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Jessica Biffi for MXM & Addition-Elle

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Canadian Fatshion Bulletin!

Jessica Biffi, runner-up in the second season of Project Runway Canada, just launched collections at 40 Addition-Elle & Pennington's (both A-E & Pennington's sell mxm lines) stores across Canada.


The A-E and mxm collections are comprised mostly of off-the-shoulder and spaghetti strap tunics and a few bright basics are not exactly my taste--I would have liked to a bit see more quirk from a designer whose last runway collection was a sartorial billet-doux to the textured, metallic satin romper. Nevertheless, these collections constitute a giant Neil Armstrongesque moon-leap forward for A-E & mxm. (I am pulling punches when I say their overwhelming stock of ho-hum resort wear and cheesy synthetic jr "club" garb have had me chasing after my rolling eyes since fall. You know things are dire in big box Canadian fashion retail when I fantasize about having a Lane Bryant--or Fashion Bug even--in my local sights on a semi-regular basis.)

That said, I am beside myself about the promise of ACTUAL skinny denim, the "bold biffi ultra skinny" at MXM and the jessica biffi skinny jean at Addition-Elle available for my size 22-24 ass to try on IN CANADA. After seasons of baggy low-rise red herrings (I am looking at you mxm "lindsay") these just *might* be, at long last, the mid-rise cigarette taper droids skinny jeans I am looking for. (A cigarette jean that I can wear off the rack would improve my today life the way encountering a talking unicorn pegasus in my backyard would have transformed my life as a Lisa Frank obsessed 8-year-old. Which is to say: if these Jessica Biffi skinnies deliver it will be MONUMENTAL. I will weep and be FOREVER CHANGED. That is the POWER of well-designed fatshion. NO PRESSURE JESSICA BIFFI.)

I think asking Biffi to design a collection was, though probably glaringly obvious to most of us, an inspired turn for A-E/mxm to take. Even if i won't be loading up my cart--or trying on the mxm line because it is, for reasons unfathomable to me, not available in Vancouver-- I am hopeful that the line will sell well and Biffi will be able to leverage that success to bring more of her offbeat couture sensibilities to future offerings. (Jessica Biffi, if you are listening, I would love to see a tricked-out satin officer's jacket a la Beyonce in the "Telephone" video in fatty sizes kthxbye.)

Has anyone tried on the line in person in yet? I am anxious to hear reviews!

(x-posted to fatshionista)
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On April 1st, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC), lowbudgetdiva commented:
Damn you, you got me to look!

I think the A-E skinny jeans look a million times better than the MXM ones, and the better since they twice as much money.

I do think it's weird that her collection is not nearly as good as the Beth Ditto for Evans line, considering that she's an ACTUAL FASHION DESIGNER. Hmm.
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On April 1st, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC), curvypen commented:
hello. just wanted to let you know that the collections are available at the langley stores and online. there will even be a special party with Jessica Biffi April 13. www.additionelle.com and www.mxm.ca
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On April 1st, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC), stitchtowhere replied:
thanks for the info. i'm not sure how easy it is to get to langley, but it's good to know there might be a way for me to look at the collection in person.
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On April 1st, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC), catchstars replied:
Park Royal Addition-Elle has the Jessica Biffi collection, and it's way quicker to get there than to Langley.

The Langley stores are pretty easy to get to by transit, but it takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Take the Skytrain to Surrey Central, and the 502 to Langley Bypass for Penningtons (which is in the strip mall near McDonalds and Boston Pizza), and then it's about a 5 minute walk down the bypass to 200th Street for Addition-Elle (which is in the same power centre as Nood and Future Shop).
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On April 2nd, 2010 12:09 am (UTC), stitchtowhere replied:
thanks! this is so super helpful as I am basically all Home Alone 2: Lost in Vancouver even though I've lived here for almost seven months.

Have you seen any of the stuff in person? (it seems silly to ask b/c i know you're busy with other things but, hey, fatshionista 4 life etc).
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On April 2nd, 2010 12:22 am (UTC), catchstars replied:
If I hadn't lived there, I'd feel lost too if someone told me to go to Langley. When Joe and I first started dating, he had only been in Vancouver for a couple of months. I invited him to my mum's for Easter, and he asked where Langley even was and what was notable about it. "Pretty much the religious right, and there are still ska kids hanging around the bus loop." (That was six years ago. The ska has since faded away.)

I haven't been to A-E or Penningtons for ages, except for a brief stop the other day at the Kingsway Penningtons to look for pajamas. I guess Kingsway isn't high enough traffic to get the collection, it's always pretty quiet in there.
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On April 3rd, 2010 09:04 am (UTC), little_ms_me replied:
or, um, as i awkwardly insert myself into the conversation, you could skytrain out to surrey central and then go on a car ride to langley.... vanfats roadtrip?
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On April 2nd, 2010 12:08 am (UTC), ninthscompanion commented:
*drool* i'm petrified they will never come to the wasteland that is the 'peg...
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On April 2nd, 2010 12:09 am (UTC), stitchtowhere replied:
it is already in wpg at the ellice a-e and the one by KP!
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On April 2nd, 2010 03:30 am (UTC), somniloquous commented:
this is exciting! Jessica was definitely my favourite on Project Runway. I'm going to have to check Regina's A-E and Pennington's shops soon!
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On April 2nd, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC), chavvah commented:
I'm going to go check it out this weekend, but I warn you, I am always disappointed in skinny jeans because they never (despite the name) fit my skinny legs.
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On April 8th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC), eunice_eunice commented:
I feel it's weird to make a 'handwash' jean.

I also feel this coat is not bad:
http://bit.ly/as8vM2

but really, could have been much more exciting. Why do plus-size coats have to be so boring all the time? Also, why never buttons? Always zippers!
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