December 23, 2010

Wool Fold Skirt & Apple Green Blouse

Lately many women have consulted me about color matching and color combination's. I found out how much women are afraid of color combination's and how deep they are captured by the conception of black and more black. So this post is dedicated to color.
I don’t want to tell you in a simplified and superficial way which color combination's work and give you a list of colors that match. All colors have various shades and tones that affect the combination between any two colors. The type and texture of the fabric are also very important for a successful combination. One thing I can say – be daring, don’t be afraid of color. Take the item you want to match, for instance a skirt to which you want to match a blouse, place the two fabrics together for an initial matching and then try the two items on together, preferably with the final shoes you will be wearing. Take your time, think it through and consult with others.
Try to stay away from black – I am sure you have many black items in your wardrobe. Different tones of brown, grey, blue and cream are excellent softer basic colors, to which you can match any color. These colors are the ideal basics for any woman. It’s important to learn how to use the base colors and match various colors to them. Fashion is fun, you just need to be daring and try new things. For instance, I match green, blue, ocher, eggplant or cream with brown. Grey works with everything, and the difference between grey and black is the softness – with grey you don’t get that salient contrast.
You can work with the same idea when matching pantyhose (but please not tights). I have a large stock of pantyhose in various tones and thicknesses. You can find pantyhose with an intermediate thickness, which are almost see-through and will suit anyone. I’m also not a fan of pantyhose with no feet – I think the cut above the ankle creates an illusion of a shorter leg and is not flattering. Pantyhose shape the leg nicely, and add color and interest. A small tip – you can find pantyhose made of a delicate net, in beautiful tones of brown, cream and grey. Keep one of each color in your closet and you’re set. I especially added close-ups of these pantyhose in brown to this post.
In my blog I present various color combination's that can set an example for you. I would be happy to receive questions through email. Please don’t hesitate to write to me and I will happily help and advise you.
In this post I present the ‘Fold’ skirt in a thin soft woolen brown fabric, with a gentle Pepita pattern. The skirt’s shape is straight; it extends above the knee and has three folds in even distances in the front. To this skirt, I matched a cotton 'apple green' blouse. I love the combination of brown and green. The blouse has a gently pointed collar, and the sleeve – just above the wrist – is fastened with a thin rubber strip.
You are all welcome to visit my point of sale in the Designer’s Avenue at Dizingof Center, on Thursdays and Fridays. You can also purchase my models at my online shop; you can find a direct link at the top of the blog page. See you!

Model Blouse: Apple Green
Model Skirt: Wool Fold

December 8, 2010

Brown Blazer

The Israeli winter does not allow us to wear many layers and thick coats, and I am always in search for a solution that will create a wintery warm look, that is still light and not bulky. A jacket is the ideal solution in my opinion; it’s light on the one hand, but embracing and warm on the other.
I designed a blazer-style jacket. The collar is wide and classic, the shape is close-fitting and flattering, and two front pockets give it a light chic look. I used a thick cotton fabric with a small dot texture; the same fabric I used for the ‘Pocket’ skirt. It’s a soft cozy fabric that creates a warm wintery look. The inner lining is golden cream-shaded Satin, nicely contrasting the dark brown color of the jacket.
I gave great importance to the buttons. I looked for the perfect solution for my blazer in many haberdasheries. Buttons give the final and decisive touch in every jacket. I found retro style buttons, combining two shades, brown and cream. I loved their graphic shape and their size on the jacket.
I placed three buttons on the front of the jacket and three more on each sleeve.
I love matching this blazer with a buttoned blouse or a light sweater. I took the pictures with this model on Rothschild Ave. with the ‘Sherlock’ skirt I wrote about in a previous post. In my next post I will present at length the green blouse with a new fold skirt.

I would love to see you all on Thursdays and Fridays at Dizingoff Center, in the designers’ avenue, where I present my winter collection along with items left from the summer collection.

Model Jacket: Brown Blazer


November 25, 2010

My Blouses with Jeans

Model Blouse: Ocher

Model Blouse: Purple Ludwig

Model Blouse: Ludwig

Model Blouse: Point Came

Model Blouse: Spotted

My blouses combined with jeans, excellent casual chic.


November 20, 2010

Blue Blossom Blouse & Blue Boucle

After four months during which my studio has been alive and kicking, and together with this blog spreading its wings abroad, I decided to indulge you with a new and exciting shopping experience. I opened a store in the biggest mall in the world, an online store. My store is open 24 hours a day; you can sit at home with your cup of coffee, without any pressure or heavy crowds, look at the clothes from various angles and in close-up shots to see the fine details, and make your decision. I call it Slow Shopping. This shopping method gives you a chance to make a well-thought-of purchase, rather than a fast impulsive one; You can enter the store simply by pressing one button – Shop Schiller Online on your right. You are very welcomed.

In the virtual store you will find all specifics about design sizes and matching body measures, as well as an inventory check. You can pay with PayPal without opening an account, simply, safely and quickly, using your credit card. On the occasion of the online store opening, I have a special offer for you – shipping your order anywhere in the world for only 7US$; you can also exchange sizes after purchasing or return an item and get your money back. Precise guidelines for shopping in the virtual store are found in the site, and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Today I present you with another version of the 'Boucle' skirt, shown in previous posts in black and purple. This time the skirt is deep blue, the fabric is boucle wool, the shape is straight and classic, with two front pockets and a slit in the back. The 'Blossom' blouse is made of fine delicate cotton with small blue and grey flowers and a different flower pattern in the sleeve cuffs and the Chinese collar. The blue color gives this look its lightness and airiness. Like most of the clothes I design, this combination is suitable for a day at work and for an evening out, for a light unbinding pastime. In order to give this set a touch of color I matched this outfit with opaque ocher pantyhose.

Model Blouse: Blossom
Model Skirt: Boucle

October 20, 2010

Sherlock Skirt & Purple Ludwig

I find myself in a perpetual search for textures, geometric shapes and combination's of color. The world of fabric is so diverse and the options are never-ending, so the hardest part is identifying the right thing for me within this wide variety. Checkered or plaid fabrics – The ‘tartan’ – come in a great number of colors and checker sizes. Tartans have been used for thousands of years and are mainly associated with Scotland and the Scottish culture. I was looking for a small-checkered fabric with an interesting combination of colors. I found a thin woolen high-quality fabric, imported from the UK, with small fine checkers combining shades of olive, smoky antique pink and cream. The combination sounds peculiar, but the final look is both fine and unique. I designed my own version of a kilt and named the design 'Sherlock'. I put the fabric motif into use, but ignored other motifs such as folds of fabric and the typical buttoning of the authentic kilt.

The main difficulty of working with checkered fabrics is cutting and sewing the fabric. I wanted a perfect seam between the two front parts of the cut, and a nice connection between the front and the back. I designed the pockets to be obliquely sewed to the skirt. Such accuracy can only be obtained with the hands of an excellent seamstress, cutting single items. This observance cannot be achieved in mass production.

I matched this skirt with a soft and gentle purple Crepe de Chine blouse, using the ‘Ludwig’ blouse design shown in previous posts. I just love purple in the winter, such a warm elegant color. The blouse is suitable for any time of day, creating a graceful look at work, impressive and elegant after-hours.

Model Blouse: Purple Ludwig
Model Skirt: Sherlock


October 10, 2010

Penny Lane Pants & Point Camel Blouse

I love skirts and dresses, but sometimes pants give me a liberating feeling. I don’t have to think of the smoothness of my legs or look for matching pantyhose, pants are comfortable at work, great for speedy exits and perfect for spending time with the kids. Women started to enjoy this feeling sometime in the 1930’s, when a revolutionary and exciting innovation was added to women’s wardrobe – the pants. Pants became an essential item for work, at home and on vacation. Women wore pants while exercising, going for walks and riding bicycles. Women’s status was changing, and their involvement in various professions and in the business world made them match their clothes to the new situation. The search for comfortable, dynamic and practical clothes caused fashion to create simple items, comfortable and unadorned.
The feminist revolution, the single revolution in history which did not involve bloodshed, was manifested in designing clothes that did not limit the female body, especially after the tightly fastened girdle was out of fashion; women’s clothing became more loose-fitting and made more sense.

I designed tailored pants named 'Penny Lane'. I mixed three features in their design – masculine, feminine and sportive. The tailored shape and the fabric give the pants their masculine touch; a high waist and a close-fitting design add a feminine touch; and the straps along the trouser-legs and in the rear pockets create the sportive look.
The pants are made of Cool Wool, ‘dry’ wool woven from a thin thread giving it lightness, unlike the traditional heavy wool; this fabric can be worn all year long. The location of the belt loops creates a flattering look - when wearing a belt the waist seems higher, although the pants have a concealing cut. The lateral strap creates the illusion of length and motion. The strap is an inch wide and made of thin olive-colored wool. I used the same fabric for the back pocket rims for an uncompromising perfect look.
Many small but significant details in the pants have been meticulously thought of. The pants are buttoned with an inner hook which creates a clean look, and there are no outer buttons that might interfere with the belt; the location of the belt loops with relation to the waist; the pocket lining is made of the same fabric as the side straps. The length of the pants fits a 5 foot 7 figure, but an inch and a half of extra fabric is concealed in the hem, to allow an extension if needed.

I matched the pants with a blouse called 'Point Camel', with a design identical to the previously shown Ludwig blouse. A small and gentle masculine collar, olive-camel cotton fabric with black polka dots. The sleeves’ edges give the blouse a feminine touch – a thin fine rubber strap gathers the fabric and fastens it to the wrist, and the sleeves’ end gently widens below it. The rubber strap also allows you to raise the sleeves in order to shorten them.

Model Blouse: Point Camel
Model Pants: Penny Lane


October 2, 2010

Ludwig Blouse & Pocket Skirt

I created an inspiration collage

I chose fabrics and drew a sketch

And this is the final outcome

A little bit about the clothes
The blouse – 100% cotton, a buttoned blouse with a small masculine collar. Just above the wrist, a thin rubber strap fastens the sleeve to the arm and below it the sleeve opens towards the palm.
The skirt – thick cotton fabric with a gentle texture of small dots, a bit similar to suede or corduroy without the stripes. An “A” shape with a very gentle angle. Two front pockets in different sizes and a small pocket in the back. I added ocher colored stitching to stress the design and the pockets.

  Model Blouse: Ludwig
Model Skirt: Pocket