Yesterday, plus-size designer The Carpenter's Daughter had a show at New Zealand fashion week featuring larger models, older models, and some clothes I would actually wear, from a collection called "Let Them Eat Cake." I am in love. Mostly.
I'll start with the look I'd be most likely to actually wear. The downside is, as a runway entry, it bores the crap out of me (as most of my actual wardrobe would). The fabrication does take it up a notch, though. The Carpenter's Daughter blog says of this collection, "Transparency is a key feature in many pieces with beautiful movement in layered fabrics of Tuille, cotton and silks for hot summer days…and nights." More of that to come.
I love that the blue vesty thing here makes this outfit figure-flattering while still maintaining the flowy, layered look TCD is apparently known for. And I adore them for breaking the cardinal rule of plus-size fashion: You don't put fat girls in white. It's OK, really. People will eventually find out you're fat, even if you stick to head-to-toe black.
This is exactly why that rule should be broken more often. I love everything about this, except possibly the footless tights. No, it's not groundbreaking look, but once again, they've pulled off flowy fabric and a generous cut without crossing the line into Tentland, always a risk with plus-size fashion. I'm not a huge fan of stuff like that in general, but it's certainly popular with a segment of the market, so it's nice to see it done well. Also, I just love this model.
And then there's too much of a good thing. Again, happy to see the white, but I was automatically playing "What's wrong with this picture" with the rest of it. (I found 5 things! Can you?) I assume this is the kind of thing they mean when they say, "Historical references are evident in the decadent design features, with lacing, paneling, pleating and eyelets reminiscent of Marie Antoinette." Also, random wads of fabric on the shoulders.
Also, they don't always stay on the right side of the Tentland border. (I think that might be a cool jacket, but it's impossible to tell from this photo.)
And here we have the problem with the more traditional fat girl color, or lack thereof. This might be pretty — it might not even be as shapeless as I think it is up close — but all the black makes it impossible to tell. (I'm not even sure how many pieces there are in this get-up.) It does, however, make a nice backdrop for the necklace, which was apparently designed by Sharon Finn, a chandelier-maker and wife of Neil.
I'm not sure how I feel about this, except that it looks like something a 40-year-old Beth Ditto would wear to pick the kids up from school, which is kind of awesome.
This strikes me as a variation on the new, fashionable fat girl uniform — some black, a pattern, a pop of color, and a belt that says, "I have a waist, dammit." I've seen a lot of this kind of thing on Fatshionista , usually with a note that says, "I pulled all these things out of my closet and decided to try them together — does it work?" I'm never sure if it does. But I do love that jacket.
Hate the look. Could not love the model more.
Thunder only happens when it's rainin'.
This. This is the one I can't stop looking at. Don't know if I'd wear it, and again, it's not necessarily ground-breaking fashion — plus or otherwise — but I just keep looking at it and thinking, "Pretty!" Which is sort of the point of these things, isn't it?