The 12-piece Priscilla Ono x Eloquii collection is inspired by a colorful makeup palette. Plus-size retailer Eloquii’s latest clothing line is like Rihanna’s Fenty beauty brand brought to life. No, really. It was designed in collaboration with the singer’s makeup artist, Priscilla Ono. Ono, a longtime wearer of Eloquii’s well-fitting suits, was inspired by the bright colors currently on trend in the beauty industry when designing her 12-piece clothing capsule in sizes 14 to 28. On April 5, the collection includes an orange belted cargo dress ($120), sheer raspberry bodysuit ($60), and sheer moto jacket ($130).
The neon collection nods to Ono’s background in makeup with secret pockets in the body of the jackets for storing lipsticks and a metallic blue makeup holder belt bag ($80) for sale. “I never had a place to store [makeup] in my clothes. I would put it in my bra,” Ono jokes. “This line is ultimately inspired by the makeup trends that we’ll be seeing this spring and summer. That’s neon tones and bright tones,” Ono . “The inspiration goes back to my roots and goes to my inspiration when I do makeup…I always love to express myself with color.”
Ono was first introduced to Eloquii through her friend, the plus-size blogger Margie Plus. “It’s a dream for me to have my collection,” says the global makeup artist for Fenty Beauty, Rihanna’s brand, launched in 2017. “I’ve been approached by other clothing lines in the past to do collaborations, but I always didn’t think it was the right brand or the right time. This felt really good,” Ono says, adding, “Eloquii was always on the money. Their clothes fit me so well straight out of the package.”
Of the utmost importance to Ono was making sure the silhouettes were on trend with the latest runway styles. Her experience as a plus-size woman usually means that she doesn’t have access to the hottest designer looks. “Unfortunately, if we’re lucky, we’ll get something a year after it’s on-trend. We’re never going to get it as soon as the trend hits,” Ono says. “I never really get to wear those pieces when they’re hot because no one ever really creates them… It’s only fair. I think a lot of plus-size women are very fashion-forward.”