The glossy fashion magazines and style blogs are filled with images of size 2 models. But we all know these runway-model-sized outfits may not work on real women. Is it possible to create clothing that fits every body type? This week the designers on Fashion Star were presented that challenge.
Can one design hit all the right style notes and flatter all of us? What do you think? In a perfect world, no matter our size we each have a unique beauty that radiates once we see it for ourselves. And fashion can be one thing that helps each of us recognize that beauty. I really liked what mentor Nicole Richie said,
"It's all about finding the areas of a woman's body that she is going to want to show off."
Liking our bodies—no matter our size—is a struggle even for designers. Cassandra talked briefly about recovering from her eating disorder. She shared that she understood what it is like not to be happy in your own skin or your own clothes. Cassandra's loose-fitting and feminine Geo Tunic was the "something for everyone" piece that sparked a bidding war between Macy’s and Express. In the end, Erika at Express bought the design for $110,000. Erika said she liked the color blocking and the fact the top and puts the emphasis in all the right places for all body types. I like the slimming geometric print combined with the oh-so versatile longer tunic-length. The added detail of a keyhole back is chic too. Yay, team John!
Amber Perley‘s Lace Dress was the one design of the night that I thought really worked in both size 2 and size 12. The plus size model really rocked in this hip design featuring floral lace with corset-style lacing in the back. When I watched Amber working on this dress during the show, I have to admit I was skeptical. But Amber was definitely right with this one. Once again a styles success is all about the details—the flattering color for spring, a the pretty scoop neckline, the elbow-length sleeves, the princess seams, and, of course, the flirty lace. One sure sign that the dress was a success is the fact both Erika and Terron bid $50,000 and $55,000 and in the end it was Saks that got this dress. Yay, team Jessica! My lace dress illustration above features the size 2 model, but I really must add a sketch of the gorgeous dress in the plus size too. Stay tuned.
Hunter Bell was the most successful designer Weeks 1 and 2. This week she created another winning design thanks to the power of peplum! Caprice (Macys) and Terron (Saks) passed on her Peplum Dress, but Erika loved the animal print and peplum combo. She bid $60,000 for Express. The high neckline seems to be flattering with almost any size. And if you have the curves with a waist, the cinched waist will be flattering too. Yay, team Jessica!
What's next for the designers? Their next challenge is to create the ultimate summer garment. I'll be watching and sketching Friday's show "It's Getting Hot in Here." You can watch it with me on Friday 8/7c. And if you missed past episodes, watch Weeks 1-3 online here.
Dresses featured in today's post: