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Nov
18

 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.

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Nov
17

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Nov
02

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.

Oct
16

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!

To shop online click here

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Sep
24

The night life of Trees

 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.

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

Sep
23

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.

 

Crinoline

Fairy points

Petal dress

The greens

Green rolls of fabric

Green, Ivory with a touch of lavender

Silks

All fabrics I feel could be appropriate for this project…I especially love the ruffle chartreuse mesh at the far right.

all materials for wedding dress

I’ll let you know what she chooses:)

Sep
04

Katrin Leblond Baseball top

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.

 

Katrin Leblond baseball top back panel

Yoga jeans pull up slim waist

Yoga jeans Montreal

Yoga jeans pull up slim waist

Ivko 2014 Winter sweater coat

Ivko coat online shopping

Ivko sweater back box pleat

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Ivko sweater coat

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.)

Shop Ivko

Aug
28

Ivko sweater and We love colors tights

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.

Shop this look at store.katrinleblond.com

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Mode Montreal 2014

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Ivko skirt Canada online store

Aug
21

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Collection AH de Métamorphose

Bijoux: Ayala Bar, Pupina

Maintenant disponible dans la Boutique Katrin Leblond, 4647 St-Laurent, 514-678-9616

Aug
19

Ivko sample sale at Boutique KAtrin Leblond

 Sample Sale IVKO 2014-2015 Winter collection

Almost all samples are size M.

Please bring cash.

Boutique Katrin Leblond 4647 St-Laurent

Wednesday 20th 11am-6pm

Thursday 21st 11am-9pm

Friday 22nd 11am-9pm

Saturday 23rd 11am-5pm

Sunday 24th 12-5pm

 

Ivko sweaters getting ready for sample sale

Aug
12
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11

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.

To shop the new collection, click here.

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Aug
07

Window display Katrin Leblond

I painted this yesterday as my new window display.

I’m pretty proud. Took two hours!  Booooyah!

Can’t walk by and not look at these happy-making colors!

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Katrin Leblond Design Paradise dress

Ivko 2014 has arrived in Montreal

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Katrin Leblond painting

Aug
07

Robe turquoise Montreal

One of my regular clients came in yesterday to shop the new collection and the sales.  She just sent me these pictures of a wedding last summer where she was a bridesmaid.  I made the turquoise dresses for all three  of these lovely ladies.  Don’t they look spectacular!

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robes sur mesure Montreal

custom wedding dresses Montreal

Turquoise bridesmaids

Aug
05

Ivko Winter 2014 600x

Jul
24

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La robe Goddess par Katrin Leblond $129.00, sandales par Tony Pappas, Boucle d’oreilles M13 $80.00 par Victoria Sorkin, collier M1 $120.00 par Victoria Sorkin

Jul
22

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Katrin Leblond Tube Top hearts $ 46.00, Apple skirt $98.00

Jul
16

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.

Ivko cardigan sweater, James jeans cords

 

Ruffle dress by Montreal Designer Katrin Leblond

Wing Pants Pantalon Ailes Katrin Leblond

Ivko cardigan roses

Katrin Leblond designer Montreal Robe

Ballerina top Jupe Tango de Katrin Leblond

Ivko Dress Blue stripes

Robe Divine Katrin Leblond

Ivko Store on line

Jul
15

Studio sale Katrin Leblond design

4647 St-Laurent

514-678-9616

and 30% off in our online store

Jul
03

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

41520 pink ivko sweater

41520 ivko rose

41520 back ivko Strickjacke

Ivko pink cardigan detail

41520 brown ivko

41520 Ivko brun

Ivko 41520 back

41520 Ivko detail

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Jul
02

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.

Ivko dress 41717 yellow

Ivko dress 41717 yellow linen

ivko linen yellow dress lace

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.

Ivko stripe dress 41513 shop IVKO now in our on-line store

Jun
30

Robe Paradis de Katrin Leblond

Jun
23

 This is a skirt design to highlight your back side assets!

 View from the FRONT:

Jupe Pomme Montreal

And the REAR:

Jupe POmme BACK

Apple skirt Katrin Leblond designer montreal

Jupe maillot

Jupe Art Deco

Front:

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Back:

Jupe du dos

P1100195

Prices range from $89 to $135

Jun
20

Tunique Soliel avec rose art deco

detail of art deco rose

Tricots Liesse Montreal Textiles used in Katrin Leblond clothing

Big nude and black stripe top

heart button detail

Katrin Leblond design top

collage textile Montreal designer

white texture t-shirt Montreal

Moon button detail

Katrin Leblond classic design

Jun
18

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Robe Divine $185.00, collier fait à la main par Jennifer Cukier $95.00

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