Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Castle on the Hill

I remember the first time I saw it there. It was my first trip to the beautiful sleepy little village called Konigstein in Germany, the birth home of my now fiancé.

I casually opened the blinds in our room and there it was sitting in the fog, on a hill only a kilometer away. I was blown away by the sight of it just sitting there in all its ancient glory. I mean after all, being from Canada, we don’t really have Castles and I have never seen one in real life until that moment. I gasped and turned and looked at my fiancé and said “Did you know there’s a Castle in front of your window” to which he laughed and said “Yeah , of course, I used to play there for hours as a small child with my brother”.

I never forgot that WOW moment and it made me think about childhood and fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. There’s usually always a prince and a damsel in distress and an often whimsical yet dark plot and a moral somewhere in there to learn. I’ve also recently been very interested in the handmade culture that went along with medieval times. Everything was meticulously by hand with quality results.

I now call this sleepy little village my second home and I get to visit this magical place and my fiancés family who live there every Christmas.

So naturally I was very excited at the idea of organizing a fashion photo shoot for one of my winter collections there one day.

The day did indeed come along and I casted a fair, red haired German model for our Fall-Winter 2016 Collection. Her attributes matched the stones of the walls of the Burg in Konigstein and designed the color scheme of the entire collection to compliment the surrounding environment.

All of the names of the pieces in the collection are named after things that remind me of the Castle like the Murky Moss Dress and the Cascade Cowl Blouse for the thick moss that grows on the old stones in beautiful hues...

..and the Crimson Crown Knit Dress and King Cardigan after the royalty that 
once inhabited the land. 

The style in this collection has a bit of a "moody dark fashion fairy tale" vibe to it. I created many of the designs in the collection to have a modern take to a regal look. I love the idea of reusing and rethinking fashion concepts.

I strive to maintain an up-cycled edge to all my collections which leads me on a quest each season seeking out rare and unique vintage textiles paying special attention to interesting characterized details from a variety of fashion eras.
The nature of the design process means that every piece retains its very own 100% original aesthetic, pieces from Adhesif Clothing collections can even be custom made on request. 
Every single handmade garment has a heartbeat and a story to tell, a true labor of love from start to finish. Inspired by the preservation of our planet, each up-cycled garment is completely original and made with up to 95% recycled and vintage materials. 
Check out our website for more info about our zero waste process
Find over 200 one-of-a-kind items by Adhesif Clothing online through their Etsy shop with new items posted bi-weekly or shop in person at their boutique at 2202 Main Street in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.
Fall-Winter 2016 Credits: 
Photography by Thomas Ruppel
MUA Christine Raab
Styling & Creative Direction Melissa Ferreira

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Street Steez + Stylish Folks

One of my absolute favorite things to do is to people watch.

I get a tonne of inspiration when I see someone doing their own thing with their style.
I often stop people who come into my shop, at my events and on the street when I see them putting together a unique look or if they're wearing something that stands out, then I take their picture if they're into it...

I've always said that style is the simplest form of self expression. 
What you wear says a lot about your personality without even having to say a word...

My first love has always been vintage fashion. 
I often get asked "what is vintage?"
Well, definition-ally "vintage clothing" consists of clothing & accessories that are at least 
20 years old or older.

With that said my heart lies in much of the style from the 1920's-1970's and I definitely try to emulate aspects from those decades in all of my collections but with a modern twist.

Fashion for some people (especially in the West Coast) is particularly functional or utilitarian and I base that on the fact that there's such an outdoorsy life style here. 

Personally I don't consider rain jackets, sweatpants and rain boots all that fashionable but they certainly do serve a purpose in rainy conditions.

Don't get me wrong here, I have a sense of humor when it comes to expressing yourself with fashion...take these red soccer inspired BACON SOCKS for example...
Cute...but mostly HILARIOUS!!!
(I actually slow clapped when this gal walked into my shop...just sayin)

This gal above came into my shop to find a belt and bag to go with her gray non-traditional wedding dress and suede burgundy heels. 
What an AMAZING combo! LOVE!

How excellent is this Victorian inspired outfit?? 
Snapped a pic of this lovely lady at a fashion show for local corset maker Lace & Brace Atelier. 

I'm a sucker for vintage eye wear!!

I'm also a sucker for carefree wild spirits!

If I could get a dollar for every person who`s come into my shop, over the last 6 years, who`s asked me to come home and dress them! 
(I'd be a couple hundred dollars richer...haha)
I`m BIG into playing with layers as seen with this gal above. 

She was so impressed with how easy it is to transform an outfit just by throwing on our reversible Uptown Vest, leather Obi belt and metallic embroidered eyeball shoes that she left with the whole outfit!

Same same...but different :-)
The coolest thing about Adhesif Clothing is every garment is completely unique because each piece is made with up to 95% reclaimed and vintage fabrics. 
Same design but with a unique AND eco friendly composition means you get to have the only one of it`s kind  in the whole world while being kind to the planet.

That`s pretty darn special...just like you! 

I LOVE snapping pics of happy customers at my shows!
This gal (above) was wearing a floral printed blouse that ended up matching the Nico Kimono she acquired at our Circle Craft booth last year!
(...seriously though...her little flats had cat faces on the toes! TOO CUTE!)

The Floret Jacket is our signature design since 2007
The jacket design is hand pleated + made with vintage wool blankets in the contrast. 
I call this one, leaving a lasting impression ;-)

xo We love a little vintage glam xo

French girls...what can I say but Magnifique!
Snapped a pic of these 2 SUPER cool chicks on the streets of Paris (above) a few years back.

THIS is a perfect example of how to mix and match prints and patterns which is so extremely HOT right now in the fashion styling.

One of my favorite things to do (wherever my schedule permits) is collaborating in creative photo shoots. I did a really cool one last year with a creative team from Vancouver, BC and we produced some really stunning results.

I put together 8 looks that showcased my idea of upscale urban looks with a vintage twist. 

I have been collecting vintage  for well over 20 years now (it's a bit of an obsession) so I pulled items from my own collection with a mix of  designs from Adhesif Clothing's Collections which resulted in getting published in the most recent issue for U.S publication Belle Armoire magazine!

Belle Armoire Magazine Summer 2016

Photographer ~ Daniel Mark
Model ~ Dana Truhar
MUA ~ Vanessa Kuan
Creative Direction + Wardrobe ~ Melissa Ferreira

Belle Armoire Magazine Summer 2016
Featuring our Spring-Summer 2016 Collection

Photography ~ Patryk Widejko
Model ~ Nadine Joelle
MUA ~ Neetu Sahota
Creative Direction + Wardrobe ~ Melissa Ferreira

So...what's  your style story? 
What ever your vibe is remember to have fun with it. 
Keep it fresh and interesting...after all you never know who you might inspire! 

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