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Inspiring fabrics are a source of immense joy to me. Fabrics bring life to the patterns I design and each is chosen especially for the feeling and drape; they are an essential part of my process from concept to completion. Lately, I’ve been inspired by the work of Kaffe Fassett and I think you’ll be as enchanted with his original designs as I am.
Kaffe is an internationally renown textile designer. As a skilled fine artist in his teens he won a scholarship to The Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. A move to England led him to discover a new passion: knitting and designing knitwear. Kaffe’s brilliantly colourful work in needlepoint, patchwork, and knitwear has appeared in the pages of Vogue and on famous figures like Barbra Streisand and Lauren Bacall. He has collaborated with top brands such as Coach and Missoni, participated in various exhibitions and solo shows, published a multitude of books and patterns, and won numerous awards. In short, Kaffe is considered a guru in the world of colour and textiles.
Flowers play a prominent role in Kaffe’s designs. His “Antique Chrysanthemum” print is explosively beautiful, and will be available as a limited edition Rhapsody Coat soon.
Kaffe’s love of florals and colour has come full circle – a rose has been named after him by one of the most prestigious rose producers in the world. It is a floribunda rose in shades of vivid hot pink and hints of deep lilac, with a wonderful fragrance.
Kaffe might now be best known for his stunning array of 100% cotton fabrics. These kaleidoscopic images showcase Kaffe’s love of colour play and juxtaposition with the pinwheels and mandalas seeming to spin through space while maintaining a relationship through pattern and scale. The larger sizes of his botanical prints reveal masterful details that are usually overlooked.
We look forward to sharing these creations with you. (coming soon!) We hope that knowing more about Kaffe will make wearing these items that much more special for you. Fabrics can take your clothing beyond being an average garment to becoming an artistic creation of sublime enjoyment for years to come.
This is our favourite season with so many fashion possibilities. We thought you would you like to see what's coming next from the Diane Kennedy design studio. We are thrilled about the new prints and textures of fall.
Capes are back in a big way. Diane has created the perfect topper of the season in 5 juicy colours to fit every mood and whim.
This light, soft, plush wool blend is perfect for the early morning chill with plenty of freedom of movement while walking the dog and running errands.
Last year's capes flew out of stock so fast that Diane has brought you more colour choices and designed an updated version called the A Cappella Cape that you can pre-order now.
As you may have noticed, this season's collection is arriving a little differently than prior collections. Fabrics were delayed and harder to source than ever before. Our fabric supply was affected by Covid delays and this means your fall wardrobe is arriving a little later than usual. We appreciate your patience as you will agree the results will be worth the wait.
Diane was feeling so creative this season that she's designed a jazzed up version of the classic cotton blouse that will be ready soon in 4 exclusive designer prints. Here's a peek at the blouse fabrics:
Another highly anticipated fall item is the new Coat Dress. This versatile piece boasts 3 looks-in-one item! Get a glimpse of a few of the beautiful fabrics here:
In other news, we're thrilled to have a new staff member, Leah Tuttle. You might recognize her as she has done some modelling for us. Here she's wearing the new Coat dress as a longer jacket.
Leah has also been our sales agent for Western Canada for almost 12 years and as such knows our brand inside and out! Stay tuned next week to learn more about Leah!
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If you've been following us on social media, you may have seen some little teasers of a new fabric that we're bringing out this Spring 2020. We're happy to introduce woven 100% cotton to our collection! You may know we've been making dresses using this same fabric for our other clothing brand, Cherry Velvet dresses for many years. To that end, we can confidently attest to the quality and wearability of this wonderful fabric.
Several customers had asked about Diane Kennedy items using cotton prints. It was such a good idea, we made it happen!
We'll always continue to use our signature bamboo fabric. We know many of you love it for its exceptional softness and ease of wear. That being said, this cotton brings to the table something that we've never been able to find in bamboo; a wide range of beautiful, stylish prints. Our Spring 2020 collection was designed around some lovely, artistic brush stroke prints mimicking the surface of water.
Crisp, cool and comfortable - our new cotton fabric is very similar to care for as our Bamboo. Wash it like any other garment in the washing machine and hang to dry. When you hang it spend a minute smoothing out the wrinkles by hand or iron with a cotton setting if you prefer.
Where to wear!
This cotton fabric travels very well. We recommend folding your cotton pieces on the very top of your suitcase, right before you're going to zip it up. Hang them when you get to your destination and they'll be ready for wear, where ever you are.
Later this season, the Sightsee shirt will be released. It can be worn as a jacket, shirt or even a beach cover up, making it the perfect travel garment. In fact, Diane is planning on bringing it with her on a well-deserved sailing trip to Greece later this year!
We hope you love these cotton pieces as much as we do and would love to hear your comments and feedback -
To let us know the kind of prints you would love and/or items you would like designed, please fill out our survey here:
Once completed, we'd love to thank you for participating, by giving you a 20% discount code on your next purchase.