Archive for February, 2010
Deborah– author of the Catwalk and Cheetah Girls book series– is wearing Anna’s black lace shift dress. (On the right is iconic supermodel Beverly Johnson!)
Prada created a bit of a stir recently by including curvier models in her Autumn-Winter 2010 runway show in Milan. Apparently, the skinner models who were slated to walk the show were swapped at the last minute for a bevy of their more shapely sisters.
“It takes a clear mind,” writes Sarah Mower in her review of the show for style.com, “to figure out what women want, and what we’re lacking. And, far more radically, to address aspects of the system that have been (to say the least) annoying the hell out of many.” Miuccia Prada did just that by employing models Doutzen Kroes, Catherine McNeil, Lara Stone, and Miranda Kerr — among others– “young women,” adds Mower, “whose relatively curvaceous beauty has generally exempted them from being cast as exemplars of female gorgeousness on runways such as Prada’s for the past few years.”
Much of the show had a real 60s vibe, Mower describes, with the models’ hair done up in beehive styles and the clothing a throwback tip-of-the-hat to womanly wiles.
“If it’s the possession of breasts that’s been bothering model-casting agents for the past few years,” writes Mower, “this collection was a nightmare scenario for them. The ample bust was the unavoidable focal point of the silhouette, picked out in balconies of lace ruffles and upstanding pointy-bra formations on raised-waist, wide-skirted dresses and coats. Any girl on the runway who didn’t have the natural Bardot-esque equipment was bestowed with it by means of frothy fabric placements, but the eye naturally migrated to the ones who did.”
We agree with Sarah Mower that it’s refreshing that Prada sees her designs “being worn by women other than the zombie army of teen models that has roamed her runway recently.”
Here are a few of our favourite looks from the show:
To read Sarah Mower’s review, visit: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/F2010RTW-PRADA/
Everyone at annascholz is delighted and excited by the amazing Vogue Curvy online magazine launched by Vogue Italia. We hope that where Vogue leads the way, Elle, Marie Claire and all the other fashion magazines will follow. Perhaps they have finally woken up, smelt that coffee and realised that you don’t have to be a size 6 to be beautiful or to love fashion.
Just click on the link below for the full Vogue Curvy online experience
Ciao and have fun.
The annascholz team
The shop Verity Plum in Knutsford, Cheshire (a faithful stocker of Anna Scholz each season!) had a photo shoot recently featuring styles from Anna’s Spring-Summer 2010 season. The shop’s owner, Helen Johnson, shared them with us. We thought we’d share them with you too!
The photographer for the shoot was http://www.bridgetfrancisphotography.com/
This is such a breath of fresh air… department store Debenhams has launched a trial of size 16 mannequins in its windows. The store placed the mannequins in its Oxford Street branch in London yesterday. It is asking for customer feedback before extending the trial… lets support them as much as possible so this is a permanent thing! Send us your comments so we can forward on.
And so the story rumbles on.
We have been very reluctant to express too much of an opinion about Mark Fast using plus size models in his catwalk show at London Fashion Week. However, after seeing the images of the amazingly beautiful Crystal Renn…umm… how shall we say…not looking her best, we felt compelled to show everyone the difference between designing for a real woman and designing for media coverage.
Crystal looks fab in our LBD in the image below (and fyi, she was one dress size bigger when that photo was taken)!! Also, notice how gorgeous model Hayley Morley looks in her Anna Scholz dress in the bottom image.
We would love to know your thoughts. Please send us your comments.
Read the full review of the Fast show from the Mirror.co.uk:
Submitted by Penny Norman, Designer
I came across the Art Republic gallery in the North Lanes when I was a student in Brighton. I used to spend hours there deciding which print would go on which wall in the dream house I would one day own! The gallery works with a host of my favourite artists including Dan Baldwin, Lidia De Pedro and Simon Dixon. It is a modern gallery with a wealth of fabulous artists. Pieces are available at all price points, from signed works by Banksy to inexpensive posters by the lesser known.
Art Republic has expanded into a second gallery in London for me to frequent. They also now have a scheme called “own art”; this allows one to spread the payment for pieces from the gallery over 10 months interest free…and you get to take the print home with you as soon as the deposit is paid.
I think this is a fab idea and a great way to allow a younger generation of art lovers to buy into and enjoy the arts, thus supporting the development and growth of exciting, new contemporary artists and their techniques.
The website makes even an art novice feel at home with its no-nonsense explanations of everything from printing techniques to different genres and art movements.
As they say on their own site, they take great pride in “demystifying art”!
Only last week I received the newest addition to my collection from Art Republic, delivered to my front door after the gallery framed it in the beautiful handmade Italian frame I chose from their huge selection. It is called Autumn Girl by Dan Baldwin.
The website and the galleries are well worth a visit.
Online at http://www.artrepublic.com/ you will also find a section called “artzine” which is an interesting and diverse directory of museums and galleries.
My only problem now is that my dream house is open plan and…I’M RUNNING OUT OF WALLS!!!!!!!!
London Fashion Week has come round once again; and, once again, it seems the media are playing the ‘plus size’ model card because it’s a bit of a hot topic right now. Whilst we are very happy to see some ‘positive’ coverage for this important issue, we still feel everyone seems to be overlooking the fact that most designers showing at LFW do not produce any clothing above a size 10!! Try buying a designer dress in a size 18 or 20 in your favourite department store or your local designer shop. Try going shopping as a size 18 with your size 10 friend and see if you can buy anything in the same store — let alone by the same designer.
Plus size models are bringing the “bigger is beautiful too” issue into focus but we still have some way to go.
Do you agree? Let us know!
Starting in March, we’re introducing a new contest to find the best Anna Scholz customer photo each month. Send us photos of you wearing your fave Anna Scholz outfits– the more inspired the better! We’ll post your photos on our blog (check the “Who’s Wearing Anna” section of our blog to see some of our lovely customers who have already contributed photos).
Each month’s winner will be announced in the first weekly newsletter of the following month and will receive a £100 voucher for the web shop. The winner for the year will receive a £500 shopping voucher. How’s that for inspiration? Get posing, girls!