Monthly Archives: February 2009

Répondez, s’il vous plait

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Répondez, s’il vous plait, or Please Respond, is an essential element of the invitation ensemble. It is important to include an rsvp card, most commonly referred to as a response card, with invitations for your event in order to keep track of the number of guests that will be attending and to help you plan your budget. However, sometimes guests are not all too diligent on returning the response card. Therefore, the return process must be as simple as possible. The response card should be included with the invitation as a separate insert for guests to mail back to you. Make sure the wording and instructions are straight forward and clear. It is an absolute must to include a respond by date, as well as include a return envelope that already includes postage on it and a return address label. 

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House of Papier attends New York Fashion Week…Part VII

Inspiration No° 6: Fabulous Fashion

While I’ve been inspired by individual elements of New York Fashion Week. The truth of the matter is that just being under the tents in Bryant Park was in and of itself an inspiring experience. I’m often asked why House of Papier is so closely linked to fashion. After all what do invitations and fashion have to do with one another? Right? The answer is, nothing. For me it’s about style. As far as I’m concerned style exceeds the boundaries of fashion and extends to creativity, patterns, colors, ideas, design, and texture. I always go back to my favorite quote by Coco Chanel:

My Favorite Coco Chanel Quote                 House of Papier © 2009

My Favorite Coco Chanel Quote House of Papier © 2009

Missy at Bryant Park

Missy at Bryant Park

 As I close out my Fashion Week experience I leave you with two video Clips from the Venexiana Show (Click Here)and the MISS SIXTY show (Click Here).

House of Papier attends New York Fashion Week…Part VI

Inspiration No° 5: Miss Sixty Patent Leather Bubble Jacket

Miss Sixty Show - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009

Miss Sixty Show - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009

Black is back for the Fall & Winter. I fell in love with this patent leather jacket/dress number. As beautiful and feminine as this outfit is, it actually gave me an idea for a masculine invitation design. House of Papier has always marketed it’s products to women and I have struggled with coming up with designs that men would feel comfortable with purchasing for an event. So it’s somewhat of an oxymoron that such a beautiful ensemble on a beautiful female model has inspired me to create a masculine design. Keep following the House of Papier blog and I’ll share it with you as soon as I create it.

Miss Sixty Show - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009

Miss Sixty Show - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009

House of Papier attends New York Fashion Week…Part V

Inspiration No° 4: Miss Sixty Wide Buckled Belts

Miss Sixty Show - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009

Miss Sixty Show - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009

Another show I attended during the New York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is the Miss Sixty Show. In addition to the eccentric ensembles, the accessories in this show were fabulous and artistically inspiring. I love these wide buckled belts and hope to incorporate the concept into an invitation design.

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House of Papier attends New York Fashion Week…Part IV

Inspiration No° 3:
Lyone lace beaded & Swarovski encrusted wedding gown
with tulle detachable train

Bridal by Venexiana

Bridal by Venexiana

This Venexiana bridal gown drew massive applause during the Venexiana show when the “Marianne”came down the runway. The Marianne, made popularby Karl Lagerfeld, is most commonly seen in Haute Cauture fashion shows, to close out the show and it definitely was a show stopper. It inspired me to incorporate tulle in House of Papier’s upcoming wedding invitation collection.

Bridal by Venexiana

Bridal by Venexiana

House of Papier attends New York Fashion Week…Part III

Inspiration No° 2: Oversized Self Belt with Swarovski Buckle

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Kati Stern, who is known for mixing fur with the finest fabrics, is the fashion designer behind Venexiana. I had the opportunity and privilege to attend her show at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park. The new Fall 2009 collection boasted sixty-six new looks, all of which were breathtaking and elegant. I’ve never really been a lover of fur, but Stern’s designs could easily entice me to have a change of heart. My inspiration No°2 are the oversized self belts with Swarovski buckles seen in the photographs above. While House of Papier regularly incorporates Swarovski crystal and buckles in our invitation designs, these two Venexiana pieces gave me great inspiration for a new way to adorn both invitation inserts and the silk box that holds them.

Missy at the Venexiana Show, New York Fashion Week

Missy at the Venexiana Show, New York Fashion Week

House of Papier attends New York Fashion Week…Part II

Inspiration No° 1: The “Pink” Apple of my Eye

Shiny pink apples on the Barbie display in Bryant Park

Shiny pink apples on the Barbie display in Bryant Park

Every season the New York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is centered around a theme. Last season was an Ode to Dorthy’s ruby red slippers in the Wizard of Oz and this year the theme is centered around the 50th anniversary of Barbie. Under the tents the Bryant Park fountain was transformed into an exhibit of all things Barbie; and of course the dominate color was pink. My eyes could not help but to be obsessed with the brilliantly shiny, pink lacquered apples that circled the bottom of the display. Dispite all the fabulous people and celebrities dressed to kill under the tent, these apples were my inspiration No°1 for new House of Papier invitations.

Barbie Display, Bryant Park NYC Fashion Week

Barbie Display, Bryant Park NYC Fashion Week

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