Moving Sale: OMG Shoes

Anna Scholz for Simply Be Watercolor Peplum Dress, $20, and Kate Spade Mary Jane Pumps, $35

Anna Scholz for Simply Be Watercolor Peplum Dress, $20, and Kate Spade Mary Jane Pumps, $35 SOLD

We are moving to a new apartment Wednesday!  I am doing a serious closet purge, including tons of pieces I love but just don’t wear often enough to justify taking up limited Manhattan closet space anymore.  I love my readers, so I am giving you all a first shot at these goodies, and special reader-only prices.  Email me at curvily@gmail.com with any questions, or Paypal me at the same email at the price listed below + $4 US shipping to instantly buy a pair (I will update the listings immediately when sold).  All size 8 or 8.5.

Just Cavalli Snakeskin and Hologram Wedges, $30

Curved wedge on the Cavalli's

Curved wedge on the Cavallis

Cole Haan T-Strap Pumps, $20

Cole Haan T-Strap Pumps, $20 – SOLD

Steve Madden Strappy Open Toe Heels, $5

[Steve Madden Strappy Open Toe Heels, $5  (scuff on the right toe) - PENDING]

BCBGeneration Angled Block Heel Patent Sandals, $10

[BCBGeneration Angled Block Heel Patent Sandals, $10 - PENDING]

Diba Studded Booties, $15

Diba Studded Booties, $15

 

OOTD: Jumping into NYFW

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I have a tradition of trying out something new for me during fashion week.  For SS14, it was my first crop top (a piece that has since become a wardrobe staple).  For AW14, it was pants under a dress, a la Manrepeller.  For this sweltering SS15 NYFW, I decided to break out the undeniably bold tiger print jumpsuit that had been languishing in my closet for months.  I had a jam packed schedule of shows ahead of me (seven in one day!), so I needed to be comfortable without spontaneously combusting from the heat.  Turns out a silky jumpsuit was just the ticket – surprisingly easy to wear.  I loved it so much I’m now on the search for more (I’ve listed some of my faves below).

My day started at Carrie Hammer, presented by the Fashion Law Institute at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.  The show was fantastic – full of chic workwear and a diverse runway [full post coming soon!].  Now for the outfit details:

Tiger print jumpsuit: Fashion to Figure (sold out – similar here; more great jumpsuit options here, herehere, here, herehere, and here)

Geometric pearl necklace: Fashion to Figure (sold out, similar)

Handbag: Kate Spade

Colorblock ankle strap flats: BCBGeneration (similar, also available as a pump)

 

Review: Igigi’s Urban Jungle Collection

IMG_4309.JPGAnimal print is on trend again this fall (which begs the question, when isn’t it?), so I was immediately drawn to this flowy animal print trench while perusing Igigi’s “Urban Jungle” collection.  The pattern is oversized and a bit of a statement, but the palette means it can be worn like a neutral.

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The weight of the trench is lightweight and perfect for early fall days (when you want to layer without broiling), or for those in warmer climates (something I’ll be envying as soon as the temps fall below 50 degrees in NYC).  The flowy material and wrap shape makes a perfect fit easy.  It still has all the classic features of a trench coat, including a double breasted collar and the signature storm patches in the front, giving it the illusion of structure despite the silky fabric.

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For a more casual look, the trench also looks great tied at the back in a loose bow and worn open – giving it the same laid back feel of a kimono cardi, but fall-ready.  I’ll be wearing it this way with a fitted black top, dark jeans, and oxblood booties.

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Even though it will be part of my upcoming Fall Workwear guide, I can’t end this post without giving the perfect LBD I was wearing under the jacket its due.  It is a substantial ponte knit, giving the dress a structured appearance without feeling restrictive.  The classic sheath style, cut specifically for curves, makes this a truly timeless piece.  The lace panel on the front is a pretty detail, without being too frou frou for even the most conservative of offices.  With a sharp blazer, this would be courtroom ready.  On its own, paired with my Miu Miu pumps, I felt chic, sexy, and powerful – ready to take on the world.  A bit like Claire Underwood, but without the evil (always my sartorial goal for workwear). Highly recommended.

*Clothing courtesy of Igigi.  All opinions my own (as always!)

 

Gigi Burris NYFW SS15 Presentation

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The focus of Fashion Week is always on clothes, but fashion does not start below the neck.  As someone who is just getting over my hangup of thinking I look weird in hats, it was fun to attend the SS15 presentation of Gigi Burris Millinery.  It was held at the gorgeous rooftop spot Gallow Green.  The fairy garden atmosphere and streaming sunlight set the tone for the dramatic and pretty Spring Summer 2015 collection. [Read more...]

OOTD: Shapes and Scaffolding

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For my first full day of NYFW shows, I was feeling inspired by structure and shapes.  I loved how the angles of the checked short sleeve sweatshirt contrasted with the curved contour of the leather peplum and grommet skirt.  Snapping an OOTD pic under a scaffolding was an unconscious decision, but unsurprising in retrospect, as this was just after the MADE Fashion week Chromat show, and Becca McCharen has explicitly referenced this NYC  construction constant in her designs.

This top is from Tibi, one of the designers I frequently tag with #plussizeplease.  Their fashion forward contemporary pieces are just my style, so I was delighted to discover that this straight size top worked for me – this is why I always stress the importance of trying things on if possible.  Don’t let the number on the label dictate whether you give it a short – hold it up to your body, feel the material for stretch and weight, and if it seems like it might work, give it a shot.

Checked sweatshirt: Tibi (sold out, similar style here, and here in plus)

Faux leather peplum hem skirt: Mynt 1792 (via Gwynnie Bee; currently on major sale at Madison Plus Select)

Colorblock booties: Miista (sold out, similar here)

Moto satchel: Cole Haan (similar)

 

What I Didn’t Buy: Fun Prints and Faux Leather

IMG_4274.JPGAbstract Watercolor Floral Dress ($23)

Welcome back to What I Didn’t Buy, where I chronicle my dressing room adventures so you can see how things fit in a non pinned-and-styled way. I love that my last post inspired blogger chelseaisworkingonit t0 grab this dress in oxblood, which she is rocking.  This trip, I picked up some fun prints and fall-ready faux leather pieces to try out.  [Read more...]

OOTD: What I Wore to the Natori NYFW Afterparty

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Outfit snapped by the Natori photographer

Before the full craziness of NYFW kicked in, I spent a night hopping around designer events and presentations.  I started off at the Josie Natori afterparty.  I was unable to attend the show, but followed along on Instagram and delighted both in the stark whites and solids with great structure, and the use of bold prints – something Natori consistently excels at.  I particularly loved the final walk, which featured a run of new looks: All bright, flowy pants paired with a variety of crisp white tops. [Read more...]

Chromat at NYFW and Interview with Designer Becca McCharen

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Chromat Models with Designer Becca McCharen

I am a big fan of striking, double-take-inducing fashion, so I have been a Chromat adherent since I discovered the label in 2012. When it came time to start thinking about New York Fashion Week this year, the first brand I reached out to was Chromat, and was thrilled to receive an invite to their show at MADE Fashion Week (aka the downtown version that more and more young, creative brands are flocking to). I was pumped about the show long before I had any idea that there might be plus models involved.

Then, by the giant virtual grapevine that is social media, I heard rumblings that there would be body diversity in the show, and the anticipation grew. On the day of the show, when the music started and the first model stepped on the runway, I could not contain an excited “Yesssss!” Chromat designer Becca McCharen didn’t just include a plus size model, she opened the show with one – the striking industry veteran Denise Bidot (she’s been modeling for seven years now). The look was just as stunning as the model, with the caged hips an exaggeration of the female form.

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Denise Bidot’s show opening look. Picture via Chromat’s Facebook page.

The show continued with provocative cutouts and structures; architectural details worthy of a Guggenheim museum; and a solid monochrome palette with occasional pops of red or orange. The designs also incorporated 3D printing in various ways, from face masks to caged bustier cups to pockets adorning a sheath dress. This was the first time Chromat has utilized this technology, which blended seamlessly with the boned corsetry structures that are their mainstay.

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Three of the 3D Printed Looks from the Formula 15 SS15 Collection. Pictures via 3DPrint.com

Two other plus models, Kailee O’Sullivan and Katy Syme, also walked in the show, and the diversity did not end with the inclusion of curvier models: A variety of races, gender presentations and body types were represented by models on the runway. This is sadly all too rare during Fashion Week, which made the diverse Chromat casting even more remarkable. I especially appreciated that the designs were not toned down or covered up for models above sample size – the same type of edgy, visually arresting pieces were shown on all body types. As I said on Instagram during my post-show high, “Basically, everyone looks good in Chromat.” I think that speaks volumes of the talent of the designer.

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One of my Instagram shots of the final walk

A week after the show, I had a chance to chat with Becca McCharen about her inspiration for the collection, and the decision to include diverse models on the the runway. I left the conversation even more excited about the future of Chromat.

The creative process for the Spring/Summer 2015 Formula 15 collection was sparked by a trip to DIA:Beacon’s Sol LeWitt exhibit, where the idea of art as a sort of anarchy – open ended, and not wholly owned by any one person – led to the concept of the body as process art. Whereas last season’s Bionic Bodies collection experimented with the incorporation of technology, for Formula 15, McCharen wanted to move beyond the purely aesthetic “blinky” LED lights, and integrate tech with function. The addition of the MisFit Shine device to the Chromat designs highlighted how tech is interacting with bodies – in a way, making the body into a machine, capturing the data it generates. Visually, the additions were seamless – it wasn’t until perusing the detail shots post-runway that I noticed the devices as such. McCharen hinted that future collections will take this theme of technology’s impact further, going as far as to reframe the human body. I am intrigued, to say the least.

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Some of my favorite looks from the Formula 15 collection

One thing has remained consistent throughout collections: Chromat has always been about armor. McCharen explained how customers consistently express how “strong and powerful” they feel in the bold pieces. That empowerment is purposeful, and part of McCharen’s goal. The inclusion of a variety of body types in the show and collection stemmed from that goal, and was very natural for McCharen. She noted that in her day to day life, there are women of all sizes, gender expressions and races, and it just makes sense to reflect that on the runway. Of runways that present only one race and body type (white and skinny), she said: “Its just not modern.”

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Muse Model Kailee O’Sullivan in the sculptural Half Circe skirt. Picture via Chromat’s Facebook page.

McCharen’s message of women’s empowerment through fashion and inclusion really resonated with me. Hearing her discuss the show’s diversity as something organic – not forced or tokenizing – was refreshing. Indeed, “fashion for all” has been reflected in the Chromat philosophy from the start: McCharen has always offered custom sizes for customers outside of the straight size range (she said she’s made bustiers and bras up to a G cup). By having both straight and plus models in this season’s NYFW show, McCharen hopes to spread the word on the Chromat Curve line, which will offer the same innovative styles for a wider size range. This will include having a full range of sizes available to try on at the Chromat studios and in stores (and since I can never understate the importance of trying things on, I am beyond thrilled about this development). Chromat shot a full Curve lookbook with Denise Bidot, which should be out within the next two weeks.  You can also shop all the looks from the SS15 runway right now on the Chromat website.

For more of my Chromat NYFW coverage, check out the Gwynnie Bee blog for an interview with model Kailee O’Sullivan!

OOTD: The Expected End of Summer

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As August was winding down and NYFW quickly approaching, I welcomed temperatures cool enough to let me wear a jacket. All my fashion week outfit ideas involved some form of layering, after all. Alas, the actual weather for NYFW has been stifling up until today, but at least I got to wear this outfit during the cool end of summer official.

Pairing a crop top and a high waisted skirt is a great way to ease yourself into crop tops if you are unsure about showing skin, and adding a jacket can take the look right into fall.  This neon + pastel palette was purposefully summery, but an oxblood crop top and a leather midi skirt would feel decidedly autumnal, especially under a wool camel blazer.

As for my outfit details:

Denim biker jacket: Gap (similar here; plus option here)

Split strap crop top: ASOS

Raw edge neon pleated skirt: Anthropologie (old, similar here in plus)

Coral and fringe necklace: Forever 21

Crossbody satchel: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target (no longer available, similar here and here)

Suede sliver wedges: Matt Bernson (also available in a perfect fall shade here)

Shoe Crush: Miista Cutout Ankle Boots

Miista Purple Ankle Boots

 I am a huge fan of the edgy British footwear label Miista – their shoes always give me great downtown street style vibes.  I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of their Fall 2014 collection, and pieces have started showing up at different retailers around the web.  I found this pair at Shoescribe this morning, and my response was an instant “YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!”  Between the perfect reddish purple hue, the luxe textured leather, the walkable heel height and the cutout just where I’d put it, I am crushing on these hard.  They would look great with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a statement blazer; or to thoughen up a floaty summer dress worn with a lightweight bomber jacket.  When the temps really drop, black tights and a cozy sweater dress will warm you up.

The full fall collection is not yet out, but there are some other great styles up now at Shoescribe too, like these deep blue booties, perfect for anyone who prefers their cutouts in the front: Miista Blue

 

Or this pair of olive mules with a wood accent in the heel – perfect for taking on the 90′s trend full tilt:

Miista Mules

 

Check out all the new styles here, and watch out for more to be released in the next few weeks!