Fluevogs and Cherry Velvet!

19 May

We’re quivering with excitement here at Cherry Velvet for so many reasons! We’re in the 11th hour of signing a new lease, ’cause we’re moving, (more dets when it’s official), AND this week, we’re doing a photo shoot with Fluevog shoes, right in their original downtown store! Yahoo! The idea for the shoot came from our designer’s girlfriend, Shelly, (you know Shelly of the Shelly dress fame); she’s a HUGE Fluevog  and Cherry Velvet fan too. A big thanks to her for helping us organize this, XO! Thanks also to Preet, the manager of the store, for accommodating us.

John Fluevog Granville Store

Did we mention how excited we are? Our designer, Diane, remembers her very first delicious pair of Fluevogs, back then called Fox and Fluevog. The shoes were black and charcoal grey Mary Janes with a pointy then squared off toe and a shapely heel. It’s unfortunate that they no longer fit….she’s no longer a size 6 1/2…, but the cool thing is they could still be worn today if they did. So many Fluevogs have a timeless appeal and that’s why they match so well with our retro inspired dresses. A very sweet fan on Instagram said, and we quote,  ”That is a dream pairing!!” Thanks @yycsian for your lovely comment! So flattered and well….blushing over here….but we couldn’t agree more.

It was a VERY tough day picking out Fluevog shoes to match our dresses. Oh yes…..with so many choices, it was just so HARD (haha). Oh, and now there’s a collective list…..yaaaaay long… of shoes on the wish list….

We’d LOVE to get your input on picking out shoes to match our Cherry Velvet dresses—some of them so brand NEW—they’re not on-line yet!  We’re also posting these on Facebook— comment where you like.

Cherry Velvet Brooke Dress

Help us choose the shoes to match our Cherry Velvet Brooke dress in Turquoise Medallions

Cherry Velvet Kelly Dress

Which shoes would you choose to match our Cherry Velvet Kelly dress in Golden Leopard ?

Cherry Velvet Danielle Dress

Which shoes would you choose to match our Cherry Velvet Danielle dress in Bazaar ?

Cherry Velvet Brooke dress in Stardust

Which shoes would you choose to match our Cherry Velvet Brooke dress in Stardust?

Cherry Velvet Danielle dress in Silhouette

Help us choose the shoes to match our Cherry Velvet Danielle dress in Silhouette

 

We’ve got a list of lovelies participating: Shimona Henry (our awesome photographer), Shelly Reinhart (our muse and super fun girlfriend), gorgeous Models, Nova Beth and Ruby Roxx, Hair by Lucy Lopez,  Jewelry by Mirror Mirror Bijoux and our designer Diane Kennedy.

We can’t wait!

Cherry Velvet XOX

Yes to a Retro Inspired Wedding Dress

16 May

I have always wanted to dress up in a beautiful, retro inspired wedding dress. Lots of girls dream about their wedding day, and for many, it’s all about the dress (and saying yes!). I love pinup fashion and integrate it into my everyday life, so it would only be natural for it to be featured front and centre on the very biggest day of my life; an honoured guest on a glamorous, special occasion.

Cherry Velvet Elly Dress in Ivory Damask

Wearing a retro inspired wedding dress means the photos in my wedding album would have the look and feel of my grandma’s own album. It would be my own sentimental homage to the enduring quality of a love that has weathered the decades, untouched by time.

A vintage inspired wedding dress is magical because it has a timeless, romantic look. My own dream dress would be flirty, tea-length, white and sleeveless. Or maybe it would be a delicate ivory swing dress with a full skirt and a crinoline while I twirl to the music with the love of my life. It would be something simple and effortless that I could wear while sipping pink lemonade at a backyard reception in the sun; something that would look equally at home in a luxurious ballroom lit with dazzling chandeliers and a big band playing for the first dance.

A vintage style wedding dress is the ultimate “something borrowed”. Brand new – but borrowed from another time. It feels so good to relive the very best of another era and reintroduce it to an adoring congregation of guests and well-wishers.

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Some of my guests just wouldn’t be able to join me and travel to a paradise far away to see me happily wed. A retro inspired wedding dress could be my ticket to the destination wedding of my dreams. Instead of the sands of Cuba, I can enjoy the matrimonial bliss of a ceremony that takes place in an era of wholesome decadence.  The past would be my destination wedding location, no passport required!

I would love to pair the vintage inspired wedding dress of my dreams with the man of my dreams. I want to take some incredible pictures looking all timeless and romantic. I want to savour the luxury of my “something borrowed” at a retro chic destination far away. All I have to do is say “yes!” and invite pinup fashion to the biggest day of my life.

XOX Cherry Velvet

Guest Blogger Alison Tedford from “Sparkly Shoes and Sweatdrops”

@Charlotte Curve Model is wearing Elly Ivory Pearlized Jacquard and a pale Blueberry crinoline . Beautiful jewelry provided by Mirror Mirror Bijoux

A Sultry Summer Sundress

10 May

Every new style we create starts with an little budding idea. One of our newest dresses, Robin, started with the goal of designing the perfect summer sundress. We wanted to include all the important elements, shape, style, flare and fit. You’ve been asking for lower necklines, so the Robin features a super sexy plunging neckline to show off your decollete (you may recognize the design of the bodice from a popular style we call the Judith). The front band gathering up the bust of the dress creates the illusion of your bust being a pretty bow. Also super important, we wanted to give Robin a lovely full skirt that can be worn with or without a crinoline, because even though we designed her as a sundress, we know you’ll want to wear her to parties, too!

Fabrics were chosen to compliment your summer tan, begging to be outside in the sunshine:

summer sundress fabric prints

White Rosy Dots:  There’s everything to love about this lovely black polka dots and roses print on a white background; it’s divine (and there’s only a few of these left now)!

Lime Dot:  This print is a pretty shade of turquoise with the surprise of lime polka dots.

Coral Mod: A swirling confection of sunset shades: pink, hot pink, orange, peach, yellow and white.

Pinwheels:  This adorably sweet and retro print features multi-coloured pinwheels on a pale minty green background.

Robin sundresses

Ruby Roxx wearing Coral Mod and Charlotte Curve Model in Pinwheels

Our sexy and sweet summer sundress can be worn with flip flops at the beach or a saucy pair of bright pumps. She’s equally perfect to dress up with a crinoline to dance the night away. Twirl and whirl to your heart’s content. And you know we didn’t forget to add pockets!

We have the perfect little sultry summer sundress for you!

Cherry Velvet XOX

Spring Beauty for Cherry Velvet Girls

2 May

Every Spring season, a flurry of new makeup collections launch alongside the Designer collections at the Ready-to-Wear Fashion Runway Shows. After the dark and muted colours that dominate most Holiday and Winter Collections, Spring is the perfect time for brighter hues to emerge. This season’s makeup trends seem to have one thing in common: a cool feminine Pinky-Lavender hue, strategically placed on one facial feature that will really make you shine.

 

Lipstick and colour trends seem to go hand in hand. One of the most popular Spring beauty colours that have popped up everywhere is lavender. Colours like very blue-toned pinks or a light lavender, like the Studded Kiss Lipstick Collection by Kat Von D at Sephora, are a bold statement yet can be combined perfectly with a simple winged-eyeliner look. Purple and pinky eye shadows, and their tints and shades, were also all over the Spring 2015 runway shows. Either a simple shadow-y plum/purple hue on the lid or an all-over lavender mauve shade all around the eye.

Beauty trends for Cherry Velvet girls, Cherry Velvet Plus, Spring Beauty 2015, Lavender, made in canada

Lavender makeup hues pair perfectly with CV dresses, Brooke in Turquoise Medallion, Jennifer in Sky Floral, and Robin in Lime Dot.

 

Brighter shades of pinks are also popping up in eyeshadow palettes. Pink eye shadow gives a fresh look to the eyes and can be warm and youthful looking. If pink feels too bold, try layering pink eye shadow with a more lavender shade. When using a more bold shadow look on the eye, keep the lips more neutral by using a clear lip gloss or a nude-coloured lipstick.

While baby pink nails are always in style, this summer why not try lavender or bold purple nails for a bit of fun? It’s all about being feminine without being too showy. Nails done in Essie’s Nice is Nice offer a pretty alternative to a pink neutral and pair perfectly with Cherry Velvet new release dresses Brooke in Turquoise Medallion or Robin in Lime Dot. Add a perfectly winged cat-eye and a lavender lipstick for a  fresh Spring look.

As much as we adore classic red, plums and coral shades, lavender makeup hues are a way to try something new! Which makeup looks are you going to try this Spring?

 

XOX Cherry Velvet

New for Spring: The Danielle Dress

1 Apr

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Post by: Diane Kennedy

Sometimes the details all come together and a brand new dress is born; we named this one Danielle! She’s a favorite model and former assistant (she left to become a Mom) who asked if I might one day name a dress after her, which I thought was a great idea (how adorable are these two!). Wanting something appropriately fitting, I think this dress does Danielle justice and hope she thinks so too.

It all started with the fabric choices. I have to say I love each and every one that ultimately got chosen for this dress. I have one in each print for consideration to keep for myself (something I really never do), trying to decide which one(s) to choose (it seems incredibly decadent to keep them all, right?). It was decided we would use one way prints for this dress, which does take more fabric but almost always means the prints are more unusual and striking.

1. Rose Floral is a beautiful assortment of hybrid tea roses in sunset shades of pinks, corals and salmon all on a pale blue background

2. Beach Pugs could not be cuter: happy little dogs building sand castles, flying kites and tanning on striped towels. So many accessory choices with colours like coral, yellow, aqua, blue and white on a charcoal ground.

3. Retro Star is a really lovely combination of sophisticated colours with a mint background and stars that are two tone -fuchsia pink and dark red.

4. Black Geo certainly gives you a forties impression, with even red circles intersected by cream squares on a black background. It’s kind of like taking a polka dot print one step further.

Assorted fabric prints for Cherry Velvet's Danielle dress

 

Just like our beautiful model Danielle, this dress embodies everything for which Cherry Velvet stands: great fit, cute details, and beautiful prints. We think everyone can look delectable in a Danielle! The collar wraps around the alluring neckline to the peekaboo back. You’ll be the talk of the office when you spread the collar over the neck of a bright cardi. Three buttons at the front match the colours of the high-quality printed cotton. As always, pockets are a favourite, and the full skirt has plenty of room underneath to choose a matching crinoline.

Check out all the variations of Danielle here

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Don’t forget: your exit is every bit as important as your entrance!

XOX Cherry Velvet

NOT just for Pin-up Girls

23 Mar

Many of us get our personal style cues from a variety of sources. Sometimes we are really aware of them and other times they are more subliminal. It can be as simple as liking an outfit from a scene in a movie, like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Or the style of a model or actress from years gone by; Katy Perry wore a look to the 2013 Grammy Awards that was heavily influenced by the style of Priscilla Presley in her Elvis days. It is fun to play with style influences. Sometimes our inspirations are more straightforward like a certain decade of influence, or other times more subtle, like wearing a lipstick colour that is out of our comfort zone. I find that many women have a certain style that they gravitate towards, however most of us don’t necessarily identify solely with one particular style.

Cherry Velvet Style Collage - Not just for Pin-up Girls

Cherry Velvet designs are influenced by retro and vintage dresses but given a modern twist. While some Cherry Velvet customers are into pin-up styling, many are regular girls that don’t want to fuss with victory roll hairstyles and penciled brows. At times, you may dress that way as part of your personal style, but you probably dress other ways too. You don’t have to define your style as Pin-up to wear Cherry Velvet. Our dresses are meant to be worn in different ways for many occasions.

Cherry Velvet Spring Collage - Not just for Pin-up Girls

No matter what your personal style is, Cherry Velvet dresses are cut to accentuate your assets, and bring out a little bit of sexiness, in a gorgeous, fun, and elegant way. These dresses shouldn’t be sitting in your closet waiting for a special occasion or one-time wear! Our Spring Collection is perfect for any occasion that requires a pretty dress; you can throw a little cardigan over our Brigitte dress or a cute blazer over the Viola dress and wear them to the office. The Brooke dress is perfect for a romantic evening out for dinner or just heading out on the town with friends. The great thing about using style influences to create your own personal style story, is that you can pick and choose different looks and re-interpret them in a way that suits YOU!

Where are you going to wear your Cherry Velvet dress next?

XOX Cherry Velvet

 

 

Cherry Velvet Spring Lookbook 2015

16 Mar

Browse the pages of our Spring Lookbook to discover vintage inspired dresses for all occasions.  This season, our collection focuses on gorgeous frocks inspired by the glamourous fifties and mod sixties.

While the weather still includes snow in some parts of the country, we want to give you something to look forward to! Aside from spring flowers, what could fit the bill more appropriately than pretty new dresses… Right?

Without further ado, check out Cherry Velvet’s Spring Lookbook “part one” (because we always have more new dresses coming up to show you)…

Cherry Velvet's New Spring Look Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is just around the corner and, even if you’re not quite feeling sun-kissed and ready to shed your coat, step into the swing of spring with our new arrivals here.

XOX Cherry Velvet

Brooke is here in sizes up to 4X!

11 Feb

Cherry Velvet | Now Available in 4X!Introducing the newest girl at Cherry Velvet; her name is Brooke. We’re excited to tell you about her because she represents a couple of FIRSTS for Cherry Velvet. Not only is Brooke is the first dress with a full circle skirt, this is the first time we’ve offered a dress in sizes up to 4X! We’ve had requests from both online customers and retail stores alike, and decided it was time to expand our size chart to 4X.  Besides being deliciously retro, the bonus of a circle skirt is having unlimited room for your hips (so if you’re a pear shape, this could be your dress!)

Brooke comes in four pretty and bold prints.  The fabric actually inspired the whole design of the dress; working with such a bold pattern is what gave us the idea to do a circle skirt. We wanted the pattern to have a smooth, uninterrupted repeat. Circle skirts are perfect for this because they only need side seams. The cotton we use is only 42 inches wide, so I have to admit: I wasn’t sure it was possible. In the end though, we made it work and ended up with a stunning group of dresses.

Cherry Velvet Summer 2015 Brooke Dress

The Turquoise Medallion print is simply exquisite. Blush pink and Navy Blue cameos really POP against the turquoise background. The cool-blue hues of this dress remind us a bygone era of jazz clubs and big cars. The only thing cooler is you!.

Coral Medallion combines blush pink and vermillion red cameos against a coral background. The warmth of these colours truly bring the dress to life, and showcasse your inner vivacious self.

Pink Trellis is all about Pink and creamy flowers that dance across a white garden trellis. In the distance, blue sky pokes through and hearkens to a beautiful sunny day. With so many colours to choose from, accessorizing should be a breeze!

Rose Garden boasts sunset tones of coral, salmon, blush pinks and brown/gold leaves peeking out. You’ll feel regal in this warm, rosey gown.

Whenever we come up with a new design, the first step is creating a prototype for me to try on. This way I can be sure that I am happy with the fit along with the design details. I wear a size 1X and I’m only 5 foot 2 inches tall, so  I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this large scale print! As soon as I zipped up the dress, I immediately imagined myself  on a Greek island, leaning against an ancient column wearing strappy little gold flats and a bronze summer tan. True, I swear!

I really do hope that our dresses inspire you to feel many different things; happy, cheerful, beautiful, and like anything is possible!

Go get ‘em!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Spring 2015 Preview Video

7 Feb

Each year, as the days get longer and new green shoots push out of the ground, we ponder what spring will hold for us. Exciting new adventures? A new man? A fairy godmother descending to grant all of our wishes? One thing we can always count is new spring fashion.

You may start to notice that we have a new look around Cherry Velvet. While always retro and vintage inspired, this spring we’re feeling decidedly feminine and ladylike….

 

Check out our Spring Preview video! Cherry Velvet Spring & Summer Preview Video

 

What do you think of our ‘new’ look?

XOX Cherry Velvet

Behind the scenes at Hycroft

1 Feb

The Cherry Velvet team and our local factories worked extra hard to get ready for our catalog shoot day. So much effort went into the designing and preparation of this new and bigger season. Fabric choices, pattern making, sewing, fittings, and the production of the final samples all needed to come together for that ‘effortless’ looking final result. This is a behind the scenes look at our catalog shoot for Spring/Summer 2015.

On shoot day, the models and the Pin-up Perfection team arrive with pin curled hair, curling irons, make up kits and large coffees (refill coffee already brewing)!  There were 40 dresses to shoot; we knew it was going to be a long day.  For two models, that’s a hard day’s work of pose-smile-repeat. Modeling can definitely be glamorous; it’s fun getting your hair and make-up done and all the attention. But, the hard work comes in when you have to keep smiling through hours and hours. Standing and posing in cold weather with a summery cotton dress and teetering high heels is even harder than it sounds!

Beautiful Hycroft Manor was a perfect location, combining a classic retro feeling and traditional architectural detail. We arrived with a plethora of fluffy crinolines, boxes of colorful shoes, a suitcase full of pretty jewelry, and of course all the dresses all pressed and ready to go.

Behind the scenes at Hycroft with Charlotte (Natalie Dress) and Ruby Roxx (Brooke Dress)

 

On the set at Hycroft of our behind the scenes video shoot

Hycroft is a magnificent Edwardian mansion, originally built for Alexander Duncan McRae, at the beginning of the twentieth century.  McRae made his new home a spectacular show place for legendary parties and masquerade balls. The guest book at Hycroft read like a Who’s Who of the 20′s and 30′s and contained names of visiting royalty, well-known business associates, politicians and the social elite of Vancouver. It was said to be an honour and a delight to be invited to Hycroft. Today, Hycroft is the clubhouse for the University Women’s club of Vancouver and an extremely popular location for weddings, events and photo shoots of all kinds.

Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes of not only some brand new Spring styles but also the ‘backyard’ of the manor that from it’s perch on Shaughnessy hill looks over the city of Vancouver:

Charlotte Curve model wearing Cherry Velvet's new Monica Dress

Charlotte in the "Monica Dress" and Ruby Roxx in the "Marcia" at Hycroft Manor

 

With my favourite photographer -Shimona- on hand and such a beautiful setting, I couldn’t resist getting my photo taken too. I’m wearing “vintage” Cherry Velvet. This one is called the Charlotte; I just love all the beautiful green and blues in this butterfly print.

The designer of Cherry Velvet wearing a 'vintage' Cherry Velvet style

We can’t resist teasing you! New styles arriving regularly now….check here to see what’s new.

Spring is coming!

XOX Cherry Velvet