Alive and Well

August 8, 2013
How the time does fly! 
I couldn't possibly let a whole year pass without saying hi! Is there a new Yola collection in the works? I'm keeping that a secret for now but if you know me at all you know there's always something in the works, the wheels are always turning! 
In exactly one month I will be on my way back to the motherland, that is my motherland, Canada. I have no big events planned, other than my dear friend's wedding to attend (super excited, my first wedding since being the flower girl at my uncle's wedding when I was six), but I look forward to seeing what's going on in my hometown with my own eyes. I have met some wonderful people over here in the business who are kind, supportive and helpful to me and my alter ego Yola. 

I see it all the time here in China and it horrifies me....  You would think it was common sense that hiking up a thousand stone steps on the side of a mountain would not be an appropriate time or place to wear your new stilettos but I have lost track of how many times I have seen this insanity..... But, who knows, maybe they are just in better shape than me!
Same goes for gym attire, denim shorts and a ruffly blouse on the treadmill....really? really?!! 

Okay, I will try not to keep you waiting too long for me to give you some truly interesting and exciting Yola news.

Bye bye for now!







 

The Return of Yola

October 9, 2012
17 months ago I moved to China. I remember the disappointment and concern expressed by those who thought I was politely announcing the end of Yola. Well, guess what? Yola is back!!

I know many thought I was being reckless and impulsive (my father mostly) for moving to the other side of the world, jumping into a culture I really knew next to nothing about and where I couldn't even speak the language. Why did I do it? Why did I walk away from Yola and, everything really... don't worry, this is n...
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Ottawa Fashion Week

March 22, 2011
This season's Ottawa Fashion Week has come and gone and, in my opinion, it was the best to date. So much work goes into such an incredible event and all the people that I had the pleasure of working with during the past few weeks leading up to OFW were amazing.


model: Shay

I am so happy with this collection. Honestly, with most of my work I flip flop back and forth between loving and questioning specific pieces or entire collections. I'm not going to lie, the same is true with this collection ...

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It's That Time Again!!

March 14, 2011
Ottawa Fashion Week is starting in less than a week and I'm very happy to be showing a new collection for the third straight season!!

The inspiration for the new Fall/ Winter 2011 Collection was a twist on Victorian fashion. Of course, as is always the case with my work, it veered off in its own direction! The original concept is still quite visible throughout the collection but I wouldn't go so far as to say it is my interpretation on Victorian fashion but is rather a fusion of Victorian ele...

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Ottawa Fashion Week

November 26, 2010
This is long over due, I know!

At the National Gallery of Canada at about 6:45pm on October 31st, 2010 the new Yola Couture collection hit the runway for Ottawa Fashion Week. If you couldn't make it to the show check out the runway section, I've posted some photos from the runway and from backstage before the show, courtesy of Christine Leblanc Photography.


 You may recognize the dress that proudly graced the cover of Metro on Nov. 1st, if you  keep reading you'll see it... Thank you Metro, eve...

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Shout Outs!

September 30, 2010
I wanted to take a minute to thank some people who have helped me, believed in me and my fashion vision and encouraged me to do what I love over the last couple years. Starting a clothing line requires some cash, something I don't have (I still work a full-time job to pay the bills much to the annoyance of my beagle), any money I can scrape together usually goes toward buying fabric so my entire portfolio and all the photography I use on this site and in print advertising is done entirely by ...
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Lexie

September 30, 2010
Lexie has arrived!

Lexie is the mini collection previously mentioned that marks the Yola Couture ready-to-wear debut. Exciting stuff!
They are my take on a conservative classy look. I took that concept and created these skirts to embodied the a fore mentioned look without being boring. The idea is to make a fashion statement without going over the top and without sacrificing style or comfort. I felt it was also important to offer something that can be worn again and again, not something impul...
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Ready-to-Wear

September 24, 2010
It's about time!
At the end of this month, September 2010, that is, Yola Couture takes the first baby step towards providing you lovely people with ready-to-wear options! Granted it's a small start, a "mini collection" but it's only the beginning and I'm very excited! I've put together three skirts in a variety of sizes (size 2- size 14) all of which are made in 100% silk, Dupioni silk to be specific. It's one of my absolute favorite fabrics, if you pay attention, you'll notice I use it a lot...
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Yola Couture

August 19, 2010
Big changes ahead!

The most significant change is going from Yolande Deschenes Couture to Yola Couture. Short and Sweet, right? Why did I make the change? I have a few reasons, the first being that Yola is considerably easier to pronounce for most people than Yolande Deschenes. It's my name and I love it, always have because it's not likely I will run into another! The truth is, though, that many people struggle with it, it's rare that on meeting someone for the first time that I don't have to...
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New Project

June 29, 2010

I'm always looking for fun new projects. A couple weeks ago while doing some preliminary sketches for my Spring/Summer 2011 collection I started thinking about accessories. I thought I had a pretty good idea so I put some pieces together. They are available for sale in the Accessories section of this site. Now I just wait and see if it was a good idea after all!


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