Thursday, September 18, 2014

Evans Design Collective Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show

By: Farrah Estrella
Evans Clothing
UK based plus size retailer Evans recently showcased their new Spring/Summer 2015 collection during London Fashion Week.

The collection was part of the new Evans Design Collective, a collaboration with 6 designers including: Clements Ribeiro, Giles Deacon, Hema Kaul, Jamie Wei Huang, Lulu Liu and Vita Gottlieb.

Every designer added their unique touch to their designs to make sure it flattered the full figured woman. Evans caters to the plus size woman sizes 14 to 32. 

U.S retailer Lane Bryant was the first to have a high fashion plus size fashion show when they launched their first designer collaboration with a history making fashion show in New York City for the Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant collection, 

Evans just followed, who will be next? This is very exciting!! High fashion plus size fashion. Yes!!..We love it!!

Check out pictures from the runway show below. For more information on Evans clothing visit their website at

EFR exclusive interview with fashion designer Isabel Toledo

By: Farrah Estrella
Designer Isabel Toledo and fashion blogger Farrah Estrella 

High fashion and couture designer Isabel Toledo collaboration with plus size retailer Lane Bryant has been a huge success. We caught up with Isabel Toledo at the Lane Bryant store located at the Kendall Villages in Miami, Florida were she was showcasing a preview of her new Fall collection. She gave us an exclusive interview, check it out:

1-EFR-How has the Lane Bryant collaboration experience has been for you?
IT: It has been a dream come true, it is beautiful to have a different audience. Fashion is for everyone, we all love fashion. There are clothes for everybody to wear but is there fashion?.  That’s what I wanted to bring to the Lane Bryant customer.

2-EFR: Your collection for Lane Bryant has received great reviews, would you considered doing more plus size collaborations?
IT: As long as Lane Bryant will have me, I love to do it. I am happy that the collection has been well received, I feel like I make women feel beautiful, that’s important for them in life and I love the opportunity to do it. Lane Bryant and I work well together; it has been a great partnership.

3-EFR: Tell us about your inspiration for the Fall collection that we are seeing tonight?
IT: I would say its Toledo lines for the Lane Bryant woman. It’s inspired by architecture, engineering, and the fabrics are beautiful from classic tweed, to metallics and detail patterns. It’s important for me that you guys wear my clothes

4-EFR-What’s next for Isabel Toledo; tell us about your future projects?
IT: I have something HUGE coming up that I can’t say anything about yet but next I will be showing my Isabel Toledo collection at Argentina Fashion Week.

5-EFR-We always like to end our interviews by asking for a favorite quote or words of wisdom, what’s yours?
IT-My words of wisdom would be: Caring, if you care in your day to day you are connected. Everything I do, I do it because I care and I love.

Isabel Toledo personal appearance at Lane Bryant store in Miami

By: Farrah Estrella
From left Ruben Toledo, Linda Heasley and Isabel Toledo photo credit Estrella Fashion Report

Isabel Toledo made a personal appearance yesterday at the Lane Bryant store located in the Kendall Village in Miami, Florida.

Toledo was very gracious, taking pictures and giving interviews in a meet and greet that was held prior to the main event with members of the press and fashion bloggers that came from different cities just to meet her. They came from as far as Tampa and Atlanta.

During the event, Isabel showcased her new Fall Collection for Lane Bryant in the store. Known for her tailored clothing designs, the new Fall collection included little black dresses, sheath dresses, tunics, a trench coat, suits and my favorite: a cigarrete pant with a jacket that has a beautiful chevron detail in the back.

Isabel Toledo's husband Ruben Toledo also attended the event as well as Lane Bryant's CEO Linda Heasley who wore a beautiful custom made Isabel Toledo silver dress.

Guests enjoyed food and drinks, live music and there was an Instagram photo booth where you could print your pictures right away live from the instagram feed by using the hashtag #LBTOLEDO. Some of the fashion bloggers that attended the event included Marie Denee of the blog The Curvy Fashionista, Farrah Estrella from the Estrella Fashion Report and more.

Isabel will also be making personal appearances at Lane Bryant stores in Chicago and New York this month.

Take a look at pictures from the event below.

To purchase the new Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant Fall Collection visit their website at

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Shola Designs at Haute Accessories Week 2014

By: Farrah Estrella
Shola Yusuf of Shola Designs at Haute Accessories Week  2014
Designer Shola Yusuf of Shola Designs made her first ever runway show appearance at last night's Haute Accessories Week 2014 Fashion Show that was held in Tampa, Florida.

Shola presented her shoe collection and gave us a sneak peek at her up and coming new line that will also include handbags.

The host of the event model Mayra Gomez wore Shola designs shoes, doesn't she looked great?.

Mayra Gomez
Shola continues her rise to the top of the fashion industry, she just won Creative Loafing's 2014"Best of the Bay" award. Congratulations Shola!!

Check out more pictures from the show below and visit her website for more information

 Shola backstage with the models

The models rocking the runway in Shola Designs Shoes

The finale