Mica Paris for Simply BePosted: July 29, 2009
Mica Paris, soul singer turned TV presenter, has added another feather to her hat by teaming up with Simply Be to design a collection for the fashion retailer.
I’ve had a look at it online and while its okay, I can’t say that I’m overly amped about it. There are no pieces that are enticing me to whip out the plastic and its all a bit middle of the road for the most part with the pics above being the strongest pieces from the collection. Its wearable and workable but for me, nothing stands out against anything else you might find in the other collections on the website, or anywhere else for that matter . If I’m honest though, I’m not sure what I would really expect from Mica Paris as she isn’t really distinctive as someone with particularly strong personal style or look like Beth Ditto, Kate Moss or even Lily Allen in her prom dress and trainers days. Mica is one half of the latest duo to present What Not to Wear so its not like she has no style credentials at all. However, in her interview on the Simply Be website she does say,
“The difference is that I’m not trying to be a designer; I’m just trying to show you how to put great clothes together for your body shape. I give you a guide based on what I think looks good on me whereas a designer just gives you a dress to wear. I think my range provides women who feel stifled by what they see on the catwalk with real fashion”.
Okay, but I would still loved to have seen a standout dress but maybe I’m being too harsh, esp as Mica herself stated her objective above which is more to do with acting as a guide to what looks good on a bigger body shape, not to set the world alight with stunning design.
On the plus side (no pun intended) I’m glad to see that Mica has brought back the body!
Since seeing all the minisule ones creep back into Topshop I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for one in my size and here it is! In the early 90’s I had one in every style, colour and variation possible. Long sleeves, short sleeves, sleeveless, cotton, velvet, black, brown….. you get the picture. They were truly the basis of my entire wardrobe for work and play and now I get to do it all again- wha hey!
One other piece I quite like from this collection is this although at £60 I find it a bit pricey for a jacket with no sleeves. Or am I just a tightwad?
It doesn’t look particularly inspiring in the pic above but view at it as a blank canvas. Think of the androgyenous style of La Roux and imagine the styling possibilities….
More styling ideas around this garment later in the week.