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News - Jana and Emilia Fashion Design Studio

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"Coup de Foudre" Photoshoot

Before showcasing our Coup de Foudre collection at the Ottawa fashion Week (February 2012), we wanted to have our collection professionally photographed. In collaboration with the photographer Marc Lavoie ( and models from the Cover Models ( styled by Noah Venkatarangam (!/FacesByNoah) we created 6 nicely finished images for our press release.

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Royal Wedding

I am very happy that I've managed to wake up early this morning, to be able to watch the royal wedding. People who know me can tell that I'm not hysterical about events such that but in this case I really don't regret losing these extra 3 hours of sleep!

The royal couple looked magnificent! As a designer, let me express a few thoughts about the wedding dress. It's been very pleasant to see Kate Middleton's selection of the dress from McQueen's atelier (by Sarah Burton). The dress was very elegant, there was just right amount of lace used and the whole dress looked very nicely balanced, not overdone. I think it suited Kate very well and emphasized the image of her as elegant, yet young and modern woman. I love the choice of long sleeves - it's more formal and, quite frankly, very refreshing after seeing everywhere the overexposed bodies dressed in gown revealing as much as humanly possible. The wedding dress with sleeves also offers much more fun with design, it looks smarter, more put together and sophisticated, even - yes, let's say it, royal. The opposite of "a-girl-next-door-is-getting-married"- kind of a dress. Even dressed in a gown with sleeves, our bodies delicately covered in layer(s) of sheer fabric and lace look very attractive, chic and high class in a dignified way.

The other thing that couldn't be missed during the wedding ceremony was the ominpresence of hats of any size (from those small fascitator hats to bigger and even fancier ones!). How gorgeous and appropriete ,well, in most cases! We are living in times when hats are quietly dissappearing from our wardrobes. And what a pity is that! Again, people who know me would agree that I love hats and I consider them "the cherry on the cake". A hat completes the outfit and makes it look put together and special - for the wearer and the audience as well.

For the people who share this thought with me I have a good news: The royal wedding style hats are available from my studio - let's start a new wave of elegance and class!

The conclusion - I loved the entire ceremony, it was beautiful and modern. The new couple is really charizmatic and they bring a breath of fresh air to the monarchy!


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Hello Ottawa !

We'd like to announce a great news for all the smart and business-savvy women! The designer team Jana Hanzel and Emilia Torabi developed a new stylish fashion line just for you. If you are tired of wearing all those black or navy-blue strictly business suits we are bringing some fresh breeze into your wardrobe! As designers with a lot of clients working in government,  we are seeing  the same uniform style over and over again. And we know that you are often not very happy about it but sometimes it's hard to break the habit. That's why we've got an idea to make a life more easy and more colorful for you. We believe that women should show off more of their femininity and still look professional and respectful. Hence our  new fashion line called Panache - to address business women and introduce more color and timeless style into their work wardrobe. To make them feel well dressed, and feel their confidence radiate through their clothing.

We want to attract the whole range of business women, from their early 20s, who are just starting their professional career to all of you experienced women in higher business possitions. We want to offer a "9 to 5 clothing" choices with a possibility to continue with a fancy diner after work.
We also want to show you a selection of coats in interesting colors to break up the black uniformity and anonymity. We believe that everybody can express their personalities through the clothes and have a little more fun with dressing up.

Please stay tuned for more info! The collection will be revealed during the Ottawa Fashion Week, on March 18, 2011 at the National Gallery. We are now working on the first pictures of the collection which will be published shortly.

Meanwhile, this is some more info about our creative designer team:

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