I don't write fashion reports or anything like it, ever, but today I'm making an exception, because I almost EXPLODED with joy and excitement when I saw this collection! I think I actually was jumping up and down and promised my husband I'd be the best wife on the planet earth if I can have some of these pieces (uh-oh). So of course I decided to write about it because I just have to share - and Justin heard it all, twice, or rather three or four or five times by now! Created by Teresa Maccapani Missoni, granddaughter of the famous Missoni founders, especially for Eloquii, the plus size fashion forward company, it offers 22 pieces (24 if you count two different colors for a couple of pieces in the collection) for women wearing sizes 12 to 28.
Sometimes I hear that a collaboration with a talented designer is coming up, and I anticipate it, but this collection took me by surprise - it seems it was kept in secret till the last moment (though, I don't follow fashion news and I might just miss out on stuff like that).
First of all, there are just not that many high end fashion designer collaborations who work with plus size brands (which is rather unbelievable... the opportunities are endless!), so every collection is a remarkable event for us plus size girls. And secondly, this capsule collection is beyond words amazing! It is by far my most favorite collection created for plus size women that I know of (though Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant comes very close). It features pure silk, cotton, hand crochet, embroidery, vibrant colors and gorgeous prints. And as the designer herself put it, she was struck by how what's been created for plus size up to this point, had an almost singular focus on trends. Yes! I couldn't agree more! Thank goodness Teresa saw it as an opportunity to create something radically different - something unique and fresh, and at the same time... my favorite word... TIMELESS! (Again, a parallel with Toledo's collections for plus size which I adore exactly for that reason, a combination of new and timeless.)
I picked a few of my strong favorites from Teresa's collection to show on my blog. If I could, I would buy them all! Her pieces, in my opinion, are a unique blend of feminine sensuality and innocence. And this combination is rare and very touching to me, perhaps because it's how I feel myself, a sensual woman and a curious child all at the same time.
It's a limited edition collection, and pieces are selling very fast (some of them were completely sold out in just a couple of hours, sadly), so if you would like to own any of these beauties, just a word of advice, don't hesitate! I just can't get over how gorgeous, charming, feminine, fresh this collection is. I have a confession to make. Until today, I had no idea I had it in me! I knew I had an interest in style, and there were pieces that I liked very much and even loved, but this collection just completely melted my heart - I'm in love! It makes me want to crochet a charming little top and go to a flea market searching for a forgotten old-fashioned treasure. And of course, travel to all the countries in the world, but that isn't news to me.
This was the first Eloquii designer collaboration, and I can only say bravo, bravo, bravo! I have to say the photography is quite amazing here too - the photos look like stills from old movies, and everything tells a story here - the pieces, the outfits (amazing accessories!), the model, the photographs.
You can learn more about the collection and read interviews with Teresa Maccapani Missoni
HERE and HERE, and watch a short behind the scenes video, so you can hear Teresa speaking and see the work in progress:
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