When Fashion and Nature Collide – Living Coral

Living Coral Montage with Land Sea EarthLisa’s insightful and telling “Land, Sea, Earth” design is the primary inspiration to the April edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. As you know, environmental concerns are a core tenant of our team philosophy and products. This month, we focus specifically on a particular part of our precious marine life, and we expand our reach with related yet original design inspirations.
Pantone’s color of the year – Living Coral – is a fitting tribute to this beautiful and necessary part of our world. It is also a reminder of just how fragile that part of our world is. The coral reef needs our protection. It is home to a full 25% of all marine life (2 million species), but experts believe that it has decreased by 20% under its original total area and it will decrease by 20% in the next 20 years.
Our tribute to the coral reef is the central theme of our April issue. We were quite moved with Pantone’s initiative and thought to offer our little bit of support to the cause. The majority of my outfits this month retain a coral theme with our fallback favorites of critters and flowers.
We absolutely love the overlap between the marine theme of the month and our ongoing inspirations, so there you go!
Note: In case you’ve not seen these capsules before, the When Fashion and Nature Collide project is a monthly collaboration with two of my WP friends: Lisa of Lismore Paper and Darren of The Arty Plantsman. Artwork Copyright ©Fashioned by Nature.
The third Wednesday of each month you can see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa, that were inspired by Darren’s flower and critter pictures and sometimes other photographers who collaborate with the team. With the spirit of protecting nature I pull together my outfits with clothing already available in my wardrobe. When purchases are to be made, these come from vintage shops and thrift stores or from socio-eco-friendly brands.
Enjoy the issue!

Under the Sea

Is it just me?  9 times out of 10 I fall asleep while taking a hot bath. Soaking until my fingers get pruny has no consequence. I just wake up suddenly when the water gets too cold. However, the water fluctuation temperatures of the sea are impacting the marine environment. For example, high temperature induces stony corals to lose their algae and “bleach”. Corals are also sensitive to pollution and sediments as it prevents the sun from coming in, which is essential for the algae to produce food via photosynthesis. Algae grow inside of the corals for its protected environment. In return, the algae produce oxygen, supply the coral with food and remove wastes. Without enough sunlight the algae can’t produce food and therefor can’t survive nor do the corals since they depend on the algae to live.
This unique relationship should reminds us that what we do matters on an individual and a collective scale. So embrace the cause, protect nature and the marine life, and wear proudly the Living Coral hue, a nurturing and energizing colour found in nature.

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A Peculiar yet Stunning Flower

Sittin' On The Dock Of The New Year copy (4.2)Sittin' On The Dock Of The New Year copy (5)Sittin' On The Dock Of The New Year copy (7)I took inspiration from one of the most peculiar flowers I have ever seen – Protea cynonoides – to create this outfit and decor for the shoot. I hope to imitate the symmetrical, boisterous charm of the plant in my styling while retaining the natural subtlety that occurs when nature so perfectly matches color and texture.
This flower looks like it could belong beneath the sea. Its vivifying colours encourage joyful pursuits and at the same time invite to reach out for humanizing and heartening activities. Sounds right for this girl.

Is this a Jellyfish? Nope. It’s a…

Flower BulbCity Color PaletteA beautiful inspiration that we are proud to bring to you this month is a flower bulb that looks like a jellyfish (with a Latin name that is longer than my arm). Try to say it 10 times very fast. Good luck. Thankfully, it is not as complicated to create a trendy Spring look. This season, go for any of these standouts for a memorable and modern look: fishnet, frills, embellishment such as fringes and embroidery, feathered sandals, belt bag and of course earth tones. See my post What to Wear for Spring 2019, HERE.
About the coral and seashell jewelry. You should never purchase shells and corals as souvenirs nor go for this fashion trend because these wonders from the sea are not collected from beaches. They are harvested from the ocean and then sold at markets and souvenir stands to tourists. Furthermore, as National Geographic explains in an article about seashell trade, shell processing is a cruel process too. It’s more okay to take home the coral and shells that washed up on shore but you should think twice before picking those spiral shells, large or small. They are actually critter shelters.

The Leaf Cutter Ants & Calanthe

Ants are a force of Nature 2As we talk about how essential the coral reef is, we can’t forget just how important the ants are to the environment surrounding it as well! Ants are important for maintaining healthy soils. They aerate the soil, provide organic nutrients, moisture, oxygen, etc. Ants also serve as food for many animals.
Ant Look & Calanthe CollageCalenthe and Ant LookFun fact. Did you know that ants never cross a chalk line? Draw a chalk line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march and see for yourself. Ants are repelled by the calcium carbonate contained in the chalk, which is made from ground and compressed marine animal shells. You can also keep ants at bay with spearmint, whole cloves and dried coffee grounds. On the other hand, flour, sugar and paprika attract ants.

A colourful and lightweight Jumpsuit 

Sittin' On The Dock Of The New Year copy (20)Darren has done a great looking (if I do say so myself) zucchini flower drawing that features in one of our new designs. It inspired me an outfit. Relinquish all your preconceptions about the orange jumpsuit as this casual and easy to style piece may become your summer best friend. Wear it with tan sandals or white sneakers for a look that is made for creating stylish artwork.

Here are a few of our latest designs…

Last month, I took the liberty of making a few doodles that my partners took to the next level. Darren created the “Spicy Salsa” dancing chillies out of one of my notebook creations, and Lisa is bringing you three incredible artworks with the “Pop of Coral” design and two amazing barcode designs. Plus, there is her beautiful “Land, Sea, Earth” design that we are planning to use on many of the items in our shop. Because we feared our April Issue may be too long for a blog post, we decided to show you only some of them for now and to present the others on Earth Day, that’s Monday 22nd.

Sweet On You Facebook Cover

Ant Barcode CollSittin' On The Dock Of The New Year copy (22)Land Sea Earth Collage

You can discover and own every new designs ahead of the curve through our shop at fashionedbynature.threadless.com. Find all of the designs that we have mentioned here above and all of the featured designs that we showcased in previous iterations of our When Fashion And Nature Collide publication. We will see you there!
Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Flowers and Critters Photography & Courgette Bloom drawing by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Artwork by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Photo collages by 3C Style & Lismore Paper –– All the dresses are from ERA Vintage Wear
Don’t forget to visit LismorePaper and The Arty Plantsman to get an overall view of our monthly collaboration.
The Happy Trio of When Fashion and Nature Collide

Next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide: May 15th 

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46 Comments

  1. A wonderful post as always dear friend. Lisa and I know hw very hard you have worked this month and we love and appreciate you for it. It has paid off !

    Important messages, intriguing facts, beautiful photos and styling. This post has it all !

    Sending you a big hug and a thank you my friend.

    Lots of love. xxx

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  2. Darren said it best! Thank you for making this issue so amazing!! I know it was challenging but the result makes it the best. You are beautiful and inspiring. I had so much fun with both of you. Our like minds showed in our posts 😍 We think the same 🤗 love you sis!!

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    1. I know… Even our title is the same. Lol! You are wonderful sis and so inspiring and fun to work with. This edition was challenging indeed but I knew we would make it as a team. Funny thing is I am so tired today I have problem reading the comments. For example, you wrote at the end of your post New Work BUT I read New York! I was wondering what you were talking about until I realised I had not read you properly. Lol.

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  3. Allo Dominique !
    Je capote sur le pop of coral! Design à couper le souffle
    Dans ta robe corail tu bats la fleur à plate couture. La luxuriance des photos dans prise dans une serre est magnifique . Mais j’adore les photos où tu ressemble à une fiancée de la mer. Tellement beau!!! Le blanc te va à ravir. XoxoxBisous

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    1. Merci Imelda. Comme c’est gentil et agréable de te lire. Il y a de la magie dans cette édition en effet. Les robes étaient sublimes et l’environnement pour faire les photos m’a beaucoup inspirée. Bisous xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Mel! I have so much catching up to do on my reply and blogpost reading. It’s been really busy over here. Be patient with me. Lol!

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    1. What a lovely comment. Thank you so much! Yes, we all work hard to bring our monthly issue but it is also very rewarding. Kind comments like yours are the cherry on top of the sundae! Thank you.

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  4. I never really liked coral ,either the sea plants or the accessories made with it ,it’s the color I’m afraid, it doesn’t suit me but after this I ll lookst it with total different look.😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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    1. With your dark hair I think it would be lovely if you mix coral & rust or red. I am enjoying your book by the way! I don’t want to read it too fast. Lol. Keep well Ortensia.

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    1. Hello Brigid! Thank you for your kind comment. I really like our new designs too. Lisa and Darren did a wonderful job. You will see more on Monday! You are so right. Together, the people who are truly committed to climate change can make a difference. Much love. xoxo

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  5. I love, love, love this post!!! 😄 Coral is one of my very favourite colours and I’ve been known to wear it for years now, either as clothes or nail polish. And so it’s no wonder that I’m absolutely in love with that gorgeous dress. 😉
    I really love that you three always include environmental issues as well as designs of all kinds. Raising awareness is so important.
    And thanks for that tip about ants not liking chalk!😄
    Have a fabulous day and weekend, my friend! 💕

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    1. I bet coral hues look good on you as well. I’m crushing so hard on those two dresses. I probably won’t have many occasions to wear them but I hope to be invited to a wedding soon. Lol. My grandma used to keep ants at bay with the chalk but she didn’t know why it worked. I could write a book on helpful hints for cleaning and issues around the home with all the funny stuff she used to handle a problem. Thanks Sarah. On my way to visit your blog. xoxo

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    2. Our grandmothers certainly knew a lot! And so much practical stuff too. Maybe you should write that book really, it would be like a legacy and also a great help to other people who didn’t get to enjoy their grandparents as much.
      Have a wonderful Easter weekend, dear friend! Love & hugs! xoxo

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    3. Lots of practical stuff indeed but I think there are a few books already on the topic. The only original thing would be the science explanations behind the tips… If that has not been done yet. Need to check. Have a lovely Easter too, Sarah. xoxo

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    1. I did, thank you. I especially enjoy spending some quality time with my dad and son. Precious moment. I am glad to hear you had some great time with friends and family as well. Keep well Gill.

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  6. I adore your fashion sense and how you just seem to pull everything together flawlessly. But what really struck me about this post is your environmental message. It was educational and moving at the same time. And it was just perfectly surrounded by gorgeous images. You three do such fabulous work. Beauty, talent and nature seem to run through your veins. I am so happy that you found each other, and that you are sharing your collaborative work with all of us! ❤️

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    1. Oh Linda, believe me I am so happy and thankful that we found each other! And thank you so much for your kind and lovely words. You are very precious to me too dear friend. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Dominique ⭐️
      This trip is especially important to me since she leaves soon and won’t be back until December. I will have a couple more days to see her off in June but then it’s good bye for a bit 😢

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    2. Oh I know how much this must be hard on you. I will have to deal with this kind of situation in a few years and just thinking about it is difficult. Big hugs from across the ocean.

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    1. Thank you so much. I am grateful for lovely comments like this… The designs are a team work. I couldn’t do any of this without my creative partners and friends. Thanks for reading. I appreciate your positive feedback a lot.

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  7. Hi Dominique, there’s so much to love in this post. From Lisa’s beautiful art design creations, Darren’s stunning zucchini flower drawings amongst all the others and your gorgeous outfits, a big well done to all of you. Protecting our coral reef is so important, it’s a huge issue here in Australia too with the Great Barrier Reef under threat and I loved the ant bar code too, very clever. I absolutely love the way you’ve all collaborated once again in such a thoughtful way. Fantastic! xx

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    1. Your comment goes straight to my heart Miriam. I am really grateful for kindness like this. The collaboration with Lisa and Darren brings so much joy… and our friendship and creative project seems so natural. It just makes sense. Thank you so much for reading. 🙂

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