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  • Holiday Party Outfits for the Vintage Vixen

    Published Dec 13 2019 in Christmas, Fashion, Holidays, Outfits, Party, Party Dress, Party Outfit, Pin Up, Vintage Inspired

    The holiday season is upon us, and with it, the most fun part (for many): Parties! Offices, families and friend groups alike are organizing merry celebrations for the end of the year. Gift exchanges, delicious dinners… And dressing up! It's all part of the fun. How many of us wait all year for this time to shine?

    Here at Cherry Velvet, we have some beautiful dresses to give you vintage flair and retro style as you dazzle at your functions! Whether you’re looking for kitschy fun, glamorous glimmer, or flattering classics, we have options for you.

    These outfits were prepared to showcase a bit of what we have, but there is so much more available at our online store and during our Studio Shops!

    And without much ado... The outfits!

    Hot Stuff

    Lana Black Shimmer dress, red Chiffon crinoline, red samantha shrug, light my fire necklace and earring set

     

    Are you a bond girl, femme fatale, or a smoke show bombshell? This is the outfit for you! A glimmering black dress - our Lana in Black Shimmer. With its seductive curved V neckline, when paired with our red chiffon crinoline... It's like the Louboutin of party dresses. Add our red Samantha shrug for warmth; and to really set things ablaze: the Light My Fire matchstick necklace and earring set!

    Yuletide Sensation

    Brigitte Festive Fairies dress, black chiffon crinoline, Claire capelet

    When traditional, magical Christmas captures your heart, you'll be perfectly suited for out Brigitte in Festive Fairies print! Magical folks frolicking amongst poinsettias, perfectly evoke the ancient traditions of the season. A black chiffon crinoline gives this dress lovely volume, and our Claire capelet will cover your shoulders in whimsical, magical drape. Accessorize with the subtle accent of a black necklace, such as our Black Atomic necklace and earring set.

    Glimmering Goddess

    Norma Silver Filigree dress, white chiffon crinoline, Samantha shrug in black sparkle

    For the glamour of a silver screen diva, look no further than our shiny, metallic frocks. The Norma in Silver Filigree, for example, captures light beautifully in its regal silver pattern. A chiffon crinoline gives your dress a glamorous shape, and our Samantha shrug in black sparkle will cover your shoulders in warmth and shine. For that final twinkling touch, use the Atomic Galaxy necklace and earring set, and you'll shine on all night long!

    We hope to have inspired you to find your perfect holiday outfit, be it for a casual party at home, or for a glamorous night out on the town!

    And make sure to share your photos with us by tagging #cherryvelvet or sending them by email to info@cherryvelvetdresses.com for a chance to be featured on our social media!

    Browse all our dresses online,
    Or Shop in person at 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver BC on our next Studio Shop dates:

    • Dec 13 from 2-7pm
    • Dec14 from 11-5 pm
    • Dec 20 from 2-7 pm
    • Dec 21 from 11-5 pm

     

    XOX Cherry Velvet 

  • Dresses with Sleeves

    Published Jan 31 2019 in Dress, New Arrivals, Pin Up, Roxy, Shelly, Stacy, what's new

    One of the advantages of being a small business is getting to know your customers. We love meeting you, seeing your photos on social media, and hearing your feedback. You told us that you want dresses with three-quarter sleeves, so here they are!

    Craving Coverage

    Many women tell us they feel more comfortable with covered arms, often because of perceived flaws. Those wonderful upper limbs that we use to carry and dance and hug get subjected to endless scrutiny. Of course, we love your arms (and all your other beautiful body parts!), but feeling confident is paramount. If you feel your best with coverage between your shoulders and elbows, we’re here to help.

    Asymmetrically Adorable

    Our Shelly dress has been one of our favourites in recent years. With a deliciously full skirt, Shelly has excellent twirl potential, and the buttoned cuffs finish the sleeves perfectly. The star of this design is the neck detail – three sweet buttons and a two angled straps draw the eye. This dress is currently available in three lovely prints.

    Ravishingly Retro

    Roxy joined our collection last year. This dress has a wonderfully vintage vibe, with an open portrait collar and a crinoline-ready skirt. The Roxy comes in five solid jewel tones, and blends beautifully with a multitude of accessories.

    Flattering Fit

    Our newest 3/4 sleeve dress is the Stacy. This cut was created to highlight your assets, with a ruched bodice and a chevron shaped underbust design that emphasizes your waistline. Right now, you can get Stacy in a spicy, fire-engine red, and a deep, regal purple – stay tuned for black and navy pinstripe versions coming soon!

    Remember, we also sell shrugs, so sleeves can be added to any of the dresses you love. And please keep telling us what you want to wear, because we’re listening!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Bring on the Bling!

    Published Jan 11 2019 in jewelry, New Arrivals, Pin Up, what's new

    A fabulous necklace or pair of earrings can add just the right finishing touch to any of our vintage-inspired dresses. When that retro style jewelry is handmade right here in beautiful British Columbia, it just makes sense for us to offer it on our website and in our studio. Choose your favourite!

    Signature Sparkle

    It’s no secret that we love cherries. Our new Cherry Bling set celebrates this iconic fruit with a truly delicious dose of glitter. The red version is available now, and the pink and maroon versions will be online soon.

    Hot Stuff

    For a truly “striking” look, check out our Light My Fire necklace. Inspired by matchstick-themed textile prints from the 1940's, the metal pendants and earrings have hand-enameled red tips.


    Captivating Shades of Shimmer

    There’s definitely some magic in our Atomic Lights set. This dazzler captures the eye, reflecting shades of purple, magenta, blue, turquoise, and green.


    Awesome Atomic

    If you keep an eye on our website, you’ll have noticed that many of our models have been wearing our Atomic necklaces. The Black Atomic is infinitely versatile, and we also adore the Burgundy, Hot Pink, and Ruby Red versions. With mid-century modern design and lustrous glass beads, you’ll want them all!


    (If you’re wondering about that adorable bowling fabric, stay tuned... It’s a sneak peek at our upcoming Strikes & Spares dress.)

    Whichever set you choose, remember to snap a photo and tag us on social media – we love to see how you make these pieces your own!

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • It's lit: The Green Goddess Dress

    Published Sep 24 2018 in 420, 420 Friendly, Bill-C45, Canadian Legislation, Cannabis, Dress, Green, Legal, Limited Edition, marijuana, New Arrivals, New Dress, Norma, Pin Up, Plants, Pot

    Here's to you, Bud.

    On Oct 17, Bill-C45 (the federal legalization of recreational marijuana) comes into effect, making it legal to light up all across Canada. We've decided to recognise this occasion by creating a colourful, limited edition cannabis-inspired dress called Green Goddess.

    The Norma Dress In Green Goddess - Front The Norma Dress In Green Goddess - Front CropThe Norma Dress In Green Goddess - BackThe Norma Dress In Green Goddess - Fabric Swatch

    Bill-C45 marks a historic change in law and viewpoint towards marijuana and the marijuana industry (in Canada) as a whole. This "little green dress" is our way of commending all those who helped make this new freedom possible. You can read our official press release for the Green Goddess dress below.

    Green Goddess Border

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

    BC DESIGNER CELEBRATES OCT. 17 WITH LIMITED EDITION CANNABIS-THEMED DRESS

    Cherry Velvet brings old-school glamour to Canada’s party

    A celebrated Lower Mainland fashion designer is marking Canada’s historical decision to legalize recreational marijuana with a beautiful cannabis leaf-themed vintage style dress that is perfect for celebrating the big day, but any fashionista that wants to be the centre of attention at the party needs to move fast!

    Diane Kennedy, owner, and designer-in-chief at Cherry Velvet, was inspired by the historic change in law to create the Green Goddess dress, an eye-catching take on the classic ‘50s look that is expertly cut to accentuate the curves and lend some old-fashioned glamour to any modern setting. The epitome of mid-century panache, it features more than a nod to modern aesthetics and comfort. Slimming at the waist, the dress has an invisible back zipper, hidden side seam pockets, and a full skirt.

    Diane, who is native to Vancouver, said, “Just like the best bud, all of our dresses are ethically produced here in beautiful Vancouver, BC. I choose Cherry Velvet’s fabrics not only for their luxurious feel and high quality but also for their attitude. I love florals, polka dots, plaids, and old-school tattoos, but when I saw this material, I knew that I had to create something memorable.”

    In fact, the Green Goddess is so special that it’s a strictly limited-issue dress, with only 15 up for grabs for any girl wanting to commemorate the big day in classic Cherry Velvet style. They are available for purchase at Cherry Velvet’s studio by appointment at 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver, where customers can receive personal attention from Diane, or online at cherryvelvetplus.com.