International pop star, style maven, designer, and author Victoria Beckham is joining forces with Target to launch a limited edition, 200-piece collection. Scheduled to hit stores on April 9, the pieces pay homage to her Victoria by Victoria Beckham Line. Sleek, colorful, pantsuits, mod dresses and tailored, cuffed shirts are more affordable versions of Victoria’s signature style. What is also la-di-da about this collaboration is that the entire line, which ranges from petite to plus-sizes, has a modest price point of $70 or less.
Although Beckham’s own closet is the envy of all women, full of luxurious ensembles including those of her own design, she still has a practical approach to fashion, and her reasons for choosing to work with Target. “I wanted to work with a retailer that could enable me to reach out to women all around America no matter what their budget, I was really excited because I am often in Target stores with the kids.”
Another notably historical moment for Beckham is the fact that this is her first time tapping into the children’s clothing market. “I have so much fun dressing (daughter) Harper and can take what I’ve learned from having a daughter and really use that when designing this collection for little girls. I know what they like, I know what’s comfortable for girls, and Harper was really involved in the whole process and she has her collection and she loves wearing it.” Beckham is making it posh for mother and daughter to dress alike, so it is quite natural to expect that the entire collection will fly out of the stores and into closets everywhere.
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Stars. Literally. Everywhere.
I could literally go on and on about why Ellie Saab is one of my favorite couture designers, ever.
He literally transforms evening gowns to where they appear as heavenly bodies that exist on our earthly plane.
Think I am exaggerating? Well maybe I am….
For example, watch The Ellie Saab SS17 Fashion Show. It was liken to attending an intergalactic disco party. The fashion show exposes us to a mystical world that everyone should dare be a part of. The overall theme is reminiscent of 60’s glamour. Waists are snatched, legs are tawny and bare, and eyes concealed behind shiny, golden sunnies. Per usual, Saab gives us flowing, layered gowns, but with a starry motif.
Grommet leather skirts, Lame’ pant and short suits all pair well with stacked heels. Bell-bottomed pants, embroidered baseball-style caps and fringe vests compels us all to to throw up the peace sign. Although these looks aren’t typical of the designer, Saab didn’t disappoint as he stays near and dear to the voluminous and colorful gowns he is quite notable for. Also, crystal-clear bodysuits and dresses that still leave plenty to the imagination.
Tuxedo pantsuits in angelic whites and mysterious blacks teamed with golden accents. As the show climaxed, more dreamy gowns with bold stripes and gravity-defying necklines are otherworldly. Saab’s play with color, silhouettes, prints and textures makes his designs literally a cut above the rest.
Nike has recently announced that it will expand its Women’s clothing line to include plus sizes, in hopes to promote a brand that is all-inclusive. The collection will include sports bras, athletic running pants and tops, leggings and other athleisure attire that women of all body types should enjoy. Because it is a new launch, not all plus-size body proportions will be available, but it is a start in that direction. Once Nike sees what their sales projections are, the athletics giant could then assess what other sizes would be beneficial to add to the plus size line. The brand’s ultimate goal is to accommodate all body sizes and proportions.
While this is an excellent step towards product diversity, some consumers wonder what took them so long. After all, active and athletic women do come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A rep from Nike stated that “Nike recognizes that women are stronger, bolder and more outspoken than ever. In today’s world, sport is no longer something that she does, it’s who she is. The days where we have to add ‘female’ before ‘athlete’ are over. She is an athlete, period. And having helped fuel this cultural shift, we celebrate these athletes’ diversity, from ethnicity to body shape.” Also, it is exciting to note that Nike has featured plus-sized models in their ad campaigns, so women could get a glimpse of what the line looks like, and how relatable it is to the plus-sized consumer.
This line is now available online.
Read the original post I wrote for Level 21 Magazine’s Blog here.