CMichelon’s Abstract Curves

“Brazilian women are sexy, strong, independent … they don’t care about being trendy, they care about looking good, fashionable, polished.” — Clarice Michelon

I recently had the pleasure of designing a custom fabric for Toronto-based Brazilian-born designer Clarice Michelon.

Born in Rio Grande do Sul, Clarice started her studies in fashion in Sao Paulo and graduated in fine arts in the South of Brazil. After several years working as a designer for companies, among them Levi’s, she decided to challenge herself and move to Canada.

Clarice asked me to design a fabric for her new Spring / Summer 2013 collection that was recently featured at an eco-fashion show with renowned fashion designer Baby Steinberg.

Spring / Summer 2013 collection by CMichelon. Textile design (top) by Lila Cheekytree.

The fashion show was part of Expressions of Brazil a three-day festival showcasing the diversity of Brazilian culture through an eclectic mix of arts and culture held at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Patchwork, knit and crochet are combined with sharp tailoring in Michelon’s latest collection – inspired by a universe of curves and shapes found in the modernist architecture of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. The softness of the fine fabrics (cottons, silks, linen) contradicts with the structured abstracted edges of her dresses and tops.

Spring / Summer 2013 collection by CMichelon. Textile design (pants) by Lila Cheekytree.

Click here to see more images from the fashion show.

For more information about CMichelon or to place an order please click here.

P.S. You can purchase the same eco-friendly digitally printed custom fabric I designed for CMichelon in my Cheekytree shop on Spoonflower.

The story behind the scarf

Last weekend I was visiting a longtime girlfriend in Prince Edward County and was able to show her my scarves for the first time. As I shared ‘Out of the Blue’ with her and her mom, I enthusiastically pointed out where each of the images in the photo-collage pattern originate. “Why don’t you tell people that in your blog?” she asked me. But how would I ever be able to replicate this one-to-one experience? Click here to view the visual story of the inspiration for this scarf. I hope you like it.

Out of the Blue – Edition #3

Out of the Blue - Limited Edition scarf (left) and details

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” 

Oscar Wilde

OUT OF THE BLUE – Limited Edition scarf

Inspired by the colour blue, this photo collage contains sky, sea and everything in between. Wear it on days you’re hoping to encounter something or someone completely unexpected.

  • 100% silk
  • Square (36” x 36”)
  • Designed in Toronto
  • Made in the USA

Wing It: Feel ready to improvise

Wing It - Limited Edition scarf (upper right corner) and details

WING IT – Limited Edition #2

We can’t always be prepared, sometimes we need to act on the fly. Feel ready to improvise in this feathered design.

  • 100% silk
  • Square (36” x 36”)
  • Designed in Toronto
  • Made in the USA

 I don’t have to tell you how quickly things are changing, and while being fully prepared for what lies ahead may be ideal it’s rarely possible. So today’s post and my newest scarf is an ode to improvisation. Here’s to going with the flow.

“Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise.”

George Gershwin

Preview of Flower Power

Details of Flower Power - Limited Edition scarf (12" x 72")

It finally arrived! Yesterday, the very first scarf in my debut collection of modern silk scarves was delivered to my studio.

I wore my new scarf with a black trench coat as I walked to the neighborhood ‘candy store’ to purchase a bottle of champagne. It was time to officially celebrate this milestone, just as soon as my husband arrived home from work.

For me, this isn’t just a scarf. It’s the nine months of hard work I spent on it that makes this silk square so important.

My little dream is now a physical reality. And because it’s real, it’s no longer perfect. Only ideas are perfect. Instead it’s my beautiful imperfection. Something I’m proud to share with you.

FLOWER POWER – Limited Edition Scarf

A celebration of strength and femininity, this brightly coloured design combines bold floral graphics with delicate pattern. Wear it when you want to make peace, not war.

  • 100% silk
  • Oblong (12″ wide x 72″ long)
  • Designed in Toronto
  • Made in the USA