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Curves Ahead

Fashion’s new love affair of fuller figured models is starting to take the world by storm!  With a Vogue Italia and French Elle cover and a 10 spread editorial for Vogue Australia’s 2011 September issue under her belt, Australian bombshell Robyn Lawley has become the country’s most in demand size 16 fashion model, thanks to the industry’s new found love for curves.

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With her 186cm statuesque frame and incredible bone structure, Robyn’s career has skyrocketed and has become one of an elite new group of plus-sized  international supermodels, including American model star, Crystal Renn, who are changing the  industries perception of plus-sized bodies.


New York-based, Robyn has signed with a Milan agency alongside supermodels Raquel Zimmermann and Natalia Vodianova and since has been the face of the One Stop Plus show, that was broadcast in Times Square, New York and has featured in campaigns for Calvin Klein and global retail chain H & M.

Perth modelling agencies and specialist size 10 plus agency, Bella Model Management, have propelled the careers of a number of multi-faceted models, including 23-year-old Sophie Sheppard, who was  also featured in a six-page Vogue Curvy fashion shoot in the July 2011 issue of Vogue Italia.

Coined “The Now Shape” by Vogue Italia, the latest trend in models is all about generous breasts and hips, big hair and come-hither eyes.  This influential magazine has now created a new section called Vogue Curvy, which features full-figures models on the cover and offersfashion advice to plus-sized readers through a website at http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-curvy.

This special issue has increased Vogue Italia circulation figures by 20 per cent and has even caught the attention of fashion designer and Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs, who attended a shoot and demanded to meet the models.  For it’s June 2011 cover, it buckled the super-skinny trend and featured three scantily clad, curvaceous models as part of a campaign against anorexia.  The spread featured the plus size models gathered around a table laden with food and drink with the headline “Belle Verve”, or true beauties.  The black-and-white photo is reminiscent of Italy’s dolce vita style of the 1960s.










Check out background footage of the making of Belle Verve at http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-curvy/seen-in-vogue/2011/06/belle-vere.

Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani said: “Curvy women are beautiful and in fact sexier and more captivating … women want to see that people are not obsessed with being thin and that there are people who are capable of accepting the beauty of their bodies for what they naturally are.”

Following in Vogue Italia footsteps is Vogue Australia, who has given curves a stamp of approval with the magazine also prominently featuring a plus-size model for the first time and V Magazines’ January 2011 issue which gave us “Curves Ahead”, a photo spread featuring five plus-size models with styling by Nicola Formichetti and Photographer Solve Sundsbo.






So, whether you’re a size 14 regular or 24 petite, looks like the fashion world is finally making room for you gals and your magnificent curves.  Long gone are the days since the wafer-thin look of Kate Moss in the ‘90s. Now with Adele , Jessica Simpson and the TV series Mad Men, people will feel that it is OK to be their size and not have to be told to be skinny.  Plus-size models will eventually lead to designers using them on the runways and with the likes of Sophie Sheppard, Crystal Reen and Robyn Lawley this has already begun.



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Brace Yourself

Once solely worn as an object of utility, braces (also known as Suspenders by Americans and Galluses by the French) have not been given the recognition they deserve as a fashion staple that has remained and changed over the past 300 years.

First created by the French in the 18th century, there have been several precursors, however braces were not popularised as a men’s fashion accessory until 1822 where Albert Thurston reinvented a modernised version made of silk worn universally by all men to accommodate the high-waist of the mid-nineteenth and early
twentieth century trouser.

It was not until World War I that braces began to lose their appeal as men became accustomed to uniform belts.  As fashion styles have their share of influence, pant styles became fitted and waist hugging while waistbands drooped to the hip lines rather than the physical waist.  Braces were however yet again revived in the 1940s through the return of the fuller-cut trouser, needles to say, belts had become a far more convenient item for men.

Nowadays, braces are a significant fashion statement symbolising a position of power, efficiency and
professionalism thanks to movie characters such as Gordon Gekko (aka Michael Douglas) in the infamous movie Wall Street, turning braces into a style accessory rather than a necessity.  Other fashion statements made by wearing braces include gangsters, who wore braces under their wide stripe suits or the British punk skinhead, who wore a thinner clipped version in several colours and patterns.

As current men’s trousers do not include the original buttons for braces, a clip-on version was developed
making braces ever more popular and useful.  So whether you need braces to flatter your business attire, complement your black suit or add flair to a smart casual look, braces are a perfect way for achieving a contemporary and elegant nostalgic look.

Braces for women

Taking inspiration from men’s wear, braces have also been a hot trend for women since they stared wearing menswear as shown by Keira Knightly who rocked the look in the 2009 Chanel Mademoiselle perfume ad.

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Adore J’Adore

This month fashion giant Dior unveiled their brand new ad campaign for their latest J’Adore Eau de Parfume featuring the exquisite J’Adore muse, Charlize Theron.  This glamorous digitalised short film has Charlize making her way to a French fashion show at Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors along side a myriad of Hollywood icons including Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Ditrich.

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