Brooke is here in sizes up to 4X!

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

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

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