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Heide Lindgren & Klara Wester for Guess by Marciano Spring 2012 Campaign by Hunter & Gatti

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2012 at 6:00 am

I’m not ready to hang up my wide-brim hat, tailored coat and suede/snake-skin boots just yet but these summer pics are getting me pretty excited for the summer sun.

Pic Creds – Fashion Gone Rogue

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The Colour of 2012

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2012 at 5:20 am

I am ridiculously crazy about this colour.  Did you know orange tones symbolize energy – get ready for a whole heap of it this year!

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It’s As Simple As That…

In Uncategorized on January 23, 2012 at 6:23 am

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Jennyfleur Loves… Annual Stockroom Sale!

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2012 at 6:23 am

Done With Your Detox?

In Uncategorized on January 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

After all the festive feasts and social butterflying of December, I’m guessing most of you have been or still are on some form of a detox, trying to rid yourself of the last traces of Christmas pudding and sneaky night caps.  Why not complete your detox and start your new year afresh with a complete wardrobe cleanse?

Are you tired of trying to love your wardrobe but it’s just not loving you back?  Are you tempted to throw the whole lot in the bin but worried about the cost of a new wardrobe?  Well, that’s where I can help.  Instead of wasting what you have and spending more, I can help you separate what has had its day from what we can lovingly save or re-vamp.  It’s all about finding the hidden gems and letting go of the bits that are dragging you down.

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Click on the following link to find out more details about this service and to book your session with me.

www.nicolettepersonalstylist.com

Follow me on Facebook www.facebook.com/NLAStylist

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Jacqueline Conoir Sale!!!

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2012 at 5:37 am

Definitely a sale not to be missed.  Grab a steal from between 50 – 70% off Fall/Winter jackets, dresses, coats, pants and much more.

Jacqueline Conoir / 165 W. 5th Ave / www.jacquelineconoir.com

Happy shopping!

Have you joined my Facebook Page www.facebook.com/NLAStylist???  Not only will you become a part of my special possie, you’ll be subject to pretty pictures and many a ramblings (mostly important but sometimes a bit of fun nonsense).  Go on, just Like it already ;o)  Also, follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NLAStylist

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Q&A with Lotus Eye

In Interviews on January 12, 2012 at 6:18 am

A few months ago, I attended the launch of a fashion magazine, where Lotus Eye showcased a few pieces.  I was instantly in love! The combination of Indian and Westernized fabrics, colours and pieces of clothing were insatiable.  In the next few days I sent a few emails and followed my trail to the extremely creative, forward-thinker and designer behind Lotus Eye, Mita Naidu.

A few Facebook messages and a short interview later, I was enjoying Mita’s company over a glass of wine, yummy nibbles and swapping stories.  What a wonderfully down-to-earth and positive person whose work and determination I find extremely inspiring.

A little more about the lovely lady herself…

Q. Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your educational background? What are your general interests?

A. I was born in Kolkata, India. Raised in Canada- the prairies, the East and finally the Westcoast. I went to Canterbury Highschool (performing arts highschool for ballet), went to Tisch School of the Arts (New York University) for ballet. Finished up my BA at UBC in Anthropology and Asian Studies. Then completed a MA in Human Kinetics and an MHA in Health Administration both from UBC. My graduate work was conducted through a South Asian feminist lens. Afterwards I also managed research projects that dealt with women’s status in healthcare. I tell you about the subjects I studied in school because they still greatly influence my design aesthetic. Being a dancer- influenced my love of movement and a classic underpinning in my designs. And my studies affected my affinity for the rich and diverse fashion histories of various cultures. I have been drawn to fashion my entire life… stemming from my mom’s heritage collection of sari’s. to my work in high-end retail. And my heart STILL lie in the arts. I was recently recognized by the Vancouver Parks Board as one of 12 “Remarkable Women in 2012” for my work in fashion and the arts. Dance has always been and will continue to be a strong component in my life and work. And my educational background most definitely makes its way into my collection as I hope to expand fashion borders and boundaries.

Q. What does fashion mean to you?

A. Fashion = art. My family is an academic one but also an artistic one. I have great respect and admiration for traditional artisans in the villages as I do for the young avante garde designer graduating from St. Martins. So to me fashion means: style, sensibility, salience and subversiveness.

Q. How would you define Vancouver’s fashion?

A. Vancouver’s fashion scene is simple, casual and utilitarian. This style attitude also filters down to the Indian fashion scene, which is predictable, and unadventurous. I must admit this is changing slowly though. LE clients are a little more fashion forward and experimental.

Q. How would you describe your collection?

A. My collection is contemporary with an air of luxury, Indian glamour and elegance. Rather than defining it as “fusion” (which is a term I hate)- I refer to it as a globally eclectic and adventurous. Classic LE examples: a caucasian woman wearing a contemporary sari with an obi belt and Westcoast jewelry designs; and an Indian bride wearing an LE lengha skirt with a crisp white oxford shirt and adorned with Indian gold. These examples reflect the cultural ease with global trends, that I desire for all my clients.

Q. Who are some of your favorite designers?

A. Felicity Brown, Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Haider Ackerman, Dries Van Noten, Thakoon, Rodarte, Tom Ford, Gareth Pugh, Marni, Hussein Chalayan, Naeem Khan, Helmut Lang, Marchesa, vintage Dior, vintage YSL, vintage Halstan, vintage Issey Miyake, . These are just SOME…

Q. You recently hosted a very successful fashion show – how did you prepare for it and what was the cause behind it?

A. I chose to make this event a non-profit one, as I hoped to draw attention to contemporary South Asian arts though music, food and fashion. It took months of planning… I chose not to be a part of Vancouver Fashion Week and Eco-Fashion week, so producing a show from the ground up was EXTREMELY difficult. Raising the funds, dealing with sponsors, creating the short film, sourcing the right location, creating the custom desserts, creating the outfits, sourcing models, hair and MUA, the jewelry, the guest list, scheduling and planning the afterparty- were all on my plate. I gave all the tech production to Visual Noise Type, the marketing and PR was done by Manjot Bains and my husband was the show manager. PHEW… And even with all this planning- behind the scenes, things still went awry. I realize that many things were out of our control… venue issues mostly, but the stress was immense! Plus I’m a perfectionist freak, which didn’t help! All in all- I hope the audience did not see the chaos and enjoyed the end product.

Q. What are your favorite colors and why?

A. I honestly don’t have favorite colors. I am drawn to a neutral earthy palette reminiscent of my Bengali heritage, as well as bright jewel tones reflected in the Mediterranean, Mexican Hawaiian and Indian palettes. I don’t necessarily buy into colors of the moment either.

Q. Where can readers buy your clothes? And where can readers find out more about you and your work?

A. I have a small showroom in my home, where I make private client appointments. Its my intention to make each client feel like they are having a wonderful exclusive luxury experience. So a glass of wine and some personal styling (whether a purchase is made or not) always makes for a fun experience. The website is within weeks of completion, but so far, Facebook has been the main vehicle for LE: http://facebook.com/lotuseye1

Q. What do you believe makes a quality article of clothing?

A. Fabrics, finishing, and thought.

Q. What are your fashion pet hates?

A. A closed mind!!! The attitude that quality can come cheap. Fashion niches. Oh… and uggs. UGH.

Q. How would you define your personal style?

A. Timeless, yet experimental. Trendier pieces in my wardrobe are never worn like the mannequin.

Just a few stunning Lotus Eye creations.

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Magdalena Frackowiak by Ben Hassett for Vogue Germany

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2012 at 3:47 am

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Images – Fashion Gone Rogue

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It’s Finally Here…

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2012 at 12:45 am

It’s ‘only’ taken me around two years to get this up and running!  Thanks to Souli at Eightfold Media Design (souli@eightfoldmediadesign.com) for putting together all my ideas, images and content together so seamlessly, Jessica Karalash & Lauren Klugkist for content drafting & proofing, Jessica Luch (http://www.jessicaluch.com) for photos, Yuri Ishii for shoot hair, Aaron Wozlowski for shoot make-up and special thanks to ridiculously talented Marie Grant for the beautiful illustrations!

…drumroll please…

http://www.nicolettepersonalstylist.com/index.html

Please forward it on to anyone you think might like to take a look ;o)

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Love Emporio Armani Spring 2012 Campaign

In Uncategorized on January 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm

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Loving this Spring 2012 campaign which was inspired by early 20th century cruise wear.

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Images – Fashion Gone Rogue

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