Elena Miro is an Italian fashion house renowned for producing women’s clothing that caters for the ‘plus size’ category. It is an offshoot of the Miroglio Group which has two major arms: fabric/yarn production and the above-mentioned clothing design. This label has the distinction of being the only plus-size women’s brand to showcase at the prestigious Milano Moda Donna Fashion Week.

Selling now is its 2011 Autumn/Winter collection which consists of trendy official skirts and tops, charming, comfortable sweaters and unique coats. The collection focuses on glorifying the woman’s femininity by bringing it out in a playfully sensual way. Three main styles are the product of this collection: New Icons, Brit Style and Swinging Diva.

The ‘New Icons’ are sweaters and coats deliberately given bright blue, red, pink and purple hues to counter the monotony of a white winter. These are matched with dark trousers or tights and knee-length boots. Cashmere and wool are the fabrics chosen to make these stylish cardigans and coats. There is also a beautiful range of uniquely styled cloaks.  Among the stand-outs are a grey, oriental-style cloak with a dark lining and cute pockets at the front. Another is the turquoise blue part-cloak, part-poncho fastened with buttons or string. 

The ‘Brit Style’ sub-category features clothing styled after classic British pieces. Grey is the dominant colour of this theme and it features a gorgeous array of sweaters. From turtle-necks to sweater dresses, this collection has something for everyone. There are also jackets in this category- both functional and glamourous. Stitched in one-of-a-kind patterns and some fastened by shiny claps instead of zips, they are much more than just protection from the chill. The brand has achieved, with this collection, a casual, student look that is perfect for the season.

Lastly we have the ‘Swinging Diva’ line that is aimed at bringing out the sensual side of the woman. Knit-work and jerseys rendered in plain, patchwork and animal print make for a fun collection with a wealth of options to choose from. The long, elegant, figure-hugging knitwear dresses serve to accentuate the female form, yet retain an element of mystery. They are reminiscent of the glamour dresses of the 1930s and some are touched off with intricate leopard print.

The Italian fashion giant also recently showcased its 2012 Spring collection at the recently concluded Milan Fashion Week. It consisted of diverse patterns printed on multi-coloured dresses and skirts-and-blouse ensembles. The outfits were visibly intended to draw attention to the waistline. Fuschia and gold were the dominant hues as the models strutted up and down the catwalk.

When it comes to price, Elena Miro can be a bit demanding. Jackets range between £329 and £375. A complete suit will set you back about £600 while skirts range between £115 and £195.

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