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Style-Diet Shot: patented dress?!

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
– Thomas Jefferson

You know how I feel about patented seeds… But how about a patented dress?! I just happened across this pop-up shop while going from yoga to the Pantheon with my friend Cath. Inspecting the tags, I came across la designer. Her name is Barbara Annunziata – an architect go figure – and the first person I ever met to patent a dress!!! I didn’t know you could even patent a dress until I experienced this one. You can wear it a gazillion ways and it is called La Ruota (translated to “wheel of fortune”Check it out at http://www.wearever.it/santarella-ruota.  

Below, hanging with Barbara and her cutie 10 month old (wearing a teeny La Ruota.) I’m wearing a brown-on-brown version (as some of you might be able to surmise, the darker brown is a stretchy material). 

  

I confess that I feel more inclined to don La Ruota as a light summer coat but happy to experiment with the nth number of ways to wear this superlative garment. It’s really like getting 20 for 1- howz that for a Style-Diet?? Repurposing galore… My gladiator sandals made and bought in Italy. Sure going to miss this place.  

Until the next post, baci a tutti!

The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

Style-Diet Shot – Elena

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

 – Thomas Jefferson

I met Elena in Tuscany, Italy where she lives.  Her clothes are Dixie dixie.it and her shoes are from Raspini http://www.raspini.com/negozi_eng.html.  I called Dixie to find out where their clothes are made.  (Any excuse to pick up the phone and speak Italian!)  Dixie is made in a suburb of Florence called Signa. Raspini is a famous set of shops for the fashionistas of Florence.  Raspini recently added a vintage boutique to boot. Italians as a rule have a passion for fashion.  I understood this when I saw the bus drivers of Florence wearing Prada shoes.  I smelled it in the air.  I could feel it in my bones.  After a few years of living in Italy, we embraced the art of la Bella Figura.  Once you understand what quality is, there’s no turning back.  Like with their beautiful cuisine, the Italians appreciate locally-made, lovingly-made.  Well made. Quality.

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The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

Style-Diet Shot – David

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Designer David Chiang is wearing a 100% cotton shirt from his label, National Standards made in Vancouver. David used to design for Ferragamo in Florence, a city we both love and lived in. National Standards menswear can be found at David’s Store, Motherland http://shopmotherland.tumblr.com/ in Vancouver’s Gastown or on Main St. The Motherland stores feature clothing made locally.

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The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

Style-Diet Shot – Cami

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Cami in the Motherland Store in Vancouver’s Gastown.  Motherland is a menswear store by local fashion designer David Chiang and features a line of clothing made locally.  Cami is wearing a vintage necklace and cute top she inherited from her sister.

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The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

The Style Diet Shot – The Beginning

“On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

I have been following The Sartorialist (www.thesartorialist.com) for years now, watching him highlight people with unique style in fashion capitals around the world. When I lived in Florence, I regulary wondered if I’d bump into Scott Schumann at the Pitti or the Duomo. When we moved back to Canada, pictures of Florence’s stylish hotties (of all ages) helped heal my homesickness for Italy.

I discovered a Vancouver equivalent to The Sartorialist when my friend Edith popped up on Style Quotient http://www.stylequotient.ca/2010/03/31/no-288/. Edith is a beautiful singer with a silken voice and wicked sense of style. (If you’re lucky, you might catch her dulcet tones at Cheesecake Etc one fine evening)

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Julia Roberts in 2001, wearing Vintage Valentino. The designer has said that dressing Ms Roberts for this event has been a career highlight.

What we wear cannot but echo part of our philosophy. I love fashion but want to celebrate common sense and sustainability. Yet style too. Is it possible? You bet your second-hand Fleuvogs yeah! Had to have a think and yay…

… I got a brain flash!

Wouldn’t it be awesome to show stylish peoples wearing a main item of clothing acquired according to the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet Principles?!! Organic, local, sustainable, second-hand, ethically made. If none of the above, then clothes from countries with stellar human rights records. Quality, so you replace your stuff less often.

To kick off, here is Jyoti at the office. Her dress is Value Village Vintage.

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I acknowledge that some people don’t want to clothe themselves in the energy of strangers. My mother, born in India, is one of those people. She asked me to say this when I told her I would blog about The Diet. In India, there is a taboo about buying other people’s cast-off clothing. Fortunately, being born in Canada and being half English, I laughed off that cultural idea when I was young. Wearing clean, second-hand clothes that fit your style can be super cool, sustainable, hip and exciting to shop for. The quality of many well-made vintage clothes is such that they have lasted decades. Clothes back then were were made to last years, not a season.

I hope to make The Diet Style Shot a regular – if not frequent – section of my blog to celebrate those people who can rock your grand-dad’s clothes.

And look incredible.