October 24, 2012

Burgundy Blouse & Tweed Skirt

One of the most desirable fabrics in the winter time is tweed, a fabric with a wonderful texture and a unique vintage look. About two hundred years ago, tweed was considered a top-quality fabric for making durable warm coats. The nobility loved the crude rough fabric and many coat models were made at the time, varying in texture. Many years later, Coco Chanel used tweed in the suits she designed, giving a seal to the more accessible day-to-day use of this fabric.

I designed a straight tweed skirt with front pockets and a front cleft. The skirt comes in a variety of plaid tweed fabrics in shades of pink, red, purple, gray, green and blue, interwoven with black. I attached samples of the various colors to the sketch in this post. 

The ‘Burgundy’ blouse is made of high-quality purplish-Bordeaux silk. The blouse has a Chinese collar and a hidden buttoning. The sleeve cuffs are designed to be folded or lifted below the elbow in the upcoming autumn days.

October 3, 2012

Aqua Blouse & Oxford Skirt

Autumn is here and in my shop you can find some harbingers of winter. How exciting! This is a great season, where you can wear long but light clothes, a minute before putting on all those layers to keep warm.

I want to share with you my outlook on the basic items every woman needs in her wardrobe. High quality basic that you can endlessly mix and match.

Let’s start with buttoned blouses: You need at least three, in basic shades such as – blue, grey, and cream. Plain blouses can be a great basis, but it’s better to add fabrics with an interesting print for a clever and fresh look. Other great colors are: light brown, bordeaux, green, and mustard. Skirts: You need at least three skirts that may vary in shape according to your personal preferences and your figure. I love narrow skirts which aren’t too tight, preferably without Lycra. Basic colors: camel, dark blue, and grey. Most cotton fabrics will be good all year round, and winter skirts made of tweed and boucle can be an interesting variation on cold days. You don’t need black. Blue, brown and grey are easily matched. Other great colors for skirts are: bottle green, mustard, and eggplant.
Pants: As with the skirts, choose shapes that flatter your figure. If you have three pairs in navy blue, dark brown and grey, you’re good to go. I promise you that with these basic items, you will never feel you have nothing to wear. You will always feel good about yourself and enjoy a wide variety of possible combinations.  

In this post I present a buttoned blouse made of viscose fabric gently washed in a shade of Aqua. The wash gives the blouse an uneven interesting look. The collar is made of cotton fabric with graphic shapes printed in green and mustard. I added a matching tying ribbon for a feminine and clever look (removable). The blouse is also sold in sand and blue shades. The ‘Oxford’ deep blue skirt has a high waist with a thick flattering belt. The skirt has two front pockets; it’s knee-high and has a hidden zipper in the back. For a light look I added natural colored net pantyhose and camel shoes.