Diane Kennedy; Plus Size Model

What to do when there’s one new style that comes in last at the end of the season, when there’s no Plus Size Model around? It’s called the Pendrell Tunic and it’s last to come in, partly because of the extra time it took to embroider the scarf panel. It’s a charming image familiar to those living on the West Coast, that of the Pacific Blue Heron. I decided that I needed to put it on and be the plus size model, myself. 

I remember several years back, one of my California retailers said to me, “…you should be the model!”. I knew she was serious. I am my own target market; A middle-aged female, plus size, with a career and a grown son. I’m 51, size 1x and 5’2″. Many of my customers fit a similar profile. So, I decided to doll up and get in front of the camera. 

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We chose several rich shades of teal blue, highlighted with silver and salmon for the embroidery thread. Thank you to my charming and talented assistant, Tatyana, for her beautiful artwork. It was inspired by the lovely deco images on the Marine building in downtown Vancouver. For more info on our embroidery and inspiration, please check out our blog post, Embroidery Threads. 

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I love the new Pacific Pant I’m wearing with the Pendrell Tunic, too. Admittedly, I needed some very high heels to make the length and proportion work. A classically tall, Plus Size Model I am not! Perhaps there needs to be a new category; Petite Plus Size Model.

Still, I love the outfit; I’m fond of wearing one colour from top to bottom, it gives a very long ‘lean’ look. Also, I can’t help but mention how comfortable this outfit is, It’s like wearing the softest PJ’s all day. 

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It never hurts to climb out of your comfort zone, and I’m speaking of modelling. I know it’s ideal for you, as the customer, to be able to see what an article of clothing on someone of a similar size and proportion. So perhaps you’ll see more of Diane Kennedy, the Plus Size Model, in the future.

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Vancouver Inspires!

Vancouver Like all creatives, fashion designers look at what’s around them to inspire them in their craft. It’s no different here at Diane Kennedy, and we’ve never been shy about how much we love the city around us. This coming season, we’ve chosen our gorgeous city of Vancouver as inspiration for our 2016 Fall/Winter Collection. To prepare our fans for our upcoming collection, we’re taking a moment to share some of our Vancity-inspirations.

Despite the bustling modern vibe of Downtown Vancouver, there’s also a rich history of strong architecture in a few of the buildings. One such building, located in the Financial District, is renowned for its Art Deco details and was once the tallest building in the British Empire.

Behold, The Marine Building.

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At 321 feet & 22 floors on its opening in 1930, The Marine Building on Burrard Street was considered the tallest skyscraper in the city until 1939.

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Aptly named, the building’s aesthetic evokes the image of a large stony peak rising from the sea, covered in nautical flora and fauna. Carved into the walls and brass doors are ocean scenes intermingled with modes of transportation at the time, such as horses and dirigibles.

Marine Building Details

We love the Art Deco style of this building so much that it inspired us to introduce a new detail for Fall; embroidery! You heard it here, first; we’ve created a few lovely Deco-inspired embroidered pieces for the Fall, one of which leads us into our next inspiration…

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One of the most popular tourist spots in Vancouver, Stanley Park and its portion of the sea wall is home to many breathtaking views, foliage and wildlife.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of strolling along the seawall has noticed the ubiquitous heron. With over 100 active nests, Stanley Park is home to one of North America’s largest urban colonies of the Pacific Great Blue Herons, an endangered species.

Sea Wall Heron

Because Diane Kennedy is all about Green Living and the preservation of the environment, we wanted to encompass the beauty of Vancouver’s nature and thought the heron would make a lovely embroidered detail.

Diane Kennedy has always been inspired by nature and this latest collection is obviously no different! Our Fall collection colour palette will recall our temperate West Coast Fall/Winter seasons with our favourite tones like merlot, teal, plum and our new items will be named after famous Vancouver streets; Coming soon, look for items like the Georgia Tunic, Robson Cowl, and Arbutus Wrap!

It’s our way of showing homage to the city we love!

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