Ethnic Summer | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Traveling to a foreign country is about learning a different culture, taste new food, approaching local people in their language, trying their customs and bring back some of the beauty to talk about with my friends over a dinner party. Ethnic fabrics, jewelry, and some home décor are usually the things I bring back, hoping I will have a place or a use for them.
Ethnic fashion is about creating a distinctive look wearing a garment of a racial group or foreign society that can be incorporated in the western fashion, just like this mandala skirt below.  It is like celebrating diversity in a personal way.

 

ZuChic -Mandala

ZuChic -Mandala

 

Mandala Fabric

Etsy – Mandala Fabric

I would make a spectacular jacket out of this mandala fabric. I found it on Etsy https://etsy.me/2YFropx

Flowing dresses and layered patterns is one of the ways to combine ethnic design.

ZuChic-Layered

ZuChic-Layered

 

ZuChic-Purple

ZuChic-Purple

In the 20th century, western society was smitten by the Eastern far side of the world from the European Bohemian style outfits of the hippies and flower children to the Indian style, China style, Middle Eastern and African style of the ’70s. In the 1990s, approaching the new Millennium, designers felt to reconcile with the ethnicity of distant countries, creating new expressions of eclectic without being too faithful to the style of a particular country. Exotic was a word coined then. If it came from elsewhere, it was exotic and therefore accepted as new and out of the ordinary. Of course, if we look back in history, chinoiserie and silk fabrics were the high styles of Italian and French courts in the 1700s. Their fashion and home décor reflected the acceptance of foreign influence in their culture.

Ethnic Hat by Cicely Gilman

Ethnic Hat by Cicely Gilman

My friend Cicely Gilman hand-embroidered this style hat, reminiscence of the traditional Arab Kufi hat for men. Today, western women can wear this style of hat with modern clothes, casual jeans, or ethnic clothes. However, think how good this colorful hat could highlight a woman stark business outfit and take the serious edge off of it. Cicely is not a person afraid of colors. She produces fabrics for fashion and interiors. Find her bold and vibrant creations here: www.etsy.com/shop/cicelygilman

This necklace is one of my latest purchases on eBay and I will wear it with a very modern outfit. All the little metal beads will make a nice sound when I move, kind of like wearing windchimes and all the nice thoughts will come in. I heard a phrase in the  film Return To Me:
“When bells ring, angels appear”. Perhaps, the sound of this necklace will do it.

eBay Ethnic Necklace

eBay Ethnic Necklace

Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

ValValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, 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.
To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of four books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

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Blushing Backstage | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to a new episode of Friday Fashion.

Pantone today emphasizes “Big Sur Sunset” of California. The light on Big Sur is really different compared to the Mediterranean golden light I am used to seeing at sunset. In those parts of California, the coast is rugged, the roads are winding and the view is breathtaking. The sunset reminds me that occasionally in California the gargoyles spit blush wine, a cool, gentle and refreshing wine for summer days. In the Pantone photo, the blush color melts away into the light blue of the ocean. Immediately, when I saw this photo, I thought of the blush color evening bag I gifted my sister. The clutch is very extravagant with an incrustation of glass and rhinestones that can illuminate a city. I would like her to wear it for her soirées at the theatre.

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Pantone Bug Sur Sunset

Pantone Big Sur Sunset

It seems the display I made for my picture, with the crochet blush fingerless gloves and all the jewelry colors go well with the graphic description Pantone makes about Big Sur Sunset.

Blush Glitzy Bag

Blush Glitzy Bag

Will my sister wear the sky blue floral and gem-studded shoes or the black ones?  I will leave it to her choice.
These shoes are an eye-catcher for sure!

My Goody Shoes

My Goody Shoes

Luxury floral gem-studded heels

 

Luxury floral gem studded heels

My Goody Shoes – Luxury floral gem-studded heels

Luxury Floral Gem Studded Heels 496

 

The fashion forecasts say that this blush and powdery color will continue in the next winter season. Some women just look washed out in this color, how you wear it, can be interesting or dull. Free People combine a blush velvet jacket with a graphic t-shirt. I adore Free People fashion.

Free People

Free People

I hope you are having many Summer blush sunsets. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, 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. To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of four books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

 

Glammed Up | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

I don’t know many women who like fashion and don’t know about Iris Apfel. She is a geriatric starlet, who became a fashion icon after she stopped working as an interior designer. She is irreverent with her clothes, uses colors in the most extravagant ways, clashes patterns on purpose, and covers her body with the most extraordinary jewelry one will ever find. She can combine tastefully all kinds of jewelry from eclectic, tribal, modern, antique, retro, to golden, silver, wood, plastic, bakelite, glass, stones, hand-painted and a lot of chains. She doesn’t’ like what she calls the “put together” look, she likes all her extravagant combinations to look harmoniously done. She wears unique articles of clothing, although very colorful and bold, they appeal to the senses, always looking beautiful and special and make her look as if she is having a load of fun. That’s what fashion is supposed to do.

What she does with her clothes and the way she dresses outside the standard canons is a real art, it takes courage to be so highly decorated every day. She owns many flats and homes not so much to live in but to host her clothes and jewelry collections.
In her twilight years, she has even signed a contract with a modeling agency to become a geriatric model and wrote a book.

She has been an inspiration to many women, I am one of them. I have never been afraid of colors, or clashing patterns, there are certain things I learned from her, such as wearing bracelets, a lot of them, mixed in all shapes, forms, and colors.

These bracelets on my arm are hand-made wood bracelets, the dark color is Purple Heart, a very rich wood in wine color, and the light color is Marble Wood with beautiful veins. They make a nice wood sound, almost like a wind chime and they are lightweight.

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Hand-Made Wood Bracelets

Hand-Made Wood Bracelets

I learned to make wood pens, I have three samples in the photo below. The technology is the same, I thought why not make bracelets for me, and wear them just like Iris would. Voila’ I did it. At the moment I am on the roll, many more bracelets will come out in many different types of exotic wood and colors. Perhaps I am on to something. Creativity is never too much.

Wood Bracelets

Hand-Made Wood Bracelets

It seems wood bracelets are a perfect match to a leopard print on a bag, clothes or shoes. Ciao,
Valentina

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Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, 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 personal style in their homes and with the clothes they wear.
To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of four books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Red Under The Rain | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

It has poured down for two months straight. Rain here in California is always an event and car accidents abound during rainy days. I don’t like rain in particular, it’s wet and cold but at least I appreciate the change of season that it brings. Rain cleans spider webs around plants, everything smells fresh, and vegetation in my garden grows lush.

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Santana Row

Walking in the street during rainy days I see people dressed only in grey or black, curved into themselves, hidden in their hood, as to protect themselves from getting wet. The streets are gloomy, lonely and nobody enjoys this precious gift from the sky. I remember, when I lived in a different latitude, going out under the rain in colorful clothes was fun, we went out for shopping, work or meeting friends in a cafe’ where we could sit in the warmth, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and watch the rain falling on the cafe’ windows. We had clothes for rain and warm clothes for the winter, we wore gloves, hats, and scarves. Here in California, every day is a casual day. It is almost always sunny and mild, people don’t feel to dress for any occasion, thus when rarely the rain comes, they feel like fish out of the water.

I love to color my days, the greyer it gets, the more I burst into colors. This winter my new red Fedora has made me happy. It seems as if I bought everything to go with the red hat, no I did not, I build my wardrobe according to what I own already. It’s only a matter of remembering what is in the wardrobe and buy items which will combine well with the existent clothes.  To me, this is an art.

 

Red Fedora Ensemble

This is the month of red, Valentine red, I chose it because I am happy to love every day and to learn new nuances from love.

 

 

Red Fedora

Fashion offers a lot more than just an identity to society. It doesn’t have to be expensive to sharpen the image of oneself and change the way one feels in the right clothes, not just something that covers the body. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


ValValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, 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.

To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of four books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w
Her latest book, a travel narrative ©The Road To Top Of The World is here: https://tinyurl.com/y7tuyfh8

Let’s Revive The Spats | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Riding on the sand along the beach, dressed in a period frock of early 1920’s, a red and black fitted jacket with gold buttons, frills coming out from a white shirt underneath, beige riding pants, brown-black leather boots and gloves, my head covered with a woman style top hat and my long blond hair flowing in the wind. I see myself in this idyllic period picture wearing decorative spats fastened under the foot with a strap to protect my beautiful riding trousers and boots from the wet sand. My fantasy runs wild when I see original pieces of clothes!

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(photo above: Via Pinterest)

Spats buttoned up along the ankles were fashionable in the early 1900s especially for a man outfit. I remember my mother’s father wearing beige buttoned up spats over his shoes. He was a tall, blue-eyed man, had a very stern attitude and an elegant comportment I haven’t seen in anyone ever since. I didn’t like him that much, he was harsh and narcissist, his name was Angelo and nothing of him resembled an Angel. However, I admired his sharp, very refined and detailed way of dressing up, when he left the house it seemed as if a model left for a fashion show. He was well dressed every day.

I see myself wearing many types of spats, short and long, in Tartans, Boho, Victorian style and much more. They do embellish a common pair of shoes and add originality to any outfit. I found these beautiful examples at maidestreasuries.
https://www.deviantart.com/maidestreasuries/art/Mucha-Golden-Girl-Spats-152241196

 

 

 

In various countries military infantry still wear spats for formal events even today, I love to see pomp and circumstances.

In our modern dressing up, we can do many things, pairing antique, vintage accessories with new modern fashion is actually a very interesting way to dress up.
If the feet and calves are highly decorated keep a simple style up above and use mostly solid colors. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina In Studio

Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, 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 personal style in their homes and with the clothes they wear.
To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of four books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on

Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

 

Your Face In The Right Colors | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to a Friday Fashion episode.
Do you always wear the right colors for your complexion? If yes, you are an expert and don’t need to hear anything else. Knowing the right color for your face is half of the battle with any successful outfit.

This week I wore this outfit to conduct my TV show with a fashion designer from Belgium as my guest. The title of the show is: “Stylish Pile”. My guest will explain how to rescue fabrics from worn clothes and make them into a new garment. However interesting this subject was, it is not the subject of today. The reason I chose grey and mustard with a touch of black as the focus of today’s topic is only to talk about the suitable colors around the face. My face doesn’t look good framed with a black color and even if the black is on my torso, still doesn’t look good.
For my TV show, I have chosen to wear grey and mustard with a touch of black because we are in the winter, I wanted the colors to go with the dull nature of January but I didn’t want a sunless outfit. Grey doesn’t seem so dull next to a mustard color and a pile of gold. Most women would wear silver on a grey top. The moon is considered female energy, wearing silver on silver is about calling for that moon, gentile, female energy. The sun is considered a male planet, the golden colors which emanate from it, is hot and powerful. I have a strong character, and always felt attracted by solar planet energy, thus wearing gold for me means being supported by a strong entity which energizing me constantly and gives me the light I need to look alive and prompt for any situation.

This is one of the principals for a successful outfit. One might like a certain color but if it is not suitable to the face, it is the wrong color, simple as that.

As I said, black around my face turns off the light of my hair and my eyes, black makes my complexion washed out or sad, as I often say. Black might be an elegant color, it might be a protective color, it might be slimming and all that jazz, but black receives no energy, nor light and gives out no energy and no light either, that’s another reason I choose a cascade of gold necklaces. They will give light to my face and I can wear a black hat without feeling “turned off”.

 

 

Jill Pillot, my TV guest in this show, created the hat I am wearing, French Tweed is the fabric of my shoes, the shirt is hand-painted Italian silk, and the grey gloves are voiles.
If you want to see the show will be posted here in about a week: https://valentinadesignuniverse.com

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Valentina Design Universe TV – Valentina On Stage Show “Stylish Pile”

Not knowing the best colors for our complexion is often the case with women. Buying clothes is a relaxing, fun activity. Coming home with packages and try everything on is even more amusing, then comes the usual dilemma “I have nothing to wear”. Well, ask yourself if you bought clothes because the price was right, you had some money or time to waste, or because you really bought garments that would improve your look. Knowing this, next time you shop, you should be able to leave on the racks all the items that are not for you, no matter how cute they are. A professional like me can help, just say so. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

 

Valentina In StudioValentina 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 personal 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://valentinadesignuniverse.com

Get a copy of her four books here:
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Exceptional Colors in 2019 | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Fashion by Valentina Cirasola

Some things are not born together, perhaps are born in a different era or meant for different purposes and like magic, they look good together when I see them together.

This beaded collar with golden stones was born in the ’40s way before my time, I found it at an antique store, fell in love and brought it home with me. I have worn it ever since I spotted it, almost twenty years ago. I have worn it alone, over a white shirt, over an open generous décolletage, paired with other jewelry and lately with this ceramic face designed by a local artist. It seemed expensive twenty years ago, it was a frivolous buy, I have made so much use of it through the years that it is part almost of my everyday dressing up.

Beaded Vintage Choker

Beaded Vintage Choker

 

Trends to me mean nothing, it feels almost as if someone wants to pull me by the nose to make me do things their way. I use trends as guidelines and from there I make my own choices and style. In my TV show, you will see how I am using the 2019 colors dictated by the industry and how I steer away with my solutions.

My love for colors extends beyond the meaning of each color. It’s about the power, the vibration, the energy each one brings and how I can stay on track with harmony, health and internal peace using colors. Next year, I will start new seminars on these subjects and colors. For now, enjoy the video and visualize you in the new palettes I suggested. Your beginning next year should be fresher, renewed, unexpected for all reasons in the world, not because you need it. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 


It’s my hope that through my writing I am enriching your aesthetic sensibility towards design, style and inspiring you to live in beauty. I love to encourage my clients to show their personality through their home décor, or the clothes they wear. I have loved my profession as an interior-fashion designer since 1990. I am here ready to offer consultations on-line if you need. Check out one of my books on the subject of colors, the third in line of my collection,  ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors
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