It was oddly mild this autumn and we certainly took advantage of the warmer days. In early November we headed out to a beautiful park in Aldershot, with our friend and photographer Elizabeth Kaye and gorgeous dresses by Obakki in tow. We've yet to visit Vancouver but we adore the style of West-coast designers. Treana Peake's designs for Obakki simply make us swoon. Effortless and elegant, we find her dresses require minimal accessories and no fuss. And just because we've always wanted to run barefoot through fields, we didn't even bother with shoes. I'm sure the passers-by were startled by us fluttering around in these ultra-feminine frocks. Anyways, the fall winter 2011 collection draws on the moodier hues of winter with bone and antique whites, contrasted by subtle pops of garnet red. So we wanted to play up this colour on our lips. Ethereal and romantic, we love the range of luxurious fabrics from vintage Italian silks, to Japanese Leaver's lace, angora and mohair knits.
When we buy Canadian products, it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside when we know that it's made locally. One of the things we admire most about the Obakki design house is their local focus. Garments are manufactured by local talent right in the heart of Vancouver at The Studio. Treana founded The Studio so designers and production teams could fully collaborate on the process from concept to creation. Everything happens under one roof - design, production, sales, marketing, keeping jobs local and the company's carbon footprint low. Here, the team gives careful attention to the craftsmanship and detail of each piece.
Above, Calliope strapless tiered maxi dress in stone
A third reason to love Obakki? The Obakki Foundation, an organization that supports humanitarian causes by aiming to empower people in developing countries and foster their thoughts and ideas through art and fashion. The collection features everything from screen-printed t-shirts and scarves to a coffee table book filled with the art and words of children living in orphanages in Cameroon, Africa. The book came to be when the Obakki Foundation went to Cameroon, Africa and gave 150 children living in three orphanages a piece of paper and a pen, and asked them three questions: What makes you sad? Afraid? Happy? Their responses are shown in this illustrated book and 100% of the proceeds from this book go back to the children in the orphanages to provide nutrition, education, and basic needs of life. Treana's mission with this philanthropic organization is to promote self-sufficiency, health and education in African villages. This holiday season, give a gift of education by donating $25 through their online store for a school kit which has the basic essentials to send a child to school for one year. The kits will be delivered on the next Obakki Foundation mission.
Stephanie loves the burnt petal (rose-to-burgundy) gradient colour of this alpaca maxi tee shirt dress. The ombre pattern looks as though the wind swirled up leaves, dust and petals around the silhouette. In the photo below Jacklyn paired the Coco jacket with this sheer umber maxi skirt. Snag yourself a pretty frock for the holidays. Until December 11, Obakki is offering a special discount of 25% off holiday dresses.
And now that we've gushed about Obakki we have to thank Elizabeth Kaye who shot these lovely photos for us. We have had the privilege of working with Elizabeth a number of times and have become great friends. Earlier this year Jacklyn did a creative with Elizabeth and The Caketress. This week she will be featured in a 4 page spread in WedLuxe Magazine! We are so excited to see the final product. Follow our Tumblr to see what else we're loving lately!