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TARA LYNN FOR FRENCH ELLE MAGAZINE

It has featured naked women on the cover and even actresses without makeup. But now a leading fashion magazine has created a real shock for France’s fashionistas by tackling the last taboo: plus-size models. The latest edition of French Elle is arriving on newsstands this weekend with a picture of model Tara Lynn wearing a white jumpsuit on the cover. Lynn is a plus-size model who sports, it says, “adorable belly fat” and inside appears with three other larger models for 32 pages of a “special edition” dedicated to plus-size fashion. It comes a month after Italian Vogue launched an online section called “Vogue Curvy” dedicated to fashion and beauty for larger women.

In January US glossy magazine V ran a plus-size-themed edition featuring Lynn and other models under the headline “Curves ahead”. And last September the issue was again in the spotlight after British designer Mark Fast’s London show caused a storm when his stylist allegedly walked out over a decision to use larger models. Some see French Elle’s decision to challenge the national stereotype of slender, chic Parisian women as breaking down the last bastion of a super-slim aesthetic that has gripped the fashion world. However, many doubt that the French will ever accept a larger body as an acceptable look and several fashion insiders told the Observer that the French Elle shoot was simply a “gimmick”, not a trend. Others disagree. Velvet d’Amour, a US model who lives in Paris, has conquered both fashion and TV at size 28. She has been a catwalk model for Gaultier and Galliano and is now a popular TV commentator.

Shops and websites for larger women are becoming highly visible. Parisian fashion writer Sakina, whose blog Saks and the City is widely read, told the Observer that the Elle cover was a “wonderful initiative”. “It’s almost unbelievable to see such a huge magazine cover a real plus-size woman. Along with Vogue dedicating a section to curvy women, it’s the most shaking news I’ve seen,” she said. “Fashion has created a gap between itself and real women. From skinny, to curvy, to fat, the population is made of very different bodies and the contrast between the women represented in fashion or advertising has been so important that most women don’t feel good about themselves. I, too, have had body issues: I tried to fight what I genetically am because I always thought that being beautiful could never mean being curvy.” She added: “The fashion industry is evolving, but slowly. Elle is considered as a magazine that steps out for women, so I want to believe this is not only a one-off.

The famously Parisian chic is a fashion spirit, certainly not a weight or a body shape.” Although far behind the US and the UK, the French are getting significantly bigger. Statistics show that 42% of French women are now classified as overweight or obese, while more than half the male population – 51% of French men – are officially overweight or obese. But one Parisian fashion industry insider, who did not want to be named, said French Elle was acting less out of desire for change than “to respond to the criticisms directed at them for showing only thin models”. He told the Observer: “It’s a gimmick. Having one edition that you fill with big girls is like world women’s day: one day a year is reserved for them and the rest of the time you go back to normal.” The capital’s fashion elite was far from changing its mind about bigger models, added the insider. “You know why? Because clothes don’t look as good on bigger people.” Size is now a hugely contentious issue across the developed world.

This month a row erupted in Australia when designer Rosemary Masic said she would cap her clothes range at size 14, as anything bigger “endorses an unhealthy lifestyle”. “I am very passionate about life and serious about health,” said Masic. “Size 16 and size 18 are not healthy sizes to be.” But she was criticised for stocking clothes at the other end of the spectrum, size 6, which some see as equally unhealthy. The German magazine Brigitte this year said it would no longer hire professional models because staff were tired of retouching photographs of bone-thin models to make them look bigger.

German designer Karl Lagerfeld, 76, who attacked chainstore H&M for producing his designs in all sizes instead of just for the “slim and slender”, stepped into the row, saying what many in fashion believe – that no one wants to watch larger catwalk models. “Fat mummies sit there in front of the television with their chip packets and say skinny models are ugly,” Lagerfeld told Focus magazine. He said fashion was about “dreams and illusions”, not reality. Critics, however, say it is also about eating disorders and pressured young women, but he is not alone in that view. Others feel Elle has dragged behind the curve. Glamour magazine published a small photograph of model Lizzie Miller, showing a natural-looking stomach, last September. A deluge of responses declaring it “the most amazing photograph I’ve ever seen in any women’s magazine” led the magazine to commission Dutch fashion photographer Matthias Vriens-McGrath to shoot plus-size models Miller, Crystal Renn and Kate Dillon, among others, in a style similar to that made famous by US photographer Herb Ritts with nude supermodels in the 1980s.

This month designer Michael Kors, US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and model Natalia Vodianova were at a Harvard forum to discuss changing body types in fashion. Vodianova talked about her postnatal anorexia, and Kors called waif-like models an “army of children” and announced he would no longer book models aged under 16. “The fashion industry is starting to address real women again,” Kors said. “The emphasis in fashion is shifting toward an emphasis on real women who are women, not girls.” If the fashion magazines do not lose readers by using a diversity of models in all shapes and sizes, then the designers could find that change makes commercial sense, even if some steadfastly refuse to accept the aesthetics.

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BRIDAL WEAR

For those up and coming brides I thought I would add some gorgeously sumptious bridal gowns from plussizebridal. Glamour doesnt have to be an issue just because we not a size 8-10! Which is your favourite?

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BETH DITTO HITS PARIS FASHION WEEK

Beth Ditto, songstress of the super group The Gossip, showed her fashion credentials by showing up to Paris Fashion Week. The singer was on the front row of Karl Lagerfelds runway show and sat with Nancy Shevell on the front row of British designer, Stella McCartney.

For Lagerfelds show, Beth wore a gorgeous black number with a black studded, metal chocker and eye makeup to scare young children. For the McCartney show Beth was a vision in turquoise with a stunning statement necklace. The only thing I’d change about this outfit is maybe some better supporting underwear. If Gok Wan saw those bangers Beth, he’d have a fit. I’d suggest maybe wearing a corset such as this one from www.truecorset.co.uk to create some kiler curves. The website features corsets from size 8 right up to a size 30.

Images courtesy of www.style.com

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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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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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DESIGNER VS HIGH STREET

I came across this fab tweed jacket on the Littlewoods catalogue from plus size retailer, Ann Harvey. Coming in at a steep £120, this gorgeous jacket seems a snap compared to designer equivalent, Chanel. A jacket like this would look great with some wide leg jeans, a plain white tee and some pearls for that Chanel twist…

 

CHANEL

ANN HARVEY

I also found this classiclt British beige mac, which I think every woman whatever her size should own. This timeless style is a copy of the famous Burberry Mac but is slightly cheaper at £95 than £900 for the original style capsule item.

BURBERRY

ANN HARVEY

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V MAGAZINE CELEBRATES CURVES…

Fashion magazine, V, has come up trumps this month with its size issue, named Love U just the way U R! I buy V anyway, just because of the fabulous fashion spreads but this issue is definately my favourite yet. It stars Crystal Renn among others modelling the same outfits as other slimmer models usually used in the world of fashion in the ‘One Size Fits All’ editorial.

Heres a quote from the mag…”WHAT’S THE SKINNY ON TODAY’S MODELS? BIG IS BIGGER THAN EVER, AND THESE BOMBSHELLS OF PLUS-SIZE ARE PROVING THAT THERE’S PLENTY OF ROOM IN THE FASHION WORLD FOR WOMEN WHO LOOK LIKE…WOMEN”

I’ve added images from the issue for those of you out there that dont buy the mag, just because it is just curvilicious

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