28 Apr 2017 No Comments
plus size fashion
09 Mar 2017 No Comments
At the time my Spring collection was more or less finished, I had a nagging feeling of dissatisfaction, like there had to be something more…. After a bit of ruminating, I opened up my CAD program I use to design and pulled up our popular Serene Pant. From there, I started to “chop” and manipulate the pattern pieces. What came up the other side was magical and astonishing. We quickly sewed a prototype to try it out and instantly knew we had something wonderful. Then our clever office admin came up with the name. And so, the Smarty pant was born!
It’s interesting to note that the front and back are cut in one large panel, all together, and so it takes a surprising amount of fabric. To get that amazing drape at the side of the leg, no side seam can be there, as it would interfere with the design line. These bottoms came together so quickly, in part, thanks to the amazing drape that our signature bamboo fabric has. This graphic black and white stripe fabric is a 10 oz, 92% Bamboo jersey knit blended with 8% Lycra, allowing for a lovely luxurious yet lightweight that you can definitely feel.
Although we’ve cut the inseam length to 31″, never fear! If your leg is a more petite length, this Smarty pant will adapt. It works if you’re taller as well. The cuff is meant to sit around the ankle, but even looks good slightly above also.
Here’s how it looks on someone that’s 5’2″ (Fashion designers can be petite, too!) I’m also wearing the new Experiment Tunic here.
Always thinking about versatility in your wardrobe, we simply couldn’t design such funky, fashionable bottoms without having some on point tops to coordinate! The Illustrate Tunic is a great choice with its fabulous built in drape along the front diagonal seamline. Or perhaps our new Clever Cami (which is ever so clever, with its ability to be worn reversible, front-to-back!…you choose either scoop neck or V neck)
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by Diane Kennedy in Fashion, New Tags: bamboo, bamboo clothing, Canadian Made, Canadian Made clothing, comfort, comfortable clothing, curvy, Diane Kennedy, eco fashion retailer, ecofashion, ethically made, Made in Canada, plus size designer, plus size fashion, Plus-Size, Plus-size clothing, Shopping
09 Feb 2017 No Comments
Last blog, we gave you a behind the scenes peek from our latest photoshoot with one of Diane’s most stylish friends, Shelly. A long time Diane Kennedy enthusiast, we asked Shelly to impart her own personal style to some of our brand new Spring collection.
“I’ve never been so comfortable having my picture taken!” Shelly said. Our bamboo fabric has thermal regulating properties, meaning it helps keep you cool and comfortable even when your temperature’s rising.
One very observant comment Shelly made during the photoshoot was that Plus Size women are often blessed with generous, high-breasted necklines. Diane Kennedy recognizes the need for tops that add visual intrigue and draw your eye without distracting cleavage. Diane accomplishes this by including unique details to give flirtatious flare to the décolletage, while remaining modest enough for the office.
Our new Observe Tunic features all these lovely details; The playful neckline is not quite a boat neck, not quite a crew neck and features a coy but demure elliptical cut out. It’s pulled together with 3/4 sleeves that also echo the chic neckline cut out.
This Spring, we’re releasing it in a brand new fabric. This custom Palm print is made out of a super soft blend that was knitted especially for us in this beautiful Malachite green.
Shelly gets into a Rhythm…
When Shelly arrived in our studio, she was wearing her wearing her favourite pair of Diane Kennedy bottoms, the Petite Serene Pant. “They’re casual yet classy. I tell everyone about them!”
Knowing this, we were excited to see her reaction to our Rhythm Gauchos. She had seen them last Spring and was looking forward to giving these “Summer Serene” ‘capri’s’ a try. They are perfect for anyone that needs a wider cut leg. She went on to explain that she loves Diane Kennedy bottoms because of their versatility. They can be casual and comfortable one minute and dressed up for dinner the next.
And speaking of heels, we were beside ourselves with all the gorgeous Sonja Picard silver jewelry and stunning Fluevog shoes that Shelly brought to style with.
The Inquisitive Shelly…
Shelly appreciates the comfort and freedom of movement that our line provides all day. So we wanted to get her into a tunic that makes her feel like the “office goddess” she is!
Our smoky Inquisitive Tunic in Black and White Tie Dye is one of our new Spring items this year. It’s a great example of how our fit skims and flatters your curves, rather than tightly hugging them. The 3/4 length sleeves, asymmetrical seaming/hemline and drop shoulders pleasingly accentuates your feminine frame, with a drape that feels as good as it looks. Best part of all? The convenient right hand pocket, perfect for your cell phone!
We love how Shelly looked in our Spring Items and love how she paired them with accessories from her current wardrobe. We love fitting into your closet and it’s such a pleasure seeing how our customers style their Diane Kennedy clothes.
by Diane Kennedy in Fashion, The Girlfriend Chronicles Tags: bamboo, bamboo clothing, Canadian Made, Canadian Made clothing, comfort, comfortable clothing, curvy, Diane Kennedy, eco fashion retailer, Eco Friendly, eco-friendly clothing, ecofashion, fashion over 50, Made in Canada, petite plus, PHOTOSHOOT, plus, Plus Size Apparel, plus size designers, plus size fashion, Plus-size clothing, Tunic
06 Jan 2017 No Comments
Last year we did a survey and many of you asked for pants in more colours. So right now, we’re currently taking Pre-orders for a very favourite DK item, The Flex Pant and Petite Flex pant! Our Spring production is well underway and we’re excited about making this special order opportunity happen for you, our wonderful customers.
If you haven’t heard about our Flex pant, let me tell you its available in Petite & Regular lengths, and it’s been our best-seller for many years. We never change it! It’s the straight leg version of our also very popular Serene Pant (the leg is wider), once you try on a pair of these bottoms, you’ll never want to take them off! What makes these pants so special? It’s simple. They feel like wearing pyjamas all day YET, they still give you that polished look that you want for everyday, for work or going out somewhere special.
Our Flex Pant is made using a luxurious 12 oz bamboo blend that has become a signature fabric choice for Diane Kennedy. It has an unparalleled soft texture and forgiving stretch that ensures comfortable, long-lasting wear. All our garments are 100% manufactured in Vancouver, Canada using the highest ethical standards.
For Spring we’re pleased to offer you this selection of colours available right now to special order. Please note these colours will mostly not be available after this offer.
Our Flex Pant has an inseam of approximately 30.5″ while our Petite Flex Pant sizing is 2.5″ shorter in the inseam at about 28″. Pre-Order by placing an order online for your requested size & it will be shipped to you as soon as stock arrives in our warehouse! Please note we are expecting this to take about 4-6 weeks after the final order date of January 15th.
If you have any questions or suggestions for us, please feel free to e-mail us @ info[at]dianekennedy[dot]ca. We’re always happy to assist!
by Diane Kennedy in Fashion Tags: bamboo, bamboo clothing, Canadian Made, Canadian Made clothing, comfort, comfortable clothing, Diane Kennedy, diane kennedy clothing, eco-friendly clothing, ecofashion, ethically made, Ethically-Made Clothing, Flex Pant, Made in Canada, petite, plus petite, plus size fashion, Plus-Size, Plus-size clothing, special order
30 Dec 2016 No Comments
A reflection of the past year…
It was such a pleasure to start the year 2016 off shooting our Spring/Summer catalogue in my own neighbourhood of New Westminster. I’m lucky to be living in such a picturesque area that has grown by leaps and bounds but still manages to keep that small community feeling. I love to visit the revitalised Quay at New West and the adjacent Pier Park where our shoot was filmed, it’s a great way to spend a weekend afternoon.
On a personal note, at Spring break I was off to Tofino, a wonderful BC destination. It’s a place I’ve wanted to visit for so long and was thrilled to experience. I was up early at low tide to explore the shoreline, went whale watching, hiked the Wild Pacific trail and dined at a restaurant voted one of the top 10 in Canada, The Wolf and the Fog. So many memories!
Feeling recharged, I was back to work on my Fall/Winter collection which was inspired by the eco-friendly city of Vancouver. My office is in the heart of East Van and I’m proud to be in this very creative part of the city. So much happens here! So close to the inspiring architecture of downtown, it gave me the inspiration to introduce some gorgeous embroidery into my collection. We had a blast shooting our catalogue for it, in a charming Gastown loft.
Over the course of the year, I’ve had a chance to write a bit more about my design inspirations and motivation for my fashion line. I invite you to read some of my favourite blog entries from this year…
I had a lot of fun in this blog, detailing my inspiration for 2016’s Fall/Winter collection. As I mentioned, it was an inspiring year full of Art Deco inspiration and adventures in embroidery design. I love how they turned out.
Addressing Plus Sizes
Tim Gunn is an incredibly astute and influential Fashion educator right now. Most well-known for his mentorship on the very popular show, “Project Runway”, he recently wrote a very honest opinion piece regarding Plus Size fashion and because of it, I wanted to address the topic in a blog as well, as it relates to my motivation to start my Diane Kennedy line from the very beginging.
Earlier this year, I was honoured to be approached by Trusted Clothes, a social media outlet dedicated to showcasing Eco/Ethical Fashion, to do an interview. One of my proudest achievements is to design and manufacture my collections in my own country in an ethical and responsible way.
While 2016 has been full of both pleasures and challenges, I’m excited to start fresh for the New Year. Our new Spring DK collection is in full production as I write. Look for a preview of our Spring colours and designs coming very soon on my blog.
Thank-you to all my wonderful customers! It’s your continued patronage that drives me to provide the quality and fit that has become a proud standard for me and I appreciate your support and patronage deeply.
I wish you all great joy and happiness in the coming months; May your New Year’s Eve ring with laughter and cheer!
by Diane Kennedy in Inspiration Tags: Canadian Made, Canadian Made clothing, comfortable clothing, Diane Kennedy, East Van, eco fashion retailer, eco-friendly clothing, ecofashion, Ethically-Made Clothing, Inspiration, Made in Canada, New Westminster, New Year, plus size fashion, Plus-Size, The Wolf and the Fog, Tofino, vancouver