Posts Tagged ‘plus size womenswear’

Dawn French in Her Custom-Made Anna Dress for AGT

September 23rd, 2013 4:28 pm

Check out how lovely Dawn French looks in her custom-made Anna Scholz crepe jersey and sequin dress! Anna doesn’t usually create couture garments, but she made a exception at the request of Dawn, who is currently appearing as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent.

Stay tuned to see more fabulous frocks worn by Dawn!

Anna Joins Jackie for Turkish Delight!

September 16th, 2013 10:08 am

Earlier this year, our super fashionable accounts manager, Jackie, took a trip to Istanbul to visit her friend, Mehmet. For the journey, she stuffed her suitcase full of Anna Scholz styles and promised us that she’d document her various looks abroad.

Though her adventures were many, Jackie has provided here a mini travelogue, including all the Anna outfits she wore along the way!


Istanbul is divided by a body of water called the Bosphorus. The Asian side of the city on one side of the water, where Mehmet lives, is called  Bostancı; the European side includes the Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace and Taksim Square, where the riots occurred.

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013

We caught a “fill-up” on Baghdad Avenue, a little yellow bus that fills up with passengers before it departs.

Later, we went across the Bosphorus by ferry from Kadıköy on the Asian side of Istanbul to the European side of Istanbul… arriving at Eminönü

Sultanahmet Camii– the Blue Mosque…(tick!).

Ladies visiting the mosque must be covered out of respect… Anna’s spirograph print maxi dress was an obvious choice, really.

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013

Ferry trip to the Princes’ Islands…(tick!). Büyükada (“Big Island”) is the largest of nine Princes’ Islands in the Sea of Marmara, near Istanbul. Büyükada has two peaks. We climbed İsa Tepesi, the one nearest to the ferry landing.

Wild horses roam the island… I paddled in the sea….Anna’s rose print maxi dress was perfect for this magical setting.

Later, we had a lovely meal out and Turkish tea. Okay, photo for Darren of the Anna Scholz jumpsuit I wore that evening…(tick!).

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013

Today, Mehmet had challenged me to: “Find the Grand Bazaar by yourself without getting lost! Catch the ferry to Kabataş… it’s easy!!” he said.

Okay, so the local ferry to Kabataş only operates at rush hour and the next one wasn’t until 5pm! Decided to try and find my way to the other ferry terminal we used on Saturday to visit the Blue Mosque… err mild panic as I might be on the wrong ferry…

On the way, I see the gorgeous Blue Mosque again… with all six minarets.

Yay!! I found the Grand Bazaar!

My reward for finding the Grand Bazaar: a passion martini (complemented by Anna’s silk crepe de chine snake print tunic).

Emerald snake print tunic and jeans photo for Darren… (tick!).

TUESDAY, 21 MAY, 2013

Very sad to be leaving today. Just enough time for one last cuddle with Mehmet’s cat, Bitter (wearing Anna’s snakeskin print jersey dress).

PS: The Turkish delight I bought for my work colleagues at the studio was a good call! It actually was bought at Tesco in Instanbul…LOL!

The Art of Fashion Fakery: Vogue Creates Educational Film About the Fashion Industry

September 15th, 2013 10:00 am

British Vogue has produced a short film entitled It’s A Look aimed at teaching school children about all the work that goes into creating the fantasies they see in the pages of fashion magazines.

“As editor of Vogue, I am frequently asked about the influence and messages the images in the magazine send to our readers about body image,” says Alexandra Shulman. “Our mission in Vogue’s fashion pictures is to inspire and entertain, while showing the clothes created by many highly talented designers. They are created with this intention in mind, not to represent reality. The problem, if there is a problem, comes when people judge themselves and their appearance against the models they see on the pages of a magazine and then feel that in some way they fall short.”

Alexandra Shulman

The film is Shulman’s brainchild and is narrated by model Jade Parfitt. It also features fashion directors, fashion bookings Editors, creative directors, photographers and make-up artists all explaining the complexities and artifice behind constructing a fashion shoot from beginning to end.

It’s A Look is also part of Vogue’s ongoing Health Initiative program aimed at encouraging a healthier approach to body image within the fashion industry. The film is being sent to schools along with a lesson plan and teacher’s notes in the hope that education authorities will include it in the PHSE: Personal Wellbeing curriculum, with key stage 3, year 9 students in mind. However, the magazine’s initiative has already been attacked, with critics  accusing Vogue of “conveniently shirking the blame for a poisonous culture by telling us all what we knew already.”

Despite criticism, Shulman clarifies, “I am 100 per cent comfortable with what we do on Vogue. I am happy to say that I wish designers on the catwalk worked towards a larger body shape. We don’t run diets or articles on cosmetic surgery in the magazine. We are not about making people feel insecure.”

Read more about the initiative’s lesson plan here!

**READERS: What do you think about the ideas behind this film? Is it a beneficial, responsible project for Vogue to engage in? Or do you think it’s unfair to expect Vogue to explain itself?**


© Anne Kroul, 2013.