It's Leah writing the blog this week and we've got updates for you! Diane and I thought you would like to know what's going on at this end of things.
We are operating at full steam ahead here; Diane has plenty in the works with the spring and summer styles all planned and the factories are working hard to deliver. However, you may have noticed that our new styles are arriving a little slower than usual. We thought it was a good time to tell you why.
As a small business that creates, designs, sews, and manufactures; all locally with fabric that is made in Canada; we are experiencing longer delays than usual. The factory that makes our bamboo fabric has raised their minimum orders and lengthened their production times. As a Canadian business relying completely on local support systems to operate ethically, it is taking longer to accomplish what is 'normal' here. Since the factories are not running at full capacity with less staff, there is a slightly longer wait time for the delivery of garments.
Many of you are waiting for a restock of our capri's in plus sizes, so we've added the option to pre-order the new arrivals in styles that are coming soon. We have beautiful new designs arriving as frequently as possible at this time.
Meanwhile we've been out on location in among the flowers taking pics of the new styles. Often these outings include entertaining the inquisitive and friendly people who stroll on by and start a conversation with us. They will smile, comment, and often compliment our outfits and ask where they can get them. I'll introduce Diane (because she is humble) and their faces light up when we say that you're looking at the designer herself and this is fashion made locally in Canada. They'll ask for the website so they can see more. One man who spotted us asked, "Is this photo for Miss May?". How sweet.
You'll have lots to get excited about this season!
Isn't it always fun to have a look behind the scenes, into places no one usually gets to see? I thought you might enjoy an unedited glimpse into what’s actually happening in my design room right now. I almost feel like I'm divulging my deepest secrets here!
First off, I have especially chosen some lovely new Cami colours... to match the prints that will be coming out in our newest coat dress / jacket, which I'm calling "Joy"! While you might be used to seeing solid coloured fabrics in Diane Kennedy, I'm thrilled to combine my passion for beautiful printed cottons from my Cherry Velvet Dress line into DK now as well. The colours and prints are so cheerful, they always bring a smile to my face.
Here’s a look at the limited edition prints that will be released in my new "Joy" design. These jackets will coordinate beautifully with all your favourite Diane Kennedy layering pieces, like the Perfect Tee or the Clever Cami.
Some time ago, a customer requested a jogging suit. I gave this idea some thought, and came up with a shorter zip jacket that could be worn casually, but stylish enough to be worn more dressed up as well this coming season. Look forward to our styling tips for this 'coming soon' item in upcoming posts!
And here is a little tease for you of a new tunic that I’m working on. What you see on this image is my design software, as it’s still in the creation phase, but I’m already excited for it! It’s going to have an asymmetrical neck and curved seams with extra 'wave' built into the the front panels.
I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into the exciting things happening right now in my studio. Stay tuned for lovely new spring items coming soon!
One of my greatest joys is gardening with beautiful flowers. After a long winter I'm always outside seeking the earliest blooms. The fresh pink buds of the viburnum, the brave snow drops and crocuses pushing through the ground all catch my attention. But my favourite by far is the queen of the early spring garden, the Hellebore.
"Perhaps the reason you are drawn to flowers is not only for their outer beauty, but because they remind you beautiful things will bloom after the longest season of waiting" ~ Morgan Harper Nichols
As a garden plant, Hellebores are a joy to grow. With handsome evergreen leaves for most of the year, they flower at a time when not much else is even thinking about it. They are very easy to maintain, needing a trim of the old leaves just as the new flower buds appear in the Spring. They are happy to bloom in shade or part shade. Best of all are the beautiful range of colours and variety of petals; singles, doubles, spotted or clear, pointy or rounded, some even with an outline of different colours around the edges.
As a collector for many years, I am fond of the more unusual colours like slatey blue black that have a sheen and a colour a lot like a plum.
Or the white ones that are heavily spotted with red.
The yellow ones can be the most beautiful shade of butter. Indeed the hellebore is part of the buttercup family but without the bad habits of spreading.
The most easy colours to find are shades of chartreuse and white and all shades of pink to quite a dark plum. There are so many variations in the blooms. But in the past few years I've been seeking larger flowers and those that face outward as opposed to the ones that droop down so that I can better admire them as I pass by.
Plants this lovely deserve to have supporting players to accent their beauty even further. Great companion plants for Hellebores are Black Mondo grass, Pulmonaria, fancy foliage Heucheras, evergreen ferns and sedges like a white varigated Carex. If you have a spot in your garden in part shade, somewhere that you might get to walk past in the winter I would certainly encourage you to plant one or more of these beautiful flowers to enjoy for many years to come.
Styling yourself with a new look is super easy with an A Capella Cape. Here are 5 style tips showing how easily it blends with your existing DK wardrobe. We're calling these five completely unique looks Classic, Fun, Monochromatic, Transitional and Casual style.
Classic Style: Your A Capella Cape makes a polished impression when paired with the Rhapsody Coat. Try this yourself by layering your cape over a longer printed tunic with leggings and a coordinating base layer that anchors the outfit with a harmonious colour. The Perfect Tee in Raisin matches both the Cape and Jacket perfectly. Add a longer pendant necklace to complete your look.
Fun Style: Give yourself a pop of unexpected colour and instantly upgrade your style with the cape worn open over the Jet Set Jumpsuit or any all black outfit. We love the playful, carefree attitude of this easy jumpsuit with platform sneakers of a complimentary colour to tie this outfit together. Viola looks ready for anything!
Monochromatic Style: Diane shows us her best tip for dressing as a Petite Plus woman. Your cape adds the punch of colour when styling yourself with a head to toe monochromatic colour to maximize the look of height and longer legs. Of course this trick works for anyone that would like a slimming and/or lengthening illusion. She looks amazing in the Midnight Inquisitive Tunic, and her killer Fluevog boots match in colour to keep the long line going.
Transitional Style: It's too soon to go without a jacket so here's a way you can warm up your spring vibe. This modern look is balanced by adding the A Capella Cape worn open in a complementary colour to your top; keep cozy while adding interest and texture to your outfit. Shown here with the adaptable Pier Pants which are as cute with boots as they will be with a sandal in the spring.
Casual Style: Punch up your casual look by adding an unexpected bloom of spring colour. Drape your cape over the Tempo Tunic in Navy with denim and you are ready to go. Perfect to ward off any chill while out on a stroll. There is only one left in several of our A Capella Cape colours so hurry if you want one!
We hope you're having lots of fun twirling around in your capes too! Stay cozy!
Colour is the number one influence that make us decide we want something. Do you ever notice how colour can trigger a feeling like thirst, hunger, desire, or a memory? Colour psychologically affects our mood, influences our choices, and motivates our decisions. We are subconsciously programmed to associate certain colours with specific situations and emotions. How do the colours of your clothes make you feel?
Blue Shades: This is the colour of reliability and trust. Wearing Blue has a peaceful and calming effect which is great for an eye catching outfit. Keep calm and carry on in the Rhapsody Coat in Sonata.
Turquoise-Teal Shades: Dressing in these tranquil colours gives a feeling of serenity, security and stability. You may experience clarity of mind and well-being. Express your relaxed attitude with the Touring Tunic in Wave.
Green Shades: Clothing yourself in Green evokes feelings of easy, open connections with others and nature by creating equilibrium between the head and heart. Our comfy Tempo Tunic symbolizes a fresh, new beginning in Pine.
Yellow Shades: Dressing in this happy colour brings felings of warmth, energy, vitality and happiness. Feel like you're walking on sunshine in the Tempo Tunic in Goldenrod.
Red Shades: Showing up wearing Red makes a statement. Radiate love, excitement and passion! Red shows confidence, boosts desire and gets you noticed. Like with this sassy A Capella Cape in Cherry.
Purple Shades: Why is this the most popular colour choice of so many women? Wearing Purple stimulates the creative part of the brain. This is the colour of magic, mystery, deeper awareness and meditation. Celebrate your artistic, mystical side in the Harmony Henley in Midnight.
With so many millions of shades to choose from; it takes time and deliberation to pick out the right colour. Diane looks for ageless, classic colours that will make beautiful garments and flatter various skin tones. Watch for new custom Diane Kennedy colours arriving later this spring. We know you will love Lapis (a deep cornflower blue) and Ginger (a deep pink-red).
XO Leah Paley Tuttle
**In case you didn't know; Diane Kennedy is a Canadian Fashion designer who's Eco fabrics are custom made in Canada. Each season she creates modern fashions that give comfort, style and enduring quality to ladies with curves.