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!

‘Project Runway’ to feature size 22 models

In Project Runway‘s sweet 16 season, the show is getting a much-needed change — and it’s all for the best.

According to Refinery29, the popular Lifetime series will feature models ranging in size from 2 to 22, marking a major shift toward body inclusivity. Announced in last week’s season premiere as hosts Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum paired designers with models, Klum told Entertainment Tonight that she thought the change was long overdue.

“I believe we should have done [it] already years and years and years ago,” she said. “So I’m happy though that now this season, we’re starting.”

Klum continued to drop truth bombs about the newly-inclusive show, says Refinery29, saying that it’s time that Project Runway get with the times and dress the variety of body shapes that exist in the world.

“This is the real world,” Klum explained. “Not everyone is, you know, runway figure or what the runway figure used to be. You have to dress real people, and real people come in different sizes: short, tall, more voluptuous, skinny. There is many of us, and so a real designer needs to know how to do that. So get with it.”

Ready to support body inclusivity? Tune into Project Runway every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

A ‘Runway’ Win

The next generation of big-name designers are cultivated on each season of Project Runway, the long-running fashion design competition show on Lifetime. And on Nov. 5, designer Ashley Nell Tipton followed in the footsteps of her predecessors, as she was declared the winner of the show’s 14th season. But there is something extra special about Tipton’s win.

According to BustleTipton is the first designer to win the American series of Project Runway with a plus-size collection. Her “colorful, daring and feminine” collection was presented at New York Fashion Week anonymously as part of the show’s finale, featuring “plenty of skin-baring peek-a-boo cutouts” done in lace and pastels.

The 24-year-old designer mostly designed mainstream-sized clothing for the duration of the competition, but knew she had to go out on a limb for the finale. “I never thought I would make it this far, but it was always in the back of my head that this is what I want to do,” she told People. “To be able to showcase there is just an incredible feeling. It’s just so amazing to have everyone see my work.”

And the judges certainly seemed to think that her work was incredible. Bustle says that the judges praised her collection for “‘bringing something new’ to the plus size market, playing with silhouettes [that] have been considered taboo on women of size,” while also complimenting the “chic and imaginative flower tiaras that she accessorized her models with.”

Bustle spoke to the newly-crowned winner, who said she has been busy building a website and forming a creative design team ever since she won, although it’s been difficult to keep her victory a secret for almost a month. Tipton, previously an indie designer who had a self-produced line prior to her recent win, told Bustle that this win has overwhelmingly kickstarted her career. “Once people hear what I’ve been working on, I think it’s just going to explode. I definitely feel a lot of doors are opening up right now,” she said.

Explaining that she is working on her “dream project,” Tipton said she hopes to create “an online plus size destination that ‘includes everyone,'” while also planning to unveil unisex, men’s and even non-plus collections.

Her victory wasn’t just a personal win — it’s shaping up to be a win for the entire fashion industry and consumers alike. Thank you, Ashley Tipton, for creating fashion for all, and congratulations on your Project Runway win!