When Fashion and Nature Collide – May Issue

A Mix of Fabrics and Cultures

Lustrous Asian silk, vintage English lace, vichy pattern that reminds me of the French Riviera, natural bird feathers, a suede fedora that feels like Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca and an Italian masquerade mask for sensuous looks that have an old world appeal combined with a contemporary flair. My contribution to this third edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide is about a mix of textiles and accessories infused with rich culture and history. A kaleidoscope of beautiful clothing made of fabrics from across the globe to match the stunning critters and flowers featured in the current issue. Roda and Darren’s photos have provided me the inspiration for styling nine outfits this month. There’s sure to be something to inspire you!
Soie asiatique lustrée, dentelle anglaise vintage, imprimé vichy français, plumes naturelles d’oiseaux, un fedora en suède rappelant Humphrey Bogart dans le film Casablanca et un masque vénitien de mascarade pour des looks sensuels qui reflètent le souci des belles matières de l’époque combinés aux besoins contemporains. Ma contribution à cette troisième édition de When Fashion and Nature Collide est axée sur un mélange de textiles et d’accessoires empreints d’une culture et d’une histoire riches. Un kaléidoscope de beaux vêtements fabriqués à partir de tissus en provenance du monde entier pour associer aux superbes espèces de la flore et la faune en vedette dans l’édition actuelle. Les photos de Roda et Darren m’ont inspiré neuf tenues ce mois-ci. Il y a sûrement quelques ensembles pour vous inspirer!

The Buff Laced Polish Hen ‘also known as Flo’

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Nature Photography by Growing SelfPhoto May 11, 1 04 31 PM
Lace: this classic and feminine fabric reminiscent of times gone-by is always ‘in Vogue’. Fashion trends come and go, but lace remains each season. It can create many different styles. Coordinate lace with leather for an edgy look or pair it with denim or silk for an allure of romance. Remember, you don’t have to wear lace head-to-toe, just enough to give your look some va-va-voum glamour. For this girly yet fun outfit you see here, I combined a frilly vintage blouse to a crochet piece (that looks like a skirt but is actually a dress), and added feather mules, which I have created. A shoe that shows you’re a fun chick! The DIY tutorial of these mules will soon be available on the blog.
La dentelle: ce tissu classique et féminin qui rappelle les temps passés est toujours en vogue. Les tendances de la mode vont et viennent, mais la dentelle revient dans les collections à chaque saison. Elle permet de créer de nombreux styles différents. Combiner la dentelle à du cuir pour un look sexy ou encore porter votre pièce en dentelle avec du denim ou de la soie pour une allure romantique. Pour cet ensemble féminin et amusant que vous voyez ici, j’ai agencé une blouse vintage froncée d’une collerette de dentelle à une jupe (qui est en réalité une robe), puis j’ai complété la tenue avec des mules en plumes d’autruche, que j’ai créées. Le tutoriel de ces chaussures ludiques sera bientôt disponible sur le blogue. 
Photo May 11, 1 04 03 PMLace Blouse – Era Vintage Wear / Skirt – Vintage / Mules – Franco Sarto (DIY with feathers by 3C Style) / Bag – Vintage / Bracelet – Private collection of Elena B. / Earrings – Eugenie Bee

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The Moraea tulbaghensis & Blue Morpho Butterfly

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Geneviève Lacelle MUA – Flower Photography by The Arty Plantsman & Butterfly by Growing SelfPhoto Apr 02, 1 26 46 PM
These two pictures have inspired me to dress “up” my jeans for the day with a bright blue top, a tailored coat and leopard shoes. Love the simplicity of this look that says: I’ve tried, but not too hard. See here how Darren has captured in his drawing the ethereal beauty of the Moraea, a complex flower of stunning beauty, which to me looks like a butterfly.
Ces deux photographies m’ont incité à donner une dose de chic à mon jean avec un top turquoise, un manteau structuré et des chaussures léopard. J’adore la simplicité de ce look qui dit: j’ai fait un effort, mais pas trop. Voyez ici comment Darren a capturé dans son dessin la beauté éthérée de la Moraea, une fleur complexe d’une stupéfiante beauté qui ressemble selon moi à un papillon.
Photo Apr 02, 1 14 16 PMCrop Jeans – Citizens of Humanity (available at Room Service Loft Boutique)  / Crossbody Bag – J. Crew (similar in pink, tan and white) / Coat – Vintage / Shoes – Sophia Webster / Bracelet and Earrings – Private collection of Elena B. / Earrings below – Mango

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The Trichopetalum plumosum ‘hairy petals’

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Geneviève Lacelle MUA – Flower Photography by The Arty Plantsman Photo Apr 10, 2 17 30 PM
Warning. If you are an introvert and you plan to sport a ‘hairy coat’ like this one you better be prepared. All eyes will be on you and your coat! Some will love it and compliment you while others like my son might think you look like the Yeti. That made me laugh by the way. But no one will be indifferent. I personally enjoy items that make people smile. Having fun with my clothing is to me what fashion is all about.
Je vous préviens. Si vous êtes une personne introvertie et que vous envisagez de porter un «manteau poilu» comme celui-ci, vous feriez mieux de vous préparer à ce que les gens vous regardent. Certains aimeront et vous complimenteront alors que d’autres comme mon fils vous diront que vous ressemblez au Yeti. Cela m’a fait bien rire. Mais personne ne sera indifférent. Personnellement, j’aime les vêtements qui font sourire les gens. S’amuser avec ses tenues est pour moi l’essence même de la mode.
Photo Apr 10, 2 16 23 PMTrousers – Zara / Coat – Revolve (sold out) / Ring and Earrings – Private collection of Elena B.

The Asarum maximum ‘wild gingers’

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Geneviève Lacelle MUA – Flower Photography by The Arty Plantsman Photo Apr 10, 2 07 17 PM
This flower has velvet petals and leaves. A black velvet slip dress worn with a silk t-shirt underneath would have been perfect to show off the beauty of this plant. But there is unfortunately no such dress in my wardrobe so I went for a laced coat with jet black velvet pockets, which usually feature “Bullets”. Real gun bullets! This design is popular in Georgia but my friend Elena who kindly let me borrow her coat embellished it instead with roses. Much better concept in my opinion.
Cette fleur a des pétales et des feuilles d’aspect velouté. Une slip dress noire en velours agencée à un t-shirt en soie porté dessous aurait été la tenue parfaite pour mettre en valeur cette magnifique fleur. Mais hélas il n’y a aucune slip dress en velours dans ma garde-robe. J’ai donc opté pour un manteau de dentelle orné de poches de velours noir. Ce design est populaire en Georgie, mais généralement les poches sont agrémentées de  «balles». De vraies munitions pour les fusils! Mon amie Elena qui m’a gentiment prêté son manteau a plutôt choisi d’y mettre des roses. Un bien meilleur concept à mon avis. 
FlowerCoat_MG_9349Silk t-shirt – Anine Bing (available at Room Service Loft Boutique) / Coat “Flowers, no Bullets”– Creation of Elena Botchorichvili / Shoes – Miu Miu / Earrings – Private collection of Elena B. / Necklace – Banana Republic

The Western Conifer Seed Bug 

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Geneviève Lacelle MUA – Nature Photography by Growing SelfPhoto Apr 10, 2 26 57 PMCorduroy Jeans – Joe Fresh / T-shirt – Frank + Oak / Sandals – Guess / Bag – Pantera / Necklace – Eugenie Bee
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This Western Conifer Seed bug have captured my heart. Yeah, I know… It’s a nuisance when it enters homes and it is responsable for a substantial loss of seed crop. But look at Roda’s stunning picture of the creature. It is so beautiful. The presence of the teal color in the photography is another reason for my liking. This hue is my signature color. Teal pairs well with rust, brown, gray, black and navy.
Cet insecte a capturé mon cœur. Je sais… C’est une nuisance lorsque ce type de bestiole entre dans les maisons. De plus, le Western Conifer Seed est responsable de substantielles pertes agricoles. Mais avouez que la photo de Roda fait honneur à la beauté de cet insecte. La présence de la couleur sarcelle dans la photographie procure un attrait supplémentaire selon moi. Cette teinte est ma couleur fétiche. Elle s’agence bien avec le rouille, marron, gris, noir et bleu marine. 
Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Nature Photography by Growing SelfPhoto May 11, 1 43 22 PMPhoto May 11, 1 44 50 PMPhoto May 11, 1 40 06 PMSweater & Trousers – Zara / Mules – Made in Italy (Gold heels DIY by 3C Style) / Hat – Ophelie / Necklace – Eugenie Bee
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The Box Elder Bug

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Geneviève Lacelle MUA – Nature Photography by Growing SelfPhoto May 11, 12 56 31 PM
Coat and Boots to keep, forever!
Being sexy and mysterious has more to do with attitude then looks. But clothes can help you own it as they can enhance your best features. This will translate into more confidence. You may not built right away the James Bond kind of confidence, but surely enough to put you instantly in a good mood. And that, my friends, is extremely sexy!
Un manteau et des bottes à garder… Pour toujours!
Être sexy et mystérieuse a plus à voir avec l’attitude que l’apparence. Mais les vêtements peuvent vous aider à acquérir une attitude positive envers vous-mêmes en mettant en valeur vos meilleures caractéristiques. Cela se traduira par plus de confiance. Vous n’obtiendrez pas illico la confiance de James Bond, mais sûrement assez pour vous mettre instantanément de bonne humeur. Et ça, mes amis, c’est très très sexy!
_MG_9668Photo May 11, 12 56 02 PMSilk coat with embroidery 1930 – Era Vintage Wear / Suede Skirt – Vintage / Boots – Made in Italy / Earrings – Private collection of Elena B. / Watch – Michael Kors

The Oxalis adenophylla & Gladiolus maculatus 

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Geneviève Lacelle MUA – Flower Photography by The Arty PlantsmanPhoto May 11, 4 00 00 PMJeans – Ralph Laurent (Leather Cuffs DIY by 3C Style) / Turtleneck – Frank + Oak / Boots – Stuart Weitzman / Handbag – Fendi / Below: Sunglasses – Burberry (similar here)

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For this look I wanted to let the leather cuffs of the jeans and the accessories stand out. I simply paired my jeans with some of my wardrobe staples: a turtleneck, block heel booties and signature round shades.
Pour ce look, je voulais laisser la vedette au jean et aux accessoires. J’ai simplement associé mon denim à des essentiels de ma garde-robe: un col roulé, des booties à talons carrés et des lunettes de soleil de style rétro.

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The Partridge Plymouth Rock 

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Nature Photography by Growing SelfPhoto May 11, 1 19 50 PMSilk Dress & Vintage Feather Hat – Era Vintage Wear / Sandals – Sam Edelman / Earrings & Necklace – Private collection of 3C Style / Venetian Mask – Made in Italy
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How can a chicken inspire me such a look? It all started with the feathers and when I spotted this vintage hat my imagination got carried away… If I am ever invited to a masquerade party that’s what I would wear. Feels so sensual, a bit like in the film Eyes Wide Shut. Did you know that in the 18th century Venetian masks were worn everyday by some people? This was done for various reasons, such as:
  • Escaping the pressure of the social hierarchy by pretending to be someone else;
  • Doing illegal or criminal activities;
  • Having romantic encounters.
With masks, people could go and do as they pleased without fear of being identified and without so many inhibitions.
Comment un poulet m’a-t-il inspiré un tel look? Tout a commencé avec les plumes et lorsque j’ai repéré ce chapeau vintage, mon imagination m’a transportée ailleurs… Si jamais j’étais invitée à un bal masqué, voilà ce que je porterais. Une tenue très sensuelle qui rappelle un peu le film Eyes Wide Shut.
La popularité des masques vénitiens ne date pas d’hier. Historiquement, ils étaient portés au 18e siècle à Venise pour les carnavals mais aussi au quotidien pour diverses raisons, notamment pour:
  • Échapper à la pression de la hiérarchie sociale et prétendre être quelqu’un d’autre;
  • Faire des activités illicites ou criminelles;
  • Avoir des rencontres amoureuses.
Masqués, les gens pouvaient vaquer à leurs routines ou aller où bon leur semble sans être identifiés et sans autant d’inhibitions.

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From these pictures Lisa over at Lismore Paper has created an amazing artwork. A must see! Please, go visit her site as well as Roda and Darren‘s blogs to get an overall view of When Fashion and Nature Collide.
RodaMontagePhoto Mar 17, 9 48 08 AMThe team: Darren Sleep, Dominique Nancy, Roda Shope and Lisa Lawrence.
À partir de ces photos, Lisa de Lismore Paper a créé une magnifique oeuvre. À voir absolument! Allez visiter son blogue ainsi que ceux de Roda et Darren pour voir l’intégralité de la troisième édition de When Fashion and Nature Collide.

Next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide: June 20th.

Stay strong, stay stylish! – Soyez forte, soyez stylée!
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67 Comments

    1. Merci Tony! Nous avons eu tellement de plaisir à faire ce shooting. Je crois que cette complicité avec tous les membres de l’équipe transparaît dans les photos. Ce projet est vraiment emballant. Bonne journée à toi également.

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    1. And your artwork… Let’s not forget your stunning artwork! I just love the way you use different types of mediums to get an original piece. I’m also very happy with this month edition. Much love to you Lisa. 💞

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  1. Absolutly stunning! Ces photos (et la créativité derrière ) sont de véritables oeuvres d’art. Impossible d”imaginer l’immense travail qu’il y a derrière tout ça. Je crois que ces photos de toi sont parmi les plus belles du blog; tu es simplement éblouissante! Mon seul problème est que je n’arrive pas à savoir laquelle est la plus jolie dans la 1ere photo, la poule ou toi…
    J’imagine très bien Jocelyn dire que le manteau a un côté Yéti !
    Je me disais: comme ce serait génial d’avoir toutes les photos et les textes de ton blog réunis en un livre .
    Tu m’impressionne Dominique; tant dans ce que tu fais, que dans ce que tu es. 💖💪

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    1. Tellement gentil de ta part de prendre le temps de m’écrire un aussi charmant mail. J’apprécie beaucoup Imelda. La poule est effectivement adorable. Elle se nomme Flo et j’ai un faible pour ce poulet. C’est une rock star! L’idée d’un livre me trotte dans la tête depuis le début de ce projet, mais semble-t-il c’est très cher à produire et pas du tout rentable. Pour le moment, je n’ai malheureusement pas l’argent pour un tel investissement. Mais qui sait? Peut-être que le financement viendra… Belle journée à toi chère amie. xoxo

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  2. Et la page couverture du livre d’art devrait afficher en page couverture la photo de tes yeux avec le couvre chef de plumes dans la dernière série de photos . Sobre et bouleversant.

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  3. Wow! WoW! WOW! So many amazing outfits! You must have worked like crazy to get them all together, Dominique! This really is just so awesome, and I can totally see this series made into a book one day. The feathered shoes are my absolute favorite and I bet that chicken would be endlessly jealous if it would see them! 😀 And I´m totally in love with that green dress and the green fedora à la Bogart (the hat not the dress 😉 ). You all have really created something very special here with this series! can’t wait to see what you come up with next!! xoxo ❤

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    1. I feel some pressure now for the June Issue!!!!! Thank you so much Sarah for this awesome comment. Yes, I did work a lot on this edition but everyone did. We are so inspire by each other’s work. I will soon show a DIY tutorial for the feather mules. So easy to do!

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  4. Outstanding! I can’t even pick a favorite! Although Flo did asked if she could borrow those shoes!!! I have a feeling she is enjoying all of the attention!😉💚

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  5. OH MY GOD!! where are you getting all these different clothes from??? Is this all from your own closet, it must be bigger than my house (both of them😊).
    This is just so stunning I have no words!!

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    1. Thanks so much DEE-DEE. You always give me positive feedback. 😊 BTW I don’t have that many clothes. At least not new clothes. I am a collector at heart. I keep my pieces for many years and most of them I have bought years ago. But I transform my clothes almost each season. I do buy new accessories such as jewellery, handbags and shoes. With these I am able to keep my look current. Voilà you know my secret.

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    1. It is truly a great collaboration. A lot of work but I really enjoy the creative process and the friendship. Thanks so much for your support. It means a lot to me. xoxo

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  6. Wow ! What a wonderful collection of incredibly amazing outfits !! It is really nice to draw the inspiration from nature as it encourages the designer to be more creative to use the texture & color into fashion designing. Looking forward to see your upcoming series as well ! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Tim. You are among my first male followers, which are like you highly creative bloggers. You hold a special place in my heart and I truly hope your terrors go away soon. xoxo

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  7. Love these outfits that you put together! My personal favourite is the first one. I love that it is an elegant and professional look that can be worn to work. The mules are very lovely and I had no idea that they were a DIY project- looking forward to your tutorial!

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  8. I’ve seen all of the posts and I will duplicate my comment on all because I take it as a whole from all four of you.

    You folks have an uncanny eye. From chickens to flowers to bugs to ephemera, you all bring it all together in a way that is not only pleasing to the eye, but is inspired. The way Dominique translates those colors, textures, and shapes into fashion is nothing less than brilliant. My hat is off to you all! I love this series and can’t wait to see more. ❤️💕❤️💕❤️

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    1. Thank you Cris. Love the boots too. To keep forever! I just visited your site and comment… You look amazing! Your pics are fabulous as always. Great week to you too dear friend. xoxo

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