CALLED M&S Collection Curve, the range is available in sizes 18-32 and includes everything from cotton basics to party dresses, and knitwear to coats, all designed to ensure a perfect fit for the curvier customer.
It's affordable too, with prices starting from £7.50 for a white T-shirt, going up to £89 for a black fitted dress.
During the design process, the retailer borrowed the expertise of popular plus-size fashion blogger Danielle Vanier, who says: "I have loved consulting on this collection with the team at M&S. It has been amazing working alongside a high-street retailer that I have grown up with, on this collection that really celebrates curves through every detail."
The 30-year-old, who has 94,000 followers on Instagram, also designed two dresses as part of the collection.
"For me, a little black dress is a must-have for any woman, and one of my favourite LBDs ever came from M&S," Danielle explains.
"I have taken a few elements of what I loved about this piece and created two new dresses for the collection. I have added some subtle sports details, like hardwear on the waist and mesh layering for a contemporary feel; so both can be styled in really different ways, whether you team with crisp white trainers for a chic take on daywear, or dress up with heels ready for the evening."
Dame Ellen MacArthur on Building Momentum for Sustainability in Fashion
This interview is part of BoF’s State of Fashion 2018 report, published in partnership with McKinsey & Company. For more insights into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the global fashion industry, download the report here.
LONDON, United Kingdom— After making yachting history in 2005, becoming the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, Dame Ellen MacArthur turned her attention to launching her foundation, which works with education, business and government enterprises to educate and support the transition to a regenerative circular economy.
BoF: Could 2018 be a watershed year for the fashion industry, in terms of a greater commitment to sustainability and circular-economy principles?
Dame Ellen MacArthur: Since we launched the Circular Fibres Initiative in May 2017 we have seen that leading brands are increasingly committed to tackling some of the drawbacks of our current “take-make-dispose” model.
Today’s textiles economy is so wasteful that in a business-as-usual scenario, by 2050 we will have released over 20 million tonnes of plastic micro-fibres into the ocean. While existing mitigation efforts are essential to reduce the negative impacts of today’s system in the near term, we need to start the transition to a fundamentally different and better system — a new textiles economy. We need to raise the level of ambition and aspiration by working towards a common vision and setting clear targets. There are already efforts underway to get commitments to some of the ambitions of a new textiles economy. For example, the Global Fashion Agenda is gathering commitments towards building a circular economy for textiles, to be achieved by 2020.
New Year, New You: Career Advice From Fashion Leaders
At the close of 2017, BoF asked speakers at VOICES, its annual gathering for big thinkers in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, to share advice for those seeking to break into the fashion industry and move ahead within it.
From Dries Van Noten's belief in the importance of being well prepared, to Karlie Kloss and Phillip Picardi's focus on staying true to your identity — and more prosaic advice from Dapper Dan and James Scully on the importance of fashion technology and the need for humility as you further your career — hear how to make the most of your fashion career from industry leaders.
A Virtuous Circle: Bethany Williams Makes Clothes With an Ethical and Environmental Spin
In what already feels like a menswear season in flux, one of the most interesting offerings from London on Day 1 came from an outlier set on doing things differently. On the face of it, Bethany Williams’s presentation seemed pretty darned sparse. The three looks included a coat in a lettered post-Céline shopping-bag weave over trackies, a Canadian tuxedo with more lettering, and a riotously piled sweater-short combo, all worn over Nikes.
It was the piles of frayed fabrics placed between the models that pointed to the richness in Williams’s interesting fledgling efforts to create clothing that is both morally and environmentally responsible. As she explained, the textiles had been woven by women in San Patrignano, a substance abuse rehabilitation community near Rimini, from waste materials generated there. That coat, for instance was made of repurposed electrical tape. After being designed by Williams, the garments were then sewn by inmates at HMP Downview, a women-only prison in Sutton, England, where Williams participates in programs designed to help vulnerable inmates equip themselves for life after incarceration. Furthermore, the models were cast by an agency that works with young Londoners affected by homelessness.
BoxLunch's new "Sailor Moon" fashion collection will have you channeling your moon powers
e can always count on the pop culture retailer BoxLunch to bring us the heat when it comes to fire collections themed around our favorite television shows and movie franchises. So it feels completely fitting that BoxLunch is launching a Sailor Moon collection to kick off the new year in proper ’90s anime style.
We’re honestly still reeling with delight from all of the offerings in BoxLunch’s recent Star Wars collection, so this upcoming Sailor Moon-themed line feels like an extra big treat to help us start our year in true fangirl style.
The collection officially launches on January 9th and will feature a variety of exclusive BoxLunch goodies, including a mini-backpack, a Sailor Moon denim jacket, a killer Sailor Moon flannel jacket, and of course, there is more swag on the horizon. Also, to make the collection even better – for every $10 you spend, BoxLunch feeds someone in need through its partnership with Feeding America.
While we don’t have many details on the prices for the collection, most BoxLunch pieces hover between $15 and $60, so you’ll be able to channel Usagi’s transcendent moon powers without breaking the bank.
In with the new: how to survive January in style
Navigate the post-Phoebe-Philo world
The departure of Phoebe Philo from Céline will leave a gaping hole in our wardrobes. Luckily, the high street is full of Philo-esque minimalism, which, if you’re a consummate liar, you can pretend is Céline. Wear this sky blue jumper from Arket and it will be like she never left! Fashion’s equivalent of sticking fingers in your ears and singing la la la. MF
Ditch your statement earrings
What with Ivanka Trump’s mismatched earrings, Zara’s rhinestone danglers and the clavicle-grazers from Saint Laurent, we’ve had it up to here with statement earrings. We are post-earring. This spring, it’s all about looking ahead, getting a bit “mystic” with your accessories. Think the aesthetic at Dior’s show, which was inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden, or whatever is on sale, like this Aquarius pendant, from Astley Clarke. MF
Pretend you know what you’re doing in the gym
With masochistic self-improvement a customary part of January, you may as well look the part if you decide to join the gym. No one likes a Johnny-come-lately though, so if you want to blend in, wear a sports bra in something tonal or neutral (like this NO KA’OI khaki-green Ola bra) and wear it like a top. Yes, it feels weird and naked but it’s that or look like a cardio tourist. MF
Top five fashion moments in 2017
This has been an eventful year in the world of fashion. We take a look at some of the most unforgettable fashion moments in 2017 as we get ready to enter 2018.
The French luxury brand showed its spring-summer 2018 collection against the iconic Eiffel Tower in September, with models trotting down the runway in a collection that paid tribute to the house’s signature design codes. Saint Laurent also opened two museums this year – in Paris and Marrakech – which celebrate its rich heritage.
For Chanel’s autumn-winter 2017 Haute Couture show, held in July, the maison erected a scaled-down replica of the Eiffel Tower inside of the Grand Palais. After the show’s finale, Karl Lagerfeld was awarded the Grand Vermeil medal – Paris’s highest honour – by the city’s mayor before an audience of celebrities which included Julianne Moore, Katy Perry, and Tilda Swinton.
Fine vs chunky: which jewellery style are you?
In favour of fine jewellery: Alice Birrell
I have a secret tactic whenever I need an emergency boost: my antique necklace with a thin-as- sacramental-bread Saint Christopher pendant is but a pinch away. I’m not entirely convinced of his power to stave off lightning, travel ills and toothache (who knew?), but when I’m far from home I can be brought back to calm and comfort in a superstitious blink.
How many other objects can we imbue with such mysticism? Not bulbous dangling earrings or bib necklaces bigger than a dress’s yoke: it’s the subtly exquisite jewellery with minute handiwork we reach for every day. Or, more accurately, never take off. Those pieces, like a friend’s custom-made ring with a personal aphorism, or my mum’s heirloom art deco necklace I was fascinated with (What kind of dinner parties did it jangle off to? Who was there? Who did it ensnare?), are the bijoux equivalent of a well- tailored pair of pants: they don’t drown out the wearer’s style and go anywhere.
There’s also plenty of room for personal expression in signet rings, lettered chokers or zodiac talismans. The only thing more personal is a tattoo, which, incidentally, looks indelibly intriguing beneath jewellery. Give me Alighieri’s pummelled gold-coin trinkets seemingly freshly unearthed from an Etruscan midden, or Spinelli Kilcollin’s glinting stack rings. I’m still undecided on the afterlife, but wherever I am in the world, I can reach to my collarbone, pluck the slender disc from my neck and feel nonsensically, giddily safe and like no-one else but me.
These are the six biggest fashion looks for 2018
There's not much you can be sure of in 2018, like whether you'll ever use your gym membership or stop binge-watching box sets.
What you can be certain of is what to wear, as fashion houses have already been setting out spring and summer's biggest trends.
From feathers to clear plastic, purple to polka dots, there were a wide variety of styles on display at London, Paris, Milan and New York Fashion Week.
With loads of Christmas sales to choose from, here's how you can get ahead with six trends to look out for next time you hit the shops.
50 shades of lavender
Every time the Spring/Summer shows come around, a new pastel palette takes over and this year is no different.
If you want to be on trend in 2018 then it's all about different shades of purple.
Lavender is taking over from "millennial pink" as the next must-have colour and was shown in floaty dresses, structured suits and metallics.
Michael Kors, Valentino, Bottega Veneta and Erdem were all over this look at fashion week.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake called and they want their double denim back.
The fashion houses are taking a nod from 00s fashion with matching denim ensembles, this time in a deep indigo shade.
The embellished and ripped jeans of the last decade make way for a more sophisticated and polished look.
Fendi, Tom Ford, Chloe and Nina Ricci rocked this look on the catwalk.
The Greatest Fashion Memes Of 2017The Fashion Meme. It holds the power to conjure a cursory chuckle, a firm follow or even ignite a full-blown movement. Take, for example Gucci’s resort 2018 show in Florence, where one look bore a suspicious similarity to a Dapper Dan creation from the Eighties. Beady-eyed meme artists placed the two looks together and a wave of both protest and adoration subsequently rippled through Instagram. The result? An eventual friendship and collaboration between Alessandro Michele, Gucci and the designer on a bespoke atelier opening January 2018 in Dapper Dan’s native Harlem.
Through social media, meme artists and luxury brands alike can reach boundless audiences, develop original or reconceptualise old content and rewrite the rules of fashion communication. Add to that the mammoth shift of advertising budgets into online platforms and it’s no wonder fashion and meme culture have harmoniously tied the knot. Earlier this year, Gucci commissioned a series of meme artists to reinterpret their watch campaign (to brilliant ends); Marc Jacobs recently collaborated with Instagram bootlegger @AvaNope on a capsule range of T-shirts; after @diet_pradaflagged Loewe’s use of Ecuadorian textiles in their spring/summer 2018 collection, creative director Jonathan Anderson promptly released a statement explaining profits from his tapestry styles were being donated to charities promoting craft around the world. They might at first seem frivolous, but the Fashion Meme is most definitely here to stay. Here are some of those that made the best impact in 2017.
Like Fashion & Ballet? These Mario Testino Photos Are For You
PHOTO: MARIO TESTINO ARCHIVE.In case you haven't noticed, the holiday season is fast approaching its merry end, which means you've probably already been to your fair share of holiday parties, dinners, and work events. But if you're really in the spirit, have you seen The Nutcracker for the umpteenth time yet? And indulged in spending your hard-earned, grandparents-loaned holiday cash on an outfit replete with sequins and velvet? Okay, we'll cut to the chase: For those of you who know what we're talking about — or don't, honestly — look no further for eye candy than these Mario Testino photographs of The Nutcracker. They're, for lack of prettier words, gorgeous as hell.
To fête principal Royal Ballet dancer Sarah Lamb's turn as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the ballerina maps out her routine. Pas de bourrée, arabesque, attitude and pirouette, pas de couru — you get it. In the clip, Testino's team captures the strength of ballerinas, and how the costumes, from rehearsals to the curtain draw, play an integral role in bringing the character to life. The product, as you'll see in the slideshow ahead, is exactly what the meeting of the fashion and dance worlds should look like. No Insta-models or celebrities who admired dance when they were younger — pure art, in two of its most breathtaking forms.
From Testino's photographs of former dancer Benoît Maréchal in Paris, to Darcey Bussell in London, all the way to snapshots of Natalia Vodianova and Kate Moss (yes, that happened), there's a lot to take in. To catch the rest of what it takes for Lamb to turn into the Sugar Plum Fairy, head over to Mira Mira for the full scope. And, look, if that doesn't get you in the spirit, or at least one step closer to treating yourself to a night at the ballet, then, bah humbug, or whatever.
Reliquia, the jewellery label everyone is wearing, just launched a new line
You’ve definitely heard of Reliquia or at the very least seen the brand’s fine jewellery hanging from lobes or around the necks of almost every woman in Australia in the last two years.
Launched in 2015, the brand’s spiral earrings and coin necklace are firm favourites for Reliquia converts and we imagine that if just one more purchase is made in 2017 the pieces can officially claim the ‘cult’ label or at the very least, become a permanent pillar of Reliquia’s offering.
And while Reliquia, which is a Spanish term for family heirloom, finds its inspiration in vintage pieces it seems fine jewellery can no longer satisfy the jeweller behind the brand – who prefers to remain anonymous – as Valet, the younger, bolder sister of Reliquia launches.
“Valet came from a desire to work with colour and dramatic shapes. Reliquia is based on the idea of jewellery that you can wear every day and easily not take off for months at a time. For Valet, I wanted to explore the idea of more ‘occasional’ jewellery,” says the designer. “I hoped to create pieces that one could put on for a day when you’re in need of a ‘pick me up’ or when you simply want to elevate your favourite denim and white tee,” the designer tells Vogue of the bold and brightly coloured resin pieces.
For this new label, resin gives the designer space to be as creative and as bold as possible, given that the material allows infinite options in colour and shape. In short, Valet is for the woman seeking adventure and thrill – the kind that can only come with a statement earring.
“I also fell in love with the idea that no two pair of earrings can ever be the same. Due to the way the resin is poured, there will always be differences within each piece and there is something personal, romantic and deeply appealing about that quality.”
Of course, resin is extremely lightweight, meaning you can be bold all day long and your ears don’t have to suffer. So go on, make a statement.
FROM STORES TO SYSTEMS: AN AMBITION FOR CIRCULAR FASHION
Now in its third year, the Global Change Award will select five successful entries that could revolutionise the way we design, make and use clothes. If selected by a judging panel including Ellen MacArthur and other experts, submissions will then proceed to a public vote to decide how the prize purse will be split. They’ll also gain access to a one-year innovation accelerator provided by the H&M Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Previous award winners highlight the spectrum of innovation possibilities in the fashion industry, and show how applying the principles of a circular economy can unlock new and creative solutions to our most pressing challenges.
There are the examples of materials innovation, with orange peel fibre and grape leather, which use waste byproducts from the food and winemaking industries to create new fabrics. The team behind last year’s ‘solar textiles’ entry discovered a way to make nylon using just water, plant waste and solar energy, with the biomass replacing conventional petroleum based material.
2017'S MOST SHOCKING MOMENTS IN PUBLISHING & FASHION
1. Riccardo Tisci not going to Versace
The past few years have seen a non-stop deluge of designer musical chairs. Superstar designers like Alber Elbaz, Raf Simons, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Peter Copping, Peter Dundas have left high-profile jobs. One of the biggest shocks was Riccardo Tisci leaving Givenchy after a 12-year tenure and making the label one of the hottest in the world. Everyone said he was leaving to take over Versace, alongside his dear friend and one-time Givenchy campaign model Donatella Versace. There are rumors that Tisci was too demanding in negotiations and derailed the hiring, one that most of the fashion world imagined was a done deal.
2. Graydon Carter leaving Vanity Fair
After Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter is the most legendary editor in American publishing. He's been at the helm of Vanity Fair for 25 years and overseen covers with every major global superstar, as well as an Oscar party that has eclipsed the actual awards themselves as the most star-powered event of the year. When he announced this year that he was leaving the publication, it was a rare case of a big fish leaving without being pushed, whereas other high-profile step downs have led to endless speculation. At Glamour, Cindi Leive left after 16 years as editor-in-chief. Robbie Meyers was out at Elle after 17 years and Jim Moore, creative director of GQ, has left the position after nearly 40 years at the magazine. As budgets are slashed at major publishers, it's often easier to save money by laying off legends whose contracts and salaries were negotiated back in the good old days. Still, Vanity Fair won't be saving much if the rumors are true that part of Carter's departure package is a full salary for 20 years.
Solve summer with this Australian label and their easy-going pieces
The name Magdalena Velevska will ring a bell for those who were fans of the Australian designer’s eponymous line or her work with high street brand Seduce but now, in 2017, Velevska is back with a fresh point of view and just in time for summer.
Alys, pronounced Alice, is the newest venture from the designer launching today and promising to solve all matter of wardrobe dilemmas with easy silhouettes, light-hearted prints and practical clothing.
“I took the time to have two little girls and I kind of felt that they’re now old enough and that I’ve had a little bit more time to give back to work as well and also I think have a lot of nice things to say to the customer again,” says Velevska of returning to design after pausing her self-titled line four years ago.
For Alys, the philosophy is simple, Velevska wants to produce clothes that are accessible in price point but also won’t compromise on aesthetics or the environment.
“What’s been important now that I’m also a mother of two - and it’s been increasingly important for me as a customer - is that it’s not just about beautiful clothes but a beautiful world also. We’ve got the choice to buy from companies with sustainable and ethical practices in our power and so we’ve made sure that Alys operates with a fair cycle commercial responsibility accreditation both here and overseas,” Velevska notes of the brand’s choice to use sustainably sourced natural fibres like cotton, linen and rayon.
“The idea is to give these pieces the longevity through the designs, original prints and good quality finishes so that that longevity is there and not just disposable fashion,” says Velevska, who adds while there’s a serious side to the brand Alys is supposed to be “fun, wild and youthful”.
With prices starting at $89 and hitting the $300 mark, Alys hits the sweet spot in terms of design and price – we dare you to take a look and not find anything you like. From separates to off-the-shoulder dresses and lace detailing, Alys is going to turn up on every beach as the mercury rises, so don’t get left behind.