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Often my designs evolve out of need. In this case, my specific want of a sleeveless top that could also be worn as a vest. Many women critical of their arms avoid showing them; I just don't feel the same way. In the spring/summer when it's warm or even in the office, I find sleeveless garments to be the most comfortable. Viva le cool comfort!
So I said to myself, "Why not design an item that can be worn multiple ways, without being too finicky?"
Then voila! Out of my head popped a solution. Here's my new design of a vest or sleeveless top with layering capabilities; Adapt-A-Vest.
With my design in hand, I set out to create the pattern, building off the tried and true fit of the Recharge Vest; a long time favourite. This vest will be asymmetrical with a long panel, a slit on one side and a draped edge on the other. The lines are long and slimming, when worn as a vest. Worn as a top, the right drape crosses the chest to button securely on an angle, creating a modest V-neckline.
Adapt-A-Vest is 2020's version of my "Add Pockets" piece from last year. Perfect for warm weather yet versatile enough to carry you through other seasons. Whether you wear it on its own, like I do, or over a top like our Perfect Top, I think you're going to love its versatile style.
It's coming out later this season, in 4 Spring colours. I know I'll be wearing all of them. ;)
Hope you love it too!
Everyone loves Pockets, right? I'm in a lucky position as a designer to be able to create exactly the item that I want to wear. For Spring this year I thought to myself what are all the things that I want in a new top? The Add Pockets Tunic was what I came up with.
The idea behind "Add Pockets" was a top that could be worn in different ways. For me, that means mostly on its own but it can also be worn like a vest over a sleeved top like the Perfect Tee. In this way, it transcends the seasons and "Add Pockets" can be worn all year long. It's a summer top but it's also perfect for fall layering when worn as a vest. It's shown here as an outfit with the Smarty Pants.
So if like me you LOVE bare arms in the summer, this could be for you. Many women complain about their arms, specifically that 'extra area' under the bicep. I choose not to be one of them. I'm kind of indifferent to my arms, bare arms are so freeing and comfortable for my busy workday.
Other than deep pockets for my phone, the Add Pockets tunic was designed to be flattering with lots of room across the tummy, and slimming vertical seams. It's long enough so that it can be worn with Cafe leggings too.
If you're local to Vancouver, come try on all the possibilities at our Studio Shop this weekend:
Friday May 17 from 2-7pm + Saturday May 18 from 11-5 pm
Do you love your tummy?
Chances are you have mixed feelings about this particular body part. A lot of people carry their weight in the tummy area, that's just a fact. And while we aren't going to tell you to break out the crop top and show the world how much you love your belly, we do have some great pieces that will make you look amazing and feel confident that your tummy isn't the first thing you notice when you look in the mirror. Bring on the Tunic!
What makes a tunic so special?
Our tunics are designed to accentuate the curves you love and skim and flow over your tummy area. Our Bamboo fabric is unbelievably soft. It has a silky, smooth feel and luxurious drape that glides over your body. An extra bit of "swing" is factored into the stomach area to create an easy flowing silhouette and added comfort. This additional care is taken in the design of all our tops, not just tunics but jackets and vests, too. And yes, they are all designed to be layered and work together.
Invest in a Vest?
Our Recharge Vest is a perfect example of a well thought out design that makes layering so easy. This vest pairs perfectly with tunics and tops of all sleeve lengths. A one button design and a box pleat in the back make for an easy fit and a flattering drape in the midsection. Why not try a vest? It adds so much interest and fun weather worn over a tunic, a tee shirt, or a blouse.
Love It All!
We want to be able to love all of our body parts, even the ones that we are taught to hate. This is one of the steps to living a proud, confident, self-loving life. When we wear clothing that fits just right, accentuate the areas we choose and flatter the areas that challenge us it becomes just a little easier to see the whole picture and be our best selves.
Be kind to yourself!
Despite frost and low temperatures, spring is just around the corner – honest! Every new season brings fresh perspectives, and designers assemble their tools to create trends. One of my most useful tools is a storyboard – it helps me plan a season in terms of styles, colours, and prints. Here’s a glimpse at the first half of our Spring 2019 collection for our beautiful range of regular and plus size customers.
The Terrific Tunics
Our City Tunic is an exciting new cut with striking graphic details.
Returning favourites like the Illustrate Tunic feature a sophisticated take on tie dye, and the Evidence Tunic is both whimsical and classic with a juxtaposition of polka dots and stripes.
The Jazzy Jacket
Smart stripes make our Paradox jacket extra-sharp, without sacrificing the softness and comfort that are Diane Kennedy trademarks. Especially when paired with our flowing, dramatic Pacific Pant, this piece creates a striking silhouette.
The Versatile Vest
Our Recharge Vest continues to show its versatility as part of the Spring 2019 collection. Add it to one of our Perfect Tops for effortless style. And yes, it has pockets!
The Jaunty Jumpsuits
Nothing beats a one-piece when it comes to comfort and ease. Our new Jinx Jumpsuit comes in a brilliant Moroccan blue or solid black and the Screen Playsuit returns in both stripes and a solid black.
What I anticipate most about a new season is seeing how our customers take these pieces and make them their own. Let me know which piece you’re most excited to add to your wardrobe!
Autumn is so glorious this year, it's a joy to be outside and photographing fall outfits against this stunning backdrop. One reason for this shoot is to introduce you to our new social media manager Kim Palmer. The other is to show you some photos of our newest arrivals.
We spent the day at one of our favorite Vancouver parks called Momiji on the PNE grounds in Vancouver. It's a hidden gem, tiny but peaceful and full of Japanese Maple trees in every shade of gold, green and red. They look beautiful all year but especially after this uncharacteristically hot summer. The leaves are on fire!!
Back after a long absence is the perennial favourite Recharge Vest. Kim is wearing it over the Illusion Tunic in Moroccan blue and matching Rejuvenate leggings. If you're short, dressing head to toe in one colour is a great way to visually lengthen yourself. Kim is tall at 5'9" and even commented that because she's tall she prefers to break up her height with different blocks of colour.
Kim looks smashing in our new Persuasion Zip Jacket. This lovely, heavier weight fleece topper has a soft brushed finish of cozy fleece on the inside making it super soft and comfy.
The Alchemy Tunic is an asymmetrical beauty that looks great over pants or leggings. Available in two colours; Black and Purple in the softest and most luxurious medium weight sweater knit.
The new Tempt Tunic is another recent arrival in a gorgeous Heather Forest colour. With two roomy pockets for all your treasures, it's a winner and the perfect match for the Smarty pant in Black/ Forest stripe.
We think Kim looks fantastic in these outfits, you'll be seeing more of her. We're very excited to have Kim join our team!