Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sneak Peak at Fall 2014 Tattered Couture

One of the items from our new Fall lineup of Tattered Couture....available exclusively at Tattered Rose.

Where Have We Been?

We haven't posted much for a while....sorry about that. In preparation for another photo shoot, we've been busy designing some new clothing.....soon to be available at Tattered Rose.

Stay tuned or better yet, come in for something similar and yet quite different.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Glamourous Rose

Tattered Rose has been known to rock some glamour with our clothing & jewellery.....

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tattered Tattered Rose

This design project has been in the works for about 15 that is near and dear to my heart & soul:  Tattered Couture

For Fall 2014, watch for a designated area in the shop for all of our one-of-a-kind clothing designed by the owner of Tattered Rose. 

Customers often ask "Where are your designs?" and I reply by saying they are just mixed in with everything else. But now I want to present all of my designs in one area, which will show the design philosophy I am trying so hard to evoke as it is in everything Tattered Rose stands for....imperfect, beautiful, wearable, collectible clothing that no one else has.

We hope to have everything in place no later than October 1st of this year.....stay tuned!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

"That's So Tattered Rose!"

One of our customers this week told me that she wore one of her Tattered Rose outfits to an event and several people came up to her and asked if she had purchased it at Tattered Rose. That is such a compliment, especially considering that what we carry is so eclectic and this is such a huge city!
....and then another friend/customer who stopped by for a visit yesterday was wearing one of the dresses she bought recently at Tattered Rose as well as an adorable grey hat with roses.  

I couldn't help but love her hat, exclaiming that it was "so Tattered Rose" I gently removed it from her hand and placed it on the head of one of our mannequins. 
" really suits her!"
My friend agreed but somehow, the hat ended up back in her possession.  As she was leaving the store, and in great need of this sun hat, I boldly asked if the hat could stay for a while....and perhaps adorn one of our mannequins for a while (I was thinking)
She kindly agreed to loan the hat to Tattered Rose and so it sits on top of this lucky mannequin's head, making a perfect finish to her outfit.

I LOVE my customers/friends!

Friday, July 4, 2014


Our early Fall shipment of Cut Loose arrived yesterday.....dark, beautiful colours and textural fabrics....layering tunics, dresses, drapey swing coats and the softest t-shirts!
Charcoal, black and brown...the perfect trio of colours for Fall and for any woman's wardrobe.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Shades of Grey

Watch for lots of grey this coming season......

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Romancing the Past....Tattered Rose

We, and when I say "we" I mean "I" have been re-inspired by the past.......from the rich textures & fabrics of the Renaissance period through to the diaphanous & slinky bias cuts of the 1930's......the designs I am working on right now are like a story that unfolds. Each item created seems to lead to another and another....soon to be displayed at Tattered Rose for the transitioning (of summer into Fall)
Dusty olive greens, shades of blue, rich burgandy, grey & black...oh my!

I'm not wishing summer away by any stretch.....just letting you know what will be coming when that season is upon us in the (not too distant) future.

I leave you with this thought: velvet & brocade♥

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Rose by Any Other Name......

What's in a name? Tattered Rose (the original) was named for all of the beauty that exists in clothing that has been worn and cherished...perfectly faded and tattered.....and then for the beauty of the rose.  My Mom passed onto me the love of roses and that is why my store name had to include the word "rose".

On another note....we hope you are finally able to enjoy your garden and your summer.

With love & gratitude,
Tattered Rose

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Staying True to Tattered Rose

We get asked all the time if we sell jeans, since many of our displays depict Tattered Rose clothing with jeans. If Tattered Rose sold jeans, they would be tattered jeans (of course!)

It is not outside of the realm of possibility that we will carry denim jeans in the near future.
So much of our romantic clothing goes so perfectly with gently worn and faded, ripped or brand new dark there is a story with every item of perfectly faded, tattered lace-trimmed, ornate brocade, silky velvet piece of clothing we sell.

There is a story to be told...if only our vintage-inspired clothing could speak.

So, yeah.....jeans might be a part of our future. Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Where the Wildflowers Are

Had to close early yesterday due to a wicked migraine....but today is a new day and we're back in business!
It's just about summer and Tattered Rose has so many pretty, romantic floral print items for you to wear.......♥

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Legends of the Fall

It has barely begun to feel like Spring, let alone summer that will be here in about a week......but we already have our sights set on Fall at Tattered Rose.  That's the way it seems that half of the year we are excited to bring you the best of the season and the other half, we have moved onto the next. It's what keeps things interesting for us and hopefully, for our customers.

Of course there are still plenty of beautiful Spring and Summer clothes in the shop....items we have been writing about since January and now it is time to pass the torch, so to speak, over to Fall, or at the very least that period of transition from summer into Fall, which happens to be one of my personal favourite times of the year.  I love wearing layers and that time of year lends itself perfectly to that.

What's ahead for Fall? Surprise:  darker colours, yes but in muted, dirty shades of dark red, burgandy, ocean blue and browns, olive green and umber and lots of black! Black is back in a big way and for some reason, it looks right again....not that we at Tattered Rose ever think it is "out" or "passé"....most of us wear black; it's the degree to which we do that.

Some, like myself, often wear head-to-toe black with a smidge of grey for colour.  Others, wear it as an accent. How ever you choose to wear black this Fall & Winter, rest assured, we will have the most beautiful collection of romantic black clothing around!

So, enjoy your summer but keep in mind that Fall is not too far away and we get to wear our sweatercoats and leggings and long skirts and jackets with reckless abandon.....♥ 

Watch for new Transition & Fall arrivals beginning July 2.

Note:  The images used in this blog entry are for inspirational purposes only and not actual garments from Tattered Rose.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Original Tattered Rose......since 1999

"I'd rather be the best version of myself (as imperfect as that might be) than a second-rate copy of someone else"

Sunday, June 8, 2014

These are a Few of My Favourite Things....

We, at Tattered Rose love the romantic side of life.

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Wedding in Paris

Every once in a while, I get to share in a customer's happiness vicariously.....

This couple recently tied the knot in Paris...the lovely bride was wearing a dress she bought from Tattered Rose, of course!

Thanks so much for sharing these photos with me B. and for allowing me to post them on my blog.
Congrats & happy life to both of you...and'll always have Paris!

Vintage & Vintage-Inspired Dresses

Tattered Rose always has vintage and/or vintage-inspired dresses.....perfect for Grad or whatever♥

Corsetry, Lace & Tulle

Tattered Rose has a delightful collection of steel-boned wear with dresses, skirts, jeans or nothing but your Chanel No 5.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wild Rose Tattered Rose

Sorry about the shortage of blog entries lately (and for the lack of real pictures of our clothing)...but I have been so busy with my two passions: designing & styling!

Yesterday evening, there was another photo shoot, this time the photographer I usually work with was the model, and a beautiful one, at that...and I was so honoured that she asked ME to style her for the shoot.

We had the outfit picked out already from when she visited Tattered Rose last week....a long, hand-knit burgandy duster coat worn with a black silk underbut corset.  Looked great on her so we were all ready for the Tuesday evening of the event.

But, over the weekend with the 3 days I have off from the shop being open, my mind began to question if that was the best I could do for her styling and the answer was "no!"

So, in keeping with the same dark colours of black and burgandy, which suit her like crazy, with her fair skin and black hair...I proceeded to make a tapestry jacket, hand-dyed camisole and a head-piece to go with the whole outfit that designed itself, somehow and ended up looking rather amazing.

When we met at the store last evening...the photographer Daniel, his muse and model-assistant Rii, the makeup artist Jenn, and the photographer/model Breanne....the first thing I had to do was see if the clothing fit the model, since I had just "guessed" at her size when I was making the pieces.  Much to my delight, everything fit perfectly! The tulle/faux fur headpiece also was incredibly flattering on her....very Helena Bonham-Carter.

The photographer decided to shoot across the street at the church and we fought against wind and a few raindrops but I know he got some amazing photographs! Can't wait to see them.

Thanks to everyone was fun! I love styling so much and you were all great to work with!

Stay tuned for photo's from this shoot....but in the meantime, here's a behind-the-scenes shot taken with my phone:

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rainy Day Shopping at Tattered Rose

This rain we've been having the last few days is probably good for the soil and greenery but not so uplifting for the spirit.

Tattered Rose can help.......come and shop in the store.  We promise you will feel much better after treating yourself to a rainy day new little somethin' calories, very little guilt.

Happy happy rainy day shopping♥

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wild Horses & Tattered Rose

What could wild horses possibly have to do with Tattered Rose, this blog or me? Well, let me tell you...or ask you:  

Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut? 
Do you eat the same foods all the time?
Do you wear your hair & makeup the same way every day?
Do you buy and wear the same colour and style of clothes because you comfortable with what you know?
Do you long to break out of your rut and try new things, eat new things, wear new things?

If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, then you are not alone....I feel this way almost every day, as I try to come up with new ideas for Tattered Rose that will keep not only our customers coming back to see what's new but also to keep ME interested....not an easy task but one that I am passionate about:
fashion, clothing, textiles & textures, new ideas that aren't too crazy and helping other women to realize their own potential for style. 
I strive to be ever changing & growing and learning as a person, designer, shop owner and artist but sometimes feel stifled by where I live and where my shop IS a very conservative city and province, not prone to being too wild with fashion, with many wanting to fit in with the crowd.
But every so often, someone new walks into Tattered Rose who, without hesitation, just "gets" it.  They get that they have just walked into a shop that dares to be different...more adventurous, more creative, more romantic, more worldly, more beautiful. I live for those moments and for all of the moments I have personally shared with my loyal customers who understand & appreciate Tattered Rose and all that entails.

These are my "wild horse" moments....running with those who dare to dream, who dare to be a little bit wild and who dare to wear the kind of clothing that makes them feel wonderful and YES, a little different from the crowd.
THAT is what Tattered Rose is about and for right now, "wild horses could not drag me away"!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

One-of-a-Kind Designs by Tattered Rose

We are in the midst of designing some great dresses, skirts, coats & layering pieces for Spring that will easily transition into Fall (sorry) In fact, a lot of Tattered Rose clothing can be worn all year adding or subtracting layers...wearing sandals in the summer and boots in the Fall.....

Tattered Rose.....unlike any other store.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Women & Their Jeans: A Short Story by Tattered Rose

Living in the country as a teenager, I was a bit out of the loop as to what was "in" as far as clothing...I just did my own thing, which, many years later (early 90's) was known as Dad's old shirts worn with skirts and work boots, that kind of thing.

Anyway, by the time I got to High School, I became aware of a brand of jeans that the really cool kids were wearing. I really liked how they looked and wanted my own but I didn't have a clue what brand they were.

Then one day, a snooty fellow female student told me that they were the ONLY jeans to own and all the cool & rich kids were wearing them, both boys & girls. So I went out and bought a pair of men's unwashed, stiff Levi jeans and proceeded to wear them to the point of they were going to walk away by themselves (yuck!).  This was the way to embed your jeans with wear marks so that they would eventually become faded and worn in all the right places, with a nice contrast between dark indigo and worn spots and creases.

See, if you washed them too often the dark indigo dye would fade too evenly and the desired marks of wear and tear wouldn't be as visible. There were no prewashed and distressed jeans had to distress them yourself through patience and diligence and wearing the heck out of them.

Over the years, I have bought and worn a million pair of jeans and I still prefer men's jeans because, although they are too large at the waist for a woman's body, they are cut straighter through the hip and thighs without that curvy shaped look they give a lot of women's jeans.

Fast forward to having a shop of my own, where we don't sell jeans but we sure do sell a LOT of romantic and beautiful clothing that can be worn with your favourite pair of nicely worn and tattered jeans.

For the longest time, I have loved wearing jeans with unexpected tops....romantic ruffled blouses or dresses...long duster coats....even Sympli jersey jackets with mesh layering tunics. That is part of the Tattered Rose look that we impart to our customers.

P.S. Edmonton women seem to love their jeans a LOT!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Beautiful Mess: Tattered Rose

Romantic....vintage-inspired....Gothic Victorian.....whatever we, at Tattered Rose can be described as, one thing is for sure:  we are often in a state of disarray....a beautiful mess to peruse some of the most beautiful clothing & jewellery around♥
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