Saturday, 30 January 2010

Nordstrom now ship to the UK

It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is more choice in plus-sized fashion in the US compared to the UK. This is not something I've always found to be completely correct.  Mainstream mall fashion like Lane Bryant is rubbish and nowhere does the comprehensive basics as well as our own Marks & Spencers do.
However American department stores do score highly in the middle market where there is a complete lack of choice in Britain. Stores like SAKS and and Neiman Marcus will routinely stock clothes from labels like Eileen Fisher and Anne Klein where the quality if not the style are way better than high street equivalents.
Now Nordstrom are providing a mail offer service in the UK . I should say this is across all their range not just plus-size clothing. But some of the clothes they offer are lovely like this dress by Adrianna Papell which is unlike anything I've seen on sale in this country. I need to find an excuse to order and wear it. There is also choice from some designer diffusion lables like Lauren by Ralph Lauren and the skinny-minnys favourite Calvin Klein is represented; check the lovely blue draped dress under this label that I am seriously coveting. 

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Bon'a parte

Bon'a parte is a mail-order company originally from Denmark who are now selling in the Uk The styling in the catalogue is a bit odd; there are a lot of printed harem trousers and the like which look "interesting" on the models but I'm not sure if this would transfer well for a jaunt down Byres Road. That said there are some gorgeous things, put together in a wearable way and available up to a UK size 26. There is also an option to buy entire outfits as pictured, which maybe takes some of the creativity out of dressing but which might work well for the seriously time challenged trying to keep up with current trends
Overall the look is a prettier version of the casual layers you get in Fat Face or that Next misinterprets every season

Friday, 22 January 2010

Tanya Gold in today's Guardian

I'm not sure I believe everything Tanya Gold has to say about why fashion is so hateful in today's Guardian but it sure is a great polemic

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