Spring Preview – Continued!
Our newest collection is starting to fill our showroom and warehouse, and I’m excited to show you what’s in store for Spring 2019. Tunics, capris, pants, jumpsuits and even a dress this season. As always, these pieces are made from sustainable fabrics and completely manufactured in Canada, so you can feel good about buying and wearing them. In a continuation of our earlier preview blog, I’m giving you a look at our design process via our storyboards.
Our Cinema Tunic blends stripes and solids with an asymmetrical neckline and a handy pocket, creating a striking style. Pair it with the breezy comfort of our Casting Capri for a coordinated look.
Looking for an easy-to-wear outfit that will turn heads? The Metro Tunic combines an abstract navy-and-white print with a solid navy panel and pocket. The gathered bottom of our Travel Pant adds visual interest. Together, these pieces create a modern silhouette.
Our Downtown Jacket has the convenience of a front zip so you can wear it as a Jacket or a Tunic. The Clever Cami makes an ideal base layer underneath. Add our wide-leg, striped Axiom Pants for a versatile ensemble.
Our Weekend Dress is a travel must-have; slip in on with some fun flats or cute sandals, and you’re dressed for anything. Our "Add Pockets" tunic can go over a Perfect Tee, but also looks great on its own with our classic Cafe Legging. (coming back this season)
I hope this sneak peek has inspired you to imagine how sensational you’ll look in these separates. Stay tuned to our newsletter and website to find out when each piece becomes available, and remember that personal shopping appointments are available between 10 am and 4 pm on most weekdays – come find out how beautiful and comfortable you can be!
It’s often true that a woman in her 50s can start to feel invisible to society. If you're in my age group, I suspect this thought has at least crossed your mind. I like myself and the way I look, and it can be sobering to think that others may not be noticing.
The most important thing for us to remember is that we’re gorgeous, accomplished women – we need to be proud of each step that’s brought us to now. Our beautiful bodies have carried us through every joy and challenge, and we need to honour and accept them. Look inside and remind yourself that what others see can never be as important as how we feel about ourselves.
Build Your Style
That being said, there’s no shame in thinking about how you present yourself. Part of loving your body is learning how to dress it, and discovering your personal style is a lifetime journey. Knowing what looks best on your frame and shape can make shopping much more fun. What makes you feel good and attractive? Which cuts and fabrics are most comfortable for you? Which colours brighten your day and your outlook?
Personally, I’m coming into an era of no holding back. I am woman – hear me roar! I can rock a poncho! I can and will wear more than one colour at once (probably not including black)!
Follow your inspiration, and forget about playing it safe. Choose every outfit by imagining the most lovely, brilliant, authentic version of yourself. Beauty has nothing to with numbers or calendars or birthdays – it’s about letting your inner goddess shine!
Fashion can be a difficult and cutthroat business – survival is dependent on surrounding yourself with outstanding people who share your vision. I’ve been very fortunate to have Leah Tuttle as my agent for the past decade, and I want to give my customers to chance to get to know this wonderful, beautiful woman.
Diane Kennedy: What inspired you to become a clothing representative?
Leah Tuttle: A manufacturer asked if I would consider representing their line and so I took a leap of faith.
DK: Did you have a mentor, and if so, what was the most valuable thing you learned from him/her?
LT: I worked my way up from dusty stockrooms and was mentored by some of the best (and worst) in the business. The most valuable thing I learned was the importance of a dependable work ethic.
DK: What is your agency’s most unique quality?
LT: We focus on Canadian designers and natural, ecological options for sizes XS to 3X. At the time I created the agency, this was seen as risky and difficult path in an industry based heavily on fast fashion and poor quality imports with high margins.
"I aspire to be mindful of compassion and gratitude.DK: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment or contribution to the industry?
To me, this goes beyond common respect and courtesy
and brings us to common ground with higher intentions."
~ Leah Tuttle
LT: My greatest accomplishment is acquiring the flexibility and adaptability that is essential for success in this business. My greatest contributions are the lasting relationships that I’ve built, working collaboratively to produce beautiful results. Our customers receive the service they expect with a little something extra. The best compliments I receive are referrals from satisfied customers.
DK: How did your relationship with us begin?
LT: The best way possible – with an introduction by a great customer who thought that I was the right agent to represent the Diane Kennedy brand.
DK: What is the most rewarding part of your relationship with us?
LT: I’m included in the process via creative meetings, sharing the new design ideas, fabric options, and styles that keep the brand exciting each season.
DK: What do you most appreciate about our brand?
LT: I appreciate the integrity and quality. The entire creation process incorporates high expectations and a solid work ethic to deliver the best quality fashion.
DK: What pieces will you be seeking for your Spring 2019 wardrobe?
LT: The Screen Playsuit and Casting Capri are in my sights, but the Jinx Jumpsuit may win out.
I consider myself very lucky to be represented by such a remarkable and lovely woman who truly understands our market, and who is responsible for getting Diane Kennedy clothing into stores all across Canada. Thank you, Leah, for your unfailing support, unparalleled work ethic, and for being the strong, resilient, and incredibly beautiful human you are!
In this blog, our own Barb Wilkins shares the story of how she found our newest Diane Kennedy model.
Gia Holman has been teaching lyrical jazz and contemporary dance, from beginner to professional levels, for nearly forty-five years. These days, she focuses on providing classes for other "mature” dancers who are committed to continuing their training and celebrating their creative spirits for as long as possible.
When I first met Gia, she spoke to me like she knew me. I thought maybe I had forgotten our first meeting, but she was so charming and lovely and I went with it! The next time I saw Gia, she confessed that she thought I was someone else she knew. Basically, we were friends from the start.
By virtue of having similar taste in music, we started running into each other often. I found out that Gia had been a professional dancer and dance teacher her whole life. I was transfixed when she posted photos of herself as a young 20-something, just on the verge of heading to New York to study dance. I then found out Gia is still dancing and teaching adults in the semi-retired phase of her life, which was completely inspiring.
Cut to a work meeting discussing the new Diane Kennedy collection: we spoke about wanting to see the clothes worn by a confident, mature woman who could really move. Gia came to mind right away. I contacted her and asked her if she was interested, and she was excited to try modelling for the first time. The date was set.
Gia admitted to being shy, especially around cameras. I chose some music by a mutual friend of ours, and once the blues started streaming out of the stereo and the camera started clicking, Gia transformed.
She didn’t seem shy at all!
I found it fascinating to see Gia move. It was thrilling to see how well she knew her own body – how it moved and created shapes and lines.
"Lyrical dance is about line, form, and flow of movement –
I find all three elements in Diane's designs.
They are a delight to wear."
~ Gia Holman
P.S. Come see Gia's outfits in person at our Studio Shop this weekend:
- Friday, January 25, 2pm-7 pm
- Saturday, January 26, 11am-5pm
- 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC
Free parking is available right out front or in the parking lot beside The Flag Shop.
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!