(Sorry for the immense post delay! I have been beyond swamped since NYFW… I started a new day job this week, we are moving to Jersey City at the end of Oct and sadly, I’ve been dealing with some intense family health issues. But anyway, on to the fashion!)
NEW POST: Cabiria at NYFW (plus me, lookin’ all fancy-schmancy)
This was QUITE the busy fashion week for me! I accumulated around 70 invites (obviously I didn’t make them all), but I made as many as humanly possible! Some of my favorites this season were Charlotte Ronson, Zimmermann, Koonhor, Candela, KYE, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Ostwald Helgason (who will have a collection with ALDO coming soon!), Tadashi Shoji, Tia Cibani, Ann Yee, and of course, Cabiria, the FIRST EVER plus collection to show at the tents at NYFW!
Cabiria had an AMAZING response, and I barely was able to squeeze in my interview for Refinery29 because SO many people were clamoring to speak to the designer, Eden Miller. You can read my article and interview here.
For this outfit (and don’t worry, there are more NYFW outfit posts on the way!) I knew I wanted to pair this high-waist wet look skirt and crop top together, but the bag was a purchase from the night before at the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target launch party, so that was a last-minute outfit addition. I actually had my photo taken by a few different blogs and websites that day, so I guess the look was a hit!
After the Cabiria show I had a little time to kill, so I went up to the Tresemme booth, and the amazingly talented hairstylist Katie Neutz created this amazing Veronica Lake-esq style. People gushed about my hair the entire day… I SO wish I had the skillz to replicate it!
NEW POST: Urban Cat Woman
I’m a German mad scientist-umpire, and I’m calling you out.
I’m a welder that’s only concerned with my eyes, not with charring my hair.
I’m a fashion blogger at a funeral who decided leggings were pants.
I’m an urban cat woman, and this is my day off outfit.
Whatever Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story you want to back up this ensemble, pick it.
(But, if I ever get into a street rumble I think this would be a good look to resurrect. Slinky in H2T black, my hair looks even redder than normal against such a dark pallet.)
Top: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Old Navy
Glasses: Warby Parker Preston
The Plus-Size Problem We Just Haven’t Solved…Yet
(This article was originally written for, and appeared on, Refinery29. You can read the original here.)
We’ve rattled off these stats before: The average American woman is a size 14. The plus-size consumer comprises 67% of the apparel-purchasing community. However, so many companies still refuse to expand their size range. In fact, they’re practically fighting against the opportunity.
From Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries’ “anti-fat” stance to Lululemon’s unwillingness to offer larger sizes, it seems that the stigma behind plus-sized fashion is still alive and well. “I understand that the process of designing and creating a plus-size range is a huge and challenging undertaking, but I have no doubt that many designers and brands don’t expand simply because they don’t want fat people wearing their clothing,” said Gabi Gregg, InStyle contributor and blogger of GabiFresh. “Most designers who don’t make plus sizes feel similarly; [Jeffries] just happened to be stupid enough to say it out loud.”
In recent news about ModCloth’s size expansion among a decent percentage of its vendors, it turned out that not all the e-commerce site’s vendors were onboard. Samara Fetto, ModCloth’s plus-size category manager and scout, explained that some designers are “just not interested in addressing this customer segment,” and in addition, “[they] don’t have resources to execute plus-size fits (people, fit models, grade rules, size specifications, patterns, etc).”
However, Fetto went on to clarify that the market is still well aware of what they’re lacking. “I’d say that everyone recognized the lack of options for plus-size women and the potential growth that can come from addressing this underserved customer segment. This was even true of those people who weren’t interested.”
With an increased level of awareness, you would think designers would be chomping at the bit to reach into this virtually untapped market. But, that’s just not the case. Aimee Cheshire, founder and CEO of Madison Plus Select, explained to us that the mainstream brands are still holding onto the idea that it’s the “high margin, skinny customer” who drives the market. “Similar to when newspaper refused to go online because people like the ‘old way,’ so too will these brands disappear as the normal once again becomes healthy and ‘plus’ loses the stigma.”
However, while we slowly watch some brands adapt to the need for more plus options, there is one brand that’s revolutionizing the approach: ASOS Curve. The collection runs parallel to its straight-size collections, and maintains the same high quality of style throughout all the sizes offered. “The main ASOS collection is fashion forward and directional, so why make the plus range any different?” says ASOS’s Curve buyer Natasha Smith. “If a girl loves fashion and wants to shop at ASOS then she wants to be able to buy the same product as our ASOS main range.”
This all leaves us wondering: What’s the truth behind the general size-expansion refusal? Are straight-size designers more concerned about being associated with antiquated notions regarding body size and fashion, or are they hoping to avoid the effort with the belief that the segment will change and revert back to what it once was? “We shouldn’t try to convince those that don’t want our business to take it,” Cheshire pointedly states. “Let’s just give it to those that want it!” After all, with so many talented designers, such as Cult of California and One One Three, willing to respond to the demands of this majority, mainstream’s loss might just be their gain.
NEW POST: It’s The Crops!
This past Saturday I was invited to a fabulous rooftop brunch hosted by SWAK Designs. With temps in the broiling 90s, I knew I would need an outfit that was both stylish and cool. One of the easiest ways to keep your cool on sizzling summer days is with light, breathable cotton.
Obviously obsessed with these bird-printed ASOS peg pants, it was an easy starting point to base my outfit around. And what better way to funk up high-waisted pants than with a trendy crop top? While the top itself was very basic, it was a great canvas to display my gorgeous new crystal nOir necklace.
Surprisingly, my Schutz sandals were actually comfortable enough for hours of clomping around the city. With their chunky heel, ankle strap and zero platform, I felt well supported while still looking fashionable.
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Necklace: nOir Jewelry
Sail Into Summer With These Pool-Perfect Plus-Size Swimsuits
(This article originally appeared on Refinery29. You can view the original here.)
With Memorial Day just behind us, we’re calling it: It’s officially summer! Some areas have hit beach-bound temps already, and some, like NYC, are counting down the seconds until we can jump on the jitney to the Hamptons (or at least spread out a towel in McCarren Park). But, regardless of what your momentary climate may be, you’ve got to come to terms that it’s swimsuit season.
Whether you want to stay classic in black, decorate your body with blossoms, splash back to the past, make a pattern play, or show it off in a curve-bearing bikini, we’ve found the perfect piece to keep you swimming in compliments all summer long.
Retro – There’s a reason certain styles make a comeback; they’re just too good to be kept to one generation! Channel your inner bathing beauty in one of these retro-styled suits and you’re sure to be the bee’s knees.
ASOS CURVE Exclusive Swimsuit with Spot Contrast, $42.43, available at ASOS.
Esther Williams Fruity Suity One Piece, $89.99, available at Modcloth.
Bikini – They say when you’ve got it, flaunt it, and you’ve got plenty to flaunt. So, what better way that to display your goodies than in a skimpy (or not-so-skimpy) bikini?
Swimsuits For All Swim Sexy White Halter Bikini, $68, available at Swimsuits For All.
Sea By Melissa Odabash Bikini Set, $64, available at Simply Be.
Floral – Leave the big ol’ hibiscus prints in the past; this season the garden is filled with a bunch of other blooms to pick. From small, crochet flowers to a jungle of tropical fronds, the new take on floral has never been so fresh.
Longitude Plus Crochet One-Piece Swimsuit, $109, available at Lord & Taylor.
Black – We all know the LBD is so chic and versatile, so it’s no surprise that level of classic style translates into the LBS. But don’t worry about being boring; these black suits are anything but basic!
Swim Sexy Black Fringe Bandeau/Halter Swimsuit, $54.40, available at Sonsi.
Lane Bryant Barcelona maillot by Miraclesuit, $158, available at Lane Bryant.
Miraclesuit Oceanus One-Piece Swimsuit, $148, available at Bare Necessities.
Printed – Who are we kidding? Subtlety is so not your style. Fortunately, stores are filled with print-tastic swimsuits that will make sure you’re the hottest thing on the beach!
Dorothy Perkins Amalfi bandeau swimsuit, $45, available at Dorothy Perkins.
Forever 21 Abstract Halter Swimsuit, $27.80, available at Forever 21.
Evans Tribal Twist Swimsuit, $49.50, available at Evans.
NEW POST: Holy Chic!
I am a sucker for a theme. Everything from over-the-top concepts (I once threw a stereotype party where everyone had to come as a stereotypical something; I was a stereotypical “Rock of Love” contestant. Ed. note, does anyone even remember that show?) to simpler themes, I’m your gal that you can count on to be flawlessly on theme.
So, when I was invited to a black & white themed rooftop party, you best believe I brought it. With the exception of my red hair and lips (and my hot pink toe nails), I was B&W’d out. I even gave myself a B&W mani, just to be safe.
These pants are beyond comfy and effortlessly stylish. I love their tiny bird pattern; its an unexpected twist on a somewhat more casual silhouette. I paired it with a graphic crop top (I am all about crop tops this summer!), which showed just an occasional peek of skin.