30 March 2015

The Kelly Brook Range

SimplyBe recently released the new Kelly Brook collection.  I spied a gorgeous yellow floral dress that I simply had to have and decided to buy it to wear on my birthday.  

I only managed to take one photograph of myself on the night so I have re-created the outfit this weekend for you to have a better look.


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The dress is true to size and as it is a jersey fabric, there is some give to the dress which flows well and makes it comfortable to wear.  The length is 41 inches which hits me just below the knee.  I am 5ft 4 to give you an indication of how it would look on you.

The wrap part of the dress as you can see is just over the bust area.  Usually when I buy this type of dress I wear a slip underneath in order to accommodate for any gaping over the bra but in this case I did not need too.

I would normally end the review at this point but there is one thing that has happened recently in the press that I wanted to mention.  Kelly Brook's ex recently shared via social media some texts purported to be from Kelly in which she fat shames and slut shames other women.

Kelly is no stranger to fat shaming given her spat with Katie Price a couple of years ago when Katie called her a "heffer".  Kelly responded by saying:
"I’ve always been a curvy girl. I’ve got huge boobs. I’ve got a huge bum. I’ve always had that body.  Even when I was a teenager I was curvier than everyone else. That’s just the way I’ve been built. There’s nothing I can do about it and there’s nothing I want to do about it – it’s just me. I’ve learnt to embrace it, accept it and make it work for me"
Kelly therefore well knows the effect of fat shaming and it does not bare well for a representative of a plus size brand to say one thing with a view to selling clothes, yet think another.

The word fat is not an insult, but when used in such a way as Kelly purportedly did, it becomes harmful.  How can you design a collection for plus size women when you believe that being fat is something to criticise?

I think that this is the trouble when you have celebrity collaborations with clothing brands.  The celebrities are just in it for the money and will say whatever is needed, whilst sometimes having completely different views.

The same happened with Gemma Collins who is plus size and happy when she has a clothing range to promote but then bemoans her weight and is unhappy about her body elsewhere.  

I buy a lot of clothes from SimplyBe and will continue to do so.  I made the decision some time ago however not to buy anything from the Gemma Collins range for the reasons above and I would have to think if I were to buy something from the Kelly Brook range again in the future.  

When it comes to celebrity collaborations I do not care if the celebrity is a size 8 or a size 28.  But I do think that they should mean what they say and not just promote body confidence for profit. 

15 comments:

  1. You look great - that dress looks amazing on you!

    That's really disappointing to hear about Kelly Brook.

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    1. Thank you Kate, it really is a lovely dress and I felt good in it. I was sad to see the comments from Kelly too, although as Charli has pointed out below, you cannot always trust the words of an ex.

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  2. The dress looks great on you. Thanks for mentioning the Kelly Brook thing too. This got me mad. Had she not just bought out this clothing line then I guess it wouldn't have got to me. However it makes you question her motives and her reaction if she saw someone in her line....

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    1. Thank you Sarah. I was surprised to see the comments mentioned to be honest, it would maybe have been better for her to either deny them or at least speak of them given that she is working with a plus size brand x

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  3. You always carry off bold prints so well! You look great x

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  4. I absolutely love Kelly Brook's collection and think you look fantastic in this beautiful dress.

    I'm also warring of believing anything that gets posted following a break-up ... I'm a straight from the horses mouth kind of girl but I can see why people would be upset by the allegations!

    C xx
    http://curvygirlthin.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Charli! You are right about being wary about what gets posted after a break up. The reason I decided to say something is that I thought that given her connection with SimplyBe, she maybe should have outright denied them (if indeed it wasn't the truth).

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    2. Yeah I agree that it should be mentioned! And if someone accused me of saying something I didn't, I would come our kicking and screaming about it!

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  5. The dress looks lovely and thanks for having the ovaries to post about Kelly Brook. xx

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    1. Thank you Leah. I have probably burnt my bridges when it comes to working with SimplyBe again by writing this but I have to say what I think. That is the underlying truth in my blog, I say what I feel xx

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  6. That dress looks amazing on you! You wear bright colours so well. :) It's really disappointing that yet another "celeb" has been fat-shaming. If it's true, then why bother collaborating on a plus size collection at all? I'm sure people like this are only in it for the money and / or to add another cool achievement to their CVs. It's a shame, because her range is really nice!

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  7. You look so great in this dress Vicky. I can't wait to get mine as I had to have it too!! :) I did like a few pieces from Kelly Brook's new collection, but I've haven't even heard about the thing about her fat shaming, but reading it made me very sad as she seemed so genuine and lovely when I met her She said how much she loved my figure and we even had a boob off where she said she was happy to lose! So it's such a shame...

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  8. Honestly, I think this is something I wouldn't be surprised to hear about from any celeb. They make their living from backing whatever pays the most, don't they? So I guess they say whatever suits the highest bidder.

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  9. hello,ciao Vicky...great post,nice photos and a stunning outfit...the charming dress really celebrate Your gorgeous Beauty & Silhouette...cheers!
    greetings

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