Posts Tagged ‘plus size womenswear’


Lisa Riley Takes Anna Down the Red Carpet

September 12th, 2013 10:00 am


Lisa Riley looked amazing last week, wearing Anna’s silk mirror snake print dress for her stint as presenter at the Strictly Come Dancing: Red Carpet Exclusive television special. She was fabulous as a presenter, charming loads of celebs and discussing the show’s upcoming contestants.

In other Lisa news, we  also found this lovely photo of Lisa celebrating her birthday in Anna’s black iris print maxi dress. She really knows how to work Anna’s styles!




The Perfecto and Beyond

September 11th, 2013 5:30 pm


What would we do without the leather biker jacket? Worn by everyone from James Dean to Johnny Depp, a leather biker jacket has become the universal symbol of rebellious cool. It automatically gives your look an edge, instantly lends an outfit that casual but slick air of counter-cultural savvy.

And so, to tie in with our web shop’s debut of Anna’s fabulous luxe leather jacket, we thought we’d celebrate the one-year anniversary of the original Perfecto leather biker jacket!

Like blue jeans, the leather biker jacket is a classic American garment that has been embraced worldwide. It has been reinterpreted by almost every major fashion designer. But the iconic leather biker jacket as we know it came about through the experimentations of clothing manufacturer Irving Schott in the early twentieth century.

vintage Schott Perfecto jacket

As chronicled in a recent article on Vice.com, Irving Schott started out as a patternmaker for clothing manufacturers in the early 1900s. He and his brother opened Schott Bros. factory in 1913 in a tenement basement in Manhanttan’s Lower East Side. Their first successful products were sheepskin-lined raincoats. Now known as Schott NYC, the brothers’ company celebrates its centennial this year, and the company has become synonymous with Irving Schott’s iconic biker jacket design called the Perfecto.

Marlon Brando from The Wild One & a contemporary interpretation by designer Rick Owens

the classic Perfecto & and the Ralph Lauren biker jacket

Back when Irving started experimenting with biker jacket designs, motorcycles had only become commercially available quite recently. However, a friend of Irving’s was a member of the Beck family, the largest Harley-Davidson distributors in the country. In 1920, Schott Bros. began manufacturing outerwear for the Beck catalogue, available at many motorcycle dealerships. These designs for Beck included early versions of what would become the modern motorcycle jacket.

the Schott Factory today

The Schott-designed leather jacket was the first piece of outerwear that was rugged enough for motorcycle riders. The leather protected the rider from biting winds at high speeds. Schott’s jacket also worked with the rider’s hunched posture with arms extended to the handlebars. Further, Schott’s use of zippers on his biker jacket was revolutionary.

Invented in 1913, modern zippers were initially too expensive for clothing manufacturers to utilise. However, during World War I, the US military’s widespread use of zippers in garments and equipment helped to drive the cost of zippers down. Sensing the potential of this new technology, Irving took a chance and put a zipper on a jacket in 1925.

Johnny Depp and The Ramones: dedicated fans

After a series of initial designs, Irving debuted what is now recognised as the definitive motorcycle jacket in 1928 — including the diagonal zipper closure. The angle of the zipper was a crucial feature in blocking the wind and ensuring that the jacket didn’t bunch up when the rider was seated. This first design was created for Beck under the Perfecto brand. It was made of horsehide and sold for $5.50.

interpretations by Balenciaga (top) and Rodarte (bottom)

Back in those first days, the motorcycle jacket was quite an oddity—designed almost entirely for utility over style. Decades later, thanks to Marlon Brando’s film The Wild One (1953), the tight-fitting Schott Perfecto biker jacket developed a whole new mythology.

avant garde female version by designer Rick Owens




Congratulations! Ann Rippin is Our August Customer Photo Competition Winner

September 11th, 2013 1:23 pm


This is me wearing the fabulous gold fern print kaftan at the National Opera House in Warsaw, Poland.  I am the chair of an academic network and this is our annual conference.  I wore the kaftan to make my speech and felt so confident and chic in it.  People loved the dress and told me how regal I looked.  Thanks, Anna Scholz for coming with me on my big night!”

Ann has won a £100 shopping voucher for use on www.annascholz.com!

Customers: we invite you to submit your photos now for the photo contest for the next month. E-mail us snaps of you in your favourite Anna Scholz looks to info@annascholz.com for publication on our blog, and you’ll be entered to win a £100 online shopping voucher. Whether you’re out on the town or just hanging out, we’d love to see how you lend your personal flavour to Anna’s clothes.





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