Friday, February 17, 2017

Designer Ashley Nell Tipton's New Venture

Project Runway started in 2005. I have watched from the very first show until the current season which just wrapped in 2016. I like seeing what different designers create, what materials and accessories are being used as those fashions are created. For the most part the show is very raw in context as you see the designers sketching out designs before even going to the fabric store for supplies to make their creations.

Project Runway often had both men and women designers who were plus sized, but the show never featured any of the models or the show ending NYFW shows with plus size models, that was just the way things went. I should point out that in the fashion industry, size 0-2 is considered the "norm" anything over a size 8 in the fashion industry is looked upon as a plus size.

In the real world plus size starts at maybe 14/16 and on up from there. Season 14 of Project Runway had a cool new breeze blow through the door and her name was Ashley Nell Tipton. Ashley came on the show to win, and win she did. During the course of the season, Ashley won several of the designer challenges and then decided to go against the advice of the designer's "mentor" and voice of wisdom Tim Gunn and designed what she wanted. Ashley not only used plus size models during her NYFW show, she won Season 14.

What did I like about Ashley, everything. Yes, she is a big girl so she understands from the ground up the challenges that being plus size can bring about. For one Ashley is  not afraid to use color in her designs. Most designers are finally realizing that while everyone has and loves the color black, the color does not have to dominate every facet of your closet especially for those of us larger ladies. You know the old saying, "wear black it's slimmng."

Fast forward to 2017. Thus far Ashley has been featured in numerous articles, shows and has a current fashion collaboration with retailer JC Penney  As of February 2017 Ashley has collaborated with pattern maker Simplicity for the release of several patterns.

You can purchase the patterns online from Simplicity or pop into your local Fabric Store and pick up the patterns.

Ashley will be featured in the March issue of Fabuplus Magazine

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pantone 2017 Color Of The Year-Greenery

Pantone is ushering in 2017 with a burst of color. Greenery is the hue upon which designers, fashionsitas and the like will build their wardrobe's, makeup and interiors around for the next 12 months.
Greenery is a eye catcher in my opinion. The color bursts open with freshness, unlike 2016's subtle hues of Rose Quartz and Serenity. With Greenery already appearing on runways and in makeup and even furniture I find that it echos Pantone's color from 2016 Green Flash. While Greenery is a bit more demure of a hue it gives a person a taste of spring no matter what the season.

 Play with this color. Don't let it overwhelm you. Not sure what to pair greenery with? Maybe a denim skirt, or a black pencil skirt or really go for a pop of color and pair greenery with something along the lines of teal. So long as you are comfortable and feel great go for it.

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Casual and Colorful Fall

The weather has finally changed to cooler temps and I can start to layer items to go with the weather. I love the diversity of fall. I can wear a skirt and tights one day and then leggings and a shark tail tunic the next.

While I do have a number of black pieces in my closet I will often pair black items with something colorful like a sweater or a scarf to give my outfit a bit of definition with a pop of color.

The first outfit I paired a beige, and gray top with gray pants. Gray can be just as diverse as black. The top and pants are from Avenue. My great patent leather shoes are from Alegria.

The outfit below is a favorite that I just pulled together from HIPS resale boutique 114 Main St.  Clawson, MI. 
I bought the skirt specifically to wear tights and my Doc Marten boots. The sweater is from the Queen Latifah Collection, The skirt is Derek Lim and tshirt is from The Avenue. A fun bohemian look.

The love of purple, which is of course my favorite color. A very casual outfit for running errands and such. The top and pants are from Target and the multi-colored purple sweater is from Fashion Bug. My shoes are from  Abeo.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Orleans + Winder

I had the opportunity to have a chat with store owner Erin Wetzel and her amazing store Orleans + Winder.

BGB:    Tell me a little about yourself

    Erin: I love design in all it’s incarnations, and I love to travel and explore cities solo. I am an only child and have always had a big independent streak and a vivid imagination. Being involved in fashion and design at this point in my life made perfect sense, I’ve come full circle in a way. I have a son who is eleven, and I love introducing him to the beauty of the artisanal object and also how important it is to support that way of creating.

BGB:    What was your catalyst for opening Orleans & Winder?
        Erin:  A need to give the designers that I was coming across a presence here in Detroit. I knew that I wanted to open a store, but it had to be a very special store, with a very particular curation.

BGB: The name of the store is unique. Is there a reason for it?
        Erin: Yes! We have lived here in the Eastern Market for almost 7 years and our loft is at the crossroads of Orleans and Winder. It was where our idea for a concept store was born and we liked the name, so it stuck!

BGB: Who is your target customer? What would make me stop into your store?

        Erin: Our target customer is someone who loves well designed, timeless pieces with a unique twist. They are individuals with an artistic sensibility and a desire to seek out one of a kind, artisanal pieces, whether that piece is avant garde or more utilitarian.

BGB: When you decided to open a store was Detroit your first choice?

        Erin: Absolutely. We live here and have set down roots in the Eastern Market. It was essential for us to be in the city and to create a platform for independent design in a way that hasn't been presented yet here in Detroit.  

BGB: How long have you been in the retail market?

        Erin: I am fairly new to the retail game, but I have found that it is a true passion of mine. My background is in the arts, and in particular, theater. When we decided to open Orleans + Winder, I dove into research and spoke with designers that we admired. They, and our clientele, have helped me tremendously on this path.

Orleans + Winder is located at 2501 Russell St. Ste. 200 Detroit, Mi 313-409-6343.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Fashionable and Cool

Being a fashion events blogger means that I attend all sorts of various social events. Those events call for all sorts of casual, upscale and black-tie fashions. I enjoy finding the right outfit for various occasions.

 Casual outfit for a indoor picnic and a pop-up artist event.

Top - Avenue
Capri's - Lane Bryant

Two basic pieces that pack a punch because of the contrast in the colors red, black and gray.

T-shirt Kmart
Skirt - Maggie Barnes
This is one of my favorite dresses for warmer weather. I love hi-lo dresses and skirts.

Dress-Ashley Stewart
Shrug - Carson's
Sliver sandals - Avenue

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring Purs-onality

Despite the frigid temps and snow still on the ground the calendar says it is spring, even if Mother Nature has other plans.

Warmer temps and sun will be here soon enough and with warmer temps comes the chance to seek out new and vibrant colored hand bags for the warmer season.

I stopped into a Carson's store and had a great time looking at the colors and designs for the upcoming season.

 The first bag that caught my eye was this butter yellow bucket bag from Brahmin The leather is exquisite on this bag. Perfect for tossing in your sunglasses and other items you may carry.
 Next I saw this Calvin Klein Tote The gray is very light, what I would call a pearl gray. The bag features 3 detachable straps.
 Hello Spring this floral tote from GAL features a bag in a bag. As it comes with additional smaller bag inside the tote.
 Polka Dots and black and white. Whimsical and timeless. Cross body bags are a staple for the warmer weather when you don't want to be weighed down carrying a larger tote. This bag is also by GAL.
 My favorite bag of the day, this multi-colored tote by Guess The muted gold and bright pink just caught my eye.
 Michael Kors has an entire line of soft pastel colored totes. This bag is in the hue of rose quartz, one of the two Pantone colors of the year for 2016.

I love the colors from Vera Bradley But I especially enjoy the new hard sided bags that Very Bradley has introduced. The colors and designs are fresh and offer many sizes.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

NM Cusp Spring Event

Spring is knocking at the door and Neiman Marcus hosted their CUSP event at Somerset Mall in Troy, Michigan. The boho style is still on point with lots of vibrant colors. Add in wide leg pants in both floor and capri length and Spring is sure to sing with style. Lots of lace, and cotton tops and skirts were shown as well.

Embellished jeans and fringe are also always a good choice when dressing for what can be a fickle spring day weather wise. Accessories for the season, the always chic fedora hat, jewelry adorned with stones and tassles and scarves, not just for your neck but brightly colored wraps for your head.
Who can turn down a Chanel oxford in silver? Espedrilles abound with embellishments.

Items featured are at Neiman Marcus Somerset Collection, Troy, MI