October 25, 2012

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When emerging designer Carrie Hammer reached out to me to be part of her Kickstarter Campaign, to help fund the launch of her bespoke clothing line catering to women of all sizes (with a standard 0-20 and even more customization options), she was tugging at a place very close to my heart - so of course, I obliged. My friends Alicia, Kim, Christina, and Jenni were also on board, so I knew I was in good company. With so few designers, especially young independent designers, making their wares available and accessible to a diverse group of bodies, I really get excited and enthusiastic about anyone who jumps on board the mission. I think it's so important that fashion holds a place for all kinds of bodies - not just the narrow scope of what is considered the ideal. So, of course, Carrie Hammer's mission to create clothes for a professional woman, regardless of her size, is something that resonates deeply with me. Continue...

  Photos by Lydia Hudgens


  1. frist of all want want want that skirt! I have seen it before indeed! second of all, you have styled it perfectly and i would style it the exact same way: let the skirt shine and keep it simple! gorgeous with the chanel accessories. fabulous project I must say and I am curious about her, so definitely going to check her out

  2. That skirt is amazing!! love how you styled it!

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  3. i am loving that you two partnered up! did you know that carrie was roommates with alex cherry (from milken) in college?! you probably figured that out already but just in case i like to help connect the dots :) you look fabulous!

  4. MAD @paffgirl.wordpress.comOctober 25, 2012 at 4:04 AM

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  5. It is so pretty and poofy and the print is just awesome. You look amazing :)

  6. Nicolette!! You look absolutely amazing in this skirt! I love this skirt, especially since it has pockets.

  7. That skirt is FABULOUS!! You look stunning too :)

  8. You look amazing in that skirt, I really love it! This designer seems to know where its at!

  9. I want that skirt! What a nice project to be part of. I appreciate any designer who is body conscious period! So much clothing that is mass produced doesn't fit anyone so well, petite or curvy. I really do love that outfit on you <3


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  14. You look great and I love every single piece. Such a fun print and style for the skirt. Is it made of scuba material to make it puff so beautifully?

  15. love your blog but I have to be honest - that skirt, though fabulous, makes you look much bigger and wider. I don't think it's well designed/suited for bigger girls. however, this is my opinion and before anyone bashes me for it - to each his/her own, I am simply being an honest observer. xo

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  24. I have to be honest - your comment, though "honest," makes you look much pettier and meaner. I don't think it's well-worded for tactless girls, however. This is my opinion. To each his/her own.

  25. I don't think that the comment itself was awful, but it wasn't presented in the best way. I also saw the skirt and thought it made Nicolette "hippier," and then immediately thought, "Ugh. I wish I had the confidence to not care if a skirt made me look hippier and just wear the shit out of it." I get it, but I'm tsk-tsk-ing Joanna too.

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  30. all good claudia. my comment wasn't meant to be mean or petty. it was meant to be constructive criticism and perhaps it was worded wrong. it was never meant to put anyone down. your comment on the other hand, does in fact have an air of petty and mean. it does not offer any solution nor has a valid point in relation to my observance of the skirt.

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  35. not scuba material! it's actually a great, heavy canvas - but it is very full (lots of fabric), and the pleats sewn in are very sturdy, which helps keep the shape.

  36. part of me wishes i was more adept at print-on-print, but truthfully, this approach is much more "me!"

  37. she's so awesome! hoping her kickstarter gets fully funded :)

  38. agreed - the truth is that most women aren't shaped like off-the-rack garments, and most people could do with a nip-and-tuck (of their fabric, not their bodies!) here and there. the MAJORITY of my clothing needs to be tailored or customized, to some extent!

  39. thank you so much!! i owe a lot of that to the fabulous lydia hudgens, and of course to carrie hammer - for the amazing skirt!

  40. thank you!!! carrie is very talented :)

  41. seriously! ANY skirt or dress with pockets gets bonus points from me!!!!

  42. thank you so much!! i think going simple was the way to do it :) really let the skirt speak for itself!

  43. yes, this one is all about the skirt! i didn't want anything in the outfit to detract from it. xo

  44. Hey Joanna, I appreciate the comment. I know it's not coming from a mal-intentioned place, but the truth is, I've moved far beyond the necessity to "flattery" my body with my clothing. I honestly find it pretty disturbing that women are always held to a standard of flattering their shape - whether they're a size 2 or 12 or 20. I think it stems from a culture that shames women for their bodies, and that is just not something I can get behind. Yes, this skirt does make me look bigger than I am, but so what? I think it's fun, poofy, has a sense of humor, and is a blast to twirl around in. I'm happy that I've gotten to a place with my own self-image where I'm less concerned with making myself look thinner, or "flattering" my body, than I am with having fun with my fashion.

  45. I agree that there's definitely a bit of "you do you" in this. I think everyone is entitled to dressing however they want. If what [the universal] you wants is to "flatter," then - cool! I don't think that's always the point of fashion or style, and I love that so many people respect that personal choice. Hopefully this has been a bit of a teaching moment, to some extent.

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