Designer dismisses critique of Lane Bryant line

Designing for a range of sizes is important; after all, everyone deserves clothing that fits and flatters them, not to mention makes them feel confident and beautiful. So when Prabal Gurung received some backlash from the fashion community for making fashionable clothing accessible to women of all sizes, the designer didn’t stand for it.

According to HuffPost, Gurung detailed his experience while speaking on a panel for the premiere of the Straight/Curve documentary, sharing that when he announced his plans to design for Lane Bryant, there was “‘snickering’ in the high fashion world.”

With one acquaintance questioning Gurung’s decision to make “clothes for fat people,” HuffPost says he didn’t let the comment — which was defended as a joke — get away unanswered.

“‘I said to her, ‘Words have power, it impacts people’…And I said, ‘It’s because of people like you that I wanted to do this, because I want to make sure that the woman I’m designing for, through Lane Bryant’s platform, feels that she belongs, that she is part of our world.'”

And it’s people like Prabal Gurung who help make fashion a place for all.

Obama and InStyle team up for handbag collection

While fashion helps us look good, it can also do good — and that’s exactly the aim of a new handbag collection from First Lady Michelle Obama and InStyle.

Fresh off her stint as covergirl for InStyle‘s October issue, People Style says Obama and InStyle channeled their working relationship into a new line of handbags that will benefit the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, the First Lady’s project to “to help adolescent girls around the world attend school since more than 62 million girls are currently not in classrooms due to physical, cultural, or financial barriers.”

Teaming up with American designers, the line features several limited-edition tote bags that depict a country of the designers’ choosing in which “Let Girls Learn is working to provide education to young women who need it,” reports People Style, and the resulting design is inspired by the culture of the country.

Designers like Carolina Herrera (who chose Peru), Prabal Gurung (who chose South Africa), Jason Wu, DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tanya Taylor and Narciso Rodriguez all joined in on the project, offering stylish tote designs that People Style says will be available only at starting on Oct. 10 (pre-orders started on Sept. 12).

Totes start at $52, says People Style, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Let Girls Learn.


Fashion’s day off

Fashion and charity combined to benefit Baby2Baby this weekend, and some of the world’s most renowned fashion designers were around to celebrate the cause.

According to InStyle, fashion designers gathered in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, June 11 to celebrate the launch of The Tot a “new website designed to help moms find the best products for their children.”

The festivities included an outdoor carnival for kids, along with typical carnival games and snacks, says InStyle. But along with the fun and games were designers like Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood and Prabal Gurung, as well as The Tot founders Nasiba Adilova and Miroslava Duma who came to celebrate the site’s inauguration.

The kiddie carnival also aimed to help children in need by benefitting Baby2Baby, an organization that serves low-income children between the ages of zero and 12 by providing them with clothing, diapers and other basic needs.

In the midst of all the games and carnival munchies were donation bins, says InStyle, that were for guests to bring “diapers, clothing, and more items that Baby2Baby will donate to families in need.”

She Leads, You Follow: SAG Awards Edition

The best and brightest stars of Hollywood came out in droves to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 30 for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The awards, presented by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, is a celebration of the year’s best performances in film and primetime television. But prior to the awards ceremony, the honorees took to the red carpet to show off their best style.

Catching our eye first was a hot pink number by Sofía Vergara, who became the object of everyone’s gaze as she took her turn down the red carpet in a stunning Vera Wang gown, says E!Online. She topped off her look with a gold statement necklace and a fuchsia clutch to rival her bright dress.

Following suit in another pink ensemble was Saoirse Ronan, who opted for a subtler blush look by Michael Kors, says E!OnlineThe Brooklyn star let the simple elegance of her lace gown be the star of her look, as she swept her hair up in a tousled top-knot and accessorized with sparkly diamond earrings.

Kristen Wiig decided to take a different approach, opting for a chic Rouland Mouret jumpsuit instead of a gown. Wiig paired her black, white and embellished one piece with a silver barrel clutch and heels to match while styling her hair in a refreshing updo.

Bessie star and SAG Award winner Queen Latifah showed us just how beautiful a simple black gown can be when she hit the red carpet in a sparkly Michael Costello number. Done in a kaleidoscope pattern, the gown’s beading caught the light of every photographer’s flash, illuminating the already-glowing Queen Latifah.

Draped in merlot was Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox, who opted for a flowy Prabal Gurung number for the night’s festivities. She completed her goddess look with wavy tresses, strappy heels and a sparkly clutch.

Rounding off our favorite looks of the night was Amy Poehler, who wowed in a black embroidered Stella McCartney gown, according to E!OnlineThe actress completed her simply, yet elegant ensemble with straight locks and simple diamond jewelry.

While these stars are all dressed up for an event in the height of awards season, there are certain things we can take away from their looks and apply to the way we dress every day. Each star obviously wore an outfit that accentuated her shape, done by seaming, beading or embellishment. Although color, in its various hues and shades, was a big theme throughout the night, traditional black was elevated through beading and embroidery, as well as through a modern black and white color combination.

The details of every single red carpet look are important, but what is perhaps most important is the way each actress carries herself — with confidence. Because each woman is confident in who she is, her outfit merely complements her personality and enhances her sense of confidence.

Beauty doesn’t come from a stellar outfit, flawless makeup and flashy accessories; it comes from the confidence within. And each woman on the SAG Awards red carpet showed us that very thing.