Monthly Archives: February 2010

MARK FAST TRIUMPHS AGAIN…

Ever wondered what models might look like if they actually ate? Fashion lovers got a glimpse at an alternative universe yesterday, as Canadian designer Mark Fast sent ‘plus size’ models down the runway at London Fashion Week.

While noticeably larger than the average catwalk model, the women were by no means overweight. Instead the models were a size 14 or 16, a healthy dress for their above average height.

The knitwear designer likes to use a mix of different sized models in his shows, to prove that the clinging designs look good on every bodyshape. These include size 16 Crystal Renn, who walked out in a bright red dress yesterday. But not everyone welcomes Fast breaking the mould.

Last year Fast’s stylist and creative director walked out three days before his show, apparently in protest at being asked to work with the ‘plus size’ models. But this year the show went without a hitch. London modelling agency 12+ UK supplied the models.

Founder Sarah Watkinson said 29-year-old Fast was dedicated to using real-looking women. But she added that no other Fashion Week designers had sought models from her agency.

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OSCAR FEVER

For Gabourey Sidibe her first Oscars are all about a paior of real characters – Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. The “Precious” actress and Best Actress nominee revealed she is most looking forward to meeting and seeing the hosts for the 82nd Academy Awards.

“I was really excited that show would be hosted by Jack Donaghy and the Jerk,” the actress said referring to the duo’s most famous roles. We couldn’t agree with her more.

Steve Martin especially is near to Sidibe’s heart. “My Mom has a crush on Steve Martin,” she gushed. “We used to watch ‘The Jerk’ pretty much every day.”

Standing between the two massive Oscars at the press podium of the nominee luncheon on Monday, Sidibe said it was all starting to feel real. Indeed the luncheon is one of the true signs that the Oscars are right around the corner. “It feels like we’re finally here,” she said.

Sidibe is seen here in a gorgeous pink satin dress and black bolero.

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KARL STYLES FOR V MAGAZINE

After the uproar that Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld, created after his comments on plus sized bodies it was surprising to see his input of styling credits for V magazine’s body issue.

The issue itself showed plus sized figures in their true beauty with spread such as Crystal Renn working the exact same looks as a smaller, thinner model. She looked fab! In one spread a naked Candice Huffine lays across the page, showing us that curves are definitely in fashion this season.

Lagerfeld’s shoot, CoCo a Go Go, sees a Chanel inspired almost, over the top lingerie spread with corsages and pearls galore. The shots look fantastic and I hope that the designer can see how beautiful bigger models are and how fabulous the clothes can look. 

After the uproar that Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld, created after his comments on plus sized bodies it was surprising to see his input of styling credits for V magazine’s body issue.

The issue itself showed plus sized figures in their true beauty with spread such as Crystal Renn working the exact same looks at a smaller, thinner model. She looked fab! In one spread a naked Candice Huffine lays across the page, showing us that curves are definitely in fashion this season.

Lagerfeld’s shoot, CoCo a Go Go, sees a Chanel inspired almost, over the top lingerie spread with corsages and pearls galore. The shots look fantastic and I hope that the designer can see how beautiful bigger models are and how fabulous the clothes can look.

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EVANS NEW SPRING COLLECTION

Evans have certainly pulled a fantastic line up for its spring collection. 

The latest 2010 campaign for the company — which caters to sizes 14 to 32 — takes its inspiration from Peter Lindbergh’s 1990 cover for Vogue, featuring a supermodel jackpot of Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Tatjana Patitz.

Twenty years on, Evans’ updated version stars a cluster of curvy beauties — Britney Vecchio, Hayley Morley (of Mark Fast catwalk fame), Crystal Renn (the face of the brand), Amber Tolliver and Peeky — in a clean, simple shot that the brand calls “aspirational yet accessible.”

“These supermodels of the ‘plus’ industry are making you forget their size,” Gary Dakin, vice-president of Ford Models, said in a press release.

“It is women like these that are going to knock down the final barriers, showing that they are some of the best at what they do by modeling for some of the key opinion formers and brands within the fashion world.”

Hear hear. I love the simple, sophisticated aesthetic, with the girls looking gorgeous in jeans, white tees and on-trend fitted tuxedo, military and leather jackets.

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AUSTRALIAN NEXT TOP MODEL

Australia’s Next Top Model judge Charlotte Dawson has slammed Australia’s plus-size modelling industry, labelling it “non-existent” and declaring no curvy model wannabes will win the reality show on her watch.

Dawson dealt the blow to aspiring plus-size models as hundreds of teenage girls crowded into Chadstone shopping centre in Melbourne’s south east today to audition for the sixth series of the Foxtel show.

“There is no market for plus-size models in Australia…. it would be tokenism to put a plus-size girl through just for the sake of it,” Dawson told ninemsn.

Dawson said despite the recent shift in the media towards positive coverage of plus-size models the fashion industry in Australia had still not caught up.

“I would like someone to name a plus-size model in Australia because I can’t,” she said.

“We could have a plus-size model win the competition and she would end up doing catalogues for Target.”

Dawson said last year’s winner on the show, Tahnee Atkinson, who was billed as “full-figured” and “curvaceous” despite being only a size 10, was the perfect size for the global fashion industry.

“I think the industry internationally has had enough of the really skinny, scrawny models… you couldn’t call Tahnee curvy, she’s just a normal, healthy girl,” she said.

Despite Dawson’s objections to plus-size  models who generally measure from size 14 upwards the judge said there was one larger girl who made it through to the second stage of the Sydney auditions last week.

“She would have been a size 14 top and 16 bottom … she was one of those beautiful girls who light up the room,” Dawson said.

But Dawson said it would still be a mistake to select a plus-size model for one of the final contestants.

“You can’t change the industry overnight, there is just not enough work for them in Australia,” Dawson said.

Darrianne Donnelly, the director of the plus-size modelling agency BGM Models, said she was “disappointed” by Dawson’s comments.

“For Charlotte Dawson to say there is no plus-size modelling industry in Australia is untrue….I have models out there proving it every day,” Ms Donnelly said.

“I have one model who has just landed a contract with Avon in the Philippines and another who is flying down for a shoot with Myer in Melbourne today.”

Aspiring plus-size model Chelsea Votano said she found attending the show’s Sydney audition’s last week a positive experience, despite being rejected by the judges.

“At first I was really nervous standing there amongst all those skinny girls but then it became quite empowering, I was there for myself,” Ms Votano, who is a size 14-16, said.

“I walked in front of the judges and they were really nice and just said I was not what they were looking for.”

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FFF WEEK TO COMMENCE

FFF if your wondering stands for Full Figured Fashion week, with the dates finalised for the American plus sized catwalk shows commencing on June 16th 2010 in New York City.

Its great that finally plus size designers are finally getting recognised for their creations and a bigger woman is celebrated as well as all the regular fashion weeks that are soon to hit the world.

Being a healthy plus sized person is something that Britain is slowly coming to accept, unlike America where it is celebrated! Come on Blightly, lets catch up and have our own Full Figured Fashion Week, you know we could rock the catwalk as well as the best of them.

Heres a comment taken from Ashley Stewart, the presenter of last years show…

“In America alone, there are 40 million women over size 14, spending $25 billion a year on clothing, or a quarter of all clothing sales, according to American Demographics. So, why isn’t there a Fashion Week event dedicated to showcasing fashions available to the curvy consumer?

There wasn’t…until NOW!

A partnership of independent fashion designers, retailers, event producers, models and plus industry businesses, Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek) was created to increase economic development in the area of plus size fashion design, clothing merchandising and plus modeling. Our goal is to highlight the very best in plus size fashions – both retail and independent designers, while providing an inaugural showcase of talented designers, models, stylists and plus industry businesses that serve the plus size consumer.

It is estimated that this long overdue and highly anticipated three-day fashion extravaganza (June 25-27, 2009) will debut before an audience of over 1500+ plus size fashion enthusiasts, style mavens, models, boutiques, vendors and the media.”

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