'Tis the Season for fabulousness and sparkle. Whether you're going to a family get together, an office Christmas party or cocktails with friends, there is no reason why you cannot be the most stylish person there. So, before you start rockin' around the Christmas tree, make sure you look good doing it.
For a work party, one thing to keep in mind is that you will most likely have to see these people on Monday. You want them to remember your awesome frocks rather than your smooth dance moves. The easiest thing to do is take your every day business wear and spice it up. Add some sparkle with accessories like chandelier earrings , a cute clutch and some rockin’ heels. Take a dull office look and turn up the colour. Emerald, cobalt, red and purple are great colours for this holiday season!
A family get together is usually a lot more laid back but that doesn’t mean completely boring! Remind them who the fashionista is in the family. Start with comfort. After all, chances are you will be feasting on some delicious holiday treats. A pair of jeans paired with a blouse or a cute embellished cardigan or sweater would do just the trick. As for accessories, keep it simple with pearl or pave studs.
Lastly, the fun night out with friends and cocktails. This is where you can be as fabulous as you want to be! Kick it up a notch with some sequins, killer heels and ruby red lips (or whatever colour you want!). The more sparkle, the better, just keep it tasteful! Metallics and lace are great for a girls night out as well as some bright colours.
Now, the question is, where can one find some holiday frocks? Smart Set has some really great dresses for a reasonable price as does RW. If you like to stand out just a little more check out local fashion designer, Celine Brideau’s store, Cbrido. She just launched a holiday collection! Accessories are everywhere. Try checking out local craft sales for some one of a kind designs or hit up a local business!
All these holiday looks should be effortless and most of all, fun. They are a way to bring out your own personality with a little glam. If you like retro styles then go for the polka dotted A-line dress and pearl studs. If you don’t like dresses, go for the dress pants or jeans with an embellished top. Dressing up is something you should look forward to and feel great once you arrive to wherever you are going. And remember, when in doubt you can never go wrong with a classic little black dress.
Celine Brideau is a born designer. Native to a small Acadian area of New Brunswick, where fashion is only a fantasy, she grew up expressing her emotions through creating, drawing and making clothing.
Following her heart, she went on to study Fashion Design in Quebec, and with perseverance and a bit of stubbornness, she achieved her dream of opening her own boutique, CBrido Collection, in Downtown Fredericton, this past July.
“Fight for your destiny”… These are the words that 26 year old Celine lives by. Passion, ambition, and determination are the qualities that drive the CBrido brand – a collection offering Ready-to-Wear clothing for women. Every garment is designed with a mix of vintage and modern influences, with feminine cuts, and quality comfort.
“Fashion is a lifestyle and it expresses our way of being and our personality. Be strong and powerful in your garment and express yourself by wearing this creativity. Feel it and be the masterpiece of CBrido collection” - Celine Brideau
What was it like attending NY Fashion week?
First it was a dream come true!!! I never thought that a Fashion show organizer from New York would contact me personally to invite me to Fashion Week in NYC. For me it was an opportunity to show people that I’m here in NB, persevering in this difficult industry and working hard to be recognized as a Local NB Fashion Designer.
The experience in NYC gave me a lot of contacts - designers from around the world, models, fashion industry people and more… I’ve made a first step in NYC and want to go again. Going to such a big city with people who are really into fashion was challenging for me. I didn’t know what to expect and if people would like my stuff there, but I’ve made several sales, so mission accomplished!
What kinds of things inspire you?
It always related to my mood, but more specifically I like the Historic influence; culture, architecture and most important the evolution of the women…I am proud to be a women and I always create according to the women body.
What other designers do you look to for inspiration?
A lot!!! Jean-Paul Gaulthier for his fun, Alexander McQueen for his theatrical inspiration, Yves Saint Laurent for the classic and Balanciaga for the feminity. Just to name other because I can’t stop…Temperley, Comme des garçons, Eve Gravel………..and more!
What’s next for you?
Now I am focusing on the clothing for my store on 340 King Street, Fredericton. I have to produce winter clothing really quick because NYC took a lot of my time and now I’m a little late for the winter production… but it was valuable ;)
In December I’ll have some amazing Christmas outfits… In spring I’ll be a part of the Ottawa Fashion Week and I’ll also try to participate at the Mercedez Benz Fashion show start-up. In the meantime, I am also working to build my website and online at www.cbrido.com. I have more projects up my sleeve, there’s always more…
Be passionate and work hard!
Photography by Hillary Nguyen
Model: Michelle Nguyen
Hillary is a local photographer, an FFC member and is currently enrolled at the New Brunswick of Craft and Design. For more of her work make sure to check out her page, Jill Photography.
Make sure to check out this month’s issue of Inside Fitness magazine, our very own Jaclyn Wilson is featured! On top of being one of the Vice Presidents for the FFC, Jaclyn is an Ifbb pro and a fashion designer! Make sure to check out her page for more info!
Also follow her on facebook!
Fashion Education with FFC Members
Continuing Education Night Courses are being offered at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design for the autumn semester!
FFC members Patricia Galbraith, Joanne Venart and Tracy Austin are offering fashion related courses that are open to the public. Make sure to check them out!
- Half-Metre Miracles
Pat Galbraith, Fashion Designer
Tuesdays 6-9 For beginner students, this course has lessons and projects that
incorporate hand and machine sewing. All weekly projects can be made from a half metre or less of fabric and a final project in a metre. No previous sewing experience is needed.
Material Cost: $30
- Serger Basics
Joanne Venart, Fashion Instructor
Saturday, October 19, 9-4 How’s your tension? Stop coming apart at the seams! In this
one-day course you will learn through demonstrations and hands on experience, how the serger machine works, how to troubleshoot problems and play with its potential. Take home your finished sampler as a reminder of all the techniques and applications you can master.
Note: Students will use the sergers provided by the studio.
Material Cost: $20
- Make Your Own Dress Form
Tracy Austin, Freelance Artist/Technician
Saturday, October 26, 9-4 Have you ever wished you had a twin to help fit your dress or hem your skirt? In this one day workshop, using brown paper
tape you will make your own personalized dress form.
Note: Please wear appropriate undergarments and bring a fitted t-shirt with a round neck and sleeves.
Material Cost: $20
- Fashion Illustration
Tracy Austin, Freelance Artist/Technician
Thursdays 6-9 This introductory workshop introduces basic illustration
styles and techniques to aspiring fashion illustrators. Students will learn to use a variety of traditional mediums and croquis enabling them to design for fashion with new techniques and styles. Students will learn to design a collection and render textiles.
Material Cost: $35
General Public $165 + HST
Students (15-19) $80 + HST
Seniors (60+) $80 + HST
One day classes $57 + HST
Two day Classes $114 + HST
Material costs are suggested estimates only.
For more information please visit www.nbccd.ca
Fashion on Parade!
Those at the Palate for lunch on August 21st were treated to an extra stylish entrée: The Fredericton Fashion Council had a Fashion Walk Through. It’s aim was to promote local fashion for both retail and fashion designers. This city has so much fashion and talent , it’s time to let it out!
It was a casual atmosphere as the models mingled with the guest and passed out business cards. Those dining took great interest in the fashion that surrounded them and were at times surprised to know it was all local. Those who took part in the walk through were : designers Adrienne Goodine, Sherry MacFarlane and Heather Kilburn from Sable on Blond, as well as Robert Simmonds clothing, Generations, Eloise and Cintamani.
Photographer and fellow FFC member, Jeff Crawford took some wonderful shots from the show, which can be seen on his Facebook page as well as the FFC’s page.
We are hoping it is the first of many events put on by the Fredericton Fashion Council. We are here to turn up the fashion!