I told y’all don’t sleep on these Indie Designers.- Essie Golden
I remember when Essie Golden (an amazing plus size model who models for many of Indie artists in the industry) made a great point.
After seeing many pictures from Full Figured Fashion Week, I really felt compelled to shine some light on these amazing designers.
If you don’t know what Indie Designers are, they are: independent designers, who design and make a wide array of products without being part of large, industrialized businesses.
They are supported by shoppers who are seeking handmade products as opposed to those mass-produced by corporations.
Many mainstream labels started off as Indie designers. Here are some that I loved from Full Figured Fashion Week 2013.
Youtheary Khmer is an innovative, contemporary collection of woman’s ready to wear clothing. Youtheary Khmer wants every woman to love her curves and can feel beautiful just walking down the street. Our mission is to design custom, effortless looks by providing well-made, high quality clothing that is flattering, trendy, and most importantly doesn’t break the bank. The collections blend hand drawn designs with silhouettes that are not only reminiscent of things past, but truly point the direction to fashion’s future with crystal clarity. Youtheary Khmer is evolutionary and is changing the face of full figured fashion as we see it today.
Here are more pieces from the collections:
You can see more of Youtheary Khmer here.
Lori Ruffin began her quest in 2009 with a clothing line for the average woman, but later realized the average woman is a size 12. With that being said, she decided to focus on garments that accentuates a full figured woman’s best features. She currently is an online plus size clothing store.
As the founder and CEO of the Sean Anthony collection, Lori feels that ‘You don’t have to be a size 10 to stay in style”. For this reason as well as others, she wanted to design ready-to-wear clothing at a reasonable price point for full figured women of all ages.
“I strive to design garments that are equally balanced with a chic look. My goal is to create a career daytime look or night on the town look without sacrificing style for comfort”, states the designer. Most of Lori’s ideas are inspired from the 60’s, early 70’s and films, but equally inspiring is her mother’s love for fashion and unique sense of personal style.
Here are some of the pieces from SA!
Make sure you check them out here!
Tru Diva Designs!
Accentuating a woman’s contours, and creating flattering lines is only part of the designer’s recipe, her decidedly contemporary designs are characterized by an exquisite attention to detail, impeccable construction and use of rich luxurious fabrics. From bohemian chic to glamorous evening gowns, Tru Diva has a myriad of fashion for the plus sized woman. Style, sophistication and sex appeal, make a TRU DIVA.
“My main inspiration was, going to department stores and boutiques, finding ill fitting, lack luster garments. They weren’t sexy and, the fabrics didn’t flatter the curvy form. When women wear Tru Diva, I want them to feel confident, and sophisticated.”
Empowered with an innate talent of fashion design, Veronica Lipscomb is making her dream a reality. With encouragement from friends, she began to design her own clothes and became a stylist catering to a plus-size clientele. Many women would approach her about where she purchased her clothing. Once it was discovered she was the designer, they would request the same outfit for themselves. Through TRU DIVA, Veronica offers an alternative style to a limited market of fashion conscious clothing for plus size women.
Do you want to know the Truth? Knowing the truth is only the beginning – TRU DIVA designs by Veronica L.
Check out some of their pieces from the past as they are preparing to launch their latest line!
Check Tru Diva Designs here!
The Onoz collections provide structured and designed clothes for body types ranging from size L to 3X.
Onoz has pieces that vary from simple to elaborate!
Check out OnOz here.
One designer that wasn’t featured at Full Figured Fashion Week, but is one of my favorite Indie Designer is Jasmine Elder of Jibri!
JIBRI is dedicated to creating garments for the fashion-conscious, curvy woman. Email: [email protected]
Here is JIBRI!
Check Out More of Jibri HERE.
At 17, we want to give every girl the opportunity to feel sexy on a date night – beautiful on a girls night out – sassy in a club, & confident kicking around town running errands.
Although we strive to hit ‘on-trend’ styles through monthly range offerings, 17 is SO much more than just clothes. We want to grow 17 as a cultural destination, where everyone that values fashion, art, music, politics and creativity in general, can contribute to and become a part of, something positive & fresh, new & exciting.
17 is about taking self esteem and self expression back, and let’s face it – we ain’t going to be doing that in a kick-leg elastic waist jean or printed chiffon mu-mus.
From their description alone makes me LOVE THEIR CLOTHING!!
Check out 17 Sundays here.
A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Budapest-Hungary, Eva Varro chiseled her talent working for a few leading fashion design companies in Hungary and Italy. In 2002 , after a very successful relation with a Los Angeles based Company, Eva launched her own line that became an instant success. Currently her line is on high demand all over USA and overseas, she caters to numerous celebrities and takes an active part in beauty, fashion and charity events. – See more at: http://www.evavarro.com/blog/about/#sthash.mPzBxO4U.dpuf
Here are some of her pieces!
Check out more of Eva Varro here.
I know I have featured Rue 114, but they are one of my favorite Indie Designers!
Here are my favorite pieces from their collection.
Check out Rue 114 here.
Charming By Jessica Dee was started by the girl behind the blog Toomanysequins.com, Jessica Dee.
It grew out of a love of fashion that was clearly shown on her blog, but bored of not being able to have the statement pieces she wanted, skirts in particular, she created her own label. Not only showcasing her eye for fabulous fabrics and colour, but her talent for creating what she calls, Rich Girl Chic.
Inspired by Celebrities like Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung & Audrey Hepburn, she has an eclectic personal style that is a mix of high – low dressing, of mixing up the unexpected which results in a lush, luxe finish – this extends to her first collection for SS13/14!
Featuring silk maxis that have thigh high splits, for warm summer evenings to the perfect high waisted bikini. Charming by Jessica Dee is for every girl who’s looking to put the chic and unexpected back into their closets.
Here are some of her past pieces.
Make sure you check them out here!
I know I featured Rue 107 all the time, but I LOVE MARIE JEAN-BAPTISTE. When she decided to launch a plus size line, she did not raise the prices like most lines do. I really admire her creativity and HER MODELS ARE JUST SO AWESOME!
Check out Rue 104 here!
Plagued her entire life by drab clothing choices, owner Tracy Broxterman has always worked towards contributing her energies to adding style and glamour in the plus size fashion world. She started in 2009 with her own personal style blog, Chubble Bubble, and now with this unique online plus size shop, Domino Dollhouse! While the choices for sizes 14 and up are expanding, Domino Dollhouse strives to bring exciting, charming, and fun clothing and accessories to a market thirsty for more. While others give you water, we give you fruit punch!
Domino Dollhouse has been featured on the Sundance Channel’s All On the Line Season 3 (our episode can be purchased on iTunes), as well as the October 2012 issue of Elle Magazine. Our clothing has been worn by Beth Ditto on RuPaul’s Drag Race and featured in BUST Magazine.
I’ve always loved Domino Dollhouse! Here are some of their pieces!
Please check out their items here!
Here are some of my favorite Indie Looks: