November 18

Translation of Inspiration: Diann Valentine’s Tip of the Week

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

Fashion genius Tom Ford has been my muse for many years. While at the helm of Gucci, he redefined feminine sexuality with a masculine edge like no other designer before his time. I have always been intrigued by his use of sleek lines, predominantly black silhouettes and the relation between these elements that manifest into captivating fashion moments for women around the globe. When the occasion called for me to design my own engagement party invitation, I immediately thought, “What would Tom Ford do?” He would keep it clean, sexy and all about love!

Photo courtesy of Mike Colon

Tom Ford

My use of imported graphite snakeskin paper, the storm double-faced satin band, the sexy custom broach and my love’s affinity for purple rounded out the design. In it’s creation, I pondered the ways Tom Ford interpreted his creativity not just in fashion but in gifts far beyond the runway and into environments and home goods.

Tom Ford Boutique in Canada

Tom Ford Fragrances

In fact, most people do not know that it was Tom Ford who inspired the hardcover of Weddings Valentine Style. The paperback cover was vibrant and expressed my intense love of color, but underneath the paperback cover was my ode to my muse!

Weddings Valentine Style Hardcover

As I began developing my invitation collection, I knew that I would never duplicate my personal design, but I wanted to include an invitation that was inspired by my own “Call To Attend.” Taking hints from the elements that moved me the most, I created “Lola.” And much to my delight, Jasmine Harris—the winner of the 2010 Essence Magazine‘s WILL YOU MARRY ME Sweepstakes—chose this design from the Diann Valentine Collection from Wedding Paper Divas to announce her I Do celebration.

Lola Save The Date

Lola Invitation

Lola Respond Card

The fashion world is buzzing about Tom Ford’s return to women’s apparel, and I could not be more excited for this next phase in his brilliantly orchestrated career.  So you see—being inspired by another designer’s interpretation is never about copying their work, but more so about allowing them to speak to you through their work so that you will create your own translation from their inspiration!

Keep spreading the love,


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About Katie

Katie M. is a Writer at Wedding Paper Divas. She has the privilege of viewing nearly every piece of stationery before it goes up on the website, giving her the ultimate inside scoop on upcoming trends in the stationery world. She loves classic designs with a surprising twist, and enjoys finding new ways to express her ever-evolving personal style—a blend of traditional glamour and bohemian whimsy that makes Wedding Paper Divas a perfect fit! In addition to her love for writing, Katie is obsessed with health and fitness, skincare, UC Santa Barbara, all things adorable, the beach, dancing, cooking, getting real mail, fresh flowers, discount shopping, and shoes (who isn’t?). Katie is a contributing editor to Diva Dialogue. Be sure to check out her recurring feature, “Rant or Rave.”

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