Anna Scholz was born in Germany, and worked as a model throughout Europe for six years before moving to London and starting her own plus size clothing line designed exclusively for sizes 10-28. In 1996, Lane Bryant bought Anna’s first collection (the living room in her flat served as her showroom!) to sell in their ten best stores as a premium label. A huge fashion show followed in New York. Shirley MacLaine hosted the show, Chaka Khan sang at the finale and Anna was the guest judge of the nationwide competition for “The Real Lane Bryant Woman.”
Next, the annascholz label was launched and Anna moved into her first design studio (and enjoyed more space in her flat!). She began exhibiting her collections all over the world, including London Fashion Week, Pure London, Moda UK, CPD Germany, Pret a Porter Paris, Moda Milano, Workshop New York, WWIN Las Vegas and atelier designers New York.
Anna opened her Berlin store just this past July, but her clothing is sold in several boutiques across Europe. Bombshell is only one of five places (two of which are online only) in the US that sells anna scholz, and we are thrilled to offer her gorgeous and beautiful clothing to our customers!
April has been traveling the Silk Road for thirty-five years, and lives to bring the color, excitement and beauty of it to us in her feminine, luxurious but relaxed designs. “I want to encourage you . . . to really feel beautiful and appreciate your own personal beauty,” April says. “And I want to ask you . . . to live beautifully, to give to those who are in need, and present your light to the world. Lastly, be beautiful, because you already are.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
We are excited to debut April Cornell at Bombshell this fall of 2011.
Elena Mirò is one of the historic labels of Miroglio Fashion, the clothing division of the Miroglio Group. It was created in Milan twenty-five years ago in order to meet the needs of women with Mediterranean-style fuller figures with style and taste. Over time, Elena Mirò has acquired in-depth knowledge and expertise in the skills required to follow fashion, style and trends, and to adapt them for shapely sizes. The label has been successful in communicating a positive and iconic image of women with fuller figures.
Since 2005, Elena Mirò has been the only plus-size clothing brand to show at the Milano Moda Donna fashion week, and, in fact, Elena Miroglio herself was awarded the insignia of Cavaliere della Repubblica (Order of Merit of the Italian Republic) on International Women’s Day in 2007. The insignia was bestowed by virtue of the contribution made by the Elena Mirò brand toward “emancipating women from a constrictive concept of beauty”, as declared during the award ceremony by Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic.
We are thrilled to debut Elena Mirò’s Fall/Winter collection at Bombshell in September 2011.
Zen Knits has quickly become one of our customers’ absolute favorites here at Bombshell. Because we’re able to choose the color palette and designs ourselves, each Zen Knits is truly a custom piece. We can’t decide whether it’s the rich, saturated colors, the soft and silky rayon blend, or the clever yet simple designs that tug most on our heartstrings. Zen Knits offers versatile, stylish, and comfortable clothing, and we’re proud to be the only shop in the area that carries Zen Knits for plus sizes.
IGIGI is the premiere brand of contemporary collections designed to fulfill the lifestyle of the beautiful, voluptuous, and confident woman. Named after an ancient goddess embodying vitality, charm, and intelligence, IGIGI strives to provide women of curves with smart, stylish and sophisticated collections that accentuate and celebrate their bodies. At IGIGI we have a concern. We are concerned that there are people in the world that do not know or feel how beautiful they are. We are concerned that there are people stuck in the narrow, stifling stereotypical view of beauty. We are concerned that even though someone sees themselves as beautiful it can be taken away so easily with a wrinkle or a few “extra pounds”. Because of this we are committed to breaking down the barriers that inhibit people from realizing their own beauty and to be a catalyst for this in the world. We aim to transform the way beauty is defined. The way beauty is seen. The way beauty is felt.
Everybody is beautiful just the way they are. What would the world look like if that statement were true? We aim to find out. We hope you will join us.
Yuliya Raquel, IGIGI's founder and creator, says, “When designing, I always imagine how a woman will feel in the garment. I try to determine if the clothes will make her more excited about where she is going: will she feel more feminine, sensual and seductive?” She adds, “Many customers write to say my clothes make them feel virtually invincible, like a goddess. That’s what makes it all worthwhile to me.” IGIGI makes their clothes in the USA.
A leader in the plus-size clothing industry, KIYONNA™ has styled curvy women with its collection of contemporary plus size dresses and separates since 1996. This modern yet feminine label offers styles exclusively in sizes 0x-5x. Specializing in well-edited silhouettes that are made to flatter a woman’s curves, Kiyonna offers special occasion dresses to laid back separates with fashion forward sensibility.
In 1996, Kim Camarella-Khanbeigi, Kiyonna's founder and CEO, was an aspiring entrepreneur with just one problem: she didn’t have a business idea. Well, that is, until she went on vacation. In her last semester at USC, Kim went on vacation with one of her best girlfriends. As they were hanging their clothes for the trip in their hotel room, Kim noticed that none of her friend’s clothes had any labels in them. When asked why, her friend laughed and said it was her mom who had to make everything for her as no cute clothes were available past a size 16. Light bulb!
“We’re in business still, after all these years, because we’ve always sold a feeling, not a product. I’ve always believed in the idea that curvy women deserved to look and feel stylish and amazing. Why not?” says Kim.
Women rave about Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, and for good reason. NYDJ were created to flatten the tummy, lift the butt and make you look sexy, all at the same time. Each pair is designed to sit higher on the waist and contains a 4% lycra-spandex tummy tuck panel that crisscrosses the abdomen to create a more flattering shape. In fact, most women wear a size smaller in NYDJ than their regular jeans. Not Your Daughter’s Jeans come in many different styles, as well as fabrications, and we have been amazed to see them fit so well on women of all shapes and sizes.
Brand new to us as of Fall 2011, Cherry Velvet has the most beautiful dresses we’ve seen in a long time. Designed by Barb Wilkins (who used to own the boutique Bodacious in Vancouver), Cherry Velvet features retro prints with amazing fit. We know they are destined to become a favorite!
Evelin Brandt is a German brand with an unusual story: its creator went from medical student to fashion designer! More than twenty years ago, she presented her first collection at the IGEDO trade show in Dusseldorf and the rest, as they say, is history.
Evelin Brandt designs are the successful symbiosis of traditional and modern elements. Just like Germany’s capital Berlin, Evelin Brandt’s fashions are composed of movement, attractiveness and individuality. They are a beautiful expression of the modern woman’s feeling for life. We are excited to debut this premium European brand at Bombshell in Spring/Summer 2012!
Cabiria is the brain child of Eden Miller, an award-winning costume designer, as well as a plus size babe herself. Inspired by Italian mid-century cinema, especially the circus themes of Federico Fellini, and whimsical French 1930's era fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Cabiria celebrates the fuller female form in sumptuous fabrics, ebullient prints and colors, and beautiful craftsmanship. Cabiria is a high end clothing line in sizes 12 to 24, and is made entirely in the USA. We are thrilled to debut Cabiria’s first collection this Spring 2013!
Bombshell is excited to premiere this luxurious line for Spring 2013! Lafayette 148 is world renown for impeccable tailoring and exquisite fabrications. They are a vertically structured company, which means that they own and operate every facet of production, from sourcing fabrics and manufacturing the apparel. This leads to fantastic quality control, and even better apparel results. Lafayette 148 has been designed by Edward Wilkerson since 1998, and he has been a member of The Council of Fashion Designers of America since 2004. His background includes photography and art collection, and inspires his designs for Lafayette 148. And refreshingly, he always has been and continues to be committed to designing for a woman’s real life, rather than the runway.
Nic + Zoe
Dorian Lightbrown launched her company, Nic+Zoe, in 2005, naming it after her two favorite people: her children! Known for its feel-good knits and smart color combinations, Nic+Zoe is for the modern woman looking to add some sophisticated charm to her wardrobe. We love her easy, beautiful palettes season after season here at Bombshell.
A family-owned company for 140 years, Pendleton stands for a rustic but romantic history of wool in the United States. Traditional, classic and well-loved, Pendleton is known for the perfect jacket, beautiful cardigan, or well-cut pair of trousers. And their other fabrications, like silk and knitwear, provide fashion-forward options full of verve, color and print.
Margaret Winters Collection
A bold and whimsical collection of knits made of cotton and right here in the US of A! These funky sweaters, pullovers and vests have an appealing texture, a comfy and generous fit, and are machine washable and dryable. What more could you want? Bombshell is thrilled to debut Margaret Winters Collection for Fall 2013.
Another debut for Fall 2013, Eva Varro seeks to bridge the gap between European haute couture and American mainstream fashion by creating elegant but comfortable fashion. Eva worked for leading fashion design companies in both Hungary and Italy before creating her eponymous line in 2002 here in the United States. Made with superior fabric as well as strong technique, her fashions continue to be made in Los Angeles. Her use of color and pattern are the cherry on top!
Lady V London
For those of you who count Audrey Hepburn as one of your style icons, Lady V London will be a revelation! This charming and very ladylike line is new to us at Bombshell for Fall 2013. Founders Sergio and Victoria wanted to create classic dresses in original and desirable prints, and I believe they have succeeded. Their lovely dresses are made in London because they feel strongly about manufacturing ethically. We think they will be a big hit with our Bombshells.