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Diane first fell in love with this mandala print with delicate gold edging and has been hooked ever since.
Her design inspiration was kindled by innovative 1950's designer, Alfred Shaheen, whose introduction of metallic cotton prints took the fashion world by storm. Together with Dr. Edmund Lutz, his friend and head dye chemist, Shaheen created over 100 metallic colors, including gold, silver, sapphire, ruby, and emerald. Today we take metallic printing for granted, but it's creation in the early 1950's for ready to wear clothing was a major achievement.
Take a sneak peek at these irresistible arrivals all featuring gold accents. We're shining a light on the brilliant metallic fabrics that are bound to brighten your wardrobe this season.
Go ahead and get gleaming with polished metal accents on comfortable cotton. You'll notice the Art Deco influence in these stunningly detailed prints. "Goddess Rising" is an homage to the allure of Egyptian Revival. Exude a sense of exotic mystery with jewel tones outlined in wings of metallic golden ink. Coming very soon!
Tinsel and teal unite with "Prismatic Peacock" for a tantalizing tribute to the angles of Frank Lloyd Wright. These charming geometrics are edged with reflective golden accents. This unexpected modern metallic print will turn heads. Watch for it coming soon to our Rhapsody Jacket.
"Paisley Plumes" is a nostalgic nod to the endpapers of yesteryear (remember the inside covers of hardbacked books?). Glimmering metallic gold outlines impart a sense of motion with decadent plumes of turquoise. This captivating Chrissy dress was made for romance.
Alfred Shaheen's legacy of metallic inks with exotic botanicals were an irresistible combination that forever changed the landscape of what was possible with textiles. We admire and celebrate this truly timeless artisan whose designs withstand the test of time.
Wishing you a radiant season ahead,
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!
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.