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Monday, 22 September 2008

London Fashion Week and to Milan

A slide show of highlights from all the collections, here

That's Richard Nichol, above. What did I tell you about sleeveless jackets?

Meanwhile Milan Fashion Week opened with, sit down hold on to a stable surface, ask for brandy if necessary, the Elena Miro show. Elena Miro designs for plus size.

I personally don't like her collection, but see what you think.


Anastasia said...

I don't like the clothes much, too - but I do like the models. I looked at the Milan show right after clicking through the series of "Best of London Fashion week". The models in London seemed all so thin, bitter and aggressive (didn't like the clothes much, either).
It's refreshing to see the plus-sized models in Milan, they looked positively glowing and healthy.

But I guess it's just for show "See, we care about the health and of the models", soon everything will be back to normal and clothes for 14 year old stick insects.

Toby Wollin said...

Pretty heavy on the forehead fringes, there..the clothing is only so-so; I've seen collections from the past that were far more interesting than these pictures, but again, I always find fall/winter more interesting than spring/summer.

Songy said...

I like the colour and how it goes well with her model. it's great to know that they catering for 'real' size people.

happy to find this blog. Miss C's introduction was very intriguing so here I found you.

Deja Pseu said...

For gorgeous, elegant plus size clothing, you can't beat Marina Rinaldi. I'm not a fan of the crazy prints but those models are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

At the Miro site: lovely curly haired model, a couple of interesting draped jackets (sleeves included), boring colour, trousers and boots straight from the village shop in Frumpington.

Mary Martha said...

I don't particularly like the clothes either.

That said I am almost pathetically happy they exist at all.

I am a 'plus size' and the fact that ANYONE is even attempting to make stylish clothes (even if they are failing) is great.

I tend to get several things made by a seamstress every season. it's the only way I can be assured of quality clothing that will fit well and have a unique style (instead of being the same things from the same stores that every other fat girl shops at).

lagatta à montréal said...

I don't like that Elena Mirò collection at all - frankly, it looks tacky and cheap, and the big-patterned dress gives even the beautiful young model a pot. Pity, as I have a couple of beautiful garments (bought at end-of-season sales in Italy) from that line.

Marina Rinaldi is wonderful, and has a more modestly-priced line, Persona.

These lines start at a very small size for "plus-size". Think Rinaldi starts at a UK8/US 10 - they fit "curvy" women well, even if the woman is not a large size.

While I don't like the heavy fringe either, the models are of a type very popular in postwar Italy: "le maggiorate". Tall, statuesque (much taller than the average Italian woman of that era), very curvy. Anita Ekberg in the fountain in "La Dolce Vita"...

We also notice no sleeves on either the rail-slim or the curvy model...

Linda Grant said...

Not a shape very common in Britain

Fashion for Aliens said...

There used to be an Elena Miro store in Regent Street. I would buy these clothes if I had access to them but for me the problem with this and plus size designer brands like Marina Rinaldi and Anna Scholtz is an over-reliance on gaudy colour and print at the expense of good cutting. Any season you will find leopard print with a gold piped trim from any of these brands. That said I too am grateful that they even exist.

greying pixie said...

I really quite like the tweedy look of their current winter collection or is it the charisma of that gorgeous curly haired model?

The summer collection is really not nice and I'm sorry, but in my opinion those models are just the wrong side of statuesque. Surely there must be a happy medium.

lagatta, I don't think those runway models would qualify as 'maggiorate', more 'cicciatelle'.

I think this summer collection is a perfect example of dressmaking versus design. These dresses are just slim girl designs sized up, instead of garments designed around the shape and size of the body to be clothed.