Archive for August, 2011
For those of you who do not know: These are scarfettes!
They were invented by me, but the adorable term “scarfette” was coined by my dear friend Nadine.
They are also called mini-scarves, hair ties and ribbon-ties by my clients.
Their purpose is multiple. They can simply be tied around your neck to add a little touch of class. They can be used as headbands or pony-tail ribbons. They can be tied onto a camisole at the strap on one side just above the bust adding a textile detail of colour. Their uses are multiple.
They cost $8 each
I have been working on this raincoat design for over a year.
It has a huge hood that can be rushed in two directions: around the face and down the centre back. This allows you to adjust for pouring rain, romantic strolls or pull it all the way back into a ruffle collar.
It has two buttons and a belt that ties around the waist. The coat is embellished in the centre back with appliqué and ribbons.
I made it in blue, green and black. There is a black denim version of the same coat for fall that is not waterproof. The coat is both feminine and functional. I promise it will protect you from the rain. It has a full skirt that give it a bit of a timeless vintage feel. I call it the Fairytale raincoat.
All colours $380 S-XL
available at the boutique or on etsy
fascinator $90 made by Katrin Leblond (me)
Say hello to purple and turquoise (and Teal for Fall). It is time to start the transition to Fall. Keep those jewel tones around but pack up the peach, mint and hot pink.
Take a look in your closet and see if you have anything that you didn’t wear at all this summer. Make a bag for your friends to go through, or give it to the Renaissance.
silk flower hair clip $24
boiled wool belt $78
I love IVKO.
You love IVKO.
We all go crazy for IVKO.
Why? Because it gets cold here and these sweater coats and tunics will keep you cozy and warm.
In store soon. I promise to send an e-mail when they have arrived.
I love the Virgin of Guadalupe and I don’t really understand why. I guess it is because she is such a stylish goddess. She is always portrayed surrounded by glitter and pretty things and lots of colour. She is the brown skinned Virgin and she is a Mother.
So I tried to make Virgin cookies…..not the best tasting cookies I ever made, but still kinda fun.
I also used the top of an old perfume bottle to emboss roses into the cookie dough.
And now, for a peek at a recent release of the new Fall collection: the Guadalupe skirt! Isn’t she just fabulous!
This is the kind of design that I am really know for: Nature inspired leaf stitching. It is my signature. It is SOOOOO much work.
I don’t know why I keep doing it. Every leaf is cut by hand and pinned onto each dress to find the right balance and placement. Then we stitch down the leaves with a safety stitch and afterwards the real creative work starts. All the veins in each leaf and all the stems are sewn. They are sewn with a sewing machine yes, but it is all improvised. Start, stop, turn, swerve, stop, reverse and so on. It takes a good eye and extreme control over the machine. It is like drawing with thread.
We have only one of this dress left and it is an XS.
The Halo headbands. We have had them in our store now for a few months and thanks to Kate Duchess of Cambridge, they are a huge fashion item this Fall. Yes, you heard it, I said Fall. That is because all the Fall collections are starting to come into the store. I will be doing a huge delivery of new designs this week and we already have the B-line Fall collection selling out fast. That is not to say that you can’t still peruse our sale rack if you crave a last little treat. But, back to headbands….
Maybe you can’t imagine an occasion for one of these, but I can help with that. Are you going to a weeding? A pic-nik? A birthday party? Are you a waitress looking to get more tips? Do you have short hair that you are trying patiently to grow out? Are you cruising for a date on ladies night?
If you are a future bride, you should definitely come and see what we have to decorate your head. I also make veils and fascinators for weddings.
This last one is so classy and classic. It is lace decoupage and hand-sewn beads….so pretty and fancy. It would look amazing in black hair.
All available at Boutique Katrin Leblond right now.
This is one of my favourite costumes from last year’s Smirkus production. We stitched all the veins of each leaf mixing silk leaves that we made in the studio with fake maple leaves that i found. It took a few days of appliquee work.
One that note, the Fall collection is starting to arrive in the store. Come take a look!
I love getting wedding pictures in the mail. It is a gift to see where my dresses go and what occasions they are worn for. This is the wedding picture of Jennifer and Andrea. (Thanks guys!). They were a delight to serve and play dress up with. Obviously I only did the outfit on the right.
@ Jennifer and Andrea: You both look so genuinely happy and radiant in this photo. I wish you a lifetime of falling in love with each other anew every day. xoxo
To all my dear far away clients: I DID IT! FINALLY! YOU CAN SHOP FROM AFAR!
This is the beginning of my etsy store and soon you will be able to buy skirts and dresses and even my new raincoat! I will keep it coming. I started with a fresh batch of fascinators and bibis. Enjoy. Shop.
To go and see now, follow this link:
This is a little peek into Gabrielle Adam’s summer vacation travelling Europe. How cute does she look in her Katrin Leblond designs?
I have just a few of this dress left: The flirt dress in stripes $115 (I think, from memory) and I am pretty sure I have M and XL in stock.
The best sweater ever by Maillagogo. Made right here in Montreal. This is a two tone blue cotton knit $140.
Now YOU send me your travel pictures or post them on Facebook on the Katrin Leblond Design page!