New York Fashion Week is a magical yet chaotic cultural phenomenon where the fashion industry comes together while creating impactful moments in time. Dreams can genuinely come true overnight with a well-executed, attention-grabbing visual presentation that takes teamwork to build. With that being said, Curve and Plus Size models alike were showcased at this year’s
So, last week, I hopped over (because hello 1 ½ flight!) to Miami to be a part of the Refinery 29 and Lane Bryant event to celebrate the launch of the Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant fall preview event. I have never been to Miami, had never had the pleasure of meeting the Toledo’s and the corporate team, so I was here for all of this!
My GOD, is Miami gorge. Even in the flash storm that happened an hour before the event and the insane traffic, we managed to make it there in one piece and in style! LOL.
Refinery 29 x Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant Fall Preview
But you know what is even MORE gorge? The Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant collection in person. I mean, I was impressed. As a guest, I was dressed in the collection and chose this fabulous strappy number, the Isabel Toledo Deco Seamed Dress, that really made me feel sexy. I MEAN. If you were there, you would have seen me shaking my bum, twirling, and beaming all night. I really loved what I chose, especially as it had NO HANGER APPEAL- and was a hell of a dream ON!
(if you like my dress, you can snatch it up on Lane Bryant’s site here!)
This collection is elevated. Much more fancier and ladylike- If this is your lifestyle. It will not be for everyone, and this is okay. BUT, there is definitely a Isabel Toledo woman who will appreciate the items in the collection. Asides from my dress, the black trench? The Luxe Wrap Coat by Isabel Toledo? I NEED THAT TRENCH HONEY. NEED.
And online only, there is a suit that I will probably have to make as my go to suit. Oh wait, let me share… THIS ISABEL TOLEDO for LANE BRYANT SUIT:
I need. The pants and the jacket. You see the detail on the backside? YES BOO. YES.
Back to the event: As the informal models made their rounds, the DJ kept our toes tapping, and the appetizers and libations kept us stirring, I had the pleasure of hanging tough with my boos, Farrah from Estrella Fashion Report, finally hugging my contributor in real life- Kirstin Marie, and plus size model LaTonia Robinson! I also saw and hugged and gushed over Suzanne from SuStyle TV and her amazing curves in her Isabel Toledo Dress from last season. I MISSED OUT on that one 🙁
But what was really cool was chatting it up with Linda Heasley, the new Lane Bryant CEO and the entire Lane Bryant team. Trust, I shared with them my thoughts, concerns, and excitement over what has been brewing over there! YES. I did.
BUT, the coolest thing of the night? Taking pictures, laughing and giggling with Isabel and Ruben Toledo. OMG. They are THEEEE coolest couple I have ever met. The way that Ruben was snapping photos and fawning over his lady? YES honey! They are truly an amazing couple and I was truly grateful and honored to have met them! So humble and gracious! YES!
Overall, it was such a great trip, fun times, and I learned a lot about the direction, the reasoning, and the vision that Lane Bryant has for the brand. Understanding this, I can appreciate the changes that are happening a bit more! I am definitely excited to see what comes next from the brand!
Shop the Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant Collection NOW! <– Click there to shop it!
What do you think of the collection? My Look. The event?
PS. If you are in Chicago or New York there are these same events happening there!
Make sure you check out the Lane Bryant FB page for more!
PPS. Shout out to Estrella Fashion Report for the images! Check out her recap to see more images!