I love it when people ask me if what they are wearing is TOO MUCH.
In fashion there is no such thing as too much. It is all about context and occasion and mood. Sometimes, and in this case especially for a wedding, I believe you really are allowed to go all out and be too much. I have been designing and making custom wedding dresses for 6 years now and every bride presents a new challenge. The dress below was designed for one of my fashion shows. The woman who purchased it saw it in the store window one evening when we were closed. She came back twice with friends just to make sure it was not too bold. Below she is photographed with her daughter (who is also wearing one of my art dresses) and her father.
I see it every day. I am not saying this to everyone, but in varying degrees it is true for all of us.
Your wardrobe is dead.
It no longer expresses who you are and your clothes don’t fit you properly. The biggest telltale sign is the underwear drawer. The panties are too tight and the elastics cut into the beautiful soft flesh of your hips, causing them to not look Rubenesque and curvy anymore. Instead your hips have multiple curves semi-permanently carved into your flesh by the constant wearing of elestics that are too small. Also your bra doesn’t fit you anymore. The underwire cuts into the sides of your breasts, or the elastic has lost its strength or you have given up on wearing one all together because it is not comfortable.
There are many other signs that your wardrobe is dead to you: You don’t feel excited in the morning when you look into your closet. You don’t feel beautiful, powerful, sexy or self-expressed. You say that you hate shopping.
I could go on an on, but I think some (if not all) of this resonates with you. Here is what you can do. This is not going to be easy. You will feel resistance. Push through and do it anyways:
1- Buy new panties that are the right size for the current you and one bra that was chosen for you by a professional in the underwear store.
2- Stop thinking that you should only buy clothes when you loose some weight. You feel like you don’t like what you see in the mirror, but the rest of us see a beautiful you. The only way for you to see the same beautiful woman that we all see is for you to accept yourself NOW and dress yourself NOW. You may loose weight in the future, but that future self will also need new clothes. Commit to letting your wardrobe evolve with you your whole life long.
3- Get rid of old stuff. As much as possible. Invite a friend to help you eliminate if you need the push. Open a bottle of wine. Give yourself time to really try things on again. Allow yourself a pile of clothes that you keep for sentimental reasons, but eliminate everything that is ill-fitting, worn out, has holes that cannot be repaired or is stylistically outdated. Then quickly drive it all to your local charity. There! You just made a donation to your community. Good stuff.
4- Think about who you are now and what you like now. Maybe you have lots of nice clothes in your wardrobe, but they were for your 30-40-50 year old self (choose whatever age you were 10 years ago). Either way, they don’t make you feel like the woman you want to be now. Maybe you wore tight black clothes for a long time, but now you are ready to be seen and you want to wear red and purple. Maybe you were very frilly and feminine and now you are more sporty? Let your wardrobe evolve to express your current self. It is the most simple way for you to live many different selves in your lifetime and to feel like you are living in the present.
5- Shopping doesn’t have to be so painful. You say you hate shopping. I agree for the most part, but there are exceptions and you might need to venture out of your neighbourhood to find them. Ask around, ask facebook, ask the one store you do like if they would recommend other stores. There are places with good customer service, professional stylists that serve you and know their merchandise well enough to make recommendations. Be adventurous. Try on new things.
6- Allow a budget for this. I am not saying that you can’t do this on the cheap. You can. You can thrift shop, have things altered and organize clothing swaps. If that sounds like too much work, give yourself a reasonable budget every season (twice per year) to update your wardrobe with some new pieces. Think of what that budget could be for you. Pick a number. Now double it. Yup. I said it. You can resist this advice if you want. But if you really want to be happy and exited and be able to afford a few pieces that truly inspire you, you will find that having more money to spend actually gives you some freedom.
7- Buy some make up. If you don’t wear make-up, buy some new fresh smelling lip balm. Making a little effort goes a long way. Pretty hair barrettes, a light touch of blush and a little under eye concealer are my magic trio to a quick fix in the morning. Now go find yours.
I believe in you. You can do this.
This year’s collection was inspired by a variety of cultures and historical influences. The desire to maintain a folklore tradition is very important to the Ivko design team. Coupled with a need to make contemporary fashion pieces that can be worn with a pair of skinny jeans in an urban context and you have the perfect look for Fall. This year Ivko has taken motifs from Medieval woven tapestries, embroideries from British textiles and, as always, Eastern European knitwear.
The colour palettes are threefold: Reds combined with navy for a classic Northern urban look; Browns that mix with lavender and beige for a sophisticated, gentle, easy to wear mix; and Greys for the urban chic woman who wears a lot of black. As always Ivko has made skirt and sweater combinations that can be worn as a little two-piece suit worthy of a walk on 5th Avenue in New York! If you like compliments, you are sure to get them when you wear an Ivko suit. It’s bold. It’s playful. It’s unique!
What a delightful purchase. It took me a total of 1 second to decide I was going to buy this book. One look at the cover and I was ravenous for more. Each page is filled with screen printed images of magical trees. I grabbed a few snapshots with my phone to share with you. If you need to own it too, go to Drawn and Quarterly on Bernard.
I met a fairy bride yesterday and she wants a fairy dress!!!
Since I had to spend 5 hours of my day waiting for a Bell technician yesterday, I took advantage of that time to do some full colour sketches. This amount of time was a treat I rarely indulge in – I opened the color pencil box and they were all still long and perfectly sharpened.
Here are the three sketches I have sent to my future bride, along with photos of the materials I would suggest.
Green, Ivory with a touch of lavender
All fabrics I feel could be appropriate for this project…I especially love the ruffle chartreuse mesh at the far right.
I’ll let you know what she chooses:)
I just couldn’t do it anymore. It was starting to feel repetitive. Formulaic even. Flowers, ruffles, frills, lace, appliqué, embellishments. I just wasn’t feeling inspired to wear my own clothes. But I also feared that change would spell the death of my company, and I had a new baby to keep me up at night, so innovation was not on my mind. Banging out a sellable collection of pretty clothes was my goal and I kept the old flavor going way past it’s expiration date.
The I turned 39. The nine years are always trouble for me. I went through two weeks of “What am I doing?”, “How can I change this?”, “I don’t like what I am making.” It was a very moody period. Talking it through, walking it off, thinking, thinking, thinking. I decided I wanted to shake it up. I took all my flowery, ruffle and lace fabrics and dropped them off with one of my suppliers. I exchanged $2000 of fabric for $200 in credit. I felt like I was opening up some space.
Then I thought deeply about what I do best and what we (including me) want to wear. I came to the conclusion that I cannot escape the cozy shirts and stretchy jeans world of today. It’s what I want. It’s what I will offer.
I designed a collection based on high-tech athletic lines, classic sporty tops and new non-figurative details that still evoke the “Katrin Leblond” signature. Below you will find one of 4 tops for this Fall: The baseball top (with thumb-hole cuffs). It has a sleeve line that is raglan at the back and S-curve at the front shoulder all top stitched in ton-on-tone thread. The back panel is a soft double layer of viscose. It comes in 7 colours and retails for $88
The jeans are by yoga jeans and they are fantastic for layering under tops and tunics this Fall because of their zipper-less pull-0up waist line. They come in blue only and retail for $94
The sweater coat is by IVKO. It is 100% lambswool and has a two way zipper. I love the box pleat at the back. You can buy it online here. It retails for $397.
I do have an online store specially devoted to Ivko. You can find the biggest selection of Ivko in North-America in my store (or so my sales-rep says.)
Fall fashion is better than Spring fashion. There. I said it.
I know we are all sad that Summer is slowly winding down, but it is also exciting to look at beautiful wool sweaters with roses on them. In this look I am wearing the new Fall 2014-2015 Ivko collection. The sweater and skirt are Ivko, the socks are We love colors and the shoes are Camper.
The new Ivko collection has arrived.
Stunningly beautiful, this Fall Winter collection was designed with inspirations from Turkish tile mosaics, traditional Russian Flower embroidery and natural botanical leaves. It contains three main colour palettes that complement different complexions and skin tones. Dark rich reds are combined with navy and mustard yellow, The earth tones are combined with lavender for a beautiful soft look and the Greys are mixed with pink, plum and light blue.
The sweaters come in different wights; some light and thin, some thicker that can be worn as a Fall coat, all of them super soft. Whether you are looking for a sporty ski chalet look, or an elegant office cardigan, Ivko has it all in this Fall collection.
Les soldes sont arrivée!
Réductions de 50%, 70%.
Des items a $25 et $50 chaque.
Trouver du Ivko, Katrin Leblond, Métamorphose, Melow et Colette van Haaren.
Long and drapey, this is your everyday cardigan for summer evenings and air conditioned offices. Made from high end rayon-viscose yarn, it is super soft and feels incredible on bare skin. Ivko yarns are extremely luxurious. The raspberry color has been our best seller this summer, but the mud brown is perfect for the red-head earth tone girl. The back detail of hand drawn lines that descend the back in a v-pattern is very flattering on the bum. This cardigan feels like a work of contemporary textile art. Ivko, you’ve done it agaion! shop now
I love this linen dress. It is made from knit linen, so it won’t wrinkle and crinkle the way linen often does. It comes in raspberry and black as well. The hem is knitted with a beautiful lacy pattern and the tone on tone screen printing adds a touch of wallpaper whimsey.
The dress below was sold out all over North America and at the last minute, I got a shipment of them! Yay! It think it is just gorgeous. Made from fine mercerized cotton, it is soft, comfortable and cut just right to flatter the body nicely. The waist is a little bit loose and a reversible belt can be added, but I wear mine without.