another cool paper option. I pick these pins up at The Paper Place whenever I’m stocking up on japanese paper. paper2They look really cool on jean jackets and add a pop of colour to suit jackets. They’re a very unexpected accessory.

PHOTO CREDITS

Lead photo and brooch photo – Lori Tonizzo

Prada image – Prada website

Cross pendant, Paper Art photos – Lori Tonizzo