February 23, 2011

The Color of Love

This past Tuesday I had the pleasure of popping by the Anna Scholz showroom to meet the UK based designer and preview the brands fall2011 collection. Anna and her sales team were in the city for sales and press appointments at the AKA Hotel penthouse in midtown.

When I arrived I took a quick look at the collection and was instantly attracted to the color stories. Anna Scholz is known for saturated color and prints on sumptuous fabrics, which generally I find near missing in most other plus size collections.

Anna walked me through the collection and then we had a chat: We spoke about how it all started. Anna began sewing very early on in life. As a six foot tall size 14 teenager, making clothes happened really out of necessity. She would receive fabrics and tools for presents or instead of shopping trips; which I find completely cool.

While Anna doesn't name her collections or work from a specific "theme", fall 2011 certainly feels inspired. It's a well rounded collection of dresses, tops, trousers and fabulous coats. Having seen quite a bit of luxe 70's inspiration on the runways this past fashion week, the collection definitely touched on the trend. Many of the pieces reminded me of what a reformed 70's rocker chick would wear. I say reformed because the clothes are polished and are bound to make you look really put together so, she'd be well beyond the drunken mess phase of life.

I'm obsessed with the leopard, vintage bird and geometric prints shown above! Anna and I discussed how so many plus women want to fade into the background and shy away from bold colors and especially prints but her love of the audacious has really set her apart and has been the foundation of a very loyal customer base. I certainly don't believe in hidding and don't want to be invisible.
What was great about these clothes is that even though it gave a nod to the 70's trend everything was also really modern. The fringe shown above gives so much life to this LBD and just when you thought you didn't love lace (which I absolutely do!), here comes a lace motorcylce jacket with edgy zipper details that you didn't even know you needed! Over all I LOVE this collection and want nearly all of it. Below are a few pictures of what's available at AnnaScholz.com for spring/summer. So cute!

My Outfit Deets: Coat:Vintage Dress:Asos Blazer: Calvin Klein Necklace: Forever21 Belt:Torrid Boots:Steve Madden Handbag:BCBG

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