Big­ger gets bet­ter

Tina Vin­cent, 45

India Today - - SIMPLY CHENNAI -

Tina Vin­cent’s, big­gest suc­cess has come with an un­con­ven­tional niche, plus- sized cloth­ing, and this over a decade ago, when most of Chen­nai hadn’t even ob­served the need for de­signer brands, leave alone plus- sized. In de­fi­ance of skinny frames seen on the fash­ion map, Tina saw sense in cre­at­ing bold and beau­ti­ful dresses with her label Tina Vin­cent XXL for volup­tuous women and found a firm foot­ing do­ing it. “My in­spi­ra­tion arose from the dearth of stylish Western cloth­ing for women like my­self. I have al­ways wanted to wear clothes that were unique and out­stand­ing,” says Tina. Over a decade on, she has earned her­self a clien­tele of women who are com­fort­able in their skin and don’t hes­i­tate ex­per­i­ment­ing. Tina’s forte lies in her Western line that in­cludes tu­nics, pants, tops and dresses. “To­day, when I see women wear­ing more Western wear, and be­ing com­fort­able in it, it’s proof enough that I have evolved in my craft.” In her lat­est col­lec­tion A Gar­den Story, Tina in­cor­po­rates her love for na­ture in breezy ge­or­gettes and chif­fons in bright colours and flo­rals. IN­SPI­RA­TION I am es­pe­cially in­flu­enced by the Western cul­ture and its col­lec­tion of ideas that per­me­ates my day. At heart, how­ever, I too am con­ser­va­tive and this also in­flu­ences my de­sign. TIP Put away those flip flops and slip­pers. If you must wear flats, go for the strappy ones. Heels are al­ways in vogue. Opt for stilet­toes over plat­forms, they are classy and can never look wrong. TREND WATCH Dresses are def­i­nitely go­ing to be a style state­ment for In­dian women. In­ter­na­tion­ally, I think there will be a shift to stylish, ur­ban cloth­ing, which is good be­cause we will then wear clothes that strike a chord with our life­style STORE 8, Shyams Gar­den, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungam­bakkam TEL 42137644

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