It looks like 2012 is going to be a good year for designers tackling plus size fashion. Mary Katranzou has said that she has been asked by Net- a- Porter to extend the size range of her collection.
This has intrigued me on two levels. I checked the Net- a- porter site and was surprised to see that their size chart goes up to a size 20/ XXL. In fact, I even found two Vivienne Westwood dresses up to a XXXL.
I had no idea. How big these clothes are in reality is another issue. Things are indeed looking up.
Secondly, it has always made me scratch my head to wonder why designers would design clothes they can’t fit into. No disrespect to Mary Katranzou but she looks bigger than a size 14 and designs clothes she can’t wear herself. It’s the same with Rodarte. I might be wrong but I’m pretty sure Rodarte don’t do plus sizes, and only one of the Mulleavy sisters is able to fit into their standard clothing. When I was 13 I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer and studied to degree level. The entire time I always knew I wanted to design plus size clothes and that was my constant goal. I’ve always been fat and putting my own name to clothes I can’t fit into makes little sense to me. In my opinion it sends a subliminal message that the only people worthy of wearing high fashion are those who fit within a tiny spectrum of sizes- everyone else, including the designer, is unimportant and undeserving.
Psssst! Want to have a sneaky peek at the autumn/ winter 2009 collection for Anna Scholz? If so, click here.
I’ve been checking the Anna Scholz website frequently, patiently waiting for the new collection to drop and now, its finally online. I’ve had a good ole look at it and there are lots of beautifully covetable dresses and some great jackets and coats. The range is a riot of colour with a variety of colourful prints that we have come to expect from Anna and she certainly delivers. I think there are probably too many different prints and its all a bit dizzying, but that just means there is surely a print in the range to suit everyone. If prints aren’t your thing there are a few solid colour garments including an elegant empire line black and ivory maxi dress and solid colour vests.
I like the styling of the look book and especially like the orangey pinky floral tights in the picture above but I don’t think they’re part of the Anna Scholz collection although they should be because I’d snap them up immediately. All in all I like the collection a lot but I just wish I had a rockstar budget.
I previously mentioned that coral was my colour of the season and illustrated ideas of how to incorporate it into your wardrobe. Well here’s the addendum piece to that coral loving post. This super sexy dress has more going for it than just a great colour. The exposed zipper that I’ve seen on many a runway adds a definite edge and I like the modified body con shape; fitted but not skin tight. I’m not a big advocate for Spanx but I would certainly need a little help to pull this off. Its a shame I can’t walk into a store and try it on because I would love to see how I look in something as clingy as this.
Dress- $178, Monif C. Available from March 27th
In more Monif C news I spotted this dress that bears a striking resemblence to a certain inauguration ballgown worn by a certain first lady.
Its the ever popular Marilyn convertiable dress in a new longer length and it looks stunning.
Have you ever bought a Marilyn convertible dress from Monif C? How was it for you? I ask because its only available in one size to fit sizes 8- 24. I know the skirt section is the only fully formed part of the dress and the rest of the dress is constructed from ties that wrap around the body, but I don’t get how a size 8 ”skirt” can also fit a size 24 body. Wouldn’t it just end up too tight around the middle? I guess that’s where the magic comes in and why this dress is popular. I’m intrigued.
Dress- $235 Monif C. Available March 27th.
Credit is crunching everybody apart from the super rich. I’ve heard that even the queen is suffering as shes worn the same outfit twice in the past two years(!!!), so even the rich are having to tighten their belts on their budgets and say no to a second holiday home in Malibu. Retailers are feeling the crunch, profits everywhere seem to be falling and whole companies are collapsing. Its all so depressing and I just want to curl up in bed until its all over. I read this article in the guardian last week and it has got me thinking about how the crunch affects fashion. Not high street fashion which has always been price conscious, but designer fashion and the portrayal of fashion by high gloss magazines such as Vogue and W. The piece makes a valid point about high fashion magazines being escapist tools not shopping guides(to the average person anyway), but I know my conscience would be forever niggling if it was my job to promote £3000 coats in these times. In the past a similar argument has been raised to justify the reason you don’t see models who look like the majority of women, that fashion is fantasy and magazines exist to perpetuate the fantasy image of the ultra tall slender woman with perfect skin. Apparently no-one wants to see representations of themselves in all their short, love handled glory. Apparently.
Anyhow, I’m going off on a bit of a tangent here and will resist the temptation to get on my soapbox (although I already had one foot on it). The whole point of todays post was to show you two cheaper pocket friendly alternatives to gorgeous designer items that I’ve found online. We still need to look good, non?
I love every single piece from this oriental bird themed range by Anna Scholz especially this jacket, but alas (turning out pockets) I am too poor. So I will just have to look at it every weekend and sigh. Sigh.