And some days the magic just happens…

Just like a perfect first date, sometimes things just work out the way they are meant to.  All the separate parts fall together into a cohesive whole and a little flush of goosebumps washes over you. Last Wednesday was one of those days…..

It was Barb’s idea….”Diane I think we need to do a little informal shoot of the clothes. You know we’ll just put them on the dummy and do it.”  I was a bit skeptical, I’ll admit. Then Genesis said, “Well you know I could put them on”…….

So Bria, my design assistant, with a camera in hand, and the girls set off outside on a perfect sunny day. They wheeled the rack down the street in our neighbourhood just east of Gastown and found all manner of cool backdrops to shoot against. There was the newly restored heritage building with a big brick wall,  a weathered concrete block wall and even a pink garage door.

Then the wind picked up and blew her hair just so and the sun cast it’s spell…….

“I Want It” Tunic in Navy
 
 ……………….doesn’t she look lovely?
 

"Covert Vest" in Black over the "Allure Tunic" in Blush and the "Rejuvinate Legging"

 
 

The "Mystique Tunic" In Merlot

I was thrilled with the results of this impromptu shoot! Thank-you girls!  Afterwards while we all sat around to look at the photos, it occured to me that this was the smallest model we had ever used for our website. But, one of my greatest pleasures is seeing women of all sizes wearing my clothes;  anyone from a size small to a 3x.  Size acceptance is about inclusion of all shapes and sizes of women….

The complete Fall 2011 Collection!

Summer is one of the busiest times in the fashion industry. It’s all about designing and making samples for the following Spring season and about full on grading, markers and production of Fall goods.  So many things to do; shipping, photoshoots, updating websites and yes blog posts! 

So today as we already shot photos of brand new Spring styles, I thought it was past time to show you our complete Fall collection.  Here are the illustrations that we use as a selling tool.  Most, but not all of these items made it into production. This is the original vision of all the pieces together….

Which is your favourite?

The Line…Fall 2011

I spend hours dreaming, thinking about it.  The ideas come to me in my head as I’m lying in bed at night waiting to fall asleep.  I think about what I want to wear. What I ‘need’ and what I ‘must’ have. 
 
I spend an incredible amount of time thinking about where to put a seam. How to best flatter the body. About how the fabric will drape and gather, hug and relax, shape and float.  To emphasize the points that should be highlighted.  Always considering how best to use the fabric. How to reduce the use of the fabric to be cost effective yet at the same time being generous in the places it counts the most.
 
It’s a process. An idea flows into my head ready to transfer to my screen. I draw the first Line on the shape of the pattern. Yes, this looks good. More follow. The ‘block’ or ‘base pattern’ is cut into shapes that become all the pattern pieces of the garment. Sometimes I lay up the pieces in the puzzle known as the marker.  Analyzing the yield to get the most from the precious cloth.  The samples are made and again the Lines are considered, changed, moved. For one style. But soon I have a collection of styles.  The ‘Line’.
 
What’s missing? How will these clothes be worn? I seek an identity for the whole. 
 
I find a theme for this line.  My collections of lines.  A touch of retro. A dash of swagger.  The swirl of a skirt. The flick of an upturned collar. Perhaps what James Bond would wear if he was a she!
 
There is a jacket named Espionage.  A Spy Coat.  The Mystique tunic.  Double Agent dress…..
 
here’s a little sneak peak just for you…..
 
 

Our June Shopping Party starts TOMORROW!

Update: We will also have amazing dresses by the new CherryVelvetPlus! They’re going like hotcakes so don’t miss out on the exclusive and limited styles!

How to Perfect your Travel Wardrobe this Season

With spring already here, travel season is right around the corner. If you’re like many women, spring and summer travel opportunities bring both anticipation (time to relax, experience new cultures and cities, have adventures) and dread… What on earth am I going to pack?! With increasing luggage weight restrictions this task can be even more daunting, especially for chronic over-packers.

Whether you’re skipping town for a weekend retreat in the countryside, or embarking on a whirlwind, world-wide tour, your travel wardrobe needs to be edited yet versatile. (And of course stylish!) We’ve put together a few tips for creating your own travel-friendly wardrobe.

One of the easiest ways to get more mileage out of fewer clothes is to choose a colour inspiration and use it as the basis for all your choices. This way, all your tops can be interchanged with all your bottoms, accessories, and so on.  

Also, a neutral wardrobe can be accented by pops of colour in easy to pack (and usually space-saving!) accessories. You’ll always be stylish and appropriately dressed for any situation.

Evaluating what kinds of activities you’ll be doing and the climate you’ll be in will also dictate the types of pieces you pack. After all, the amount of layers and sleeve lengths you’ll need while in Berlin is vastly different than those needed for Belize!

Not to toot our own horn, but Diane Kennedy pieces make perfect travel companions! Our fabric is soft and luxurious against your skin, and the added stretch ensures you’ll always be comfortable, even on those fourteen hour flights. Oh, and you can say goodbye to that crumpled fresh-out-of-the-suitcase look—just shake it and hang it up!

We want to know, where will you be taking your Diane Kennedy this season? Have a picture of you and your Diane Kennedy pieces on vacation? Share it with us on the Diane Kennedy Facebook Page.

Happy Travels,

Unveiling the Newest Addition to our Team: Barb Wilkins!

Our office is a noticeably livelier place these days with the addition of Barb Wilkins. Formerly of Bodacious, the ‘Mecca’ for plus size gals in Vancouver, Barb is heading up our international sales and offering her expertise to our team. Together we are brewing up some fabulous new projects that soon will be revealed… Welcome Barb!!!

 Many of you already know her, certainly all you curvy girls from Vancouver! But for those of you that don’t…

 The story of BARB:

 She has a voice that gets attention, a warm presence, and an unmistakable style. Barb is a multitalented chick, a Boomchick even! A singer and mandolin player, Barb is a member of several local bands, including the all-girls group Boomchix. She is the deeper counterpoint to the lush harmonies in this alt-country roots rock band. Playing shows regularly around our fair city, check out their all-original music here or go see Boomchix live! (You can also catch Barb in a band with her husband, called Wichita Trip.)

 Barb is a natural when it comes to selling Diane Kennedy. The Bodacious girls have carried Diane Kennedy in their store on Main Street for years, so she is no stranger to selling the line. Thanks to Barb and her business partner Lorna, we enjoy a loyal following in this city. (We were, ahem, #1 in their store!) Personally I love how Barb adds her edgy, alt-country style to my designs, proving that style comes from a very personal place.

“I like to dress like a cowboy…with big honkin’ boots and large silver rings! Today I’m wearing my Diane Kennedy ‘Gallery Tunic’ with a seriously distressed denim mini skirt and Diane Kennedy bamboo leggings. I’m totally addicted to these leggings—they let me get away with my love of short skirts! I completed this look with my favorite stacked-heel cowboy boots. I just can’t get enough of chunky boots!”

When asked to share her best picks of the Diane Kennedy Spring 2011 collection, Barb was quick to rave about the ‘Studio Zip’. “It’s the perfect weight for this cooler-than-average spring—AND the length is perfect, the collar is cute open or closed, and I can show off my big silver belt buckle!” She also loves the ‘Tiffany Skirt’ for its versatility and the unique design that gives it movement and interest—great for everyday and on stage.

 Next on Barb’s agenda? Bringing Diane Kennedy eco-boutique fashions to the rest of the world! (And writing and performing a Diane Kennedy theme song…)

 A big thank-you to Barb and all our loyal fans out there! We’ll be updating you regularly on our latest and greatest, so to keep up, please ‘like’ us on Facebook! You’ll be the first to get the insider scoop on coupons for on-line shopping as well as local shopping parties!

Blackberry Crush

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and spring is upon us! As the sun begins to shine, brighten up your wardrobe with deliciously pretty hues. Our bestselling Gallery Tunic is back—shown here in delectable Blackberry—and ready to take you from strolls in the park to drinks with friends. From light and whipped to dark and muddled, join our crush on this juicy colour and inject a little blackberry into your style.

Blackberry Mojito

  • 3 blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup*
  • 1 oz vodka (optional)
  • Club soda
  • Ice

In a glass muddle 2 blackberries and a few torn mint leaves. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice. Add vodka if desired. Fill rest of glass with club soda, and garnish with the remaining blackberry and some mint leaves. Enjoy!

*To make simple syrup combine 1 part water and 1 part sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.

  1. Blackberry drink photo via Pink Parsley
  2. Blackberry Limeaide via Cooking Light
  3. Diane Kennedy Gallery Tunic in ‘Blackberry
  4. Chan Luu Vintage Silk Beaded Necklace
  5. MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in ‘Up the Amp’
  6. OPI Texas Collection nailpolish in ‘Houston We Have a Purple’
  7. Diane Von Furstenburg Paddie IPad Case in ‘Brambles Small’
  8. Black Tulip Magnolia photo
  9. Amethyst Crystal Photo

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