‘OINTB’ star unveils new clothing line

Clothing isn’t just about fulfilling a basic need; it can be a deeply personal means of expressing yourself. So when a designer creates a clothing line out of their needs, wishes and dreams, it’s sure to be something special.

Take the new clothing collection created by Orange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks. According to HuffPost, the actor teamed up with plus clothing line Universal Standard to design a capsule collection based on one simple question: “If you could design three pieces that you always wished you had in your closet but could never find, what would they be?”

With that in mind, Glamour says Brooks designed a “short and sweet” line, offering three pieces consisting of overalls, an off-the-shoulder sweater dress and a pleated shirtdress. While a collection of only three pieces may seem a bit too compact, Brooks told Glamour that the first thing she thought of when creating the line was designing something “transformable.”

“I was thinking, You know what could be cool? Having something that is transformable,” she said. “I chose the off-the-shoulder dress, because I felt like this is something I was just comfortable wearing. So if I’m on a plane and I want to be casual, then I step [out of the airport] and there’s paparazzi in my face and I want to feel a little more glamorous, I can take this dress either direction.”

The final two pieces — the overalls and shirt dress — were created from two different inspirations, Brooks told Glamour: the former to fit and flatter curvy figures and the latter to riff off a shirt she saw Solange Knowles wear. HuffPost reports that all of the pieces are under $200, with the sweater dress coming in at $190, the shirtdress at $110 and the overalls at $120, all available in sizes 10 to 28.

Armed with three looks that offer women of all sizes an effortless style, Brooks shared with Glamour that, even though they are her designs, she still can’t quite believe that she had the chance to do such a thing.

“…It’s crazy to finally have clothes out there that I designed. That never ever crossed my mind when I was a teenager, shopping at Walmart looking in the men’s section.”


Tipton debuts private label collection

Last year, Project Runway alum Ashley Nell Tipton launched a clothing collection with JCPenney. This year, the designer is breaking out on her own.

According to InStyle, Tipton just launched her own namesake private label collection, complete with 14 pieces that are just as vivacious as she is. While InStyle says the line largely consists of “essentials” like shirt-dresses and bodysuits (that come in a standard solid and happy floral prints), it also is home to bolder styles, like “sheer full skirts, graphic dresses and of-the-moment biker shorts with lace trim.”

But what kind of collection would this be if it didn’t include accessories? That’s why InStyle says Tipton also designed three different eyewear styles, along with 24 wide-fit jewelry pieces that make for easy accessorizing with any outfit.

With so much wonderful in one collection, it’s hard to think it could get any better — but then comes the price and size range. With InStyle reporting that the line spans $24 to $99 and offers sizes 1X through 5x, it’s hard to beat what Tipton is offering.

Click here to check out the line for yourself!

Ross debuts new JCP collection

It’s been a long time since J.C.Penney has been at the top of shoppers’ list of favorite stores; with CNBC reporting slashed profit and sales forecasts, shares falling by 20 percent and heavy product discounting, things haven’t exactly been looking great for the department store.

And then came Tracee Ellis Ross.

The Black-ish star recently launched a brand-new collection with JCP that includes everything from apparel to accessories to home furnishings, according to Glamour. The 45-piece collection is also incredibly accessible, with Racked reporting that the max price tag throughout the entire collection is $74, not to mention all apparel pieces come in sizes ranging from small to 3X.

The partnership may be exactly what the store needs, considering its accessibility and price range, not to mention Ross’s personal mission for the collaboration.

“It was the most perfect partnership,” she said, according to Racked. “I really believe that style and looking great does not have to expensive, and I really believe that women are beautiful in all shapes, colors, sizes, and ages. It was really important for me to design a collection of clothes that can be both your armor and your joy at the same time.”

Ready to shop the line? It’s already available in stores and online!

Holliday’s Latest Hobby

Coming on the heels of actress Melissa McCarthy’s clothing line Seven7, which ranges from size 4-28W, model Tess Holliday is set to release her own clothing collection next year.

According to Glamourthe People magazine covergirl and size-26 model told The Huffington Post UK that she is in the process of designing her own line, a process she describes as both “really exciting” and “stressful.”

Although Holliday expressed the breadth of her emotions about launching her line, she also expressed her frustrations over the fashion industry’s lack of inclusive sizing, which serves as the impetus for her forthcoming collection: “Somebody has to speak for others. We often get pushed to the corner and people don’t really pay attention to us or take us seriously. It’s really frustrating.”

When asked on what styles her new clothing line will include, Holliday told The Huffington Post UK, “I don’t have any styling rules — for me, it’s all about wearing what makes you feel good. If that means wearing a Halloween costume, whatever. If that means wearing a chic dress, then cool.”

While Holliday praises the efforts of brands such as ASOS, she feels that more can be done in the industry. “So many stores cut off at size 16. There needs to be more sizes,” she offered.

And we expect Holliday’s upcoming collection to fill this void in the fashion industry. Thank you, Tess Holliday, for working to make the fashion world a little more inclusive.