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Emma Friday 26 September 2014 at 12:57
| Post #411 |
|Subject: Trouser Day|
Have you ever bought a pair of lovely-looking trousers online, only to discover when they arrive that they look like someone has draped you in a sack from the waist down? Or gone into a chain store and tried on a pair that are supposed to be your size, only to find that you can only get them half way up your calves?
Have you ever looked at women walking down the street looking fabulous in pairs of trousers that fit them the way you can never get trousers to fit you? Or wondered whether you can pull off a pair of this yearís must-have styles? And if you could, where on earth would you find them? Have you longed to get the perfect pair of trousers to go with your favourite tops? You need long no longer!
Emma Plus is remedying these problems by holding our third Trouser Day. To those in the know, these incredibly popular events showcase every different shape, style and fabric of trousers, and bring together all our trouser-fit expertise in one place at one time. This Trouser Day is going to be on Saturday 27th September. We will open our doors at 10am.
As a special treat for our regulars, with every pair of our trousers you buy, you can choose from a selection of trousers to have a second pair half price! This half price offer lasts for the length of this season.
As with all our special events, there will be a lovely social atmosphere on the day, and yummy refreshments will be served.
Anyone spending over £100 will be given 2 hours' free parking at our next-door car park....
We look forward to seeing you in store.
Kim P Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 18:49
| Post #410 |
|Subject: Lovely A/W Clothes|
It was great seeing you Emma and Kim on Friday. I am so pleased with the clothes I bought and really lucky that Kim picked that Angel Circle top after I thought Iíd seen everything, itís the first top I have from that range and it is lovely. You are right when you say that new season stock is selling fast, a few items I would have liked to try on were already gone in my size!
I look forward to seeing when more of the NP curve tops come in. I think you must have one of the best selections Iíve seen as it seemed everything I looked at was really gorgeous, even those waistcoats you modelled so well!
| Emma Sunday 21 September 2014 at 07:20|
Hi Kim, Thank you for your lovely words. It was great to see you in the store this week. Yes, the new winterís collection is selling very fast. I think that the colours (cobalt blue, teal, navy, grey and purple) and the styles (simple silhouette with soft fabrics) that has been going down particularly well. I hope you enjoy wearing your clothes...
Emma Saturday 23 August 2014 at 18:24
| Post #409 |
|Subject: New Season's Stock|
Cobalt blue is a very big story, both this winter and next summer. We've already started to get our autumn/winter stock in, and we are seeing how popular this colour is proving.
Pictured right is the 'Scotty Dog' Anna Scholz dress (so called because, true to her whimsical nature, Anna has used silhouettes of Scotty dogs to create her exclusive print) £195, and far right is a gorgeous KJ Brand jumper at £129, both is this glowing, jewel colour....
| Sharon Friday 29 August 2014 at 20:17|
I must have the Scotty Dog dress - is it the tunic or the space dress? I'm coming down next friday so I will definitely be looking for that.
Have you got any of the knitted skirts you mentioned yet? I have visions of a very cosy winter in one.
Hopefully see you Friday
| Emma Friday 29 August 2014 at 22:30|
We've only had one knitted skirt in so far (it's still rather early in the season), but it's a real beauty. It's from Japanese-inspired German range, Tomo. It's long and straight, black, with a leather panel down the front. Absolutely gorgeous. There may be more here by the time you come in next week, because deliveries are arriving all the time now.
The Scotty dress is lovely, (it's the tunic: a lovely, simple shape, edged with pleather) but a word of warning: they are going extremely quickly. I think it's the colour blue that really attracts people. Virtually everything we have had delivered so far that is in this colour show every sign of selling through.
We really look forward to seeing you next week-
Emma Friday 22 August 2014 at 15:31
| Post #408 |
|Subject: Bring on Summer 2015!|
So, I hear you all ask, what are we to expect from the wonderful world of plus-size fashion next summer (officially referred to as Spring/Summer 2015)?
The huge story next year is black and white. This is a continuation of what we have been seeing for the past two or three seasons - and this coming winter, too. The look is really taking off now, and we are going to run the whole gamut of black-and-white looks next year.
There are the jazz-age floral prints, from ranges like Anna Scholz or Verpass (the latter flecked with elements of lime green), smudged-graphite-and-white - from all sorts of ranges, including the German label CPM, and crisp black-and-stone Mondrian-inspired blocks from Verpass and Elena Miro.
There are some fantastic textured blacks from Marina Rinaldi, and rippling summer knits from Tomo. Stripes and spots leap from every corner... from ranges like Samoon, Elena Miro, No Secret and others. Black and white animal prints growl and purr from Matt and Anna Scholz. I could go on and on.
It seems that every collection has some elements of black and white. There is something for everyone, and I do urge you to get into black and white (if you are not already). It is here to stay, and it's so versatile! Itís rare to find a fashion story that is so variable: there is the grungy, young and edgy end of the scale, but there is also the floral and pretty end. There's the sophisticated suited-and-booted workwear, and then again there are more architectural looks that make use of arty textured weaves and knits. And there is everything in-between.
Another huge fashion story is denim. At Anna Scholz we're seeing smooth, nineteen-seventies-inspired chambray (see right). Samoon offers sophisticated little stretch city-denim jackets. These contrast markedly with Brandís take on the denim jacket, which is both casual and practical: the eternal jeans jacket. Matt takes the denim shirt and transforms it into an oversize tunic to wear over leggings. Exelle dyes oversize T-shirts into denim-inspired gorgeousness, and everywhere we see different fabrics - from jerseys to linens, indigo-dyed into the denim spectrum.
Indigo blue is such a kind colour. It suits almost everyone, and due to the ubiquity of jeans, now counts as a neutral - meaning that it will team with almost everything.
Elsewhere, the look book for Spring/Summer 2015 will include the colours turquoise (and all the colours either side of it - from cobalt to teal), orange (or coral), lime green and taupe. Fabrics will be crinkle linens, lots of knits with all sorts of different effects, silks printed to look hand-painted, digital jerseys, and textured weaves. We are also seeing more leather - both as jackets and as trims to knits.
The silhouette is still with the tunic dress over leggings, although slightly more outrť trousers - with harem pants, sarong-trousers and super-wide strides edging in.
There is the introduction of more jumpsuits (donít worry, I wonít be filling my store with these - although they will be making a guest appearance!), pencil skirts (long and stretchy gorgeousness), and long crinkly skirts. One of the main stories, silhouette-wise, is the neat fitted jacket. This is so versatile (it can be worn over a narrow little skirt, or teamed with a billowing dress underneath), and one such jacket can be used in dozens of different looks.
All in all, the look next summer is clean, simple, flattering and practical. It is stuffed with essential pieces that you will wonder how you ever lived without. And, if you make some wise choices, it will take your look forward for many seasons to come.
| Kim P Friday 22 August 2014 at 18:28|
All sounds very exciting, some new names to me on your list of designers so look forward to seeing their creations next year.
Will you be getting any Tomo this Autumn/Winter?
I was sorry to miss the sale, didn't realise it was on!
My regards to all the Emma Plus ladies
PS I note a certain garment missing from your list of trends
| Emma Saturday 23 August 2014 at 11:44|
So sorry that you didn't know about the sale! We will have to make sure this doesn't happen again!
Yes, there are some new ranges on the horizon: it's very exciting, actually! I love the new collections, and am, as ever, looking forward to getting it all in (in 6 month's time!). I also loved this dress from Anna Scholz in a beautiful exclusive silk print (see right).
We've had some gorgeous Tomo jumpers in: they are so lovely that words fail to describe them! I would urge you to come in straight away!!!
It's a good idea to find us on Facebook and have a look at what we are showing there.
On a sad note, I scoured the collections for waistcoats, and am so sorry to say that it just wasn't a look for next summer. You and Kim will shed a little tear, I think!
Emma Friday 08 August 2014 at 13:39
| Post #403 |
|Subject: Sale Special|
For anyone wanting to really dig out a superb bargain now is the time, here in store.
As it is the last few days of our Sale, we have reduced all Sale items by a further 25%. This means that many of our Sale items are 75% off, or even less!
It really is a fantastic time to pick up some lovely super-quality summer clothes at a fraction of what you would normally pay.
When you wear those clothes for years to come, you might also wear a satisfied little smile, smug in the knowledge that you got something to treasure at very little expense....
Emma Friday 18 July 2014 at 16:55
| Post #402 |
|Subject: Curvy is Sexy|
For those who havenít read my blog before, I usually keep a journal of my buying, partly to help readers keep abreast of latest fashion trends (and we really are talking about hot-off-the-press news: these are looks that will not be seen in store until next summer), and partly to give an insider view on my particular corner of the fashion business.
I have been going over to the big fashion fairs in Germany for many years now. I used to go to Dusseldorf, where, back in the day, all the ready-to-wear fashion labels that were worth knowing would accumulate in the massive CPD Messe Centre. Just to give an idea of the CPD centre: imagine the NEC in Birmingham, and times roughly by three, and then you barely have the scale of it.
About ten years ago, this massive fashion show welcomed ranges from all over the world, and saw a huge traffic of buyers and sellers who came to one of the few venues that really had everything. Great Britain had (and has) its own big trade shows, but nothing ever like this.
However, the recession hit, and this big show began to fade away. I still visited Dusseldorf every season to do my buying (there really wasnít anywhere in the UK that could be relied on to show all the plus-size clothing that I need to look at), but eventually the show moved out of the huge Messe and into the fashion showrooms in Dusseldorf. It began to be a shadow of its former self.
The recession had another impact: many of the small independent plus-size fashion stores in the UK went by the wall. This meant that it really wasnít that essential for the collections to be shown over here. Putting it bluntly, the ranges did not find it worthwhile to have agents or shows of their collections in a country where there was no-one to buy their wares.
So my best option is still to go to Germany to do my buying, but I would have to find somewhere that had more to offer now than Dusseldorf. I opted for the new plus-size fashion show, called ĎCurvy is Sexyí in Berlin.
There were some arguments against going to this show. Obviously, there was the usual type of objection when faced to doing anything new. Would I find what I wanted in this alien environment? Isnít it going to be awfully difficult to navigate a place I was completely unfamiliar with? This kind of objection (basically, the fear of the unknown) always has to be set aside in fashion. Our industry is all about the new, and welcoming change. If I ever find myself fearing changing my long-held habits, I should start to think that I am in the wrong business!
But then there is a potential objection about this particular show.
My main worry is that I do not really want to go to a specialist plus-size fashion event. This is because, as a buyer, my job isnít just to buy clothes for my store. Pretentious as it sounds, it is to be a person who has some level of expertise in my subject. I really should know what is happening in the world of fashion.
When going to a plus-size exhibition, there is one main drawback, in my opinion. It is that you do not get an overview of what fashion as a whole is doing at any one time. Some looks are simply not produced in plus sizes, so I would never get to see them in this kind of a show. Yet I strongly believe that I should know they are happening, in the wide world of Ďsmallí fashion. This is because I have the self-belief that I am capable of finding equivalent looks in the plus-size field that may in some way Ďchannelí the mainstream zeitgeist. Putting it succinctly, I donít want to become stuck in a plus-size cul-de-sac.
However, after visiting the Berlin show, I was happy. There was plenty here to feel enthusiastic about (I will blog later about what I found), and it was a bit of a relief to know that, wherever I looked, I would see clothes that are made in sizes to fit larger women. This is not a common occurrence, I can assure you!
And if I want to make sure that Emma Plus does not get side-lined in a fashion dead-end, it is my job to do what fashion stylists do the world over: watch mainstream retailers, look at street fashion, and continually read trade journals and fashion magazines.
In short, do all the things I really enjoy doing anyway.
Kim P Saturday 05 July 2014 at 16:16
| Post #401 |
|Subject: Brilliant Long Skirt|
Just wanted to say I finally got around to wearing the navy long stretch Chalou skirt and Kim was spot on as usual, it was a joy to wear. Such an easy garment and so comfortable. The split is just right, enough so that you can walk freely but not so long that you are flashing something you don't want to flash. Best of all it can be worn all year round.
| Emma Thursday 10 July 2014 at 13:24|
Thanks for your message. ...so glad that the skirt works!
The long skirts are really in at the moment, & judging by what I have been seeing here in Berlin (yes, I'm doing my buying in Germany again), there's going to be more of them next season, too....
| Kim P Thursday 10 July 2014 at 20:06|
Great! Look forward to reading about your travels and what other goodies we can look forward to!
Maureen Kirby Sunday 08 June 2014 at 20:27
| Post #399 |
|Subject: visit to the shop|
We have just returned from our Cruise and hope to visit the shop very shortly. Spoke with Kim just before we went away and she said you sometimes have Tuesdays off so I will ring when we have a date in mind because it would be nice to see you following the very successful Anniversary Event in April.
| Emma Thursday 12 June 2014 at 16:00|
lovely to hear from you: I do hope you enjoyed your holiday.
Yes, our birthday was a fantastic day, and it was super to see you looking so well!
I do have Tuesdays off....I work Wednesdays to Saturdays. It really would be lovely to see you both again.
| Maureen Kirby Sunday 22 June 2014 at 20:41|
Will you be in this coming Wednesday 25th June as we would like to come and see you. Will hope to claim my birthday prize too!
Kim P Tuesday 06 May 2014 at 19:17
| Post #398 |
I was wondering if you had any long summer skirts in store?
| Emma Tuesday 06 May 2014 at 21:21|
Funny you should be talking about long skirts! Actually, there do seem to be more and more really long skirts coming in, both this season and next.
We've been having quite a few....one was a long black crinkle one by Verpass, which was a fish-tail style. Another was a long stretch one-perfectly straight with a split up the back-by Chalou. This comes in a number of colours, including navy and white.
We are expecting some patterened cotton long skirts in, and next season we are getting in a number of gorgeous knitted skirts that are very long. We are even getting in a fabulous leather-panelled long skirt, which I have already getting very impatient for.
To find out exactly what you would like, and whether it matches any of our skirts, do phone us on 01273327240 and have a chat to one of us....
| Kim P Wednesday 07 May 2014 at 09:54|
Thank you. I am hoping to pop in on Saturday so will have a look then!
susan mitton Friday 02 May 2014 at 10:03
| Post #397 |
|Subject: help please|
hi are you still open on Saturdays? also do you have clothes size 26/28 for a wedding I am 5 ft 10 and would like a trouser suit if possible hope to come down tomorrow thank you Susan
| Emma Saturday 03 May 2014 at 18:20|
So sorry I didn't pick up this message yesterday! I've had a little time off, so I don't know whether or not you made it into the shop today....
However, for the benefit of others reading the forum: yes, we are open on Saturdays, between 10am and 5pm. Anyone coming in before 11am on a Saturday, parking in the Theatre Car Park (right next door to our shop) & spending over £100 in Emma Plus wins two precious prizes. The first (by coming into Brighton before 11am on a Saturday) guarantees a lovely free and easy transit through town and a space in the car park (both of which can get congested on Saturday as the day goes on). The second prize is a voucher for two hours' free parking....what's not to like?
Our shop is also a stone's throw from the railway station and bus stops.
The other great news is that our stock-in-trade is wedding outfits, and most of our ranges are stocked in your size. This is a very good time of year to come, & this season's colours are gorgeous.
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