RSS

Category Archives: web design

Fashion Portfolio for You

Hi Everyone,

First of all anyone who has the need to create their own design portfolio may be interested in an interactive online portfolio which, to my knowledge, is rather a new concept here in Canada. The site itself is designed, owned and operated by Canadians (yay!) for the purpose of giving national and international level exposure to up-and-coming or established designers.

The idea is that new designers who have very little time or spare resources to make up an expensive promotion package or portfolio for potential employers or clients to view can create a professional one simply and on budget. Take a look at www.stylejunction.ca  it is a bi-lingual site that provides an easy step process for even the least computer literate people, like me, to create a professional looking interactive portfolios for the public or select people to view.

For two reasons I am in the process of developing my own online portfolio. One is to test the site to see if it is indeed user-friendly and two that I would like to test the results of this effort in using this site as an effective promotional tool.

So far, I’ve been happy with the look and the technical support that I’ve received, as aforementioned, I’m not a really a whiz with computers. Alex Boucher (Web Marketing Coordinator/ Stylist etc.) and Fadi Brahimcha (self-confessed ‘Geek” to make his impressive CV very short) of Montreal made a personal visit to us at the School in Calgary to explain and demonstrate how this all works.

To mention, they both are professional and amiable individuals who we all really enjoyed having visit us here at Ecole Holt Couture. And, they both have a bit of experience in this field of fashion and technology as they were involved in and developed www.apparelconnexion.com a Canadian apparel industry resource site full of useful information for designers across Canada, but also an extensive data base of design and fashion professionals – and yes that’s right – CONTACTS. Perhaps you’d like to get in on this one early, let me know how it goes for you….J.

Alex and Fadi at EHC - sorry guys this is a not-very smartphone image 😦

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Couture vs. Labels

The Label says you are ‘one of the girls’; Couture says: You Are The Woman.

Couture Wedding Gown

As one of the many great wearable couture items in the couture fashion event ‘Eleganza’ www.couturecalgary.com, EHC will be featuring a wedding dress – more correctly wedding “Gown” which in concept, was started in 2009.

First let me explain why ‘gown’ and not ‘dress’. A ‘dress’ is a one-piece garment for women and girls combining a bodice, with or without sleeves, and a skirt, and covering most of the body and even though the clothing is required for a particular occasion the definition and connotation doesn’t quite measure up to the distinctive occasion such as a wedding.

This ceremonial declaration of two individuals in agreement vowing to share a life of love, companionship and devotion forming a recognized legally binding relationship called marriage is a big deal – sorry – an IMMENSELY BIG DEAL. (For those of you who don’t agree – try getting yourself out of this simple little contract with your emotional and financial health intact).

Therefore, for this occasion deserves to be called a ‘gown’, an elegant dress or a woman’s full-length or formal dress worn for special occasions. This wedding gown will be modelled by the bride herself in Eleganza on November 20th, 2011. How this couture gown evolved will be revealed in an ongoing feature…to be continued keep posted…

The Labelled wedding gown

About ready-made, made-to-measure, prêt-à-porter, and off the rack wedding gowns, these are all pre-made or manufactured on an assembly line with standard measurements no matter how unique they claim to be – at or after production may be altered to suit the buyer. In our experience with these bridal gowns no matter how close they come to fitting the bride-to-be one thing that never fits properly around the bust line is the strapless gown.

This one area either gapes losing the less-than-full bust altogether (crumb catcher), or worse presents the bust like cream puffs on a platter, with the underarm and back really MT (muffin top). Sadly, one may think this is attractive or erotic, but most women (and men if you ask them) find it vulgar or embarrassing to look at. Rather, the strapless bodice should be sensual with the fabric moulding over the bust embracing it, holding you under the arms, following around caressing the back enhancing your allure.

Why is this always a problem with ready-made? My polite guess is that when the dress is assembled on the production line, very little time is spent and little expertise employed to shape the bodice properly – straighter lines are just easier to handle. So make sure to ask your dressmaker to make certain that the strapless bodice fits properly when having alterations done. More on this later as well….

I won’t request wedding gown disaster stories – I couldn’t cope with them all, but perhaps some of your questions will be answered and problems explained as you follow EHC on this lesser traveled road called… ‘Couture’.

www.ecoleholtcouture.com

Proud sponsors of Eleganza:

 

Silent Auction prize - retreat getaway http://www.hiddensprings.ca

 

 

 

Eleganza!

Find it at:      www.couturecalgary.com

 

We are getting close to Ecole Holt Couture’s Fashion Event this year titled ‘Eleganza’. How do we choose the name for the event, you may ask? Well I could say it is a long complicated process but the truth is that the name evolves organically through discussions and ideas generated by students and staff at EHC influenced by what we have on our curriculum plate at the moment – and one day we say that’s it!

Last year ‘ONE’ seemed to be the definitive word essentially fusing the idea of ‘Couture’ and the aim of Making Changes program ‘Walk in Closet’ – helping women to be confident and distinguishable entering a competitive job market by people united in the effort. Plus, we implicitly give the ultimate credit to the ‘One’ who makes this and anything else possible. One defined came up as: Unique, Distinguishable, Essential, Basic, Core, Key, Cardinal, First, Being, Self, Spirit and Soul, A body of People in general, United, or Unified. The event last year was a success because everyone seemed to work together as one, and every one did make a difference.

This year the title ‘Eleganza’ embodies the core definition of Couture which is elegant, stylish, well-designed, chic, smart, tasteful, pleasing to the eye, beautiful, well dressed and tasteful – include the opportunity to display the craftsmanship and skills of our up and coming couturiers and ladies tailors for a worthy cause and that was it elegant extravaganza.

The worthy cause of EHC’s choice is Making Changes Association – a vibrant organization that empowers women in transition by providing relevant programs, services and resources whose goal is to help women build confidence and skills so that they can participate more fully in the community.

Making Changes Association assists over 1,200 women each year to build a better future for themselves and their families.  The organization’s strength lies in their rootedness in the community and in building collaborative partnerships and creating a more inclusive range of opportunities for women in transition. What they are able to achieve as an organization is directly related to their committed and talented volunteers and staff members, and they continue to develop new ways to deepen the impact of their services.

The Making Changes – Walk-In Closet Program provides 90 minute individual consultations on professional business attire, to women facing financial barriers who want to join the work force, return to school or engage in volunteer opportunities. In addition to information on business culture and appropriate dress, participants are offered gently used clothing and accessories, at no cost, to help them feel and look their best. Women of all ages seek service from the Walk-In Closet and have two things in common – they face financial barriers and they need appropriate business attire for interviews, new jobs, school or volunteer work.

This year we have attracted some great sponsors to this event, who support the ideals of both our organizations. We are very happy to have them on board with us and guests will have the opportunity to visit with them at the Event at their respective booths. All proceeds from Eleganza will go to Making Changes Association. At this point we are still accepting sponsors for the Event on November 20th, 2011; please email media@ecoleholtcouture.com for more information about how to get involved.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Beverley at Lia Sophia Jewelry http://www.liasophia.ca/sites/beverleyparkin

Kelly at Kaydee Web Design http://www.kaydee.net

Margo and Leela at Lava Hair Studio http://www.lavahairgroup.com

Val at My Day Designs http://www.mydaydesigns.com

Tania at Pattison Outdoor Advertising  http://www.pattisonoutdoor.com

Don at Smart Betty http://calgary.smartbetty.com

Jason and Val at Speedpro Signs http://airdriesigns.com  Aaron at  http://www.reddotphoto.net