Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 31st 2013 Contents Friday, May 31, 2013 • Issue 90
If you are voluptuous and curvy, you
need not worry because you can enjoy
the beauty of long flowy dresses just
like your slimmer contemporaries. Oh
yes, the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kenya Moore, cer-
tainly left an impression with her 'Gone with the Wind
Fabulous' quote and twirl on us. The long flowy dress
she wore on the show is now the latest fashion trend to
hit the plus size market. This dress comes in different
styles and colours and of course you will feel to TWIRL.
• If you want to look your best, don't hesitate to wear slim-
ming undergarments such as girdles.
• When wearing a flowy dress, in order to avoid looking
shapeless in the dress, throw on a belt to define your
waist. I am a fan of skinny to medium sized belts, be-
cause they will complement your dress without over-
• Avoid the mistake of wearing accessories such as bags
and shoes with large and loud prints. Look sophisticated
(and slimmer) by choosing solid colours.
• Wear height-improving footwear (high heels) as often as
possible. These shoes might be uncomfortable, but it
elongates your legs, and makes you look taller and slim-
mer. If you can't stand on stilettos all night long, the best
alternative is wedge sandals.
• Dresses that fit your chest and upper waist snugly are
also good options, because they create a silhouette of a
'tighter' body. You can also go for a dress which hugs the
curves of your best features (such as your hips or waist)
so as to accentuate them.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kenya Moore
Classy, sophisticated but always
sleek and feminine with understated
sex appeal; the attention is to detail --
Chantilly lace on the shoulder, a
draped neckline, an exposed back, a
cinched waist. Barbadian-Trinidad
fashion designer Janelle Angelique
Forde has managed to make these
the defining qualities of her epony-
mous label J. Angelique Clothing.
With four successful collections
under her belt, Janelle is poised to
debut two more tomorrow, June 1 -
the Venom Summer and Travel Collec-
tion, and the Jin Forde Business Wear
Venom was created with the jet set-
fabulous and chic, but comfortable and
practical in looks that transition easily
from day to night. Wearing pieces from
this collection, you'd be at home roam-
ing any piazza in Rome, or strolling the
Champs Elysees in Paris, but nothing
says you have to cross the Atlantic to
enjoy these garments -- Trinidad and
Tobago is a destination in itself. Animal
print aficionados will be in their glee;
the name derives entirely from the
choice of fabrics - sleek snakeskin
prints ranging from muted creams to
vibrant blues and greens.
The latter collection's name is self-
explanatory. The Jin Forde Business
Wear Collection is aimed at providing
the J. Angelique woman with an oppor-
tunity to look as fabulous in the board-
room as she does in other aspects of
her life. "I was really inspired by the
women in Suits, the TV Show, and I
wanted to create business wear that
was appropriate but had special details
that differentiated it from the outfits
you normally see women wear to work.
I also focused on emphasising the
waistline since I feel like that's the look
women are really going for these days,"
Asked how she feels about the gen-
eral population's attitude towards pur-
chasing local fashion, she says: "I
definitely think we're in a transition
phase. At this point a lot of people are
sampling, figuring out what they like,
and once they find something that they
really like then they stick with it."
Accessibility is also a huge part of
that exposure, with a lot of local de-
signers and brands proving difficult to
acquire even with the best connections.
Forde and her partner Rian Codrington
(the self-designated 'Thinker' behind
the label and the driving force behind
many of the brand's bolder marketing
moves) were determined that it not be
the case with J. Angelique. In 2012,
www.jangelique.com was launched -- a
fully functional website complete with
photos and prices of all available gar-
ments, and a facility to submit meas-
urements and place orders. It's made a
tremendous difference in the brand's
marketability and even the way it's per-
ceived within the industry -- both locally
and internationally. One of the qualities
that sets Forde apart from many other
designers locally is that she's managed
to match creativity with good business
sense, and she attends business semi-
nars regularly, both in T&T and Barba-
Her technical development hasn't
been ignored either; she just recently
returned from the United Kingdom
where she pursued an intensive four-
week regimen of various fashion design
courses at the prestigious London Col-
lege of Fashion Design.
"I've really challenged myself with
these collections using the techniques I
learned in the UK. I accept that I'm still very
much learning as I go along and a lot of the de-
sign features that people love about my work
come about through trial and error and long
hours of draping and manipulating the fabric to
see what works," she says.
Specially invited guests can look forward to
seeing both J. Angelique collections at the Art
Society of Trinidad & Tobago. Angostura Rum
Cocktails will also be on hand to serve up 'Cou-
ture Cocktails' -- created exclusively for this
event - to all attendees.
Forde has high hopes that these collections
will resonate with customers old and new.
"I think these collections really round out the
J. Angelique wardrobe -- we have looks for more
formal engagements, for parties, for Carnival,
for the beach or poolside, and now for vacation
and the office," says Forde.
It's her vision that the J. Angelique client
need look no further than her brand for every
element of their wardrobe.
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