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Z. Cavaricci Redux


Z. Cavaricci

I’ll have to admit, I was a bit disappointed when I arrived at the Bryant Park Hotel to see that the re-launched Z. Cavaricci line did not feature high-waisted, pleated pants with multiple belt loops, a skinny ankle and the Z. Cavaricci logo at the zipper. I was hoping the brand, which debuted in the ‘80s, would reclaim some of the gaudy silhouettes for which they used to be so popular.

Instead, Z. Cavaricci is very different than it used to be. It is now a plus-size collection released in association with Torrid and sold exclusively in Torrid stores and online at www.torrid.com or www.zcav2010.com. The President of Torrid, Chris Daniel, explains how the brand has changed since its debut in the ‘80s: “Z. Cavaricci achieved iconic status as a result of the brand’s passion for innovation and leading-edge fashion. We are very proud to continue this tradition in a fresh way that will resonate with modern fashionistas.”

Z. Cavaricci

Although the styling and aesthetic of the clothes was not what I expected, and the clothes were not groundbreaking pieces, they still managed to be impressive from a design standpoint. The ladies of Coburn Communication pointed out all of the small details and features of the clothing, and stressed that the curvier customer was in mind during the design process. The designers took into account the “real-life” fit issues that plus-sized girls face and made the clothes to prevent clothing malfunctions. For example, there was a buttoned-up shirt that had side panels with buttons, allowing the wearer to “let out” the shirt if it becomes too tight. The cute biker-style black zip front drop waist skirt ($69.00) did indeed have a zipper down the front of the dress – but to avoid any accidental exposure, the people at Z. Cavaricci sewed on a non-working zipper. Comfy!! There were even several pairs of fantastic shoes that were specifically made for a girl with wider and longer feet. The Mia style was the best one for shoes….and only $59.00 bucks for some real leather boots! Seems like they don’t do that anymore.

Z. Cavaricci

Favorites of the line include the bubble print tank top ($39.00), the black zip-up jumper ($76.00), and the black nailhead vest ($46.00).

Z. Cavaricci


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