Collier Art | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

What is a Collier? It is an old French word that usually refers to a piece of bulky and imposing jewelry necklace.
Not too long ago, a collier was worn together with earrings, a bracelet, and a ring all in the same style and colors, with the same precious stones. This coordinated ensemble was called a Parure.
Women wearing a parure wanted to show off the family wealth, their knowledge of fashion and appear well put together. I am sure the Queen of England has many parures in her secured vaults.
The social revolution of the ’60s pushed away many strict dressing rules, the matchy-matchy jewelry was one of those rules and in fact, today matching everything to the letter is considered a bit of a kitschy custom.

Seven years ago, I created my own line of custom-made colliers with colorful yarn. Just as always happens, I make something for me and wear it, then people want it. I remember a funny episode that happened to me in the street. A woman spotted me because I was wearing a very extravagant collier, she followed me to a cafe’.
I noticed her in the street following me and noticed her in the cafe’ staring at me, but I really didn’t want to make any fuss, until she asked permission to sit with me. She introduced herself and asked me at once where I had bought that piece of decoration hanging from my neck that really struck her fancy. To make a long story short, she bought it literally from my neck and left my outfit undecorated. In my purse, I carry the square device to take credit card payments, just in case I meet impulsive buyers like her and the purchase was made. She became my best client.

In my creations with yarn, fabrics, beads, glass and various embellishments my neckwarmers look like jeweled colliers and have two functions: keep the neck warm and embellish the clothes.
It is a nice alternative to a scarf, a fun and colorful way to play with accessories.

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Colliers Collection

©Colliers Collection by Valentina Cirasola

 

Fantasy Collier Ochre

©Fantasy Collier Ochre by Valentina Cirasola

 

Gray Collier

©Gray Collier by Valentina Cirasola

 

Every year I produce fun pieces, they don’t’ stay in y stock for very long. Now, I present my colliers at trade fairs and various exhibitions. Link to Etsy if you want to see what I do. Ciao,
Valentina
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValentinaExpressions

 

Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Val in a Hat Shop

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 the forthcoming author of a book on fashion subject: ©So Chic, So Stylish, due to be published March 2020. Get a copy of her books here: Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Posing For A Fantasy Collection | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

I learned to crochet at the age of fourteen with my grandmama who taught me only two stitches, how to start and how to end a piece of work. I never thought so many moons later I would be still creating and presenting my work at professional trade fairs. My grandmama told me to learn any art and put it aside, one never knows in life…
Throughout my life, I have been a sponge for learning new art, new trade, new skills, and studying subject after subject, I guess that makes me a lifetime student.

Today, I see a shape, it doesn’t matter what it is glass, metal or ceramic, and I want to create my new crochet piece to evoke that shape. I see a fabric color mix or a design on cloth and I want to reproduce it with my own twist. Everything is a good source of inspiration. A lot of my pieces have sold as modern art for home décor,  and for fashion to wear. One piece is never reproduced twice, just can’t, I work without a pattern and I have no desire to spend the same amount of time twice to make a copy, I rather make something new and original instead.

This is my new collection for Autumn/Winter. Etsy is my store online, where I display many items even different than fashion, such as wood pens made of exotic wood, blank cards made from my photography and much more. In the next three months, I will be exhibiting in various local trade fairs in my area.

Grey Black Lame' Poncho

Grey Black Lame’ Poncho – SOLD

 

Purple Cheddar Shoulder Wrap

Purple Cheddar Shoulder Wrap – https://etsy.me/2nTIIKF

 

Soft Colors Circles Cardigan

Soft Colors Circles Cardigan – https://etsy.me/2nOz1go

 

Purple-Multicolor Poncho

Purple-Multicolor Poncho – https://etsy.me/2nR5FxX

 

Beige Sweater Red-Yellow Flowers

Beige Sweater Red-Yellow Flowers – SOLD

 

Crazy Duster

Crazy Duster – https://etsy.me/2mctcZY

 

Blue-Sea Foam Shoulder Wrap

Blue-Sea Foam Shoulder Wrap – https://etsy.me/2mag4Vb

This is a new crochet era, of course, there are many people making traditional crochet and many more like to explore new horizons. The important thing is to keep creating and expressing ourselves. Many updates of new items will come from now to December. Ciao,
Valentina
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValentinaExpressions

 

Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val in a Hat Shop

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. She produces her own line of clothing and accessories and designs custom outfit for special occasions when her clients requested it. To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of five books.
Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors
or all others on Barnes&Nobles

 

Dressing Up In The Golden Age | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

What a great self-treat was last night to watch Downtown Abbey film premiere. Stunning costumes, interesting dialog, sizzling lines, fast-paced scenes, moments of hilarity and the grand atmosphere of the period set, all contributed to a couple of hours of great entertainment. If you want to be extrapolated from today’s reality and fall into the grandeur of a golden age, this is the film to watch.

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Downton Abbey Movie Poster

Downton Abbey Movie Poster

It was the premiere of the film, I felt to dress up for the occasion. We are having an Indian Summer here, it was too warm for this kind of layering, I couldn’t wait to get inside the air-conditioned cinema. Some people came dressed as they could trying to be like the Downtonians, some came with just a hat and jeans, some wore a large gypsy skirt with a long plastic pearl necklace and some others came in shorts with a parasol. It was funny but to each its own.

In my fashion studies at the Italian University, I studied the history of costume, which knowledge has helped me through my life when buying clothes. Every piece of clothing I buy is a well thought out study of how and when this new piece will be used. I always ask myself these questions: “Can it go with a period style, and if yes, which historical period can represent? What else do I need to purchase for a specific period that goes with the new piece?  Can I use the new piece in a modern outfit? If yes, which is the modern combination I can use the new piece?
I have a photographic memory, which allows me to scan my wardrobe in a minute and see what I own while I am buying new clothes and study their proper use. Pretty lucky, eh?!

 

Downton-Abbey-Outfit

Downton Abbey Outfit

 

Accessories for Downton Abbey Film Premiere

Accessories for Downton Abbey Film Premiere – Martinez Valero shoes

Another system I follow when buying clothes is to go mentally through my social activities. What do I do the most?
I go to theatre plays, shows, and Opera a lot. To me, these outfits must be original, not too elegant because sometimes I go to matinée shows, but I like them to have original details.
I visit Museums and art shows at the reception openings, thus these clothes must be artistic and colorful.
I attend fundraising and charitable events, these clothes must be cocktail style, modern, colorful and showing off my personality.
Occasionally, I am invited to particular restaurants to experience something special or ethnic, these clothes must be playful and smart elegant.
I visit clients, and for this, I am always well dressed in a feminine way, not business-like. I have always despised that the look of women dressed in men’s business suits.
I don’t go to sports events, thus I don’t have clothes for sports activities and very rarely I go to pop music concerts for which I wear the only jeans I own, leather pants, or a pair of gold pants.
I trot the world with comfortable clothes, not too flashy, stylish, versatile and colorful. All the clothes and shoes I own are interchangeable and can easily be adapted to a period-style or become a modern outfit. As you see, I don’t buy clothes just to buy or because they are on sale, I buy them with a purpose in mind. Getting dressed is my art and appearing good on every occasion is my goal.

The biggest concern when owning a wardrobe full of interchangeable clothes is to keep the same weight through the years, now that is a real challenge!

Let’s go back to Downtown Abbey film and the beautiful women fashion. In the Golden Age, colors were soft, or even muted, mostly solid and if fabrics had a pattern it was tone on tone, never a boisterous jam of designs. The daytime outfits were mostly long dresses revealing the calves or were made of two pieces, a long tunic over a long skirt. They were embellished with some decorative embroiders, lace, or passementerie. The waist was long to counterbalance the length of the dress and the sleeves usually were lightweight and transparent. Evening gowns revealed a sophisticated décolletage and sparked a lot more with rhinestone or paillettes.
Since the hemline rose, shoes were visible and attractive, made in a solid color or double face (two colors), were often leather, suede and even fabric for the elegant affairs. T-strap style shoes were very popular with Louis Heels (the same as my shoes in the photos) or Tango Heels.
Hats and gloves were the mandatory accessories for a daytime outfit, occasionally in this era women carried a parasol.
It was such a different time, I felt elegant, and at the same time, I felt as if I came out of a nostalgia shop. The evening was pleasant, the film was great, be sure to watch it if you like this sort of thing, however, outside, the reality looked so harsh in comparison. Ciao.
Valentina
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Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

 

Valentina with short hairValentina 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

 

Out Of The Ordinary | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Do you always do things the same ways? I am talking about wearing a pin on jackets, sweaters or coats; hanging a necklace always from the neck and cinching the waist always with a belt. I have many vintage jewelry items that really push me to use them in alternative ways other than the traditional way. Their shape and what they represent call for innovative ways. A 1950’s bee pin, I am sure has been seen on a lapel of a woman’s jacket for at least two-three decades. Now, I wear it at the bottom edge of my pants or at the beginning of some pants’ detail, as shown in my photo. Suddenly, the bee pin is new and unexpected. I wore this outfit last night at a networking event, my bees on both sides of my pant legs became the attraction.

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Bees-On-Pants

Bees-On-Pants

 

How about wearing a vintage pin as a pendant hanging from a necklace. The brushed silver on the pin and the bluish-green of the crystals go really well with the stone necklace in my collection. If I didn’t have that necklace, I would still hang the pin on a gold or silver necklace. The important thing is not to match to perfection.  I have attached this same vintage pint on pockets of jackets and even on skirts.

Pin Pendant

Pin Pendant

 

Here, on the stage of my TV show, I am wearing three metal belts as necklaces. One belt is made of squares and circles, the second necklace has blue and silver beads, the third one is a straight metal chain. The necklaces are all silver metal, together they have picked up a certain style and don’t even look like belts. Do you like how I interchange jewelry and how I shift their function?

Stay out of the malls, where you will find one item repeated a million times. Go look for your pieces in the most unusual places, instead. My two 1950’s bee pins came from an antique store, where household items are sold. Often, I find beautiful stuff in second-hand stores, small boutiques, family-owned books store, ceramic shops, wineries, and arts/craft fair. Getting out of the ordinary will make you an original. In the sea of people made with a cookie-cutter, called the “followers”, if you do your own things, you will be regarded unique and people will follow you. It will boost your self-esteem, try it. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Valentina with short hairValentina 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 five books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on Barnes&Nobles
All the books are available on Barnes&Nobles and  Amazon

 

Cheddar and Bluestone | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to a new episode of Friday Fashion.
This week I participated in a fashion event, an evening of dining with women and a talk on Fashion Disrupters.
I arrived at the venue wearing the outfit in my photo and someone greeted me with a big: “Mercy, mercy, you are sooooo visible!!!”
Perhaps the organizers expected to see invisible people at this event……I don’t know but I was surprised by the welcoming comment.

I sat at the table for dinner and a woman looking at my outfit said: “You need to wear more colors”. We both laughed, I am sure she was joking.
Then I looked around at my table and I saw businesswomen and women entrepreneurs wearing nothing by black and grey. Very sad.

All the women at the event had some very interesting to say, but their faces looked like the light was turned off. Society judges with the eyes in the first 90 seconds of coming in contact with us. The outer shell is what society sees first, and forms an opinion based on the colors we wear and the way we dress. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is.
I wonder what the colors I wore conveyed to the audience that evening: frivolous, carefree, shallow, girlish, attention-grabber, feminine, social climber, fashion slave……

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Cheddar_BlueStone

Cheddar_BlueStone

These are the colors of Fall 2019, cheddar and bluestone, the shoes carry the same colors with one band and heels in magenta as an accent.  Bluestone will show up in many collections this coming Fall.
Its profile is not pure, it is tinged slightly with a grey hue. Its character gives a sensation of calm and quiet. Its value is dull and that’s why it is called a muted color. I paired the bluestone colors with a cheddar lacy sweater (BTW, I crochet it) to enliven it with some light.
I am still wondering how I was soooo visible….. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Valentina with short hairValentina 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 five books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w
and the latest book, paperback or kindle ©
The Road to Top Of The World Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/y7tuyfh8

 

 

Ethnic Summer | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to a new episode of Friday Fashion.
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

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

 

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