I love hearing great business stories. And I especially love hearing great fashion business stories.
Kerry Pietrobon is living one of those great fashion business stories right now.
After being retrenched as a designer for another label in November last year, she decided (with her husband) that it was time to create a brand that was their own, rather than working for a bigger company.
I wanted to create a job for myself that was more secure and allowed me to be more in control of what I was creating.
And that’s how new plus-size label, Harlow Australia came about.
Kerry says that having a range that caters for sizes above a 14 has always been a dream from the time she completed her fashion design course.
All garments are made in Australia. Shirts are from $129, Dresses from $99, Pants from $59.95, tops from $89.95, skirts from $69.95.
Kerry contacted me about featuring Harlow on the blog and sent me two pieces to try*. I’m always getting asked about good alternatives to wearing jeans in autumn and winter. Alternatives that are comfortable, easy care, easy wear and stylish.
My answer is always leggings and tunic top/dress.
These are the ultimate layering basics – basics that can be dressed up, dressed down and converted to at winter outfit with the addition of a coat, boots and scarf.
I very much like these leggings as an alternative to black, which is all I seem to wear through winter. The top is not something I would normally go for, with its longer back but it actually works for this look.
We’ve got two no-iron, easy-care pieces going on here that I’ve worked back with Rockport booties and a Country Road necklace from a couple of years ago. Too simple and you’re out the door.
The outfit would also work with ballet flats or ankle boots.
This is a label for size 14 and above. I’m wearing size S in the leggings; and S/M in the top. The sizing is generous – if anything the leggings are a bit big for me around the tummy but perfect on the legs.
I’ve been playing with the Maybelline NY Dream Fresh BB Cream (in Light) since coming home from Fashion Week.
This is officially Miss SY’s favourite BB cream (in Fair) as she passes the “no-makeup” rule at school while wearing it. Me? I’ve been popping it on of a morning and then adding a dusting of L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Powder – because I do like a bit more coverage and a powder finish with my BBs.
I thought this look called for a red lip. You know, something to add a pop of colour to shades of black and grey. The new L’Oreal Paris Shine Caress lip colour in Juliet did the trick. Now, you may have heard me rave about YSL Rouge Pur Couture glossy stain lip colours? Well, these are the more affordable version. They’re both hybrids of a gloss and a stain with a flat-ended brush. The YSL has more staying power but these really do represent good value if you’re not up for $50 for a lippy, which is what you’ll pay in Australia for the Rouge Pur Couture.
1. Jane Iredale PurePressed blush in Barely Rose | 2. Jane Iredale PurePressed eye shadow in Sundown| 3. L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Powder | 4. Maybelline NY Dream Fresh BB Cream | 5. Maybelline NY EyeStudio Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner in brown | 6. L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Colour in Juliet | 7. L’Oreal Paris False Lash Telescopic mascara
I’d love to hear from you. What is your jeans alternative in autumn and winter? Do you do the leggings/tunic look? Tried any of these products?