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Play Time With DCOTA


Fashion designers often find inspiration in the works of interior designers, so I was more than thrilled when DCOTA (Design Center Of The Americas) Invited me  to be part of their fashion show and asked me to create two outfits inspired by an interior designer and his fabrics. They paired me with John Roselli & associates showroom and with the works of John Robshaw,who is famous for his woodblock printing techniques, his mix of fabrics and textures and his perfect use of color; Take a look at some of his ads below; I love them for being so quirky, fun and different! and of course, they remind me of India and that I really need to go there soon.

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To me this project is a lot of fun and although it is definitely out of my comfort zone because I rarely work with prints, I’m sure it will push me to create something outside of the box. It took me seconds to take inspiration from the fabrics (all hand printed in India) and pictures from John Robshaw’s blog and ads!

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John Robshaw

John Robshaw

John Robshaw

The fashion show will be in two weeks on January 30th, but I wanted to give you a little sneak peek of the finished sketches! Take a look and wish me luck, because crazy work weeks are coming up!

Carolina Benoit - John Robshaw Illustration

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I hope you find inspiration in John’s work as well, maybe to try a little woodblock printing, or design out of you comfort zone some amazing print clashing outfits!

♣Wish Me Luck♣

XOXO

Carolina

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What I’m Thankful For This Year


 

 

I am a very lucky girl because every year I have lots of things for which I’m thankful and happy for. Last year one of my dreams came true, I was able to open my studio and boutique. I can’t lie to you, it has been very hard, as most small business owners say, you end up working 24/7 and sometimes frustration can take a hold of your best senses! But with hard work and dedication I have been able to grow my business and slowly turn it into a small fashion line!

Recently, to commemorate my first year in business, I decided to give my studio a makeover, and host a bloggers tea party, take a look below for our new look and drop me a line with your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left,  blogger Kirsten Marie, Center, Daniella our merchandising intern, right, me.

 

 

Some of the designers, bloggers and interns!

 

 

I also have to thank Jackie at Three Brooklyn Photography, for really helping me create beautiful pictures, and understanding my ideas and taking this gorgeous photos!

 

Thank you Daniella Garcia, who is bringing great energy and ideas to our studio and helped me host the most fabulous blogger’s tea party!

Thank you to my husband and family who believe in my dreams more than anyone in the world!

 

And thank YOU! for reading my blog, following me and supporting my dream! You are really helping me make this happen!

 

Have a happy thanksgiving with your family or friends ❤

XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegas Giveaway!


This week I will be traveling to Las Vegas, for WWD Magic and Sourcing at Magic. I am so exited to bring you all the trends and new designers who are waiting to be found, but even more exited to visit The fabulous Las Vegas. I have been so exited about my trip that I decided to create a nice giveaway around it…

TO ENTER

1. Leave a Comment Below letting me know if you have been to Las Vegas, and if so, what was your favorite thing to do there. 

2.You MUST Like me on Facebook  and

(please read the below carefully)

3.  Upload and POST a picture of yourself in an outfit on my FACEBOOK WALL and tell me why it represents Las Vegas!!! IT NEEDS TO BE THE FULL OUTFIT, not just of your upper half of your body.

Winners will be chosen by their outfit pictures and announced on August 31st. 

More than 10 people have to participate in order for somebody to win, so invite your friends! 

**Open to both US & International readers . 

*** Your name on both your FB Page and when you leave me a comment has to match up (If they are different please note that on the comment or pix)

The winner will get a choice of  ANY $50.00 item from my online store or Miami store or a giftcard of the same value

I love to dress up and blend into the city when I travel, that’s why I chose this KT JEAN dress to represent Las Vegas. The dress is sexy, sparkly and perfect for the night! I love the delicate glittery polka dots, and super soft tulle fabric… Like KT JEAN HERE she is one of my favorite up and coming designers! 

Bonne Chance! and don’t forget to leave me Las Vegas Tips!!! ♥

Postcards From Our Online Store


 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these are new at the store ❤ http://www.carolinabenoit.etsy.com!

 

Just wanted to leave you with something fun (I have been absent from blogging for a while) and say to all: Have a happy weekend!

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Carolina Benoit Lookbook


I’m very happy to show you part of the look book of the Spring / Summer 2012 collection. It took almost 6 months to create, we feel it came out just right! You can shop for the pieces now on Etsy. Most designs come in S and M and only 2 of each piece were produced. Shop for them here: WWW.CAROLINABENOIT.ETSY.COM

Contact me to order and drop us a line with your comments 🙂

A special thank you to Paula Velasquez for helping us out with the photography!

And… what do you think about our gorgeous mascot? her name is Tutti, she is a 10 month old Yorkie

Fabric Hunting


Fabric hunting has been one of the first issues in the development of this collection. To begin with, I designed part of the collection with a leopard print chiffon fabric which I found at Mood in New York City. *see below

The initial choice, now looks a little to cartoonish

When the moment to buy the actual fabric arrived, I logged into the mood website and realized that they only had a stiff stretch cotton fabric with a trashy animal print! but I ordered the swatch anyways. * see below

Stiff cotton stretch fabric from Mood

How stupid of me to think that during this season, when animal print is the hottest print of Fall, I was going to find the fabric at Mood waiting for me. The search for the most important fabric of the collection started to make me pretty desperate, since, according to my deadline, production is supposed to start in 3 weeks.

When I came to London, one of my plans was to find all the silk fabrics in here. The fabrics come from Italy, India, China, and are supposed to be la creme de la creme. So as a last resort I decided to go to Berwick street and find my fabrics. Let me tell you something, I have never in my life seen the organza that I saw there, the silk jersey, the metallic thread! I was in fashion designer’s heaven. Most important of all, I found the leopard silk chiffon which had the most natural and beautiful print!

Just Right!

My only problem now is that when I do the conversion from pounds into dollars it ends up being almost double the price!!! and they don’t come cheap at all! but, maybe the fabric is more expensive in New York? or costs the same? Well I am only sure of one thing and is that I have never seen the Italian organza that I saw there at Mood in New York, and where else am I going to find the leopard print!?

Ok, calming down and doing some research I realized that the prices (at least in those stores) are very very very high, plus they don’t sell wholesale… Now, I know I will find black silk chiffon anywhere in the world, but what about the animal print? At that point Hen (my other half) who is completing an MBA and understands everything that I don’t (business wise only), comes in very handy *note to designers: always find this type of partner for your business it really helps you not to go broke. When I got home I was jumping up and down, extremely exited about the fabrics that I found. Hen on the other hand, the MBA that he is, looks at me and starts pointing out every single little detail that is going to add costs, be a problem in the future, blah blah blah… you see, this is supposedly the biggest problem between Miuccia Prada and her husband, she dreams of Italian organza and he keeps the company alive.

But yes… bye bye Italian organza, gold silk thread, silk jersey… I have to put my feet on the ground and start all over again. Even if I have to say good bye to the leopard print for the entire collection… (fingers crossed, knock on wood, spt spt spt) I don’t know, the only thing that I know is that designers are problem solvers so…  Fabric hunting time (and I have not even started on all the leather pieces!!)


The dilemma

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