Posts from ‘Colour’

Aug
23

 

Le vent nous souffle dessus, pourquoi ne pas l’apprécier

avec des vêtements chauds et colorés.

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The wind is blowning into our daily life, so why not enjoying it

with warm colorful clothes.

 

Jul
31

Feathers are always very glamorous and they have been appearing in earrings for quite some time now.

I love feather jewelry because it allows you to make a big statement, add a touch of colour and feel glam all at the same time.  Feathers have a history of being worn in hats, headdresses and then there is always the feather boa.  But I want to tell you how to wear feathers in the day to day.  Why?  Because feathers allows you to make a statement without doing very much else to your  wardrobe.  They can be added to a dress or a t-shirt.

Here are a few tips when purchasing feather jewelry:

1.  There is such a thing a too much:  Unless it is for a gala event, don’t wear a fully plumed garment.

2. Be aware of how tribal feathers can look.  I love tribal fashion and all things that make you feel like a powerful woman goddess.  That being said, long feather earrings to your waist should be saved for very special ceremonial type occasions.

3. Cheap feathers will always look like they came from the dollar store.  You know the ones i mean… they come in bright colours and often have black dots.  Don’t buy them.  Don’t wear them.

4.  Be ethical in your feather consumption.  Exotic birds are killed for feathers.  Purchase feather jewelry from artists that use naturally fallen feathers, vintage feathers and rooster feathers.

5.  Take good care of your feather jewelry.  It is fragile, should not get wet, is hard to clean and can be easily lost.  Feather earrings have a tendency to fly away without you even noticing.

6. Try something other than feather earrings.  Feather earrings are a bit over done in fashion right now.  Try something a bit different:  necklaces, cuffs, belts.

  This necklace presents a new take of the feather ornament.  Green is one of those colours that a lot of women feel they cannot wear (I don’t agree by the way, there are a lot of greens out there…. and there is a green for every one of you.)

It softens the framing of the face.  That means it is great combined with glasses, geometric haircuts, straight hair, up-dos and tailored clothing.

The necklace above is by Samsara Concept.  We have them at the boutique in blue, emerald and black.

Jul
30

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André Dubuc    La Presse

(Montréal) L’histoire de la boutique indépendante de vêtements pour dames Katrin Leblond est intimement liée aux hauts et aux bas que connaît le boulevard Saint-Laurent, à Montréal, depuis cinq ans.

Après la première ronde de travaux en 2007, la designer de mode de 37 ans en a profité pour dénicher un local de 1600 pi2 à bon prix, au nord de l’avenue du Mont-Royal, après que bien des commerçants eurent fermé leurs portes. Le malheur des uns…

Dès l’année suivante, c’était malheureusement à son tour de pâtir. La Ville rouvrait les entrailles de la Main à l’été 2008, au grand désespoir des marchands. La première année d’exploitation d’une nouvelle boutique n’est jamais facile, imaginez lorsque la circulation est entravée et que les trottoirs ont disparu!

Cinq ans plus tard, la Main n’a peut-être pas retrouvé sa popularité d’antan, mais Mme Leblond ne regrette nullement le choix de son emplacement.

«Pour une entreprise, d’être sur Saint-Laurent, c’est déjà quelque chose. Mais je trouve qu’on a besoin d’encourager les gens à venir un peu plus au nord (de l’avenue du Mont-Royal) pour découvrir les changements depuis cinq ans», dit la femme d’affaires autodidacte. Selon son estimation, une dizaine de boutiques de designers de mode, comme la sienne, sont apparues entre Mont-Royal et Saint-Viateur.

Julia Roberts et la Main

Son atelier de confection est d’ailleurs situé à quelques rues de là, au 5333, rue Casgrain. Son domicile est aussi dans le quartier. Son mari, Michael Makham, tient le restaurant végétarien Aux Vivres, à deux portes de chez elle.

À l’intérieur de la boutique, sise au 4647, boulevard Saint-Laurent, le décor laisse toute la place aux vêtements colorés de Katrin Leblond, qui s’autoproclame experte en couleurs. Elle donne d’ailleurs des consultations sur le sujet à sa clientèle, du genre femme extravertie de 30 à 60 ans, qu’elle soit enseignante, femme de médias ou artiste. «Julia Roberts est entrée et a acheté quelque chose. Et dire que je n’étais même pas là!» Elle propose aux clientes des morceaux pour la vie quotidienne et les soirées.

Nathalie Bondil, directrice du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, est le nom qui lui vient en tête lorsqu’on lui demande de nommer une femme connue habillée de façon impeccable.

Avant de se lancer dans la vente au détail, Katrin Leblond, qui a fait les beaux-arts à l’Université Concordia, possédait sa propre entreprise de vente en gros. Fairyesque, qu’elle s’appelait, vendait dans 45 boutiques au Canada et aux États-Unis.

«Dans la vente en gros, tes clients te paient après 30, 60, 120 jours ou même jamais. Je passais mon temps au téléphone à courir après mon argent. Dans la vente au détail, ta cliente te paie avant de franchir la porte du magasin», explique la mère d’une petite fille de 3 mois.

Fabriqués à Montréal

Après une première année misérable, en 2008, les ventes annuelles de son magasin ont quintuplé depuis. La boutiquière désespère toutefois de les voir plafonner cette année. Elle s’attend à vendre pour un demi-million de dollars de vêtements, dont environ 70% sont signés de sa main. Elle présente cinq collections par an pour un total d’au moins 3000 pièces par année, toutes fabriquées à Montréal. Cet été, sa création la plus populaire est un pantalon noir passe-partout. Elle en a découpé 300 du même modèle.

Ses ventes annuelles au pied carré s’élèvent à 315$. Les bonnes journées, elle vend pour 2000$ et plus; les moins bonnes, pour 300$ seulement. Ouverte 7 jours sur 7, la boutique dessert une clientèle principalement locale.

Pour accroître sa notoriété au-delà des quartiers avoisinants, Katrin Leblond a recours au web. Sur Groupon, un site d’achats regroupés, elle a vendu avec succès 100 séances de consultation de garde-robe qui lui ont permis d’attirer des femmes des quatre coins de l’île de Montréal dans son magasin, en période creuse.

Se servir de Groupon pour redonner aux Montréalais le réflexe de fréquenter la Main? La Ville devrait peut-être bien mettre quelqu’un là-dessus.

Jun
28

 I am so excited!  This painting is wonderful and colourful and contains one of my dresses!  Today Johanne rang my doorbell asking me to come upstairs to her painting studio to see her latest piece.  She was just finishing up.  She hadn’t even signed it yet.  Months and months ago, she borrowed some of my runway dresses for inspiration.

When I saw the painting I screamed!

This is the original dress.  Actually it’s a skirt.  Johanne’s model is wearing it all the way up as a bustier-dress for her painting.

 And here is the artist herself.  Johanne Cullen

www.johannecullen.com

 Below is another painting that she did based on the same skirt, but she changed the original colours.

Jun
26

 As I was styling a client on Sunday, we came across this outfit combination.  We both loved it so very much that we needed to take a picture to capture the moment.  She is wearing the orange-rust tuxedo jacket (I have only size small left) with the Art skirt in the first picture and with the grey linen Romantic skirt in the second picture.

 Here we have a beautiful silk scarf in rust, fuchsia and kaki.  This is the perfect example for all you earth tone lovers, of how you can add fuchsia to your wardrobe.  The deep saturation of the rust and the fuchsia allow them to live very happily next to each other.

Jun
14

This is the Bella cami, my classically sweetheart cut tank.  It has a great fit for big and small boobies.  Now that the sun has come out, and the trees are in full foliage, it is time to get a tan on and to start wearing those colours that you otherwise would not dear to wear: yellow and green.

 

 

Jun
02

I have been really inspired by the bold colours being worn in the white house lately.  Bright solid coloured suits and dresses are making a comeback in the wardrobes of professional women.  Well, that’s good for me because if I am going to design a suit, chances are it’s going to be colourful.

This is the Spring 2012 Tuxedo Jacket in Fuchsia stretch linen.

Yes, I said stretch linen.  Machine washable, it will get softer to the touch with age.

I also made a dress and a pencil skirt in this fabric.

 Be loud this Summer.  Buy something in a bright colour you have always loved, but never dared to wear.

Jun
01

 This is Chiara.

 She has been a client since before Katrin Leblond Design, when I was manufacturing under the brand name Fairyesque.  She is delightful and beautiful and it was such a pleasure to accessorize her wedding dress.

Let’s just start by saying that she is way cool to be getting married in a chartreuse yellow dress!

 I made the Veil in Yellow and Ivory tulle.  It is long and billowy … and doesn’t she just look fantastic?!

 In the background you can catch a glimpse of her fabulous sister in the red apple dress by OCUNID.

It’s wedding season and I am slowly getting back in the saddle, so if you have any last minute wedding dresses that need making, call me!

514-678-9616

 

May
28

I love flowers.

I know, to you this is obvious.  I design flowery clothing.  I use flower prints.  I embellish and embroider with flowers.

These are my newest creation.

They are made from real roses.

Can you believe it?  Bet you can’t.

The roses are dried in silica gel so that they keep their 3D form.  Then they are lacquered with a resin finish so that they become hard and strong.  They still look delicate and fragile and yet they are tough as nails.  Hanging on a sterling silver chain and, voila! a beautiful piece of summer jewelry.

 The rainbow selection…how will you choose which one is for you?  So unique.  So precious.  Nature in all it’s glory.

 I also made rosette earrings and rosebud cluster necklaces.  Perfect for a summer wedding.  I wore a pair of these earrings at my own wedding.  Little purple ones to go with my ridiculously over the top purple wedding dress and pink veil.

 The hair clips are very glam and would look great for PROM.

Dec
19

Getting dressed up for the holidays is another way to get yourself in a festive mood.   I love having a Christmas dress that I wear only once a year.   I know it’s an extravagance but it makes the day feel extra special for me.   Every two or three years I buy a new dress for my daughter to wear at holiday time too.    It starts our special holiday day off with the ritual of dressing in our special dresses.   Here is a fun way to finish off your special look for when you are ready to join your friends and families.

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

erin

Sep
27

All Ivko skirts prices range from $189 to $219 Buy now!

Sep
20

Ivko scarf $159 each.  Made from the softest lambswool.

Sep
15
Sep
10

This year browns and blues are strong for Fall.

Just forget about black.

Ignore it.

Look below and you will see why.

These Ivko sweaters and hoodies are both $199 at Boutique Katrin Leblond or in our on-line store.

Sep
05

The crop sweater is for all you ladies who want to show off your waist.  Your true waist.  It brings the eye up and away from the tummy and the hips and low and … drumroll please … behold we see the waist.  Curvaliscious as you are, it is great to draw attention to your best parts.  Throw it over a cute dress, or wear with a pair of jeans, the crop sweater is worth a try.

Ivko bolero $189

shop on-line NOW!

Sep
04

This is Josiane Lacoste:  client who dares!

She had this photo shoot done (and this is not her first) just for the fun of it; just because it makes her feel good.

She is wearing the green Bella dress ( I have one left in XL).

xoxo

Sep
01
Look no further,
come to KatrinLeblond’s wondrous Boutique
on St. Laurent.

Picolinos shoes on sale $178

Black cerise dress with red dots $199

 

Aug
26

 

Gypsy skirt 100% American made cotton, $189

 

Aug
25


Hi.

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.

Make space.

Create openings.

Feel free.

Fascinator $60

silk flower hair clip $24

boiled wool belt $78

 

Don’t know what to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon?
Come visit Boutique Katrin Leblond
and immerse yourself in a world of colour.
Our doors are always open!
Aug
23

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.

 

 

Shop now!

Aug
22

 

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!

Share the dream
share the fantasy,
visit Katrin Leblond’s fashion boutique!
Aug
22


Purple rainbow cardigan made of Italian mesh $108

Bead and Crystal necklaces by Wendy Thomas

Mohair shawl $49 each (2 for $75, 3 for $90)

Bibi/fascinator by Katrin Leblond $90

 

Feel a little glum today?
Come visit Boutique Katrin Leblond
and let yourself be pampered.
Aug
17

Aug
09

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!

Aug
01

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!

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