We are very excited to announce the arrival of a brand new fashion range to QVC – WithSleeves! Created by designer Lesley Ebbetts, this chic range of modern dresses feature great silhouettes and are all designed with sleeves for a more flattering look.
Lesley has had a very successful career as a fashion editor, broadcaster, stylist and writer. We caught up with her to find out more…
Tell us about yourself
I started in the swinging Seventies with teenage magazines as a fashion editor. I then worked at the Daily Mail as assistant fashion and beauty editor for two years, before I moved on to the Daily Mirror and edited their fashion pages for 15 years.
In the 80s, I appeared for eight years as the first fashion expert on-screen, doing live makeovers and celebrity interviews for Granada TV's ’This Morning’. I became SAGA magazine’s fashion editor in 1999 and as an over fifty, I love to write about ‘new old’ fashion and style, and ‘new old’ fashion icons like Twiggy, Helen Mirren, Cher and Susan Sarandon.
Currently I work as a consultant, a guest fashion expert on QVC, and also contribute to Woman & Home magazine and BBC Radio, as well as developing my own fashion website.
Tell us about Withsleeves and how you got started
WithSleeves is a range of elegant modern dresses with a great silhouette and cut – all with sleeves that cover the upper arm. It is a destination brand for any woman who needs a dress for any and every occasion and hates her upper arms.
Fashion has been in love with the sleeveless dress for years but these days many women, when asked which part of their body they weren't happy with, said it was their upper arms.
Their demands were clear – no more cap sleeves or spaghetti straps, they were sick of covering up with shrugs and cardigans. Then, when I read that many women who had money to spend on a great dress were unable to, I had to do something and WithSleeves was born.
What are your inspirations?
As a fashion editor, for many years my inspiration comes from the international runways and the elegant icons that work the red carpets. I love all the magnificent, wonderful women who are in their sixties and the way a dress can add so much style so simply.
What are the latest trends and fashions that you love?
I love a little black dress, I love lace and colour and some of the terrific prints that define the season. But most of all I love the fact that I have a range of dresses for every time and place – that all have sleeves!
Check out more from the WithSleeves range