Archive for February, 2011

Feb
27

Photos by Madelaine TurgeonThank you Colette for another beautiful event.  Thank you Montango dancers for your grace and poetry.  Thank you everyone who came to this special event.

Your life is your most powerful art.   See you at the boutique.

erin

Feb
21

available in red, black , blue and brown

Studio SALE feb 22 and 23.

Feb
19

Feb
19

Starting from $8 and ranging all the way up to $390 (item not pictured here) Katrin Leblond Boutique’s  bags and totes are colorful fun for your wardrobe.  Come by and find the one that is right for you.  We also have eco bags for $3.

Your life is your most powerful art.  See you at the boutique.

erin

Feb
18

made with love in the US

This cute skirt is in store now.   Available for $124.  Sized XS, S, M, L this little number is high waist-ed fun.   Made with love in the USA.  The little bird is on a pin that can be placed on the spring tree print of your choosing.

Your life is your most powerful art.  See you at the boutique.

erin

Feb
16

I have many pairs of WAWA tickets for you ladies.

The show is February 26th, 8pm

Here’s what you do to enter the draw:

1. Leave a comment below this post with your e-mail and phone number

2. Subscribe to this blog

3. Become a friend of Katrin Leblond Design on Facebook

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Feb
16

Come by for one of the most original fashion events ever.

Feb
14

Feb
14

How cool is it to have a day dedicated to love.   Isn’t everyday?  Shouldn’t it be that there is only one day a year to celebrate our conflicts because every moment we live is a chance to celebrate that we love.

Every year I try to think up some very simple way to say I love you to as many people as I can on Valentines day.

Today is a good day to leave anonymous love notes in all your neighbors mail boxes.  It is a good day to stand on the street corner a give away 100 roses to random strangers.  It is a good day to say thank you lots.

Here is a video I have offered you before but here it is again because it is great to watch on Valentine’s day.

When you give the gift of love you give a gift to your self.

Your life is your most powerful art.  See you at the boutique.

erin

Feb
09
Feb
08

Are you tired of Ernst Haeckel yet?  I’m not.  I think his are some of the best illustrations from Nature I have ever seen.  I love the attention to layout on the page…how he created shading and shapes that stand on their own as a work of art.

The first image is of moths.  They are soft and fluffy and every hair is delicately rendered.  Imagine the time it took to illustrate all of these.

And now for some Mothy jewelry.  We just got these in the store.  We have moth necklaces and octopus pins…oh and there is a Jellyfish necklace that is oh-so Ernst Haeckel.

The second image of the shells made me think of the experimental fashion by  Swedish fashion designer Julia Krantz.  These shell garments are made of  translucent fabrics draped over metal frames.  This was done as aschool project at HDK School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg, Sweden.

We’ve all seen trilobite fossils as kids.  They must have been numerous back in the day (millions of years ago) for there to be such an abundance of fossils around being found. and sold  for a few dollars.   Below Haeckel’s trilobite drawings, I have attached the image of a dress that to me looks like it was inspired by arthropods.  The layers are like the sections of a hard shelled creature.  The beauty of it lies in the perfect cusp between soft and hard.  The dress holds it’s form, but doesn’t look too stiff.  I think it is really gorgeous.

Trilobite Dress by: Wesley Nault+Daniel Feld

Hope you enjoyed another viewing of art, crafts and nature.  Where does one begin and the other end?  Is it all the same?  Sometimes I believe that what we (humans) craft is not separate from, but a part, of the big organism we call Earth.  We often assign value to what we craft: good or bad, expensive or cheap, destructive or ecological.  What really matters though, is do you feel joyful?  Is there a happy moment in every day that you live?  If you need to find a happy moment outside of yourself, you can always come to the store for a little drop in, a hug or a cup of tea.

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Katrin Leblond

Feb
08

Sea creature necklace selling for $29 at boutique Katrin Leblond.

Feb
07

Kat is currently working on a costume for Ann Bernard Montreal premium boleadoras artist.

Feb
06

Just arrived in store.  Selling for $124.  I love…LOVE the skirt.  It is made of smooth quality stretch cotton and hand screen printed made  with love in the USA.

Your life is your most powerful art.  See you at the boutique.

erin

Feb
02

Valentine’s day is on it’s way.    It’s a great time to find yourself  your little red dress.    Quickly becoming more of a wardrobe basic than it’s inferior rival the little black dress, Katrin Leblond boutique offers you several choice stunners to help unleash the diva, drama queen, seductress in you.

Feb
02

Isn’t she fabulous?  Just look at this lady…stylish, multitalented and totally self-made star.  I met Robyn in 2008 when she worked as an intern in my studio.  She did sewing, cutting and helped to grow the business in it’s early years.  She invested a lot of heart in all that she did.  Within a year she was also the most beloved big sister/baby sitter/best friend to my manager’s daughter Aya, taking her horseback riding and swimming.  Where do you find an intern like that, I ask you?

This is Robyn today.  I think she looks stunning.  I might add that she has always looked this good.  She used to be the only one in the studio with full make-up and heels.  The rest of us were barefoot and wearing our cozies.  I was still living in my studio at the time and often showed up for work in the most unglamorous outfit of all: my pijamas.   Robyn once told me that she brought her headshots to modeling agencies and they all turned her away, telling her to loose 15 pounds first.  Well, that was not an option for Robyn.  If you read her blog, you will come to learn that she loves food about as much as she loves fashion.  So, Robyn marched away from the modeling agencies horrified that the industry is still that narrow minded and started taking pictures of herself.  Thus her blog was born:  Fashionista514.com

Robyn is also the reason our blog was born.  She started it, bought the domain name, set up WordPress and wrote the first 100 posts.  Thank you Robyn.   It wouldn’t have happened without you.  You are an amazing manifester!  You are a star!

Above are pictures taken by Barrie Macleod at out photo booth party last year in the store.  Robyn did the make-up for over 60 women who were all undressing and getting dolled up for the camera.  These team shots were taken at the end of a long night.

I love this picture.  It was taken the day before my fashion show last year.  I was dropping by fashion week to deliver my press packs and I saw Robyn in the lounge.  Italian Vague (am I remembering this correctly Robyn?) had a photographer there who took a picture of her (without me) just because she looked that good.  This week she is celebrating her 1 year anniversary as the founder and star and writer of Fashionista514.  Congratulations!  We love you!

Feb
01

Here is my take-two on the analyses of how artists are influenced by Nature.  Sometimes we really stretch the truth, but sometimes the source of our inspiration is very close indeed.  I have included two other artists in this series:  Alexander McQueen (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) and Karl Blossfeldt (June 13, 1865 – December 9, 1932).   McQueen, who died last year, was one of the best headpiece designers of all time.  Below, I have included photos that seem to be directly influenced by the shapes and forms in Haeckels prints.

This is from McQueens SS 2008 collection.

I mean, really?  Is this not totally crazy awesome to see how closely linked all creativity is!  We are all drinking from the same creative well!

Also SS2008 McQueen

These three images really need to all be looked at together. Above we have shapes that look to me like armour, shields and Samurai headpieces.  Below we have another McQueen headpiece from his last collection FW 2011.  Then below that, I have inserted three photos from early nature photographer Karl Blossfeldt.  The references are stunning!

German photographer Karl Blossfeldt (June 13, 1865 – December 9, 1932) worked in Berlin and  is best known for his close-up photographs of plants.  It is documented that he was influenced by the the illustrations of Ernst Haeckel as a scientist and artist.

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