JCPenney & Ashley Nell Tipton Launch Boutique+ Plus-Size Fashion

JCPenney has just made two major moves in plus size fashion. The retail giant introduces Boutique+ Plus-Size Fashion, its first-ever plus-size fashion brand designed exclusively for full-figured women, and an all‐new, plus size in‐store concept. JCPenney teamed up with Project Runway Season 14 Winner Ashley Nell Tipton, who will serve as Boutique+’s brand ambassador and design two capsule collections for the plus-size fashion brand, to welcome the new initiatives. The launch was celebrated with a runway show at JCPenney’s Manhattan Hall location hosted by Ashley Nell Tipton.

Check out video of her welcome message to attendees below:

The new Boutique+ Plus-Size Fashion and lifestyle collection is designed for the fashion minded millennial shopper and was conceived and created by a dedicated team of JCPenney design, trend and product experts who ensure the colors, prints, and fabrics of Boutique+’s fashion offerings flatter and fit curvy silhouettes.

The Boutique+ clothing brand made its debut in 500 stores and on May 1st and offers everything from maxi dresses, skirts, jeans, trousers, tops, jackets, etc. As the first designer to present a plus-size collection during the Project Runway finale, Ashley Nell Tipton is the perfect advocate to provide expertise plus-size style for the millennial woman.

This season, Boutique+ collection features avant-garde styles inspired by the ‘70s, including femme tops and dresses infused with floral and paisley prints and vintage denim, some of which can be seen in the runway show pictures above. Trendy fashion pieces include fringe tanks, tiered blouses and pleated skirts ranging in sale price from $12.99 for a top to $39.99 for a jacket. In addition to introducing the Boutique+ brand of clothing, JCPenney also debuts “The Boutique”, their plus size fashion in‐store concept, in nearly 200 of their retail locations offering feminine silhouettes, edgy patterns, and bold colors.

The Boutique boasts a display of plus-size mannequins to show how various outfits complement a curvy figure and features a curated assortment of classic and modern, plus-size fashions from brands such as a.n.a, Boutique+, Liz Claiborne, Worthington, Alyx, and Bisou Bisou. Shoppers should expect casual sportswear, denim, and activewear, as well as a collection of handbags, fashion jewelry, and accessories from this one-stop shopping destination.

For fall and holiday, Ashley will introduce an exclusive JCPenney capsule collection, “Ashley Nell Tipton for Boutique+,” marking the first time that her designs have been made available by a national retailer.

Win a Meet-and-Greet w/ Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn at Project Runway Finale from Groupon

Who wants to win two tickets to the season finale of Project Runway for a meet-and-greet with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn? I bet we all do. Thanks to Groupon, one lucky person and their guest will get the chance to do just that….and more. To celebrate the launch of Groupon’s Beauty Week, “a week packed full of spectacular health, beauty and wellness deals (see more on the deals below), a Groupon Grassroots campaign, a sweepstakes for an epic experience, a second sweepstakes for a luxurious spa day hosted by Groupon’s Favin the Beauty Mavin and useful beauty advice and tips from fabulous beauty experts;” and in support of their campaign to support the World Wildlife Fund, anyone who donates $10.00 receives one entry into a sweepstakes* for a chance to win an amazing trip for two to New York to attend the season finale fashion show of Project Runway and meet Heidi and Tim.

If you thought just the meet-and-greet was all you’re winning, take a look at the full prize package below…it’s amazing. The lucky person will win:

  • Two tickets to the season finale of Project Runway on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
  • Meet and greet with series hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn after the show
  • Pre-show hair and makeup by the Project Runway team
  • Coach airfare for two to New York City, departing Thursday, Sept. 4, and returning Sunday, Sept. 7
  • Three-night stay in a junior suite at the 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan New York
  • Ground transportation from NYC airport to hotel and from the hotel back to the airport
But wait, there is more: in addition to the above campaign and sweepstakes, Groupon’s resident health, beauty and wellness expert, Favin the Beauty Maven, is hosting a second sweepstakes** to win a trip for two to New York City complete with airfare, hotel accommodations, meals and a day of treatments at Asanda AVEDA Spa Lounge. Groupon subscribers can go to Favin’s Facebook page to enter the sweepstakes.

Beauty Week will also have Groupon teaming up with top beauty experts including Kayla LaShae, MelMphs Knows, Makeup By Kimm, Nabela Noor, Laguna Beach Love 10, Shades of Kassie, Jay Jays Beauty Blog, Coloured Beautiful, Still Glamorous, Coffee Break with Dani, Lili Simply, and My Life as Eva, all who will be posting videos featuring top beauty products that can be purchased at Groupon this week. What great discount beauty offerings can you look forward to during Groupon’s Beauty Week? Check out the wonderful health, beauty and wellness deals below that have been curated by Groupon’s team of beauty experts:
  • Amore Blue Tourmaline Straightening Iron Set (85% discount)
  • 5- or 10-Piece Eye Majic Instant Eye Shadow Sets (33% discount)
  • Facial at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in Seattle (up to 54% off)
  • Massage, Mani-Pedi or Facial from Valeo at JW Marriott in Chicago (47% discount)
  • Day Spa visit at Crystal Spa in Los Angeles (up to 57% off)
  • 60-minute massage with aromatherapy from Energy Vibrations & Enrichment in Atlanta (44% discount)

What are you waiting for? Donate for your chance to win this epic prize. Time is running out.

*No donation is necessary to enter or win, and a donation will not increase your chances of winning. To enter without donation, you must handwrite on a 3×5 card labeled “Project Runway Sweepstakes Entry,” your full name, complete address, home and daytime telephone number (including area code), e-mail address and date of birth (all of which must be legible) and mail it with proper postage to: “Project Runway Sweepstakes Entry,” Groupon, Inc., 600 West Chicago Avenue, Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654. See Official Rules for additional requirements. Odds of winning depend on the total number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C., 18+. Entry period ends: 11:59 p.m. EST on 8/5/2014. ARV of prize: $4,644.23. Sponsor: Groupon, Inc., 600 West Chicago Avenue, Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654.
** NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Odds of winning depend on the total number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C., 18+. Entry period ends: 11:59 p.m. CT on 8/3/14. ARV of prize package: $3,785. Subject to full Official Rules (click to link). Sponsor: Groupon, Inc., 600 West Chicago Avenue, Ste. 400, Chicago, IL  60654.

Project Runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

By now you’ve seen the finale and hopefully know who won. Do you agree with the decision? As I’ve been reading all day, this is one season where the audience is in total disagreement with the judges decision. I was lucky enough to attend the Project Runway Show and while they we did not know who the finalists were (ten designers showcased their collection), I must admit, Gretchen Jones‘s (or Wretchen as she’s been called) was not my favorite. But before we get to that, I along with my plus one got amazing seats. We were seated directly across from the judges, so I got some wonderful footage.

Now on to Gretchen. I have a few questions – Would you wear Gretchen’s collection? Was hers your favorite? Do you think “Gretchen has her finger on the pulse” as the judges said? Check out the finale of her collection below

Maybe, like me, yours was Andy South. Andy’s collection was certainly not boring, I’m not sure if it was the fact that it was different and sexy and fun but I love his mix of the bold metallic Citrine with the Silvery Grey – judge for yourself below

Or maybe, you loved the obvious fan favorite, Mondo Guerra. His collection was bold, vibrant, edgy. The combination of the large plaid prints mixed with strong colors was very impressive. I can see Rihanna wearing his runway looks now

No matter what, the reunion show should be a very interesting one with the majority of the cast anti Michael Costello, the meanness of Gretchen Jones and all the other drama that went on during this season. As I stated above, we saw the collections from ten contestants and i do have video from the other. I think I will feature in another post and concentrate on the final contestants here. Anyway, see below for photos from the show (including a nice appearance from Anthony Williams showing off Tim Gunn’s new book…love Anthony)


Christian Siriano Spring 2010 Fashion Show

I was so happy to be one of the lucky ones to get an invitation to the Christian Siriano Spring 2010 show. As a fan of Project Runway, Christian was my favorite from the very first episode and my love for his just grew with each episode and each design (even that brown dress for the prom challenge). Anyway, on to the show.

Although I arrived early and checked in early, there was already a huge line as this show was a must attend show – huge ticket item. As you can imagine, lots pf pushing and shoving to get in the door. Unfortunately I and quite a few people never made it in because security shut down the doors and announced it was packed and no one else was getting in. There was nothing left to do than watch the show on the flat screens in the lobby. It was love from beginning to send. His collection showed exactly why he was the favorite of not just his season but the show’s history

As you can see above (by the photos thankfully provided by Mercedes Benz Fashion Week), the opulence, brilliance, high fashion is there; the beauty, the craftsmanship jumps at you from each garment; the detailing – you can tell that each garment was made with his fierce love for fashion. Christian Siriano is the reason people fall in love with fashion and I know he will take us on several wonderful journeys for years to come. His gift is the reason why I ran to Payless for his Christian Siriano for Payless Collection

Bravo to Christian and I look forward to his visions. Directly below is my video of his show’s finale

and you can click on this Christian Siriano Show Video by Mercedes Benz for a better view of the entire condition

Elisa Jimenez POP-UP! BOUTIQUE

Join Project Runway’s Elisa Jimenez for an impromptu POP-UP! BOUTIQUE. One of the favorite Project Runway darlings is in New York, and will be hosting two gatherings.
Come visit and view her latest creations. Available offerings include both classic HUNGERWORLD readymade pieces and new work from her “Other” collection.

Also available will be her stenciled and sprayed work on t-shirts, tricked upon request. There will be fashion magic mischief as always, and white tequila sangria!

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: 25 W. 68th St. 5G
between CPW and Columbus

Friday’s gathering (I’m assuming this is this Friday, as in the 7th) is for ‘tribe.’ casual and intimate.
children are welcome.

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: 25 West 68th St. 5G
between CPW and Columbus