Ricochet | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to my Friday Fashion.
Ricochet is a French word meaning “Bounce”. It’s true, fashion goes into cycles and every 20-30 years comes back as new, but to make fashion out of found fabrics and remanents is a real art. This is what Jill Pillot does. A native of Belgium, Jill brought with her all her creativity, artistry and love for fabrics when she crossed the ocean at age of 21 and landed in America. Her story is so fascinating that I have invited her to my TV show next November to tell it with her words. Emigrants usually work twice as a harder than locally born people to prove that nothing faces them in the making of their dreams. She wanted to become a fashion designer,  lived rocambolesque events until one-day things started to fall in place.

She owns a beautiful Bohemian fashion store, well decorated and full of her creations. One doesn’t really know where to look first, there is no focal point, brain/eye activity is very fast, now you are looking at something beautiful here and a second later you spot something else more interesting than the previous item. I was attracted by the various styles of lighting, from modern to vintage, country to funky, those light fixtures share the space beautifully, a space lined with whitewashed wood walls and wood floor. In there she teaches fashion, sewing, and modeling. This is a true treasure trove of beautifully orchestrated fashion mixed with some décor pieces and a plethora of fun events.

Her fashion creations are unique and are meant for people who appreciate art in clothing. She produces original, one-of-a-kind pieces due to the limitation of fabrics. Her approach to fashion is free, mathematical calculations and patterns are out of the window, she rather instead piecing various textures and colors together. This is the old fashion European way of constructing a garment, as my mom did as well as a designer. Jill lays fabrics on the table and sees the direction she wants the fabric to take, just by following her instinct, then sews it together. The result is unstructured, flowing pieces without sizes. In fact, the amount of fabric she has to work with determines the size of each garment. I will leave the rest of Jill’s interesting story for my TV show.

Where would you find a store so in tune with the concept of saving the environment that gives a purchased merchandise wrapped in cloth looking like a candy? I will disclose in my next episode what I bought from Ricochet, Fresh Vintage, as they call themselves.
Nice touch Jill !!!
Visit Ricochet in person: 1600 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, California – or virtually: http://www.ricochetwearableart.net



Stay tuned for my November TV show called: Ricochet – Fashion that never dies. Ciao,


Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion-Interior Designer and author, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. She is also a TV producer and host at KMVT15. The goal of her shows is to entertain, inspire and inform, while she is living her passion. Find Valentina Design Universe TV, here:https://goo.gl/2tbN3N

Get a copy of her books here:
Amazon – http://goo.gl/xUZfk0
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w


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