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
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 — )