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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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Delicious Nail Polish Trend

Now that Fashion Week 2011 is well and truly under way, there are a myriad of fabulous fashion trends that have been taken straight from the runway, with one in particular being the all too delicious nail polish trend.

With colour-blocking being one of spring’s most sought-after trends, this trend seems to have not only been showcased in the fashions, but also onto models fingertips with many designers

jumping on the bandwagon.  This crazy nail art has now been seen on the runways of Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Chanel to the techniques of celebrity nail technician, Pattie Yankee and the Dashing Diva nail tech team creating the wild glitter manicure for an edgier look at the Jeremy Scott 2011 collections show.

From dark and luxurious to classy and understated, spring’s polish shades will compliment any spring fabric with shades of nudes, pastels, glitter, metallics, deep plums and my favourite, animal prints.

Another great product to look out for is the new manicure technology.  First officially introduced by Sally Hansen at the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 Romance Was Born show, the Salon Effects Polish is a stick on strip featuring vibrant colours and intricate patterns of lace, animal prints and fish nets for your fingers.

Here are spring’s 2011 hottest nail polish trends for inspiration:

The Half Moon Manicure




New Tech

Nail polish has always been a small necessity that makes a big statement and helps complement that perfect
outfit.  If you crave colour and want to make a bold beauty statement, these colours are for you.  Do however keep nails on the short side, since dark, rich hues are dramatic enough.


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Be daring and introduce colour combos to your style!

It is no surprise that colour is one of the more important elements of fashion as it is the first thing we notice when shopping for a garment. We look for colour first, then fabric, silhouette, and finally detailing.

This spring/summer 2011 colour trends are absolutely going to be the first thing you notice on your next shopping trip with the boldest and loudest being the eye-catching colour blocking trend which has been seen sprawled all over the runways in many spring/summer collections.

Taking inspiration from the early 70s, this trend offers a vast variety of unusual combinations and variations of hues with wake you up colours of orange with purple, fuchsia with pink, blood orange with shocking reds and turquoise with royal blue.
To get the colour block effect, you will need to buy solid colour pieces that can be mixed and matched creating an outfit which combines the use of two or more blocks of colour in an ensemble ensuring that paired colours from the same family are kept together, e.g. warm tones such as orange and reds.
Piet Mondrian (1987-1944) is an excellent reference for this colour blocking design using flat hard-edged squares and rectangles using primary colours, creating exciting spatial and optical relationships.  His work is a lesson in how colours and shapes create movement simply through their contrast and relationship to each other.

 As colours deceive the eye, proportions in a garment can be dramatically affected by colour, so be sure to wear the right colours for your body shape as colours react with each other and to each other.    For example, objects, shapes and areas of the same size can actually appear different in size if they are coloured differently.  Dark, cool and dull colours make objects appear smaller than the same objects in warm, light or bright colours. If a dress is cut in bright red or black, the black version would be more slimming than red.

Colours can also convey a sense of visual weight. Warm, dark and bright colours tend to look dense or heavy, and cool, light and dull colours are visually lighter in weight. This should be considered in relation to the time of day you will be wearing a certain colour, and for what function.
In the case of a two-colour dress, visual weight will need to be considered where the bodice is one colour and the skirt another. If the colours were, for example, purple and white, the skirt would be better in purple and the top in white, because the garment will have better balance with the “heavier” purple on the bottom half and the “lighter” white on the top.
Colour blocking can also be seen in bags, shoes and jewellery, so make sure to wear a basic mono toned dress or something sublet when you’re colour blocking with these accessories.

There are many variations of this trend including the unusual combination of orange and purple by Diane von Furstenberg as worn by Jessica Alba at the CFDAs.  Other designers bursting at the seams with this inspiring trend are Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Aquilano Rimondi.


Alex Perry’s launch of his “Cuban Princess” Spring/Summer 2011 collection (http://goodgollymissholley.com/2011/03/17/alex-perry-springsummer-collection-%e2%80%9ccuban-princess%e2%80%9d-lmff/) also displayed the “Perry girls” in an array of spicy and exotic blocked colours including paprika, blood orange, pepper and Caribbean aqua gowns.

Coco Chanel once said that “The best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you”, so play around with the colours to ensure that you pick the best colours suited to your skin tone.  If bright hue colours are not your cup of tea, then there are also a large selection of colour blocked clothes and accessories in neutral, muted tones.


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