Its only been a week since the never-ending winter actually started to give us some respite from the bone freezing cold, and here I am previewing clothes for autumn winter 2013. The advantage in that is that I don’t need to try to visualise what I’ll want to wear in winter while I’m wearing a t-shirt and flip flops. It’s still cold enough for me to wear a scarf and calf length boots so no stretch of imagination was necessary while I perused the press room that showcased autumn winter ranges for Marisota, Fashion World and Bonmarche. Yes, Bonmarche. Stay with me….
Claire Richards (from Steps) has teamed up with Fashion World again but this time, shes not just the brand ambassador, she has made a creative input into her own collection that is looking pretty good.
My favourite pieces from this collection are the navy military inspired coat, and the tweed lurex prom dress. Tweed and prom dress aren’t words you would usually put together, but it works!
The photo isn’t very clear but it has three quarter length sleeves with a ruffled cuff.
While we’re on the subject of coats, I’ll take you back to the Bonmarche issue. Now Bonmarche is a shop I never visit unless I’m with my mother. Mom loves their embroidered tees the way I love jumpsuits. In fact more than I love jumpsuits because I only have one jumpsuit, mom has fifty tees at least. I just can’t bring myself to look through the rails of a shop that sells embroidered velour slippers but next winter I’m going to have to put aside my snobbish ways and hit the store as soon as this coat is available-
Fur collar, herringbone, flared skirt, vintage look- How can you fail to love it? Bonmarche for goodness sake, Bonmarche!
As if that wasn’t enough, they sealed my new allegiance by offering up this double whammy polkadot peplum dress-
Oh Bonmarche, you’ve come so far.
Another brand I pay very little attention to is Marisota. In days gone by I used to have the Marisota catalogue delivered every season but it was always a bit too mumsy for me and I’ve had this mumsy image seared into my brain ever since. Well I’m searing something new into it because of all the brands I saw at the press event, the Marisota range was the most impressive. Mumsy is well and truly out the window-
Mark Heyes (GMTV) and Colleen Nolan have designed some great pieces for Marisota, some of which are below-
I am saving the best til last. On my way to the press event I passed a woman in a long biker style coat and I thought- wow, I would LOVE one of those in my size. I get to the event and what do I see on the Maristota rail?
I almost screamed right there in the press office. I’m serious. I had to really play it cool but inside I was:
Especially as it comes in two colours, burgundy and black. Summer hasn’t even begun yet but already my winter coat is sorted. Marisota, I love you.
Did you watch the first episode of The Great British Sewing Bee last night? I just caught up with it on iplayer and I can’t wait til next week. It follows the rating winning format of The Great British Bake Off where you have contestants pitting their sewing skills against each other in a variety of tasks. It’s a bit like Project Catwalk/ Runway but without the glam factor or the divatude. Taking part is fellow blogger Tilly whose blog I discovered about a month ago and I’ve been using it as a resource to help teach my students to sew, as her detailed step by step photos are fantastic.
Tilly struggled a bit with some of the tasks but I hope she goes far in the competition. Shes only been sewing for two years and I am definitely impressed with her skills. Go Tilly!
I wasn’t there but many of you were- how was it? Tell me, tell me, TELL ME! Gaelle from Les Piteries de Vanoue was there and has done part one of her report of the event which you can read here, and The Guardian has a photo diary, but I would love to hear some feedback from those of you that attended the event. What did you like? What didn’t you like? SPILL.
There is also this comprehensive review from Oh The Places You Will Go blog. I guess the event was not as good as we all expected…
And another great overview of the event here on Buttercup’s Frocks.
So have you got your ticket yet? Are you excited? What are you most looking forward to? Unfortunately I am unable to go so I’m relying on all of you to come back and tell me all about it. It’s gonna be an absolute blast, I know it!
Navabi is hosting a contest to find the best plus size fashion blog and I’m in the running for the grand prize of a trip to London Fashion Week in February. I’m number 259 (who knew there were almost 300 plus size blogs out there?!) in the list. All you have to do is point and click and your vote is cast. No signing up for newsletters or mailing lists or anything- simple! Click the image below to go straight there! Purllllllllllllllllllleeeese!
Have you been watching Strictly?
(US readers- Strictly Come Dancing, UK version of Dancing with the Stars)
You’ve probably heard by now that Adele has been asked to be an ambassador for Burberry by creative director Christopher Bailey. Depending on your source, you may have also heard that she was asked to work with him on a plus size collection for the brand. Or was it Adele that did the asking? After all, if someone wants to make you ambassador of a product, it makes sense that it should be a product that’s accessible to you. I don’t know, I’ve read several articles and they all tell a different version of the story with some suggesting that Adele may have been the one to propose the idea of collaborating on a plus size collection. With neither Burberry nor Adele commenting on the issue at the moment, we won’t find out the truth for a while. I hope it was the latter, just so that I can love Adele that little bit more. I like the idea of her standing up to a major brand and say hang on, if you want me to represent you, then you have to represent me, in a similar way as Beth Ditto did with Topshop. Let’s see what happens……