When Fashion And Nature Collide – The Illusion Edition

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Playing with sights, sounds and feelings – this is fine art at its finest. In fashion, we use colors, prints, designs and layers to create illusions as well. Personally, I take great inspiration from Salvador Dali because of his ability to completely warp reality on a whim to get his point across.
The entire premise of When Fashion and Nature Collide is to take some of nature’s best ideas and add our little Dali-esque twist to it. Darren has outdone himself this month with his artistic pictures of unusual flowers that resemble something other than flowers. They are olfactory and visual decoys that attract pollinators or repel predators. Great illusions and proof that Mother Nature has a funny sense of humour.

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My outfits this month are based on three flowers and one insect.
Note: In case you’ve not seen these capsules before, the When Fashion and Nature Collide project is a monthly collaboration with two of my WP friends: Lisa of Lismore Paper and Darren of The Arty Plantsman. Artwork Copyright ©Fashioned by Nature.
The third Wednesday of each month you can see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa, that were inspired by Darren’s flower and critter pictures and sometimes other photographers who collaborate with the team. With the spirit of protecting nature I pull together my outfits with clothing already available in my wardrobe. When purchases are to be made, these come from vintage shops and thrift stores or from socio-eco-friendly brands.
Enjoy the issue!

Yellow Horned Poppy 

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We shot this look in my hubby’s Cave Automatic Virtual Environment – a cutting-edge, room-size display system that combines stereoscopic projection and high-resolution 3D computer graphics to create the illusion of being present in a real environment. I have used a flower field picture as the backdrop, posing with my outfit in the CAVE. The illusion gives an interesting aesthetic to the photos.
By the way, I am wearing a vintage bright orange skirt with a yellow flower embroidery that looks a lot like the horned poppy picture above. This skirt is reversible so it means that I double my outfit options. It is one fine piece of clothing that should appeal to eco-friendly travelers who want to pack light without losing quality and function!

Inspirational Peony

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This outfit features a red coat-dress and a white skirt with red peonies. The objective was to create a camouflage illusion coming from the backdrop. I wanted a red peonies floral fabric mural that matches the skirt’s general pattern. Unfortunately, I did not find such fabric. The textile I opted for completely has the opposite effect. I like the mix of pink, beige and red a lot though.

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Is it just me, or do these flowers remind you of butterflies? Darren had his original work printed on a silk scarf, which he sent to me for Christmas. (Thank you so much again my friend. I looove the scarf!) I went to an exhibition at the Botanical Garden a few weeks ago to shoot this look surrounded with butterflies. I still have great stuff that will come from this shoot. Stay tuned!


Stick Insect With Pink Wings

The outfit below was inspired from an illusion of a shadow ballerina. Fascinating how our brain continually tries to make sense of abstract images based on our life experience.
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New designs available on our shop

We have a few new designs as well: Darren did a fun drawing of a “pocket ostrich” that makes me laugh every time I look at it. This drawing was inspired from a picture that he took when we went to an ostrich farm on his last visit to Montreal (September 2018).

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Lisa did the Fresh Cut Flower design with Darren’s Moraea drawing and also the Inspirational Peony artwork & the Monet Flower Lady that you saw above. I like the Art Deco feel of the Monet Flower Lady and immediately had a crush for that design.

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These designs are available on many different products through our shop at fashionedbynature.threadless.com.
We’re super happy about what we came up with this month, and you can also expect some inspired designs in the very near future. In a few days Darren and Lisa will visit me in Montreal. I’m truly excited to see them in person. We will tell you all about the giggles and things we’ve done together. Did I already say stay tuned?
Credit: Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola (except the photos done in the virtual environment, which are by Annie Gaudreau) –– Flowers and Critters Photography, Ostrich artwork and Moraea Flowers & digital reproduction of the Moraea on the typewriter picture by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Inspirational Peony, Tiny Dancer and Monet Flower Lady artwork by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Photo collages by 3C Style
Don’t forget to visit LismorePaper and The Arty Plantsman to get an overall view of our monthly collaboration.
The Happy Trio of When Fashion and Nature Collide
Next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide: June 19th 
Let’s stay connected: Bloglovin – Instagram @3cstyle_fashion

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  1. Love everything you have done this month Dominique❤️. I know what a terribly busy month you have had, and then having a cold this week. I hope you can relax a little now.

    I really like the effect of the projection and light in your featured image this month. The red dress/peony/bag combination makes such a pretty collage too. You look gorgeous as always.

    Such a pleasure working with you!

    Love and hugs😍

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    1. Thank you Darren. The virtual cave is a cool environment to shoot and I would like to try it again soon. The feelings ate mutual my friend. I looove working with you and Lisa. You are the best partners. I am feeling better now but still a little tired. I will take it easy for the next few days. I need to be top shape for when you and Lisa get here. Can you believe it, that’s in 7 days. I can’t wait! Sending huge hugs your way. xoxo

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  2. Stunning, all the around. The work involved here is not just complex, but super high quality. Darren is so talented with the shutter, light, & vision. Lisa’s Red Peony is so sharp & detailed. You & your husband’s work, using the CAVE is overwhelmingly outstanding. Such a creative session that was. The filtering alone is so well done. Of course, your selection of outfits takes a visionary, and that’s how I see you. Just brilliant work. Hugs from here. -Alan

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    1. Would you allow me to use your comment in my C.V.? Hehe… Gosh you’re so kind to me. Thank you Alan. By the way, sorry for my late reply. I caught a terrible cold that knocked me out for a few days. I’m good now. On my way to read you. Have a super weekend my friend. Hug.

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    2. I am proud of your work. I’ve learned a bit from you, Lisa & Darren. You help to broaden my perceptions. Get well soon. I know it can be frustrating, fighting a cold while keeping up with life’s schedule. You’re a dear.

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    3. Thank you Alan. I’m starting to feel better but now I’m so behind with work and I have lots of catching up to do with my blog reading…. Always a pleasure reading you tho. You write so beautifully. It calms my soul.

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  3. Such fantastic work you did this month! I know you were busy and then had a cold on top of it all. I love the inspiration that each piece brings us. As always, you inspire me with your eye for detail, fashion sense, and vision of how it should all come together. It’s an honor to work with you. Big hugs and love to you sis! 😍🤗😘

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    1. I am really happy with our work but most of all by our team work. The way we deal with problems with respect and creativity foreshadows a long lasting friendship. Sending huge hugs your way. And lots of love. xoxo

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  4. Cette édition me laisse sans mot. Jamais vu des photos shoot pareils. Celui en réalité virtuelle est … Je sai pas, extraordinaire ! Ton visage, tes poses: flabergasting
    En rouge, tu es sublime. Et la robe grise toute simple avec tes cheveux en cascade : trop beau.

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  5. Another amazing issue and what I can say I haven’t already.
    Love the outfits and the Dali inspiration. The red outfits are my favorite and you look stunning in red. But that scarf, wow, how beautiful and what an amazing gift. ❤️

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    1. This scarf is even more beautiful in person. Such a great gift indeed. I will cherish it. Thank you so much for your positive feedback my friend. ❤️ I will visit your blog over the weekend.

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  6. From concept to execution, it is all just perfect, Dominque. Those flowers are as beautiful and alluring as you promised. I love how you’ve projected the flower field over your clothing. Stunning. It must have taken a lot of imagination and creativity to draw it all together. I am so pleased I was let in on the secret of your collaboration.

    You’ve inspired me to get off my backside and get back into my own art.
    Regards. Tracy.

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    1. Wow – That’s so wonderful Tracy. It makes me really happy that our collaboration inspired you. And thanks a million for your kind words and support. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Gil. These leopard shoes are my go-to for Summer. They give me some height yet they are comfy for walking from one interview to another. Hope you are doing well my friend. Hugs.

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  7. The insects are lovely, the delicate flowers are a delight, but you ARE that red poppy. It’s as though you and it are inextricably entwined. Just as you and your partners are. Darren and Lisa bring the best out in you. And you bring the best out in them. Truly a match made in heaven! ❤️

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    1. I agree. The three of us make a pretty good team. Is it pretentious to say this? I don’t care it is my sentiment. They are the best creative partners! Thank you Linda for your kind words. Much love and hugs.

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    1. Thank you Stacey for stopping by and commenting. These flowers are so funny indeed. You should visit Darren’s and Lisa’s blogs too. They are awesome and kind bloggers. Keep well.

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  8. What a fabulous collaboration of art, colour, nature and vibrant stylish fashion. As usual Dominique, you three have created something truly special, cute, quirky and unique. Love it all. 💙 Enjoy your meet up. Sounds like you’re in for a treat. xx

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    1. It means a lot to each of us when someone takes the time to recognize the work we do. We thoroughly enjoyed doing this issue and are happy to know that you felt the same. xxx

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    1. Thank you Alison. I had lots of fun doing this edition of WFNC. Darren will be in Montreal in a few days. I’m looking forward to do some more interesting photos with him. Stay tuned! xxx


  9. Another stunning edition! Love Dalí and his work, he truly was a master of illusion. Those leopard printed shoes are beautiful as is of course every single one of your outfits!😄 And what a thoughtful gift Darren made you with that beautiful silk scarf! You’re right, the flowers do look like butterflies! 😄 Wishing you three a wonderful time and already look forward to see what you come up with next! 💕

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    1. Funny thing is I am writing this reply and Darren is sitting next to me. He may now be sober again after I got him drunk at lunch time! Wait till you see the gorgeous pics we did yesterday. And I was actually wearing Darren’s gift for some of them. We were working this evening on a future post for our next WFNC. Here’s a clue about the theme: it’s pretty and eatable. Keep well dear friend. xoxo

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    2. So glad he got there safe – and that you’re working hard on making him drunk at lunch time! 😀 😉
      Really can’t wait to see the pics – I know they’re going to be gorgeous!! xoxo

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  10. Another truly wonderful explosion of vibrancy Lady D, very nicely done 🙂

    Great imagery combined with some really fresh looks.

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    1. It’s the truth Lady D, l would not say these things if they were not true – you produce marvelous posts that need to be read, seen and shared along further 🙂

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    1. This project brings lots of giggles and my friends are very inspiring so I can’t say it is really work. That being said, it does take some time to produce our monthly collaboration. And I am really happy that you enjoy it Otto. Thank you for your kind comment.

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    1. I’m totally with you. Reversible clothing are often made of better quality materials and last longer. Thank you so much for your kind words Cris. Keep smiling. xoxo


    1. Hello Mckenna! I like this vintage skirt and the yellow horned poppy makes it pretty special! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve just been reading a few of your past posts and really resonating with all I have read so far. Seems that we have lots in common. You got my follow. Nice to meet you.


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