Posts from ‘Jewelry’
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.
It all started with my last fashion show two years ago. I didn’t have the time or the energy to go out and find a shoe sponsor for the models. Instead, I asked all the girls to bring a pair of shoes that they could part with, and I would embellish them.
The models got their shoes back after the show, but they had been glued, embellished and bejewelled. One pair of sandals in particular was a huge hit: The pair I had covered with silk stitched leaves. I have been dreaming about doing a collaboration with Aldo one day.
This Spring I purchased shoes from Piccolinos (a well know label of Spanish shoes that are quality made and very comfortable). I designed embellishments for them and customized them in true Katrin Leblond style. Here are the first two pairs for you to see.
The leaves are made in the studio and have been applied to the soft leather sandals with professional shoe adhesive.
The nude shoe is a summer classic that goes with everything. Eternally stylish, this one inch heel is both sexy and comfortable.
I also made a new batch of leaf pins for decorating plain black skirts, tops and dresses. Summer fashion is so fun!
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.
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.
I know it was months ago and I haven’t been posting a lot lately, but here are my pictures from the opening night of the Jean Paul Gaultier show in Montreal. It is the all time best show ever!
Go see it!
Don’t miss it!
I was very inspired and have been back to see it again since the opening night. It was so crazy that night, that invited guests had to line up for hours just to get into the Museum.
The first series of photos below were taken while Krin and I took were in the line up to get into the Museum.
Me wearing a turquoise silk bustier ($158-258) and Russian Bracelet ($12-16) and Silk chiffon scarf ($22-32).
My muse and circus super star Karin Maren Haglund wearing the Purple Bella dress ($278)
The slim fit crinoline in multi reds ($140) available in 12 different colors at Boutique Katrin Leblond 4647 blvd. St-Laurent
The Museum of Fine arts in Montreal decked out in JPG sailor stripes.
Just before we went in to see the show I bumped into Rosie Godbout. Her atelier is upstairs from mine and she is an incredible textile artist who specializes in felting and makes the most amazing winter coats.
Here we are inside the show admiring and stealing pictures on the down low.
My fave dress above and Krin’s fave below.
the famous Can Can dress was on a catwalk of moving mannekins. The installation of the show is superb and very fresh.
I leave you with this picture of the most incredible shoe collage: heels inside wedge sandals! WOW!
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.
4647 blvd. St-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2T1R2, 514-678-9616
The Montreal native is back in his hometown for a one week tour, which includes a one day only party and preview presentation of his hand crafted jewelry collection. Come see some of the most spectacular high quality handcrafted sterling silver and gold pieces.
Alex will be hosting his close friends as well as offering an open invitation to everyone(that means you!) at the boutique on Wednesday November 03. The party begins at 4:00 pm and goes until 9:00 pm.
Alex swirls elemental, organic, and glamorous, qualities into beautiful jewelry that provides a balance of bold and subtle.
This rose quartz pendant is stunning.
In Montreal, Alex is perhaps best know for his juicy “cherries” ; double stemmed earrings that sometimes look so much like the real thing that you want to eat them. They are playful and fun. The details in Alex’s work extend to all aspects of his jewelry. I love Alex’s ear hooks. These often overlooked components have extra long hook tails so that when you wear them in your ears they are way less likely to slip out and you don’t need backings .
I love the organic quality and subtly that hammered by hand brings to his work.
It was a beautiful pair of Alex Lyons earrings that brought me back to earrings after fifteen years of not wearing any.
And Alex puts heart in it all…..
And here is one more pair from Alex’s heart straight to yours…
Your life is your most powerful art. See you at the boutique.