Journey with us to see how our fashion show turned out in gay Paree; the city of lights and a major fashion dominian. No. we didn't have time to make the rounds to all the tourist attractions...even if we wanted to! Instead we went there with one thing in mind - to do some research on the artist we wanted to take a reference from, to find beautiful fabrics, and to design, make, and photograph our collection. Whew, makes me tired just thinking about it, dahlings!!
Always striving to do something unique - we will be featuring our show next, then we'll do somehting you see on no other runway. We will introduce you to the artist who influenced us, give you a description of the production of the outfit, and then show you some stills! What fun!! - we hope you enjoy it.
Then stay tuned because we invite you to see an individual new line that will debut at the Toykyo Fashion Doll Show from one of Couture Doll Shop's own, Frances Weir. Her knitwear and hat collections will be featured, and will definitely be as much of an asset to the dolls' wardrobes over there as they are here!!
Okay, enough banter, now on with the show...with a little caution - if you are on a public computer note: this does contain music.
Mme. Madeleine Chéruit (1906-1935) was among the first couturiers of her generation, and one of the first women to control a major French fashion house, Place Vendôme in Paris, from 1906 to 1935. She was a leader who produced fashions with a French style, and had mostly aristocratic clientele, who favored richly ornamented dresses; later gowns were adorned with hand paintings. She designed new walking suits and afternoon dresses that became the rage in 1914. Her designs are seen to be simple yet she used elegant, soft fabrics – but was also able to help transform high fashion into ready-to-wear couture. Today her designs may be found in collections of major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2008, her fashion house was reestablished at its original location, 21 Place Vendôme, Paris.
My name is Pat Stoughton and I own Petite Moonbeams. The dress shown is a soft silky print with slim satin straps that slim the body in Cheruit fashion.
The bodice is adorned with a cream braid. On her head is another Cheruit hallmark, a silk cloche embellished with a scalloped trim. Mme. Cheruit used both feather boas and chiffon ribbons to complete her outfits so I felt it only appropriate to accessorize this outfit with a boa.
Francesca Doll Couture
Greetings from Anita Stoklosa, Anicetta's Fashions. My outfit was inspired by Coco Chanel. I love suits, so I decided to make a little collarless jacket with round buttons reminiscent of her style. I used taffeta and jacquard fabric, and my jacket and skirt are fully lined. The chic, yellow, felt hat along with the purse, jewelry and stockings were also created by me. Modeling is Darla from Integrity Toys, but this fashion will fit Silkstone Barbie perfectly as well.
Hi from Anna Castanes, Something's Old Somethings New. Let's go back in time! This bedding set includes a coverlet made of satin embroidered fabric with a crepe underlining; a pleated pillow also made of crepe fabric; and a satin embroidered valance with two sided panels of lace with pearls. Bed and furniture not included. I hope you enjoy this item as much as I enjoyed making it.
Catherine Malandrino is an innovative French designer now working in New York City as well as in Paris, and my inspiration for this event. She has worked in the Paris couture houses of Dorothée Bis, Louis Feraud, Emanuel Ungaro, and in the 1990s was the creative force at the French label "Et Vous" in Paris.
She has designed for such stars as Brooke Shields, Drew Barrymore, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Kim Kardashian, Demi Moore, and Beyonce. Malandrino currently designs two collections: her contemporary line and a runway line that features shoes and accessories including jewelry, handbags, and belts. Her lines are represented around the world.
My name is Peggy Burney, and I invite you to visit me at my shop, Creative Couture. My fashion is a short sheath made of cream organza and cream leather. It has a deep V neckline in front and back. This dress is daring because it consists of peek-a-boo strips of organza mixed with the leather.
LaPetite Fashion Promenade
For the past 25 years Karl Lagerfeld has been the creative director of Chanel. He has taken the legacy of Coco Chanel, enhanced it, and taken the design house to new heights of popularity and power. With his white ponytail, dark sunglasses and fingerless gloves, he is one of the most recognizable designers in the industry. For his Fall 2012 couture collection he chose a color palate of silver gray and dusty pink with a theme of New Vintage, signifying something to come, and something that will last.
Hi there! I hope you’re when you are looking for fashions you will come visit me, Ina Murphey, at my shop, LaPetite Fashion Promenade.
The two piece evening ensemble I’ve designed utilizes the same pink and gray color palate as Lagerfeld's, and incorporates various design elements and materials reminiscent of those used by Coco Chanel. The coat is made of sparkling silver fabric with a texture that reminds one of the legendary Chanel tweed fabrics along with pink gimp braid edging. The strapless gown is made of pale pink knit satin and silver lame’ satin. The Ostrich feather skirt features hand beading at the neckline and waist.
Hi, I'm Kari Stackhouse of Tres Chic Boutique. On a recent trip to San Francisco the unforgettable opportunity of shopping at the fabulous Britex fabric store presented itself. The two fabric pieces that I simply could not leave the store without were the houndstooth silk and the colorful silk print featured in my design. I had no intention of using them together until I started preparing for this event, and then these fabrics seemed inseparable.
I thought the combination was unexpected and youthful, while still maintaining elegance. Poppy's two-piece suit is made of 100% silk with recycled vintage mink accents, and a slim band of ultrasuede trim on the empire bodice of her dress. She chose to accessorize it with a teal ultrasuede handbag, matching headband hat, and elbow length gloves. Please check out Poppy's "Pretty in Paris" ensemble in my shop.
As an adult, I knew there were doll collectors but up until that move about ten years ago I knew nothing at all about fashion dolls or even Barbies. I knew Transformers! This was a whole new world.
I think good photography skills would be helpful in recording and sharing creations. I keep intending to take a course, but I am too busy!
Thanks, Frances, this has been fun - and enlightening for our viewers. They will be sure to want to visit your shop for all the latest if they haven't had the opportunity yet. You can find Francesca Doll Couture on Couture Court.
And now it's time to say au revoir until we meet again in October. I hope everyone is enjoying the last days of summer, and you are looking forward to the Fall Festivities that will be upon us very soon!
Yes, it's time to pull out those winter outfits we love, and to add new items, too. Couture Doll Shop.com will have some lovely winter things you'll want when we return! Take care, mon cheri!