Studio tour: La la laurie

Name: Laurie Cinotto
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Company: La La Laurie

What is your aesthetic? Vintage inspired, fanciful but not whimsical, curated craftiness, and on occasion, borderline kitschy.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I feel the things I choose to surround myself with, and the way I present them in the space, truly represent my craft style.  Most words used to describe the things I make, could describe the room I make them in.

Favorite part of your studio? What I love most about the space is the light.  It’s a corner room, with windows on the south and west side.  In the afternoon on a bright day when the sun hits the  “foam flower pink” walls, the room is aglow.   Close seconds are the vintage linoleum floral “rug’ or the farm scene mural.

Where do you go for inspiration? Estate sales, antique stores, and flea markets are always great for inspiration.  I love old things. Mother Nature is a great source too, especially when it comes to color.  I worked as a florist for many years and learned everything I know about color from the flowers.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Floral corsage tape.  I swear, if I were ever lost in the wilderness, I would hope to have a roll of it in my pocket.  Corsage tape works miracles.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I would love a larger space with more storage.    It’s a constant battle to remain organized, and keep the things I use most at my fingertips.

Anything else we should know? More than anything, I care a great deal about the quality of the things I make.   I use old-school techniques and never take short cuts with my crafts.  Yes, I own a glue gun, but I prefer a needle and thread. Also, I have a paper flowers book/craft kit coming out in February of 2011.  It’s for Fall Rivers Press, a division of Barnes and Noble.

[images from La la laurie]

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Reem Acra

Reem Acra won my award for best in show!  I’ve always loved her dresses, and this collection was no exception.  Her details were total perfection with creative rouching, architectural ruffles and flowers, and lingerie inspired corsets.

The dress above (bottom left and right) had to be my absolute favorite…those pleats were perfectly modern.

The top dress (above left and right) has handmade ruffles, making it so no dress of this design is the same…fabulous right?

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

Bridal market

I spent the weekend gallivanting around town for bridal market with some lovely ladies and wanted to show you some of my best of’s from the collections I saw…I’ll save my favorite for later today!

Amsale showed some great new stuff, and I was especially liking her dresses using this embossed looking jacquard fabric (bottom left).  Very different and very fresh!

Kenneth Pool surprised me because I’m not usually a poofy dress kinda gal, but these were definitely done in a way I could totally support!  Elegant and modern all at once.

Rivini was a new one for me this year, but I was more than happy for the introduction.  Their ruffles were constrained in the most interesting way making the dress details incredibly 3D and textural, and their layers of fabrics with raw edges were some of my favs.

Romona Keveza is the queen when it comes to elegant draping and making a bride look her sexiest. Her final dress (bottom right corner) was filled with cascading petals, it was pretty amazing!

If you want to see more pro pics from all the shows, click over to Aisledash for all the latest galleries!  You’ll eventually be able to find the rest of my photos from the shows I attended over on our Facebook page.

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

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