Thursday, May 24, 2012

Spring/summer 12 inspiration: Colette Valois (Pan Am)

Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Episodic stills from Pan Am (2011-2012) - all pictures via Karine Vanasse Fan SiteUntitled The Colette dress - Up The Wooden Hills SS12 
Photography: Beata Rydén 
Model: Elin Vestin 
Styling: Lisa Marie Andersson

Since I haven’t talked that much about the inspirations behind Up The Wooden Hills' collections before I decided to do a post today about the story behind the Colette dress. The spring/summer 12 collection was overall very influenced by summer and cities with a more mild and warmer climate - especially Sacramento and Los Angeles. The other part of the inspiration came from different strong women who were fictional characters in a few different tv series I watched very intensly during the time I worked with the collection. When the collection was ready the newly added dress models for this season carried names after five different agents and one stewardess. And the inspiration behind the Colette dress was the French stewardess Colette Valois portrayed by Karine Vanasse from the tv series Pan Am that was launched in 2011.

 Overall the Pan Am tv series included many beautiful geographic surroundings combined with a wonderful 1960's set design and costume design. When I read about the show I noticed that some people critizised it for romanticizing the 1960's era but since the series doesn't claim to be documentary I think one have to see it and judge it for what it really is - pure fiction. Another thing I really liked about the show was that the stewardesses in the series were always put in the forefront of the story and portrayed as intelligent and independent women with great posture and lots of physical strength.

Colette was the character that instantly became my favourite in the series. She seemed like a wise, graceful, sympathetic, passionate and warm-hearted person who respected herself and her own values. Her sense of style in clothing was chic, sophsticated and elegant and her makeup with the very noticeble eyeliner and her hairstyles combined with her fringe was just so stunning.

When I made the first sketches for SS12 I wanted to create a dress that captured the Colette character somehow. It was no coincidence that the pattern with the strongest colour palette and the biggest Liberty print in the collection was chosen for the dress with her name. I wanted the Colette dress to feel chic, passionate, elegant and comfortable. And I hope that the person who wears it will feel colourful, confident and beautiful in it. :)


12 comments :

  1. she´s so lovely - no wonder you wanted to make a dress "for her". and it turned out beyound beautiful!
    didn´t they cancell the show?! i´m afraid so...

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! She really is wonderful! I'm glad you like how the dress turned out :) Yes, I think they cancelled the show unfortunately... :( I've heard rumours about that there might be a second season since it had such international success, but nothing seems to be certain yet... It so sad that the series got cancelled since I really liked it...

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  2. I love the story behind the colette dress.
    That lady is oh so pretty and she's french canadian too ^___^

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    1. Thank you, Genevieve! I'm so glad you like the story behind the Colette dress :) She really is the prettiest! I love that she is French Canadian! <3

      xx

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  3. Lisa Marie, I am so honored.. This dress is beautiful ! Exactly the kind of style Colette would have liked.
    I hope everybody who wears it, will feel as elegant as I felt when I was wearing Colette's clothes.

    Have a great day!

    Karine Vanasse
    P.s. thanks to KVGallery for the link !

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    1. Dear Karine, I was so honoured that you decided to post a comment here! I'm so glad to hear that you find the dress beautiful and that you think it corresponds exactly with Colette's style. I means so much to hear you say that since you are the person who knows the Colette character the best! Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Have a great day you too!

      Lisa Marie

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  4. She's my favorite character on that show too. Love the dress.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Lindsay! I'm so happy to hear that Colette is your favorite character too on the show! And I'm so glad you love the dress :) Thank you :)

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  5. Gorgeous!!! I love her character , i think she's the most sincere and genuine person on the show! and she gives a great and very elegant vibe :) love the picture choices!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Page! I'm always so glad to hear from you. I really agree with what you said about the Colette character :) I'm so glad you like her too and the pictures I chose for this post :)

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