Hi, Chicsters happy new month, it’s officially the holidays & I’m super excited for the season ahead. Today’s post is about all the “inclusive” fashion collaborations that have come out in the last week or so. It dawned on me in the last 24 hours that we’ve had so many fashion collabs this season from designers like Laquan Smith and Jason Wu, to bloggers like Chriselle Lim and Blaire Eadie. If you are following me on IG (@supplechic) you know I was lamenting about our collective pocketbooks so I thought why not round up the best of these collabs in one post!
First off I want to say that in the past the plus size community has been left out of the collab equation, I’m happy to see that, it is beginning to change but to be quite honest there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of range!
This season alone there have been at least 5 blogger brand collabs that I know of but only Blaire Eadies ( Atlantic Pacific) collab with Halogen (sold at Nordstrom) really included us (plus size) in the conversation Kudos! I loved how she styled the same pieces with @the12ishstyle (a plus size blogger), It clearly sent the message that you can have great style at any size. However, I still thought there was room for more so I give the collection a B-.
I actually received my pieces ( will have a video review up shortly) and I was lucky in that I could fit the XXL and the 1X which gave me more access to the entire collection but it’s not so for women size 20 or higher. My only real qualm with the collection was the price point as someone who is very familiar with the Halogen brand I felt like everything was marked up but that the quality still stayed the same (good quality FYI) . I also felt like it priced out many customers $100 for a pair of pants that would typically go for $75 to $85.
I purchased and will be keeping this navy & black slip skirt which also comes in a dress and top as well (in an XXL) . I purchased this Top in an XXL but would size up for a 1X because of the arms. Overall the collection was true to her style, filled with prints and unexpected color pairings, very versatile. Shop my picks below!
The next collection that came out was the Laquan Smith collection, I’ve been following his journey off and on for a couple of years now and was excited when I heard of an impending collection with Asos his aesthetic is very urban yet sexy sometimes with an unexpected twist. When I saw he was including plus I thought wow even better! If your aesthetic is urban yet sexy then this collection will appeal to you, think bodycon & fur coats etc. This collection gets a C- from me my biggest qualm is the very few options in plus. A lot of the collection looks to be stretchy so if you are a size 18 & under you might be able to get away with it. However, the best items, in my opinion, did not come in plus, the plus size offerings consisted of a leopard suit (Sadly the Blazer seems to have sold out ) & a few other bits. Shop my picks below!
The last collection I wanted to discuss is the Jason Wu for Eloquii, I love Eloquii you guys know this because they bridge the gap between contemporary & classic wear beautifully especially at a manageable price point. I had high hopes for this collection, I wanted to see some risks taken with this collection. The collection, in reality, is filled with elevated classic evening wear perfect for the holiday season ahead. Shop my picks below!
Honestly, my only qualm with this collection is personal, the collection didn’t quite scratch the itch I wanted it to scratch, I expected for it to be a lot more contemporary and a lot less classic (aka “timeless grace”). From my research, I see that Jason Wu likes clean lines and structure, however, I was expecting more of a contemporary twist an artfully placed cutout, some tulle and pleating, maybe use of sheer fabrics in an unexpected way etc. Overall the collection looks luxe and definitely gives off a “glamorous sensibility”, in the end, it felt very safe to me, so I give the collection a C.
If I where to get one thing from the collection it would the killer tuxedo style blazer, there are also quite a few sheath dresses that would be perfect for black tie events. Id love to know your thoughts on the subject of inclusion & of course on the collections sound off in the comments!