First off I want to say thank you to Olga Intimate’s for sending me this lovely box of goodies from their new Flirty Collection. Even though I was sent these lovely items, this is a true review. If you aren’t familiar with the Olga Flirty Collection yet, please read the rest of this post and check out the video. Olga Intimates has a new line of lingerie out for plus size women called the Flirty Collection. I was sent a few items from the collection and decided to do a video below to give you my first impressions on this #FearlesslyFlirty line.
I haven’t tried my pieces on yet, but I honestly can’t wait to try them out. The fabrics feel great, the straps looks sturdy, and most of the bras are smoothing. They panty seemed comfortable too. I am usually not that big into lingerie. I just want something functional that fits. Most of the time, being a full figured bra wearer, it is hard for me to even find affordable bras that don’t cost under $60. I did find one bra brand at Walmart that sells cheaper, surprisingly well made bras, but the secret is out on them. Now when I go to Walmart, they are almost always sold out, or I have to fight through a mess on the racks to find what I want. They also rarely sell those bras on their website. With these bras, panties, and babydoll slips from Olga, I don’t have to do that. The Olga Flirty collection is affordable and readily available now online and in stores. Check below for details. Photos from Olga.
Hey ya’ll! It’s that time again where I post pictures of clothes that I wish were made in plus sizes. Actually I was on Fashionista’s website where I saw these pictures, and thought to myself how some of these pieces could be translated to plus sizes. I always seem to do that. The last time I did this post, I talked about denim styles. This time we are focusing on NYFW Spring Summer 2017 looks from fashion week last week.My fashion designer side and my fashion stylist side are thinking of all the ways I can make these outfits happen for myself, my clients, and my readers. The first looks up are from Coach, Monse, and DvF. I love these looks. I think they are fun and flirty and very fancy. I think I could see quite a few plus size girls rocking these looks. Continue Reading
With the tensions between Cuba and the US dying down, and the recent Chanel Resort fashion show in Cuba, it is no small wonder that Latin American inspiration is a big trend in fashion right now. Brands are making fabrics with tropical plants and animals on them. Bright, bold colors are showing up on many garments, and tassels and fringe are adorning the trims of many of the pieces being released into stores today.
Rachel Roy launched her new plus size line, RACHEL Rachel Roy Curvy, at Macy’s and I lost it. While this line doesn’t feature each and every piece from her straight size collection, it does feature a good bit of them. We have been asking major fashion designers for years to make a line for us that has the same if not similar items as the main line, and she did it. Continue Reading
R to L going clockwise: Ulla Johnson, Zac Posen, Christian Siriano, Delpozo, tory Burch, the Row, Yuna Yang, Giulietta, Tanya Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, Public School, Brandon Maxwell, Rosie Assoulin, and Victoria Beckham. Photos from The Cut and Yuna Yang
Let the Fashion Trend Battle Begin:
NYFW Fall 2016 was a fierce battle with many trends fighting it out for the death. We have officially gone from have clear concrete trends to too many micro trends all at once. The main battle has been the same battle that has been going on for the past few seasons. The 90’s trends have been duking it out with the 70’s trend. There also seems to be battle between the minimalism of the Normcore trend that was big a few seasons ago and has its roots in the 90’s and some of the 1930’s glamour that helped influence the decadence of the 70’s. Continue Reading
From left to right: 1. Julien Fournie 2. Christian Dior 3. Aouadi 4. Ralph & Russo 5. Chanel 6. Zuhair Murad
The minimalism of the previous seasons are truly a thing of the past. Spring 2016 couture was truly decadent in nature. Even the most bland of garments had a little something extra going on. Many garments had low cut necklines, pajama dressing is still in, and flouncy chiffon and lace are still a favorite with extra beading in the mix.
This weekend I drove to Atlanta to attend The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo. I don’t know if you follow me on Snapchat @tfasblog, but all of my Atlanta adventures were documented on the app. I had a really good time at Marie’s Denee’s event even though my day got off to a very rocky start.
I just want you all to know that I thoroughly enjoyed the fall 2015 couture fashion shows. They are giving me all the feels. Sometimes I am skeptical of what I see. Sometime designers either do too little or too much with couture. This season though… was amazing.
Row 1, L to R: Delpozo, Georgine Row 2, L to R: Narciso Rodriquez, Rosie Assoulin Row 3, L to R: Michael Kors, The Row
I don’t know if you have been following the shows and trends lately, but there seems to be some kind of clash going on between the 90s and the 70s. Some of you favorite styles-and many that you hated- from the 90s are coming back full force, but coming in neck in neck with them is the 70s. Culottes in various lengths of short are back, suedes and animal prints, platforms, and even bell bottoms are coming back. Are you ready for the 70s trend? Is it something you are going to attempt come this fall? I might. We shall see how it goes. Photos from the Georgine PR reps and Style.com.
I love street style photos. They give me outfit inspiration. I saw a bunch of jeans that had the bottom cut off of them last season, so I just cut the bottom off of my jeans as well. This look right here is perfect for those crisp, cold days. There is something very 70s about it. 70s style trends were all over the NYFW runways. Now I need to find a blanket, so I can get my 70s on. Photo by Tommy Ton for Style.com.
Plus size models are in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue. Being in the swimsuit issue is a big deal for any model’s career. People have wanted plus size representation in the issue for years. On Wednesday we learned that size 16 Ashley Graham will be heating up the issue in advertisement for swimwear brand Swimsuits For All. There is a video version of the print ad too. Both of them are pretty hot. I hope you check that out. Continue Reading
Friend to the blog and friend in real life, designer Washington Roberts created a spring 2015 collection that is architecturally sound. Roberts’ designs always look good, and in the three years since he started his namesake line you can see his attention to detail and sophistication. When his first came to America from Nigeria, he wanted to be an engineer. Continue Reading
Naomi Campbell slays at 44 years of age! She is a true supermodel…okokokokok!!!!! She looks amazing. Her body is insane. I can only hope and pray that my body looks somewhat like that when I get to be her age. Also doesn’t the shoot with Jourdan Dunn look super cute and fun. I love that these two brands chose black models to pose for and represent them. Here’s to hoping more brands follow suit soon!
AWW SNAP!! UK brand Missguided adds plus sizes to their site, so that #babesofallsizes can get some great fashion. A lot of the UK brands have really good plus size lines. I don’t know what is going on in the US market. It seems like we have to rely on the UK brands and indie plus size designers. Missguided + is a line that I think trendy, fashion forward plus size shoppers will love. Continue Reading
It is no secret that I love Lupita Nyong’o. I have written about her many a time on this blog. It has been quite awhile since I have put a picture or post up about her though. This month you can see her in Glamour Magazine, since she is their Woman of the Year. The pictures are really great. There is this one blue dress that I really love on her.
I know I am late to the party-preparing for finals y’all, but I had to post this. The Design Collective for Evans S/S15 fashion show was the first time a plus size retailer had shown at London Fashion Week, and that is big news. I mean they literally made history. A lot of the clothes in this collection are super cute. I love the colors, the laser cut skirts, the fabrics that went from really sheer to really solid. I can’t wait to see how they translate this to their website next season.
Here is a little more info for you:
Design Collective for Evans brings together a handpicked selection of renowned fashion designers, brand new breakthrough designers, the latest winners of the acclaimed Cut for Evans design competition and our exclusive in house designs. The exclusive catwalk event shows that high fashion is for all.
Showcasing S/S15 designs from Clements Ribeiro, Giles Deacon, Hema Kaul, Lulu Liu, James Wei Huang and Vita Gottlieb watch the full catwalk show which took place in London. Click here to find out more – www.evans.co.uk
We are wrapping up our New York Fashion Week coverage, and survived 7 days of running around the city to bring you the latest and greatest in fashion week news! Here is our take on Day 7 trends!
What’s fashion week without an over-the-top runway presentation by Betsey Johnson? Boring! And our team at FashionMingle.net doesn’t like boring, so luckily for us, we have Betsey Johnson’s runway to look forward to every season. Betsey showcased her Spring collection on Day 7, opening up the show with 2 models representing gay marriage. When they turned around their suit coats said pre-nup! And that was the name of Betsey’s wedding-themed collection.
PHOTO CREDIT: www.live-life-in-style.com
Erin Fetherston’s collection was classically simple, but lovely. Erin featured black and white, pastel yellows, and deep shades of blue. By default, Betsey’s collection featured a lot of white, since it was wedding themed. Michael Kors’ collection was also heavy on the blues and yellows, though there were some pastels, and black and white separates intermixed in the collection.
No one mixes prints like Anna Sui, and for her Spring 2015 collection she did not disappoint. Erin Fetherston also incorporated florals, but again in a simple, but sophisticated way. The florals in Erin’s collection did not overwhelm the garments. Michael Kors featured a plethora of print looks, but the prints were either floral based or plaid based.
Betsey Johnson’s runway featured lots of tulle, as to be expected for her wedding themed collection. Betsey also featured a few looks that resembled nylon or plastic that would typically be used for rain coat materials! I could definitely see Miley Cyrus in one of these plastic-esque looks! Erin incorporated sheer fabrics into her collection for use in her striped looks.
PHOTO CREDIT: www.live-life-in-style.com
The Anna Sui models had everything from veils to shades. It was a really cool runway! Betsey Johnson’s wedding themed collection entitled Pre-Nup featured fun heels and fun handbags. She created a cake shape handbag and a lipstick shaped handbag.
PHOTO CREDIT: www.live-life-in-style.com
DEBUT RUNWAY: Deola Sagoe/Clan
The brands Deola Sagoe and Clan fashions debuted for the first time at New York Fashion Week. Deola Sagoe is the designer behind the Deola Sagoe label, while the clan collection is designed by her daughters Tena, Tiwa, and Aba Sagoe. They labels are based in Africa, and this was their first time showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The looks were unique, and we love to see emerging and up and coming designers featured at New York Fashion Week.
PHOTO CREDIT: www.live-life-in-style.com Written by Shalanda Turner, FashionMingle.net Style Editor
Day 6 was extremely busy for our team! Heather and Sofia attended Nolcha Fashion Week, while Shalanda and Jane stayed at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to capture the shows at the Tents.
Black and white remained popular for Day 6 of New York Fashion Week. Zang Toi’s celebrated his 25th anniversary as a label with a heavily black and white collection. He also featured deep shades of green, red and purple, which is rather unique for Spring! Ever since Victoria Beckham’s show earlier in the week, we’ve seen more and more designers incorporating darker shades into their collections. Typically these hues are reserved for Fall, but the use of deep shades of blues, greens, and purples further prove the blurred line phenomenon happening between the seasons. Diesel Black and Gold also featured a heavily black, & white collection. Whether they were all black or all white separates or black and white prints. Other designers to incorporate black and white into their Spring collections were Vivienne Hu & Narcisco Rodriguez. Jenny Packham’s collection featured oxblood looks along with pastel yellow, and sky blue looks. The collection combination of pastels with the darker oxblood was pretty cool.
Michael Costello, Badgley Mischka and Zang Toi’s collections were heavy on the evening gown from, as to be expected since they are all magnificent evening wear designers. Not everyone can do evening wear, and it’s really an art in and of itself. Sophie Theallet took lengths to above the need with voluminous A-line skirts. Crop tops are showing their staying power, and even though the crop top is popular, the jumpsuit is here to stay with a vengeance. Almost every designer has featured at least one or more jumpsuits in their collections. Rompers seem to be inexistent, as everyone seems to prefer to the pantsuit edition. Pamella Roland featured a lovely white jumpsuit for her Spring 2015 collection.
Here at FashionMingle.net we love to bring you cover from outside the tents as well as feature designers showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. For our third season in a row, Fashion Mingle sent team members to cover Nolcha Fashion Week. Nolcha Fashion Week, founded by Kerry Bannigan, features independent fashion designers during New York Fashion Week. Fashion Mingle Contributors headed to Nolcha to conduct backstage interviews with the designers and bring you the trends from Nolcha! Stay tuned for their Nolcha report! You can learn more about Nolcha here in an interview conducted by Heather Petrey with the founder of Nolcha.
Written by Shalanda Turner, FashionMingle.net Style Editor