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Here at DK, we believe in living life in full colour, and we particularly love purple!
Purple is often associated with royalty, affluence, luxury, and magic. Scientifically speaking, purple has the strongest electromagnetic wavelength, being just a few wavelengths up from x-rays and gamma rays. This stunning shade combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red, and research suggests that various hues of purple impact our minds and bodies by boosting mood, reducing nervous tension, and calming the mind.
Many of our most loved and fastest selling fashions are purple, second only to Black. Our DK customers report that purple is one of their absolute favourites – it compliments almost any hair colour or skin tone, so it’s a colour that helps them look and feel fantastic!
You may wonder why purple is almost universally flattering. Purple is created by combining the warmth of red with the coolness of blue, so the blend retains both warm and cool properties.
If you share our passion for purple, you are in luck. Here at DK we offer a purple to please everyone, and this season's palette is bursting with variations for every complexion.
We are tremendously excited to introduce a juicy new purple to you: our new cape design called A Cappella will come in “Concord”.
We also want to tease you with a sneak peak of a forthcoming style that will be made from a sweater knit we call "Reign".
I don’t know about you, but when I wear purple, it makes me feel empowered, exotic, mysterious, and regal. I hope you'll join me in some colour therapy, and add some purple to your wardrobe!
One of most familiar faces of the Diane Kennedy brand is my silver-haired muse, Viola Evans.
Viola wears the Screen Playsuit and Perfect Top (new colours coming soon)
This ageless beauty became a model in her early fifties! She was “discovered” while working at an auto body shop. Later, she became the store manager of a clothing store in the South Granville neighbourhood of Vancouver that carried my Diane Kennedy clothing. I met Viola at this shop, and ever since we've shared a professional relationship and friendship that are both extremely important to me.
Viola starting modelling for me 10 years ago, and she was 56 at the time. I was immediately struck by her natural beauty, and she was so effortless in front of the camera. Viola was (and is) genuine and radiant, and her every pose appears relaxed and easy.
Her passion for the brand shines through every image. “DK clothes are classic and work for every body,” enthuses Viola. “When I talk about the brand, my motto is ‘love the comfort, love the look!’ Back when she worked in retail, her comment was, "Diane Kennedy is so easy to sell, once anyone puts on the clothes, they fall in love with the cut, the style and especially the soft, comfortable feel of the bamboo.”
Viola wears the Illusion Tunic in Moroccan bamboo
Viola’s approach to beauty is simple. "I know I'm supposed to do skin care, but I don't. I just wash with Dove soap." Her makeup routine is equally uncomplicated. “I do like wearing lipstick, especially MAC, a Canadian brand. Even if I have no other makeup on, I always wear lipstick to match my outfit.”
It’s not just Viola’s appearance that’s inspiring - her lifestyle is an ongoing, active celebration. In the winter, she usually goes to her condo in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, but she always summers in Vancouver. She swims, paddle boards, and kayaks, and she recently bought an eight-foot kayak that she can fit in her car, making new adventures that much easier! She’s a true Renaissance woman; her other hobbies include learning to read music, playing the ukulele, learning Spanish, and drawing.
Adventuring with Viola is a joy. One of my favourite memories with her was spent kayaking. We took off from Deep Cove and ending up finding our own private island. We perched on a rock, laughed, told stories, ate heirloom tomato sandwiches with mayonnaise and salt and pepper, and then we swam with the moon jellyfish in a tiny bay.
Viola represents everything that I want the Diane Kennedy to brand to reflect: beauty, versatility, and genuine zest for life at any age! I’m so grateful to have her working with us, and so delighted to have her as a friend.
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.
In order to best provide you with what YOU think are the most flattering and stylish designs, we'd love to hear your opinions, please.
As an added incentive, at the end of the survey, you'll receive a 20% off discount code to use on your next purchase*
It's the pot of gold at the end of the survey rainbow!
We're always striving to make clothing that you'll love - thank-you for helping us to do that :)
*After completion of the survey, you'll receive a code for 20% off our online store, valid until the end of February (one use per person, cannot be combined with other codes & excluding New Arrivals).
In addition to modeling for us, Scarlett has been working part-time in our office this summer. With a background in makeup artistry, she has been sharing some of her beauty advice during our office chats. Read on for some expert tips from Scarlett.
It is always fun to share fashion finds, vacation locations and beauty tips with friends. Many of us are now connected to family and friends from near and far on social media, making it easier than ever to share and find things within our online communities. However, sometimes those in-person conversations with girlfriends reveal the best tips!
As we shared on the blog a few weeks ago, during our photo session with Leah Tuttle, we learned about some her favourite and fabulous beauty products. This has sparked a lot of conversation around the office about makeup and beauty rituals. We thought it might be fun to share - since I have learned some new things too!
Skin and Foundations
While everyone has different skin needs, it is more recently that we have been hearing mainstream cosmetic companies become more transparent about their ingredients. Ativo Skincare is a Vancouver-based brand that manufactures all-natural skincare using only holistic organic ingredients. I swear by their Waterless Beauty Balm, which I use as a makeup remover/moisturizer. It is described on their website as a multi-purpose cream. It's nice to find something that is local and also cruelty-free!
For a lightweight moisturizing foundation, a BB Cream is often a great alternative. A BB cream is actually a 'Beauty Balm'. The difference between that and a tinted moisturizer is that a BB Cream will prime and moisturize your skin at the same time. It provides a bit more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. There are plenty of organic and cruelty-free options at your local retailers and online beauty sites.
Eyes and Lashes
One thing I have found about wearing eyeshadow as I have gotten older is that it tends to get creasy and wear off during the day. Did you know that an eyeshadow primer is a great solution? There are a few different brands on the market. Eyeshadow primer is used before you apply your eyeshadow so your shadow will stay put all day. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a really good one, and it now comes tinted so you can wear it alone instead of eyeshadow if you like. Brilliant!
Our models for Diane Kennedy and Cherry Velvet often come to photoshoots wearing false eyelashes. These are removable and good for one-day wear, but if your lashes have gotten finer or more sparse, I have learned about some other options that are available too. Latisse is a lash growth serum, available by prescription in Canada, and boasts fabulous results for eyelash growth. Eyelash extensions are also an option and are usually done by a certified professional in a medical-spa or skin care clinic.
I hope you have learned a few new things! I know I have! What other beauty or fashion finds would you be interested to learn about?