Check these summer collections of the Italian plus size brand Marina Rinaldi. Stylish and sophisticated. I always love their statement: ‘Style isn’t a size, it’s Read more…
From now on, I will also post my looks on the home page… so you can see every new look I post. I want to show you that you can wear everything you want, also with Read more…
From left to the right: Ivory May, Lornalitz Baez, Denise Bidot, Joanne Borgella and Rosie Mercado. Joanne Borgella is the new curvy girl! Such a great group of Read more…
So funny; many ‘friends’ were sharing this picture of the ‘average size’ mannequins to me on facebook. I already knew about this picture for a while. Didn’t write an Read more…
Last November I wrote an article about new label Juna Rose by Danish company Bestseller, the plus size sister of Vero Moda and Only. Well, today I already had a sneak preview in Amsterdam. Juna Rose was presented at the head quarter today. Really excited to see this new label. Unfortunately I can’t show any items on my blog yet. I had a positive feeling about the looks. And the samples were my size, so I could try some… to see how the shape and fit is. I wish I already could say more… but…NO!
We will have to wait till July to have a few late summer items, and from August on the autumn collection will be in store!
An article on Daily Mail: “No more size zero!” Former plus-size model Crystal Renn calls for size 8 samples so magazines feature more diverse body shapes. Crystal Renn (was an inbetweenie with a size 42-44 EU) calls for sending out bigger sample sizes to magazines for fashion shoots.
The 26-year-old believes that designers should change from the standard US size zero or 2 (30 and 32 EU) to a US size 8 (EU 38). “By having a size 38 EU/ 8 US sample, you are giving freedom to a designer,” she said at a panel discussion hosted by The Model Alliance as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at Pace University in New York.
Totally AGREE and I can only support this statement made by Crystal. I think if stylist can use samples in size 38 they can choose a model in size 34, 36, 38 EU and maybe a size 40 EU to work with. Even in this day and age it’s not easy to get beautiful clothes in larger sizes to work with at the beginning of the season. If samples would be larger, there would be no excuse anymore to show size diversity!
“Most of the models are going to be size 36 and 38 EU, and you could have 40 EU. If a really amazing model walked in who was a size zero, you would tailor the dress down to her.”
Crystal did have praise for designer Zac Posen, thanks to his attempts to add diversity to the catwalk by using a variety of different body shapes in his models.
In 2009, the editor of British Vogue accused designers of forcing magazines to hire skinnier models to fit the clothes they make. Alexandra Shulman said that many of the garments sent out to magazines for photoshoots are so small they do not even fit the star models.
In a strongly-worded letter not intended for publication, she said she had been forced to hire girls ‘with jutting bones and no breasts or hips’, simply so they could get into the garments. But in May 2012 the Health Initiative was created, a pact between the 19 international Editors of Vogue to encourage a healthier approach to body image within the industry.
The editor said Vogue was now regularly retouching photographs to make models look bigger and healthier.
“We have now reached a point where many of the sample sizes don’t comfortably fit even the established star models,” read the letter, which was sent to the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Prada and Versace.
Chris Gay, president of Marilyn Model Agency, told the assembled guests: “The industry standards are ridiculous. They’re not standards a woman can keep through her life or her career … You’re replacing good models with new models because of unrealistic standards.”
Last Wednesday there was a launch of another PLUS SIZE label. This time a Dutch label: DYANNE+. A collaboration of Dutch magazine Libelle and imago stylist Dyanne Beekman. They have created this label including some input of readers of the magazine. As you mmay know, my style is everything BUT basic. And this collection is basic and sporty.
Like most of the Dutch women, they love basic and sporty clothes! The collection starts from size 44 to 52 EU/14-22 US. The shape of the clothes is loose fit… in the collection there is a maxi skirt, a short leather jacket, shirts, etc.
Libelle came with an XL special. “Because XL is totally hot at the moment, you see big furniture: big chairs, etc, and in fashion you see large scarves, large dresses, oversized clothes”, tells Franska Stuy (chief-editor of this magazine). My opinion: XL or women in size 42, 44, 46 and up should not be a trend. It’s a movement. And these women are not going away!
She also wants to see more plus size labels in the future. There are plus size labels already, but there are way too few editorials in sizes 40+ EU/10+ US. Not only weekly magazines, but gorgeous glossy and fashion magazines should show some size diversity!
An article from Liesbeth Smit in this magazine about: “It should be over now… we are just a size 42 EU/12 US”. A good article in this issue about being a size 42 and why it’s not easy to find clothes. I ask myself every time, why is a size 42 called XL, PLUS, fat or obese?
Some beautiful pictures of some lovely inbetweenies, or just call them ‘models’. The models are Bo (size 42-44 EU), Ivy (size 44-46) and Kirsten (size 42-44) from Dutch plus size model agency Maxi Me Models. They are styled by Marianne Nykjaer, an inbetweenie herself. She knows how to style these girls! Big applause for the styling, I think she did a great job! You can really see the shape of the bodies and they just look gorgeous! Photography by Arno Nieuwhof. A great team en perfect combination! Want to see more…
GAP, not really my style… but I think it’s great news they will come in larger sizes. Online they will go up to a size 50 EU/20 US. They just extended from the small sizes. And not creating a plus size division, which is great for the inbetweenies! They fill the GAP between regular and plus size. I just don’t get why it’s only online. I think if they put a larger size in the shops, many women would come in to shop! GAP is not my style… but I love these trousers… maybe I just should give them a try?