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Fashion Week Highlights part 1: New York

One of the most versatile pieces for your spring wardorbe, a blazer

One of the most versatile pieces for your spring wardorbe, a blazer

To make things simple, we’ve put together a review of the fashion weeks of London, Paris, New York and Milan. Not that we’re being lazy but to focus on the key trends that might actually make it into your wardrobe.

Contradiction was key at the latest New York Fashion Week from slick tailored suits and ladylike dresses and skirts with super neat lines and figure hugging silhouettes to the relaxed sports wear looks at the opposite end of the spectrum. Both were however ultra glamorous which tells us that whether you’re wearing jogging bottoms or a two piece suit, it had better be glammed up with heels accessories and a full face of make-up. Tailored pieces don’t have to be limited to the office however; simply through a blazer over your favourite top and jeans for a casual smart look or mix it up and wear a grey jacket over black trousers or vice versa for a quirkier look. Colour blocking is a key trend for this season so why not update your working wardrobe and add a statement coloured top to your contrasting suit pieces for extra style points. Our grey blazer has been designed especially with Bravissimo girls in mind and will tie in perfectly with black trousers or a skirt thanks to its black trim detailing. Alternatively you could give a casual look a modern twist by combining a denim blazer over casual chino trousers. We think our stone coloured chinos will look great with a blue denim blazer for a quirky spin on the tailored look.

The Brit Awards 2011

Go for full on glamour this season with sequins and embellishments

Go for full on glamour this season with sequins and embellishments

 Celebrating all that is great about British music (with the odd award for international artists) the 2011 Brit Awards took place last night and we take a look at who won what and more importantly, who wore what.

Who won what?

 We were very happy that Take That won Best Group, an award they were also nominated for in 1993, however, with the help of Robbie they picked up the very well deserved prize 17 years later! They just keep getting better and we cannot wait for the tour. Mumford and Sons took home the Best Album award and for any of you who have seen them live will understand why, although their performance on the night was quieter than usual, a great band though and one we look forward to seeing more of this year.

 Tinie Tempah received two awards; Best British Breakthrough Act and Best Single for ‘Pass Out’. Plan B took home Best British Male Solo Artist and Laura Marling took the female equivalent. If you haven’t heard of Laura Marling we’d describe her as the female version of Mumford and Sons, only there’s just one of her. Jessie J took home Critic’s Choice and the seemingly tough girl showed her soft side with a tearful speech. Cheryl Cole handed the Best International Female Award to Rihanna (there were no surprises there) and Cee Lo Green took the International Award for Best Male. Arcade Fire, a band that have proved to be very popular in the UK won Best International Album and fellow Canadian Justin Beiber scooped Best International Breakthrough Act.

Who wore what?

 There were frights as well as delights on the red carpet of the Brit Awards; the frights mainly belonged to Jessie J who appeared in a very short, very shiny green dress and Rihanna who turned up looking like the dolly our Grandma used to have covering the loo roll wearing a very poufy dress. Cheryl Cole kept it glamorous with a sequined backless number and Katherine Jenkins looked simply stunning in her green floral strapless number. Adele looked elegant and classy in a ladylike black dress with beading detail and her performance proved that Britain has got real talent; she was simply stunning in every sense of the word.

 Why not take a leaf out of Katherine Jenkin’s book and rock a floral print now. Our Woven Jersey Wrap dress has a jersey top perfect for adding comfort whilst the cotton print skirt will add structure and definition to your silhouette. Or go for full on glamour with the Sequinned Maxi Dress, maxis are big news this season and this dress will add sophistication whether worn on a red carpet or for a glam night out with the girls. For more fabulous dresses for any occasion click here.

The Baftas

 It was an eventful evening at the Baftas last night with the usual plight of live television; rambling speeches (Helena Bonham Carter), presentation mishaps (Rosamund Pike) and wardrobe malfunctions (Helena Bonham Carter again).

 The King’s Speech was the big winner of the night scooping 7 awards in all including Best Actor Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actor Geoffrey Rush and Best Supporting Actress Helena Bonham Carter, as well as Best Film. Firth was tipped for the Best Actor award after winning at the Golden Globes last month. The next big awards ceremony is the 83rd Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars held in Hollywood. This year the ceremony will take place on the 27th Feb, however, Brits infamously don’t do that well. Although this year it’s down to Films such as The King’s Speech to prove that when it comes to films, the British are a force to be reckoned with!

 The other main winners of the night were Natalie Portman for Best Actress for her role in Black Swan. Although, heavily pregnant the actress wasn’t able to fly over for the awards ceremony but we think the award was well deserved for her captivating albeit disturbing portrayal of the paranoid prima ballerina. The Social Network won Best Adapted Screenplay and Toy Story 3 picked up Best Animated film. The Harry Potter franchise won Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema and understandably so as 7 films later and the craze is still amongst us.

 British Actress Rosamund Pike almost revealed the winner of Best Original Screenplay before announcing the nominees; luckily Jonathon Ross was quick off the mark and ran on stage to stop her. It is safe to say that she won’t be anyone’s first choice for the task of award presenting any time soon after a long winded and unhinged speech and a very embarrassed co-host situation, poor girl.

 The gorgeous Jessica Alba did manage to keep it together whilst presenting her award, although the butterfingered star did drop her cue cards when leaving the stage. We will forgive her however as we think she was by far the best dressed of the evening in her stunning bright blue strapless dress. We just loved the colour and will be looking out for bold statement blue tones for our summer wardrobes.

 It might not quite be red carpet worthy, but our Spotty Cinch Waist dress in blue is an easy way to get some colour into your everyday wear. We love the flattering shape of this dress and the mild tummy control will help you to look and feel your best any day of the week.

Spring/summer trends – part 2

Our denim blazer is the perfect summer jacket and bang on trend for the coming season!

Our denim blazer is the perfect summer jacket and bang on trend for the coming season!

White

 

Nothing says summer quite like a whiter than white summer dress. Whether you go for a lacy number which is bang on trend this summer or a simple cotton style, the one rule is that it must be white. The catwalk was full of white maxi dresses, long flowing trousers and top-to-toe white suits which looked great but wouldn’t last 5 minutes in the real world. So when wearing white remember to keep your eye out for potential stain hazards, don’t eat anything without a bib and make sure it’s an easy to wash fabric.

Denim

If you didn’t do it last this season then we think you should try embracing the denim trend this season. There are rules however to keep it elegant and avoid the 90s throw back look. We don’t care what the designers say, double denim looks funny! An easy way to introduce denim into your wardrobe is with a simple denim shirt. Choose a fitted style in light or dark denim and wear in place of a cotton shirt for a smart/casual look. Alternatively you could try an oversized shirt and wear open over a summer dress or with leggings. Shirts however can be stuffy when it’s hot so when summer finally arrives swap the denim shirt for a denim skirt. Or go for a denim jacket when the weather permits a lighter jacket option.

Layers

We’ve had plenty of practice over winter at layering our clothing and dressing for the ever changing weather conditions, so you should have no problem translating what you’ve leaned over winter into your spring wear. Layers are great when the weather is unpredictable, as we approach spring and with the inevitable April showers on their way, there’s no better time to perfect this style of dressing. The overall look should be light and breezy, mixing long and short layers in lightweight fabrics and breathing new life into old pieces by mixing things up. Top tip; don’t be afraid to experiment with this look.

Nude

A big trend last summer and it’s back this season too. Make best use of the pieces you bought last season and work them into your summer wardrobe. Be careful however to choose the right shade for your skin tone, a pale nude will wash out pale skin, blondes should go for a darker shade, whereas brunettes can work the lighter shades for the barely there look. Top tip; mix shades and tones to avoid looking too nude and break up your look with belts, bags and accessories in contrasting shades of brown.

Spring/summer trends – part 1

Nothing cheers us up like a floral print!

Nothing cheers us up like a floral print!

 There seems to be so many this season so to make things a little easier we’ve put together a list of top trends that you might actually wear this coming spring/summer and there’s no neon in sight.                 

Colour

This is top of our list as we often find we wear the same colours and play it safe, sometimes a little too safe. Colour can look bold bright and is more flattering than you think. Yes you can’t go wrong with black but try adding bold flashes of blue, red or orange to breathe new life into your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to contrast your colours too; clashing red and purple was a hit on the catwalks for Spring/Summer and makes a statement. We also think there’s something luxurious about wearing such bold colours together, very Sex And The City 2, Abu Dhabi style! Add metallic accessories to complete the look. Our Notch Neck Shift dress in bold red is just the thing for making a colour statement this season.

Wear; jewel tones and luxurious accessories.

Avoid; neon tones.

Pleats

For a soft way to add volume and texture to your outfit go for a pleat. Whether it’s worn on a top, a dress, a skirt or even a jacket, this subtle detail will add elegance to an outfit and when worn in the right places will flatter any figure. Top tip: if you’re top heavy avoid wearing pleats around the boob area especially when the pleats hang loosely as it will make your bust look much bigger than it is. If the fabric flows you will also loose definition of the waist resulting in a potentially embarrassing ‘is she, isn’t she pregnant’ situation. Instead try a pleated skirt to balance out your frame or fitted pleats such as our Pintuck Shirt for a more structured look.

Florals

Each winter we eagerly anticipate what the next spring floral trend will be; will it be bold and bright or an itsy bitsy print, colourful or subtle? Well this season it’s all of the above, for a bo-ho theme go for a small floral print in soft shades and a light fabric such as chiffon. Maxi dresses and skirts are the perfect pieces for bohemian chic just add sandals, a summer hat and a tasselled bag and you’re good to go. Our Chiffon Trim Floral dress will look just as good now with tights and ankle boots as it will in the warmer months with sandals and bare legs. For the bolder types try a big print in a statement colour, a maxi will give maximum impact or keep it smart with a more tailored piece. Our Flower Print Shift dress is the perfect antidote to the winter blues!

Work your workwear

 Dressing for work isn’t always the most exciting reason to put an outfit together, however add a few new pieces to your existing wardrobe and you’ll get lots more options. All Bravissimo clothing is designed to fit big boobs and so you can expect great fitting clothes with a fashionable spin that fit and flatter you figure.

Workwear doesn't have to be dull!

Workwear doesn't have to be dull!

 The Top Stitched Jersey dress will become your best friend, smart enough for the office yet in casual heavy weight jersey it is also comfortable and chic enough for more relaxed days too. Wear with tights now and bare legs and heels when the weather gets warmer.

The charcoal colour will suit just about everyone, add bold and brightly coloured handbag and heels to off set the dark tone of the dress and nail the flash of colour trend this season.  

 Our Pintuck Shirt in classic white or blue stripe can be worn smart or casual and we think it looks great with blue jeans and boots for the weekend. Wear with a blazer and pencil skirt in the office or for more formal occasions. For those of you who have been blessed with ample bosoms finding a good fitting shirt can often end in tears. That’s why we regularly update our shirts and tops to keep our Bravissimo girls happy and stylish whatever they’re doing! Go on girls; show the men how it’s done in a sexy fitted shirt.

 We love the versatility of the Raw Edge Jersey top. Wear it under a smart jacket and trousers as an alternative to a shirt or with jeans and a cardigan for more casual affairs. The cross over front and empire line will flatter your boobs and the three quarter sleeves are perfect for in between season dressing. Plus the fabulous petrol blue colour will make a great addition to your basic pieces.

 Trousers are huge news this season and our Button Detail Trousers in navy fit the bill. With a wide leg and turn up hem, these trousers rock a casual smart look creating a versatile trouser that can be worn for so many different occasions. Navy also makes a change from boring black and will look just as fresh in summer when teamed with a crisp white top and red accessories.

It’s in the air

New pieces from the early spring collection

New pieces from the early spring collection

 With Valentines Day just around the corner, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we were talking about love. However there’s something just around the corner that we’re even more excited about at this particular moment in time; spring.

 The odd glimpse of sunshine over the past few days has given us more hope than a valentine’s card from a mystery man and has the prospect of turning into something more lasting than a bunch of flowers or box of chocolates. Now that we’ve finally seen the back of January, the route to the new season is short, hopeful and full of new trends to get our teeth (and ample bosoms) into. And talking of trends, we’re very excited to be bringing our new clothing range Pepperberry into stores over the coming months, offering our fabulous Bravissimo girls even more choice of great fitting clothes for the fashion conscious curvy, very curvy and super curvy girls out there!

 We think spring is also possibly our favourite time of year, as it signals the end of winter and that alone after the last  long, dreary and unrelenting winter is reason enough to celebrate. However it’s also a time when flowers start to grow, the nights get lighter and people are generally in a much happier place. Take a sneaky peek at our early spring collection for some inspiration for the new season.

 We particularly like the light weight Zip Detail Mac with polka dot lining for in between season dressing, the Cap Sleeve Knitted Top in petrol blue or coral for everyday wear and the Relaxed Fit Chino in seasonal stone for a staple trouser to see you into summer.

New Clothing Line – Coming Soon!

 You may have heard the news that we are launching a new clothing line called Pepperberry. The new clothing range will be taking over from the original line to give our Bravissimo girls even more fabulous clothing and lots more choice. We’ll be kicking off the new collection with a 60 piece range covering dresses, skirts, jackets, tops and trousers as well as belts, bags, scarves and jewellery to complement the new range.

 Pepperberry will offer the same great fit and style that the Bravissimo clothing range offers and will continue to operate under the Bravissimo umbrella, however, this additional brand aims to give more choice and more fashion forward pieces in the 8-18, curvy to super curvy size range. Hooray!

 So when’s it all happening we hear you cry…?

 The new range will be fully launched in March, however we are opening two stand alone clothing stores in Scotland this month and our new Reading shop, opening on the 14th February, will stock both the Bravissimo range (lingerie, swimwear, nightwear) and the Pepperberry brand. We will then be converting more of our shops to sell both ranges. We hope you’re just as excited about this as we are and if you don’t have a store in your local city don’t panic as the Pepperberry range will also be available online and via mail order.

Watch this space for more info or follow us on Facebook for the latest news and to keep in contact with other gorgeous Bravissimo ladies!

Footwear Faux Pas

Easy dressing between the seasons

Easy dressing between the seasons

 We’ve worn our trusty winter boots now for what seems like an eternity but with the weather staying persistently cold and the inevitable shift from snow to rain as the climate warms just enough to turn the frozen stuff into liquid stuff, we’re left with one hell of a dilemma; what to wear on our feet?

 As women we tend to notice what other women wear, more so than men would probably notice of other men, so we were shocked to have seen some brave ladies wearing ballet pumps over the past few days. You know who you are. The odd sunny morning however does not a summer’s day make and we’re sure you were regretting the pumps come lunch time, especially if the seemingly sunny day turned into a rainy day; ballet pumps + puddles = wet feet. Fact.

 So it’s far too cold/wet for pumps and we’re bored stiff with boots therefore we need an alternative and what better alternative than brogues? They’re flat (i.e. comfortable), stylish and look great with skirts, trousers and dresses alike. There’s also plenty of choice from the classic black or brown to the more adventurous metallic shades and heeled versions, so whatever your style you can put your best brogue forward when trans-seasonal dressing!

 If brogues aren’t your thing then why not switch your knee boots for ankle boots? Daintier than longer styles but still great for keeping your tootsies warm and dry, ankle boots will also see you into the summer months. Wear them with skirts and dresses without tights when the weather gets warmer. And whilst we wait, not so patiently, for spring we’re going to try a denim skirt with ankle boots or brogues and tights for a wearable look in between the seasons.

New early spring collection now online

Put a spring in your step with a floral print

Put a spring in your step with a floral print

 We’re drooling over the thought of summer at the moment, it can’t come quick enough, but here’s something you no longer need to wait for; our early spring collection is now available online. We love the floral feel of the Woven and Jersey wrap dress and the Chiffon Trim Dress. They’ll look great in spring but wear them now with tights, boots and a chunky knit cardigan and tap into the winter bo-ho look.

 The stunningly simple yet effortlessly elegant 50’s Wrap over Dress will be a wardrobe staple. We love how this dress drapes and creates that distinctive 50’s silhouette. Wear this dress time and time again, dress it up with heels and jewellery or keep it simple and wear with tights and kitten heels for day time chic.

  Click to see more dresses and skirts from the new collection and for our new tops and shirts. Look out for the Saddle Stitch Cardi in navy, a fabulously flattering cardigan in one of the hottest shades of the new season and the Mock Henley Tee, a basic top that you can wear anywhere. Keep an eye out in store and online for more of the new season collection coming soon…