By now you’ve probably ready twenty blog posts on the Simply Be event last week but you’re about to read one more. It was just a week ago but we all know how quickly time flies in cyberspace. I’m only getting the chance to write this post now as I’ve been away for a few days on a women’s retreat with my church and have been completely computer free for probably the longest time since I discovered the internet.
I am so pleased for Laura, Em and Lauren. How many bloggers wouldn’t chomp someone’s arm off at the elbow at the offer of working with a major retailer and getting their design put into production and onto the bodies of hundreds of women around the world? Definitely the ultimate customer participation project. The ladies have all done a cracking job, and what I love best is that all three of them have very different styles that they have been allowed to indulge, so you get three very different dresses that embody each blogger’s own personal aesthetic that we know and love.
The event was great and started off with talks by the bloggers themselves discussing the whole experience, where their inspiration came from, and what is was like taking part in a photoshoot in the middle of London and being the centre of attention. Not all the passers by were complimentary, but of course, they were put in their place *smirk*.
The Simple Be team really made a point of making all in attendance feel really welcome, and we were given a lovely lunch, after which, they talked us through the entire design process from sketch to shop floor, and highlighted key trends for the autumn/winter 2013 season.
…. meeting other bloggers…
…and oohing and ahhing over the autumn winter collections.
Pattern, pattern e’rywhere. There were quite a few punk edged pieces with leatherette details, studs, tartan and the like, but I know what floats my big ole boat and if its not boasting at least two contrasting colours or at least some kind of surface decoration or texture I’m not interested. My favourites….
Anything catch your eye?
The Blogger Takeover range will be available from July 2nd.
I talk a good game but deep down I’m trying to slay my inner naysaying voice. I’m always saying how much I love bright colours and crazy patterns but I’ve never had the guts to wear brightly patterned trousers. I don’t mean patterned trousers with a black or navy base, I mean bright- like below.
Colours don’t really come much brighter than chartreuse. I was immediately drawn to the print but had to think twice about wearing it in a pair of trousers. Fat legs and bold prints command so much attention and make so much noise that I wasn’t sure my world ready for that much volume. I’ve seen other bloggers in patterned trousers and they look great but I usually stick to solid bright colours for my own pins. Well when Simply Be gifted me with these trousers I decided to dive right in and crank up the volume a little louder by teaming them with the brightest top I could find. I wore this outfit to the Simply Be Blogger Takeover event (more about that in another post) and I have to admit, felt so self conscious that I took a cab to the train station rather than risk rush hour ridicule on the bus at 8.30am. Chicken? You betcha. The yellow belly didn’t last long and by late afternoon I ‘d forgotten about my amplified legs and was strutting around like I owned the planet. In fact, I’m planning to find some more brightly patterned trousers as I’m now a changed woman. Can you recommend any? My thighs have found their voice and its deafening.
Top: Made by me
Trousers: Simply Be
Considering how easy it is to access information these days, trying to find out about the people behind the exclusive Manon Baptiste line from Navabi is darn well difficult. No website, no You Tube clips, no interviews, no nuffink. Still, I suppose a little mystery is a refreshing change in an age where everyone knows everything about everybody. What I do know is that every season there’s something in the collection to make me want to hit “add to basket” repeatedly so I can wear the same outfit every day for the rest of the month without smelling like I’ve done just that. Manon, I love you.
I understand fashion, honestly I do. I know it works in cycles and its worth storing your old clothes because you never know when their spotlight will return and you’ll want to wear your puffball skirt/ shell suit/ Bay City Roller trousers again. I know we’re in the midst of a nineties revival and we’re seeing crop tops and bomber jackets on the rails again- I get that. But who on earth authorised the resurgence of cycling shorts?
Is there anyone out there who actually likes these? It’s a subjective question of course as we all like different things, but if you own these shorts speak up. I for one would love to see how you wear them, and I promise I won’t hold it against you! These aren’t called cycling shorts on the Fashion to Figure website but shorts plus lycra can equal only one thing.
Nineties fashion I can just about deal with, but if Timmy Mallett gets a new series of anything- at- all I may actually surrender my TV licence.
Cycling shorts- for or against?
Just when I thought plus size rompers couldn’t get any better, I see another one that gets my attention.
Sassy, sexy, and head turning. Fashion to Figure, you’re bang on the money with this one. I’m not sure which one I prefer- this or the Monif C romper….. hmmm, probably the Monif C one because I like the slightly puffed sleeves. How about you?
You already know how much I love jumpsuits. I don’t like rompers as much but this new item from Monif C has changed the romper game.
Definitely not for kids. This is for the grown and sexy. Love it, love it, LOVE IT. Imagine if it came in a full length trouser version? I might just keel over.
As if that wasn’t superb enough, Monif C has some other new items that make me weak at the knees.
The more it snows, the brighter my wardrobe gets. I started a very cold February being really into pastels, but now we are in late March and it’s actually friggin’ snowing, I’ve upped the colour quotient and if it ain’t bright, I ain’t interested.
In steps Jibri, right on time.
If I was wearing this outfit I’d be shouting at the top of my lungs as well. Jibri is a designer label after my own heart. Bright, tropical, and oodles of fun, this two piece festival of botanic madness is making me want to book a holiday right this minute. It’s part of a collection of blazing separates in a range of colours, including black if you’re finding it hard to step out of winter just yet, and is available in US sizes 12- 24. I’ve never bought a Jibri piece myself, but every season I look forward to seeing what the label offers because they truly have their finger of the pulse of what their customers want to wear. No muted neutrals in sight, and no frowns allowed. July- we’re ready for you.
What do you think of the new Jibri range?
You know a plus size fashion brand must have a pretty ballsy manifesto if this is the first photo you encounter on their just launched website…
Unless you’ve had zero internet time over the past month you surely must have heard about One One Three. No? Ok, let me brief you. About a month ago the fatshion world was abuzz with talk of a new clothing label called One One Three as they released some skorching images of their soon to launch range….
The entire fat-net just about lost its mind. No cute. No pretty. No tunics. No apologies. Just stunning clothing that any size 10 woman would wear. Like that wasn’t enough greatness, all items are available up to a size UK32. Also, its UK label so I’m double extra happy- no customs fees for me.
The ladies behind the brand are keeping a low profile and letting the clothes do the talking because the only info in the “about 113″ link on the website says,
One One Three is a premium fashion design label for plus size women, by plus size women.
One sentence. That’s okay though. With clothes like this you really don’t need to shout about yourself. The collection is doing a fine PR job all by itself.