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Interview with Krista McKenna of One Piece Vancouver

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Krista McKenna, is one half of the sister dynamite team I met a little while back.  We’ve chatted briefly backstage at fashion shows or exchanged quick hugs inbetween shows (I’m a self-confessed hug addict and Krista can give a mighty good hug!), but we’ve never really sat down properly to chat.  From what I knew of her, she was force of positive energy and involved in many ventures and projects that give back to the Vancouver community.  Krista has recently started up her own business called One Piece Vancouver which is rocketing higher and higher every day.  Quality my friends, goes a long way!

Read on for our interview

Tell me a little about yourself & where you’re from? 

I  am born and raised from Vancouver. I love my city!

You’re a lady with a LOT on the go, but what I’m dying to hear more about is your scarf business, how did that start?

Busy is right!  Funny story- I taught myself how to make scarves only because I could never find quality materials in scarves, and they were never the right bulky-ness, texture, color… something was always wrong. The unfortunate thing is that in Vancouver, its pretty difficult to find a good knit scarf at a reasonable price.  Being somewhat of a scarf addict myself, it really frustrated me that I had to spend $200+ on a acrylic/minor wool blend.  So I stopped buying.  I went on a scarf strike, and I stayed strong for a few weeks – until it got cold.

 I had to find a way to fix my problem – so I went to the crafts store, bought my supplies, and taught myself how to crochet by watching youtube videos.  Since I am naturally an extremist, I started making scarf after scarf after scarf! Soon my friends and family all wanted one, and then I started getting inquests about me custom making some- so I did.  I found an amazing yarn maker and distributor from Turkey, created a partnership with them, and now I am my own little scarf sweat shop!

What has been the best part of making the scarves?

Having a creative outlet to play and explore!  I don’t follow any patterns, and I also don’t write down my patterns so its all go with the flow. Its fun to see what comes from a simple inspiration or idea.

How would you describe your collection?

Cozy and Bold. LOL, I don’t know if thats described enough – I love statement colours wether that be phosphoric pink or bulky black, or even cherry red, and I am personally drawn to the larger yarns and bulkier materials. The chunkier the better!

What are your favorite wools to work with and how long can one scarf take to make?

 I love to work with cashmere blends and Merino wool.  The cashmere is so so soft and it feels like clouds on your cheek, and the merino is nice and bulky and keeps everything warm.  Two completely different looks, but both equally fantastic. Depending on the style and material a simple scarf can take me three hours to complete, where a more complicated style can take a few days – had to work with the creative process.  Since I am busy running my multiple businesses as well as school, finding the time to sit down and work can be both difficult and relaxing.

Your scarves look quite versatile, can they be worn in different ways?

Yes!  Every one of my scarves are specifically made to be worn in various ways. I hate limitations.  I like to be able to work one scarf into five or six different looks and styles, and I make every scarf with that intention.

Are your scarves unisex and can anyone pull off one of your pieces? 

Unisex (my hubby and many of my guy friends sport them) – everyone and anyone can wear my scarves. We are inclusive to all.

Any rules, or do & don’ts about wearing scarves from your perspective?

Dont wear crappy materials!  It scratches your skin and absorbs dirt and sweat – gross!  Higher quality, more natural materials are longer lasting (worth the money!) and way better for you.  Not to mention, they just plain look better.

Where can we buy these lovely warmers? 

 Right now I have an etsy store, facebook page, pinterest, twitter and instagram – so anywhere you find One Piece, you can make an order!

Direct Email: kmckennaSC@gmail.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/OnePieceVancouver

 Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/OnePieceVancouver/

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/OnePieceVan

 

Where can we find out more about your other ventures? 

 Social City Networking INC:

www.socialcitynetworking.com

www.facebook.com/socialcitynetworkinginc

Get Warm Project:

www.facebook.com/getwarmproject

Team Awesome

www.teamawsm.com

www.facebook.com/weareteamawsm

Altitude Vip

www.altitudevip.com

www.facebook.com/altitudevip

Krista on the left, Sara on the right – so huggable right!

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Señorita Crush – Kate Moss for Vogue Spain

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2012 at 12:37 am

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Interview with Trina Cairns

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2012 at 7:18 am

Talk about wearing art!

This multi-talented young lady is simply amazing.  Trina Cairns, another graduate that showcased her capsule collection at the Art Institute show a few weeks back and another one that really impressed me.  The detail was so intense on the runway that I couldn’t absorb it all in so a one-on-one interview with Trina and her gowns was a must.

Apart from her contagious excitement and enthusiasm for creating her collection, I could practically see the new ideas and visions forming in her head.  Not only does Trina make wearable art, she also makes shoes and recently made a pair for Andrea Libmans red carpet look for the performers/ACTRA award!

Read on for our interview…

Where are you from and when did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?

I was born and raised on Saltspring Island, BC, coming from a long line of nurses and doctors.   I was a small town girl at heart and my love for horses took me to Alberta which soon became my home.  My passion for horses and western culture led me on a journey through the Rocky Mountains, to the wide open skies of cattle country, waving to crowds in Professional Rodeo arenas, and riding wild horses.   After two years in Medicine Hat (where I was crowned 2006 Medicine Hat Stampede Royalty), working as a medic in the oil and gas industry, I was asked to become second in command medic for National Defense Canada.  But my desire was to be creative and I longed for the originality in western clothing, so I started sketching until I had created a substantial portfolio.  I first planned on only creating high fashion, western inspired footwear, but soon started designing clothing.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from my love for western culture and heritage and from my faith.  My passion for originality and art inspire me to create detailed pieces that are fresh and innovative.  I love to include concepts from deep in the heart of the west, bringing in unconventional ideas that give my garments an edge.  I’m hoping to creates pieces that will  not only revolutionize the western industry as well as the high fashion industry, but bridge the two worlds together.

What was the first piece of clothing you ever designed?

I made a dress for my sister for a formal Christmas party.  It was a green raw silk cocktail dress with a black embellished lace waist band.  She wore it to my first fashion show to show her support – such a sweetie.

Hand painted silk

Who is your favorite designer?

It is very hard to pick a favorite. I love finding beauty and creativeness in all designers but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Ralph Lauren because of the name he has made for himself by staying true to who he is as a family man, business man, designer and cowboy! 


If you could design clothing for a celebrity, who would you choose?

Hmm that’s a hard one.  I think it’s a tie between Taylor Swift and Nicole Kidman.  Taylor swift because she is always being photographed, and I would like to help her showcase her roots in country music.   And Nicole Kidman because she is a country music icon, Keith Urban’s wife, she’s one of my favorite actresses and always looks fabulous on the red carpet.



What matters to you most as a fashion designer?

Being able to express my creativity without conforming, and above all originality.



You recently showcased your stunning collection at the Art Institute show.  Tell me about that collection, the whole process and how it felt to see it go down the runway.

 Throughout this collection I wanted to interpret the elements of the western tack in as many ways as possible with fabric manipulation and accentuation of the female form. Using element such as tooled leather from the saddles, breast collars and headstalls, I transformed leather, organzas, chiffons and East Indian Zardosi to embody the classic quality of antique western tack.

          I created this collection to showcase the sophistication and characteristics of western craftsmanship by creating shapes with leather, as a saddle maker would create shapes by cutting away the leather.  I painted with golds, silvers and pearl silk paints in wild roses, Indian paint brushed and cactus flowers, and creating the same patterns from braided leather.

          I also took elements such as the mohair cinch used to fasten on a western saddle and reinterpreted it through trims, belts and sashes. I wanted to bring in the beauty and delicacy that western tack conveys but also the strength in the materials used.  In this collection I tied in hints of  North American  heritage,  from monumental silhouettes though to the early Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries such as the bustle, the bell and the ball gowns showing femininity with a touch of modern flare to freshen up today’s red carpets.

All the leather I used I dyed in three different tones, red bay bronze, rose gold, and antique gold.
All the skirts except the zardosi skirt are hand painted.  The geometrical pattern is inspired by a patch blanket and the flower pattern on the larger skirt is the sheridan tooling pattern used on saddles and headstalls.  Both skirts are painted in gold silver copper and pearl silk paints.  The two crinolines are made to give a unique shapes to the skirts.  The painted patchwork skirt crinoline used over 32 meters of fabric and the larger tooled flower skirt used 40 meters of fabric.



Sheridan Tooling Pattern

How would you define the style of your collection?

I would define it as high fashion western sophistication.

What was the most difficult piece to make?

It would have to be the hand braided corset (seen below). It took a lot of time to dye the leather cut strips, braid and find a way to shape the braids and then sew them on without showing any seams or stitches.



What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?

To stay true to yourself and your creativity, finding the creativeness within you even if it’s going against the grain.

What can we expect from your next collection?

I’m thinking modern with a western twist using fabrics that i have not yet worked with.



How would you define your personal style?

Vintage cowgirl with modern twists.
 
Tell me something people don’t know about you?

I own horses and I train them for barrel racing and team roping and my dream is to someday take a horse that I have raised and trained to the NFR (National Finals Rodeo held in Las Vegas).



Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Twitter: TMCshoes
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TMCshoes
Website: Coming soon!

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SEASONS GREETINGS

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2012 at 7:12 am

 

Åsa Engström in DV Mode by Fredrik Wannerstedt

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I am literally speechless over this editorial! DEE-VINE!

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A Styling Christmas!

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

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Stuck on gift ideas this Christmas?   

Wondering what to get for that special someone?   The packages below are guaranteed to blow their Christmas socks right off!

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Colour Consultation – $75 (up to 1.5 hrs)

By looking at your skin tone, hair and eye colour, I will show you which colours complement and enhance your natural features.  Shortly after our meeting you will be sent a colour report including useful tips on your colours, make-up and accessories along with colour swatches for you to take with you when you go shopping.

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Style & Body Shape Consultation – $75 (up to 1.5 hrs)

In this consultation we will discuss your lifestyle and personality to establish your style.  We will look at your body shape to ensure you are wearing the correct clothes to make the most of your best features and tricks on disguising the bits you don’t like.  This session is guaranteed to leave you with invaluable tips and bags of confidence.

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Wardrobe Detox – $150 (3 hrs)

This service is offered as a stand-alone service but is most beneficial when combined with the colour, style and body shape consultation as the results from those are taken into consideration when going through your wardrobe.

I will visit your home, where we will go through all the items in your wardrobe systematically based on your needs.   I will show you different ways to wear and combine existing clothes and how to revive items with a few simple tweaks.

Finally, by determining the gaps in your wardrobe, I will compile a list of items that you need to achieve a basic skeletal wardrobe. which you can eventually expand on with your new found knowledge.  This session is designed to give you a renewed confidence in yourself and your appearance.

Please note, the time taken to go through your wardrobe depends on how extensive it is.  However, I will give you a few preparatory steps before our consultation to eliminate any wasted time.

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Shopping Spree – $150 (up to 3 hrs)

As with the Wardrobe Detox, this service is most beneficial when you have undergone the colour, style, body shape and wardrobe analysis, as we will know exactly what colours and styles to look out for and we’ll have a list of essential items to complete your skeletal wardrobe.  I will show you how pleasurable shopping can be, once you know what you are looking for!  However if it’s just a fun shopping spree that you need, an outfit for a special occasion or you just fancy sprucing up your wardrobe, you will have my sound advice and honest opinion!  Depending on your budget and preference, we can visit high street stores or my carefully selected designer boutiques where you will receive fab discounts.

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For Him – $150  (approx 3 hrs)

Men’s styling is just as important as women’s, especially in today’s world where men are putting much more effort into their appearance, both in the casual and working environment.  In this short and fuss-free consultation,  I will show you what colours suit your skin tone, what styles of clothing suit your current life style and enhance your body shape.

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If you fancy skipping the consultation above and heading straight to the shops, I will take you to the best stores in town and whip you into shape.

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OR…for an EXTRA SPECIAL TREAT to sweep them off their feet…

Diva’s Day Out – $399 (full day)

It’s your time to shine!  The day starts with a two hour shopping trip, where you will receive discounts from a careful selection of my favourite boutiques.  After a divine diva lunch, you’ll continue on to your make-over photoshoot, where I will style you in your new items and you will have your hair, make-up and photos done by professionals.  Shortly after, you will receive 5 images to remember your special day by.  Smile, camera…action!

Purchase of clothing not included in price.

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Shooting Star – $269 (4 hours)

If you’re a busy little bee and want to skip the shopping and lunch by heading straight to the paparazzi flash light, this is the package for you.  Bring along a selection of your finest garments, shoes and accessories to the studio, where I will style you on the spot and have your hair, make-up and photos done by professionals.  Shortly after, you will receive 5 images to remember how fab you really are!

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Pure Luxury – $379 (full day)

This day is all about you!  From a handful of carefully selected boutiques, enjoy two hours of discounted shopping where you will have my undivided attention.  Next, put your hair in the hands of one of the best salons in Vancouver for a relaxing wash & blow dry.  After a spot of lunch, you’ll be whisked away for a make-over beauty consultation and we’ll finish the day off with a luxurious manicure or pedicure at the most heavenly beauty room in town.

Purchase of clothing not included in price.

 Contact me to purchase your Christmas Gift Vouchers at nla_stylist@hotmail.com

www.nicolettepersonalstylist.com

              

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Have you LIKED 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).

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