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17/11/2017

Danielle Brooks Has A Message For The Fashion Industry Regarding Plus-Size Women

Danielle Brooks Has A Message For The Fashion Industry Regarding Plus-Size Women

While some designers have begun to include plus-size models on their runway and more brands have recently launched into the plus-size market, the fashion industry still has plenty of room to grow when it comes to catering to curvy women, and actress and first-time designer Danielle Brooks has a message for the industry.

In a recent interview with Mic, Brooks, who just launched her first-ever fashion collection with Universal Standard, a brand that offers clothing for women sizes 10-28, shared what she believes plus-size women want when it comes to fashion.

We want more,” Brooks said. “Fashion is so tied into who we are as people, and our personalities. We want to be able to express ourselves, so the more options that we have, the easier it is for us to walk down the street with our heads up feeling like powerful women. Just give us more options.”

Fashion brands could start by simply taking a few tips from Brooks herself. When she was asked to describe the ideal customer for her collection, the actress said, “Everyone, that’s who it’s really for. I want every woman to wear these clothes. And if men want to jump in these overalls, they can jump in these overalls. I think that was my main goal. But it did start with me. The question posed was like, ‘What do I wanna be seen in?’ I remember saying, ‘I want something that’s comfortable. I want something that is so universal that I can go from night to day, or day to night.’”

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15/11/2017

So often dismissed as superficial

So often dismissed as superficial, fashion has the power to change behaviour and attitudes. And that’s something that’s needed now more than ever, says Laura Craik.

“Fashion? You don’t want to study fashion, do you? You’re bright. You could go to university.” So, aged 17 and obsessed with Elle magazine, as well as making questionable clothes on an old Singer, I went to university. I did what my teachers thought was best: studied English, read Chaucer, got my degree. And then I went to fashion college.

Happily, the notion that fashion is only about clothes, and therefore superficial – surface in the most literal sense – is not as prevalent as it once was. Nor is the conviction that “clever” people should pursue a higher cause. While those with the fashion gene have always understood its depths, even those who would love to dismiss it can’t fail to have noticed that fashion has far more power than simply the ability to shape your look. To discount fashion from the equation while acknowledging art, music, history and politics as agents of change is remiss – not least when fashion is currently more political than ever.

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08/11/2017

Silky robes and latex gloves: why Nigella is my style goddess

Silky robes and latex gloves: why Nigella is my style goddess

Ialready own the must-have fashion trophy item of this season. What’s more, I’ve had it for years. Sorry to boast, terribly bad form, but giving myself a pass this time for reasons that will become clear. It’s not the sparkly, £6,855 Saint Laurent boots or the Dior beret, but the £65 dressing gown that Nigella Lawson has worn in both of the first two episodes of her new BBC2 series At My Table, first to eat midnight-feast brownies and then to cook breakfast waffles. Nigella’s semi-sheer One Hundred Stars robe features a map of Venice, whereas mine is, somehow inevitably, has a slightly more prosaic map of London – but it is the closest I have ever come to emulating my heroine.

Twenty years after her first book, Nigella’s goddess status no longer requires the domestic caveat. She is a scandal survivor, a national treasure – not just the patron saint of the cupcake. And she is also a blue-chip British style icon. After all, not for nothing did Lawson’s cookery writing start in the pages of Vogue. She has never been cutting edge – even when she featured on the cover of Vogue in 2014, she did so in a jade green cocktail dress that looked more Downton Abbey than Dover Street Market – but she has a strong, recognisable look. The young Nigella was a society beauty, but she only became properly famous in her 30s. One of the reasons why many women identify with her is that, unusually for a woman in the public eye, she has always been a grown-up pin-up. The cover of her new book, also called At My Table, features Lawson in the same silhouette she wore on the cover of Vogue: a lushly draped, scooped neckline halfway between yummy mummy and John Singer Sargent’s Madame X.Read more at:peach bridesmaid dresses | short bridesmaid dresses