Last week was Full Figured Fashion Week in New York City. In the coverage of the event, I couldn’t help but noticed the designs of Ashley Nell Tipton. There was just something about her cool sense of style that seemed to combine influences from burlesque and rock and London street fashion and contemporary style blogs … I just had to know more.
Le bio on Tipton’s website caught me by surprise when I read that she’s only twenty years old. Now I try not to get shocked by the amazing cool things young people are doing. I was doing some cool things when I was a kid and I think that there’s an edgy wonderfulness that makes young people shine. But I still find myself surprised somehow at the great style Tipton exhibits in her collection that says “youthfulness” but doesn’t necessarily scream “young”.
Tipton explains that she’d created her first line before she was out of high school and that it was inspired by a “love for the hippie generation”. Later work has been influenced by “the British rocker flare of London”. But more importantly Tipton is influenced by the curves of a woman. She produces stylish clothing for full-figured women in their twenties and thirties. She loves bright color and fights the stereotype that larger ladies need to wear black because it’s “slimming”; her collection is filled with “bright hues and bold patterns”. I love what she says in her bio when she writes: “I pictured my muse roaming the streets of London unabashed and feeling confident in my stride while wearing designs that are not seen in full figure wear today.”
An interview she did with Daily Venus Diva explains that the designer learned to sew at age seven from her grandmother, starting out with designing Barbie clothes, and by fourteen she really felt a love for fashion. She thinks a woman should be allowed to wear whatever she feels confident in although she dislikes the trend of “leggings as a crutch”. (Je suis d'accord: leggings are not pants!)
Anyhow, Tipton has lots of cool designs and I encourage you to check out her site to see the true range of her style but of course here on the blog I wanted to specifically share how she’s incorporated crochet details into her work. She’s just started using crochet and it seems to fit in well with the rest of what she’s doing.
What are your thoughts on this designer? Can you recommend any good crochet patterns for full-figured women?