Designer collaborations have been big in the retail industry over the last several years. They are a great way for designers to try different things that is more affordable. When it came to plus size, there was hardly anything for us to buy (outside of accessories). Besides Target who recently added plus size offerings in their designer collaborations, the only other brand out there was Lane Bryant. They launched several designer collaborations over the past year Isabel Toledo, Lela Rose, Sophie Theallet, and the upcoming Christian Siriano collection. I enjoyed those capsule collections, but the Otis collection which is a a part of their Fast Lane collection stands alone since it features the work of students. Lane Bryant collaborated with the Otis College of Art & Design in a mentorship program to develop a 12 piece collection. While there is definitely a shift in the minds of retailers that plus size can be profitable, what's needed is designers. If the designers do not understand how to design for a plus size body, the collection could be a major miss. The collection consisted of boucle, cutouts, and drapey pieces. My favorite in the collection was this sheath dress.
This sheath is great. I love the way it hugs my curves without being restricting. The material feels great against my skin and the color is a fun punchy green. This dress is definitely a piece you can wear to work, brunch, and after work cocktails. I wanted to show how I like to dress it down with a denim jacket. Denim jackets are a must have in your closet. I love to pair them with dresses, or with printed pants to give my looks a more laid back feel. Since the dress shows off the gams, I decided to throw in another pop of color and wear some cobalt heels. Cobalt goes with practically everything, so definitely get a pair if you don't have them. I kept it simple with a white clutch and a pink lippie. Thank you Otis for a great dress!!! This is definitely going to be on repeat all season.