Favourite Look

Do you have a favourite or a go-to look? An outfit you keep going back to?

My favourite look is dresses over pants. I have a passion for the 70s so of course I love this look. Every few seasons this look resurfaces with different cuts and lengths but the feeling is always the same for me.

I have several combinations of this look and I’m drawn to it for a couple of reasons. Comfort – the pants underneath the dress make this outfit very comfortable without all the trappings of hosiery. Unexpected – the pants worn with the dress make it very unique and I like being an original.

This look popped up in a couple of collections for SS2016. Chanel layered wide leg trousers over wide skirts and flowing dresses. Marni showed matching tunics and pants.


I bought this red, print tunic at Ross Dress for Less for $8 and I love wearing it over jeans with boots or wedges. For me it has a laid-back 70s vibe. For going out I have this black and white Banana Republic dress that I pair with narrow black trousers.



Here she is in a print-on-print combo of jeans and an off the shoulder dress. I love the neutral colours of this paper with the jeans. It reminds me of my red tunic and jeans. The paper is from Italy and wrapped a hand-made sketch book from Venice that I use when I’m writing or sketching for modacarta.

What’s your favourite or go-to look? As always I love to hear from you.



M for Missoni

The colourful zig zag pattern has represented the house of Missoni since it was started by Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in 1953. They first sold their iconic knitwear in America at Neiman Marcus. Italy has always been known for knitwear and innovation in clothing manufacturing and the Missoni brand is a testament to that.

Season after season Missoni delivers colourful knitwear and accessories that add flare to your wardrobe. They also have a targetHome line with pillows, throws and towels all with iconic zig zag pattern. Missoni did a collab with Target a few years ago and on launch day the Target site crashed because of the demand for this brand! Here is an ad from that collab featuring Margherita Maccapani Missoni modelling some of the pieces from that famous collection.




For SS2016, Missoni featured tons of stripes in multi-colours or black & white like these outfits below. I love the use pattern and solids – it makes black & white so interesting.

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Looking at Fall 2016, colourful sweaters and over-sized blanket scarves were featured.



I have several Missoni scarves and I love the pattern and colours. I also have this adorable bear from Christmas 2013 when Missoni partnered with Holt Renfrew to raise money for African relief efforts. I spent an hour looking at every bear until I found one with the cutest face and placement of the pattern that I liked.

Check out my post on scarf tying. The video uses Missoni scarves to demonstrate the techniques.






Colour & Texture


Love, love, love what Fendi and Alexander McQueen did with denim this season. I am so on the lookout for a denim bomber jacket. This look from Fendi is very wearable and the pants can be worn with heels or flat sandals. I’m not a fan of distressed jeans but this outfit is making me a fan. The delicate laser cut flower top over the distressed jeans is another very wearable look for spring. I like the asymmetrical cut which shows a bit of skin.


I designed this asymmetrical top taking inspiration from McQueen. This wave paper created the perfect textured hem. I kept the cut straight so the focus would be on the hem.


It’s so interesting how this look comes around every few seasons. Designers always manage to take it to a new level of creativity and this skirt from Altazurra proves it. This ocean green colour will definitely be dominate in my spring wardrobe. The Valentino designers took their inspiration from Africa. The colours and texture of their SS2016 collection transports us there.


I’m always on the lookout for trends from the collections when I’m shopping. I found this tie-dye cotton sweater on the clearance rack of AEO. It’s perfect with denim and white jeans. It will come in handy on chilly summer nights.

The third element of this theme is STRIPES. I’ve covered this in a previous post so check it out here to complete the exploration of Spring Themes.


Spring Movement

The movement theme for SS2016 encompasses shimmery silver dresses, flamenco ruffles and off the shoulder tops.


This trend is all about the movement of light. These 2 dresses from Lanvin and Tom Ford show how a simple form and sequins can turn heads. The Lanvin dress on the left sways and catches the light as the model moves. The colour blocking on the Tom Ford dress creates its’ own movement. Both are highly wearable styles.


Rhythmic, passionate and and exciting. Flamenco encompasses all of these. Many designers showed ruffles on long skirts or dresses. Here are two looks showing evening and daytime versions of this trend. On the right we have a Ferragamo design with multiple ruffles and colour blocking. Perfect for going shopping or out to brunch in the summer. This evening look from Oscar de la Renta reminds me of the Flamenco shows I saw in Seville. Bright red lace and flowing print skirt will definitely make the best dressed list of any summer soirée.


It’s time to learn of to shimmy in these great Spring styles. Perfect for hot days and dancing the night away. It’s so great to see the Sonia Rykiel back. Julie de Libran has brought new life and such great dresses to the brand. This ruffled dress has many variations – long, short, over pants. It’s the perfect summer dress! Proenza Schloer showed this wonderful eyelet off the shoulder dress. A very modern and sexy way to do eyelet.


No paper this time. I decided to crochet a dress for the doll in silver and black. Of course -I made an off-the-shoulder tube dress. IMG_2120

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!



The 3 Themes of Spring

This week on modacarta I’ll be posting about the 3 themes of spring, what the designers presented and top wardrobe additions you should consider. Also, how to get the look from existing pieces in your wardrobe and of course I’ll explore these trends in paper.


Florals, 50’s sweetness and lingerie designs make up the Romance theme for Spring.


Silver, flamenco frills and ruffles + off-the-shoulder looks make up the Movement theme for Spring. I included off-the-shoulder in this theme because it reminds me of shimmying and shaking your shoulders when you’re dancing.


No catchy title here with Denim, Tie-Dye and Stripes making up this theme.

Stay tuned for the next post where I’ll explore the beautiful world of ROMANCE.


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!