I saw the great Gatsby the other day! I really liked it! It was very artistically filmed, and I loved the creative narrative. The fashion was so inspirational… I love twenties inspired designs. My favourite piece was the black netted eye piece that Elizabeth Debiki wore to the Gatsby party… you can see that in the last photo! Carey Mulligan did a fantastic job, she was gorgeous! Elizabeth Debiki was great too, she looked like the roaring twenties Louise Brooks! xox- G
This is a very inspirational, and touching video These astronauts reflect back and really articulate how going to space and seeing what the earth looks like from the outside, has impacted their perspective and world-view (literally!)
This inspires me, and I think we could all learn from their reflection.
NBC Universal and Carnival Films, the producers of the hit television program Downton Abbey, is going to launch a clothing collection inspired by the show later this year! They will be selling clothing along side other products, including furniture (yay!) and beauty products… I’m interested in what those will be! 1920′s inspired? Who could complain! Check out the article here!
Being a lover of the show, and certainly a lover of mostly all period based Movies and TV shows, I could not be more thrilled to see what they come up with in a marketable collection. I also am very excited about seeing what kinds of furniture pieces they will be selling. I love antique pieces or antique/vintage inspired items, so this is right up my alley, and apparently a lot of other people’s, since they have calculated that there is actually a market big enough to sell this stuff!
I think the 1920′s were a very special era. It was right after the war ended and the world had changed after the war was over. People’s mindsets had shifted, and so that reflected immensely in fashion. Women began to abandon the more restricting fashions of the past and began to wear more comfortable clothing. Women had stopped wearing corsets; they cut their hair into shorter hairstyles, and began to wear straight, loose, more boyish cut dresses and loose fitting skirts and sometimes trousers. (Thanks to Coco Chanel). And alas, the flapper was born, and fashion entered the modern era associated with the Roaring Twenties.
SNOW WHITE & ROSE RED
A GRIMM BROTHERS INSPIRED STYLED SHOOT
Last summer, I was getting ready to marry my wonderful husband James. I took on the immense project of making my own wedding dress and all the bridesmaids’ dresses. While I was working away at sewing all these dresses, my sister Candace who is married to James older brother Dave, came by the studio at my school for a visit and to lend a hand. My fashion teacher Gary Markle, had somehow found out about us being two sisters who fell for two brothers, and he told us we were just like ‘Snow White & Rose Red’. One who had blond hair and the other who had brown hair, who were two sisters who married two brothers. Neither of us really had heard about this fairy-tale before. I had a severe case of wedding-brain at the time so I just forgot about the comment. But Candace remembered and went home looked up the story to see what it was all about. The imagery in the little fairy-tale was beautiful and cute. (You can read the story here!) I think we both somehow felt a little connection to this story. The seed took root and an idea started to form. We knew that with the skills and creativity of some very talented Halifax wedding vendors we could use this story and its imagery as a backdrop and put together a fabulous styled wedding photo-shoot
My sister Candace is the incredible photographer behind the whole thing and she and I worked side by side; we both styled/designed the shoot and I designed the jewellery and cape-let/shrugs that you will see the girls wear and worked on the styling of the brides and grooms clothing. We brought our artistic visions together and worked with some of our absolute favourite people and talented friends in the wedding world. The list of people we need to thank and brag about is long and the amount of thanks we owe them is huge! Be sure to keep reading through to the bottom of the post to see all of the credits because pretty much everything you see in this shoot, from the gorgeous wedding gowns to the jewellery, accessories and confectionery is handmade!!:)
And now to credit and point out all the people that actually made this happen!:)
Photography: Candace Berry Photography | Creative Direction + Design: Gillian Hannah Berry Designs and Candace Berry Photography | Photography: Candace Berry Photography | Floral Design: Chelsea Lee Flowers | Props, furniture, linens, brass, china + chairs: Thrift Stores, Personal and DIY! | Jewelry: Gillian Hannah Berry Designs | Hair Styling: Jessica Fletcher of True Beauty Salon | Makeup: Naphtali Carleton | Cakes and confectionary: Mimi’s Cakes & Bakes | Brides Dresses: Ann Marie Rogers of Fantasia Fashions | Crotchet Doily & Fur Cape-let & Sweetheart Rose Shoulder Wrap Shrug: Gillian Hannah Berry Designs | Bride and Groom Styling: Gillian Hannah Berry Designs| Suits- H&M | Models: Tamara Chemij, Jason Chemij, Ellen Allen, Jesse Allen | Lamb lender: Jillian Morse | Lamb Sitter: Cerys Bryant
This jacket/blazer is one that I made! It was a part of my Women’s ”Freedom” collection in my final year of school. Made in 2011 for spring and summer 2012. I loved it so much I couldn’t part with it. I designed it for a model who was a similar size as me actually, but the one main difference is she has a higher waist than me, so the waist is 2 inches higher than mine. (A higher waist tends to make my hips look more childbearing ;P but I keep it none the less! Anyway, I love it so much!
The wonderful thing about handmade clothing is that because it is hand-crafted with care it has a great quality and is made to last. Often clothing from the mall or large franchised stores (where most clothing is machine-made and mass-produced) the clothing doesn’t even last as long as the trend does before it gets a rip or a hole in it. This jacket will be a permanent staple in my closet that will last a lifetime!
I am planning to make some more blazers and jackets like this one and with different fabrics, plain or patterned and with an array of different cuts. I am hoping to start working on a fall and winter and spring and summer collection that might include some of these next year, so keep checking back for news on that one.
If you do like what you see, I can make a custom designed jacket/blazer for you, to fit your body for around $230.00, or a standard size of this style for $130.00
The Necklace looks as though it was made to be worn with this coat! Not my intention, I made this necklace a few weeks ago, totally unaware that I was using the same colour palate as the coat! You can purchase one for yourself on my Etsy Shop Here.
The moccasins are from walmart, I hate supporting walmart, and normally don’t, but we were in their one day because we needed a chair for my business, and these were just so cute and I loved the colour! Only like $15 dollars.
These are some little treasures I got in Cuba! I got these Cuban cigars for my hubby while I was in Cuba, I also got him a hand made paper notebook with a hand printed print on the top.I got it so that he can write some of his ideas and some designs in it. I also got my hubby a painting of Havana Maybe next time I go to Cuba, he will come and we will can visit there together!
I also bought this beautiful beaded purse from the market there! When I went to the stand the woman put this long red necklace over my neck and said it was a free gift. She then said that I could get the bracelet and purse for one price. I just went with it, and I cant wait to wear them in the summer!
The red floral crop top and the aqua shorts are just a few of the sorts of cheap finds I like to grab from a dingy store at the mall that has great fast fashion trends made at a low quality that basically last as long as the trend does. I am all for shopping for quality, but I don’t like to spend a lot of money on quality pieces with trends that I’m sure will be more short lived, so I go there, and find little treasures all the time. Usually the fabrics are polyesters, and not as comfortable.. but they always have cutting edge trends mixed in with the ghetto girl style. You do have to sift a little. Its interesting.
Black splatter paint dress- Thrifted, Crop top-Sirens, Shorts-Sirens, Red necklace- Gaurdalevaca market,(cuba), Purse- Tory Birch, Red Braclet- Gaurdalevaca market, Gold bracelet- Aldo