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.

(Click on each photo to view it larger).

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,


Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


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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:


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 remnants 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 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 purchased merchandise wrapped in cloth looking like a candy?
In my next episode, I will disclose 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:



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:

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