Top: Urbane @ Myer
Shoes: Easy Spirit
Day three at the Full Figured Fashion Week was a busy one with back to back events that started with breakfast at Lane Bryant’s flagship store in Manhattan.
When I was visiting in April I didn’t get the opportunity to drop in to visit one of the US’s most recognisable brands for plus size women, so it was great to be able to wander about – danish in hand – and check out their wares in person.
Lane Bryant is a spacious, airy and well-designed shop front with covetable change rooms and a great approach to merchandising. It’s definitely a welcoming space and they have a huge range of fashion to choose from; from t-shirts and casual wear, suits, lots of maxi-dresses, and even a decent range of activewear.
Upstairs they have a huge range of the Cacique lingerie line.
I was a bit disappointed not to find much in my size in amongst this riot of bright colours and prints, but was amazed to see such a range of fun young bras and panties available in plus-sizes. For the grown-ups Lane Bryant also does a beautiful range of more elegant pieces in the Cacique range.
I particularly love that red set.
After our breakfast we headed back to the FFFWEEK headquarters at The Affinia Hotel to hear what Lane Bryant had in store for us for the upcoming season.
If you follow me on Twitter you might already know that Lane Bryant’s keeping on-trend with prints featuring bold geometric lines, polkadots, plaids and chevron prints in a colour palette of monochrome or fiery red, deep blues and leafy greens. They’re talking about using more textured fabrics, and details like chunky gemstones and lace appliqués, and also embracing sequins (hurrah!) and flocking.
I’m excited by what I’m hearing, so I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled on the website to see what comes up as the new seasons roll out.
Dress: Asos (remixed)
Belt: I Will Fly
White Cruise is consistently the most popular event on the FFFWEEK schedule every year. It’s an opportunity to get frocked up (in all white, naturally) and hit the dance floor of a cruise boat while the gorgeous backdrop of New York’s skyline slips past in the distance.
I was so blown away by some of the amazing outfits put together by the other attendees – people really go all-out, and I have to admit I felt a little underdressed in my little cotton sun-dress from Asos. It was a cheap buy – around the $40 mark – and needed some major dress-surgery to make it fit, but I have a remix-project in mind when I get it home.
Fellow Antipodeans Siki-Lou, Tash and Mele
Melbourne blogger Ashley Rose in a dress custom-made for her by City Chic with the model Nassali Kiggundu
Me, with the gorgeous Gaelle from The Curvy and Curly Closet
Marie Denee from The Curvy Fashinista was wearing a sheer lace dress from Jibri which has rocketed to the top of my lust list.
I really like those pants on you! Pants are hard… And that lace dress… absolutely stunning!
Lovely dress. Do you mind me asking what kind of bra you wear with a dress like that? I love backless dresses, but find them hard from a undergarment perspective 🙂
I love your dress, the addition of the red hearts makes it really pop. The lace one is gorgeous though.
Looks like you are having a blast with other delightfully gorgeous ladies!
I really like that dress Lily! Nicely done.
Looking lovely! Adore that belt!
Love the other white dresses but it’s the floral headpieces two of the girls are wearing that I LOVE!!
Not sure I’d be brave enough to wear but they look so pretty and sweet!
Your white dress with the heart belt is darling! What a chic and fun look!
I appreciate that you have had the opportunity to see your husband and would have wanted to savour the time with him, but…when you ask readers to contribute financially to sending you to a week long event and you only post 3 days, I think it’s dodgy.
Gosh! Be patient! I promise I’m blogging every event that I attended. I just flew back home today, and am preparing the photos and notes that I’ve taken so that I can write up the rest of the week.
I won’t apologise for putting the precious time to be spent with my husband first – In the last six months I’ve been able to spend all of three weeks with him, and it looks unlikely that I’ll see him again before the end of November. I love you guys, but I’ll be honest, I love my husband more and he’s my first priority!
Too bloody right lilli *applause*
Yes. Quite. Not dodgy in my book. Supportive murmuring. I guess people are just waiting with bated breath.
Dodgy? I don’t see how. How has anything we know about Lily led you to believe she’d be dishonest in reporting back on her experience? Fair go – that’s a long flight and posts take a bit of work when they’re written well.
I contributed $10 to a trip that probably cost Lilli a few grand. Heck, she sold stuff on ebay to fund the trip, so she ain’t rolling in it.
I am happy to have done so, knowing FULL WELL that L was going to see her hubby. I don’t feel ripped off. I would do it again. Did YOU contribute, anon? Say so, if you did.
Good quality blogging such as this takes time. Many higher profile bloggers (ones similar in reach to Lilli) get much more in the way of sponsorship for such things.
I believe she was quite explicit about all of this when she asked for some financial help.
After living with you for a year, I know first hand what a tirelessly dedicated blogger you are and that you will very often put blogging before anything else. I also know that you are meticulous and thorough and would not want to rush your posts for this event. I hope you are not upset by negative comments as for every negative, there are thousands of positives. And you deserve to spend a little quality time with the Hubby after the year or so you’ve had. Lots of love!
Seriously? You’re questioning the ethics of a fashion blogger who uses her own funds to bring you the best, most comprehensive and up-to-date full figured fashion advice available in Australia?
When Lilli asked for help to fund the trip to New York, she was totally up front with her plan to spend some time with her husband (bearing in mind they have been married only 18 months: they have now spent ONE THIRD of their marriage living on opposite sides of the globe) and the trip was not paid for entirely by donated funds but, I understand, mostly by Lilli selling her own precious clothes in order to pay for the (I would guess) approximately $3500 plane fare.
As mentioned by Lilli and other commenters, blogs TAKE TIME to compose fully – I imagine that each and every post that Lilli puts up would take several hours of writing, then some time for editing, fact checking and photograph taking, editing and matching. How is that to happen while Lilli is attending the events? She’s good, but not even Lilli is *that* good!
So basically, be patient! Lilli is bringing us an incredible amount of detailed info instead of spending the whole week with her hubby (I can’t say I wouldn’t have skived off half of the events to spend with my hubby had it been me in Lilli’s shoes!
You look so beautiful, gorgy! Not “underdressed” at all! – just perfect. What a winner (both outfits).
“Dodgy”?! Hey lady up in the comments, we don’t OWN Lilli just because we contributed to her blogging journey. She’s given more than enough of her time & talent in three days than most could or would in a month. Bravo, Frocks & Frou Frou.
I totally agree on both your points, Lisa – well said!