Confidence, empowerment and standing out from a crowd were the ideas behind the Taking Shape Runway at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week yesterday. TS14 Plus put on a fun and buoyant show, celebrating and embracing the shapes and curves of Australian women. The brand was created in 1985 and specialises in creating fashion forward styles for women sized 12 to 24. Their dream? To make gals fall in love with clothes and in return love and celebrate their beautiful figures. And what better way to continue creating this love than with a fashion show!
As the words of the show suggest, the pieces were confident, empowered and a contrast to the usual plus size brands for women. Modern, on trend, bold and creative, the clothes could be worn for all occasions through Spring and summer. Think lazy BBQ dinners, pool gatherings, Melbourne Racing days, beach parties and seasonal holiday get togethers. TS14 offered looks that were practical but also whimsical and feminine with touches of sparkle, bejewelling and lace.
The major trends throughout the show were cropped 7/8 pants, bold floral, asymmetrical and aztec prints, lace, drop waists and sheer detailing. Colours were rich and royal including green, blue, yellow, orange, purple and pink. Reds also stood out- they were loveable, sassy and sexy.
Reminiscent of what we are seeing on high fashion runways was dresses being worn over 7/8, cropped pants. Reflecting the minimalist, norm core trend, this look really suits gals with more curvy hips and a long torso. Add a pair of casual wedges or tall white pumps for night.
Print on print, white and brights and black on white made up the colour blocking of the collection. The colours were broken up with chunky silver jewels, exotic beach styled beads, and big pendants.
TS14 was the perfect show. It was playful and fun, taking the edge off some of fashion week’s more serious clothing moments. So for all those ladies with some hips to shake and some figures to gloriously show off, make TS14 a go to brand. The brand really knows how to dress women of size 14 to 24, understanding the importance of silhouettes and and shaping an outfit to every individual girl. Here at Couturing, we really like this idea.
Images by Jacob Medina