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  • A Rhapsody of Styling Tips

    Published Jan 08 2021 in #buycanadian, #cotton, #dianekennedy, #fashion, #naturalfibers, #outfitoftheday, #style, #styletips, #styling

    Get dressed in a flash with these styling tips. With the Rhapsody Coat you get three looks in one versatile garment.  You can wear this as a dress, a jacket, or a tunic for plenty of mileage. Plus, this multi-tasker makes it easy to refresh your existing wardrobe. 

     Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody Coat styled casually over jeans and a white teePop your Rhapsody Coat over top of the Perfect Tee, with jeans and low boots and you have a casual look with a stylish twist. Three quarter sleeves with plenty of room for movement and deep, generous pockets to stash essentials make it a handy edition to your day.

     Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody Coat styled casually over tall bootsChange your look to a long tunic. Open the face-framing collar, arrange the lapels and layer the Rhapsody over a black Perfect Tee with Rejuvenate Leggings for an understated, urban vibe. Accessorize with your favourite stone necklace for balance.

     Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody Coat styled casually over tall bootsButton up the Rhapsody to wear as a dress with tights and tall boots. Show off the asymmetrical collar with hammered Italian zinc buttons that reflect an organic flow.

    Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody coat styled over all black tunic and pantsFor an elegant evening out, layer it over all black with the wider leg Serene Pant like Erika is wearing. Add a necklace with some sparkle and a dressy shoe.

    Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody coat styled over a purple tee tunic and black pantsFor a polished and professional look at the office, layer your Rhapsody Coat with an accent colour pulled from the Symphony print. Leah is wearing the Perfect Tee in Raisin and the Serene Pant. Many of our Perfect Tee colours look great with this print; Raisin, Wave, Royal and Black are all shades in this colourful print.

    Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody coat styled over Fluevog bootsDiane is radiant in her Rhapsody; worn as a dress in Symphony Print with a pop of colour pulled from these fabulous Fluevog boots.

    Diane Kennedy Wool Cape in purple on model Veronica BelleFreestyle with your own creations by adding an A Capella Cape and a glitzy brooch, colourful booties, a beret, leggings, gloves, etc. Pull a solid colour from the print and use that as the base to build your look of the day. 

    The Rhapsody could even be a breezy cover-up for a beach stroll! The styling options are only as limited as your imagination.  

    Leah Paley Tuttle

  • Fabulous Fabrics - Meet Kaffe Fassett

    Published Oct 14 2020 in 100% cotton, cotton, fashion art, fashion over 50, fashion over 60, Kaffe Fasset, wearable art

    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 Fasset

    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.

    Kaffe Fasset cotton quilt

    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 Fasset cotton prints
    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 Fasset Rose

    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.

    Leah Tuttle in a Diane Kennedy Rhapsody Coat

    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.

     

  • Caught in Cotton

    Published Jan 24 2020 in 100% cotton, cotton, fashion, Made in Canada, over 50, slow fashion, tunics

    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.

    100% Cotton prints for Diane Kennedy Spring 2020 collection

    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. 

    At the beach in Diane Kennedy's Spring collection

    Cotton Care:

    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!


    At the beach in Diane Kennedy's Spring collection

    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:

    https://forms.gle/wQU6Y7B7bF7mvqMz8

    Once completed, we'd love to thank you for participating, by giving you a 20% discount code on your next purchase.

     

    Diane Kennedy Signature