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Celeb Style: Devon Weigel
Questions by Tybie Lipetz @Tybielipetz
What are the top 3 must haves in your closet?
At the moment I’d say, a pair of dark denim boot cut Hudson jeans (stupidly comfortable), a blazer and good ol’ Frye boots.
What’s your go-to outfit?
A flowy printed silk mini-dress with boots or booties.
What’s your go-to store?
I find myself in Club Monaco more often than not. Pretty much everything in there is really, really nice. Club Monaco couture as I like to call it.
Kate Arriving at Westminster Abbey
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge arrives with her father to Westminster Abbey wearing her much anticipated Wedding dress.
It##Q##s the dress seen round the world — the big unveil of the Sarah Burton-designed wedding gown of Kate Middleton, bride of the heir to the British throne, Prince William, was one of the most anxiously anticipated fashion moments in years.
Kate Middleton has her dress adjusted as she arrives with her father, Michael,at Westminster Abbey before her marriage to Britain##Q##s Prince William. (Suzanne Plunkett/Associated Press) Chosen in January by the new Duchess of Cambridge for her royal wedding to William, now Duke of Cambridge, but a highly guarded secret until Friday, the handmade V-neck, long-sleeved gown from the fashion house of the late British designer Alexander McQueen is made of French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace throughout the bodice, skirt and underskirt.
The skirt is made of ivory and white satin gazar, and was designed to resemble an opening flower: padded at the hips and flowing out to the floor.The back of the dress was finished with 58 gazar- and organza-covered buttons fastened by loops.Tall and lean, the 29-year-old Kate wore her dark hair in cascading curls, topped with an ivory silk tulle veil trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers.
After textiles, fashion designer Jenefer Pleadwell’s second love is growing food, but her desire to be connected with the land can even be seen through her line as all the fabrics used are hand-dyed natural fibres.
Pleadwell embroiders these natural fibres to create her wearables with what she describes as their “emphasis on bold surface design.” Some of her pieces have gone through as many as four dye baths to attain the colour layers she desires, plus she makes all her own buttons from clay. She uses mostly wool and silk which are her favourites “because they dye so beautifully.”
Her vision for twofolds textiles was, “to make unique pieces in the artisan tradition that allow me to experiment with dyeing and surface design technique,” she says. “My work is inspired by the tension that exists between tradition and innovation, and the desire to educate and inform people about how cloth is made.”
However, when Pleadwell is not in the studio she works full-time for local farmers’ markets, which allows her to fulfill her longing to connect more with the land. “I don##Q##t currently have access to a garden space,” she says, “so working at the markets allows me to contribute in some part to building a local food system.”
Born in Peterborough, Ont., in 1976, Pleadwell studied textile arts at Capilano University in North Vancouver from 2001 to 2003 before studying weaving at Place des Arts in Coquitlam in 2006.