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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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Move Over Mad Men

The 1920s New York gangster trend is slowly creeping back into men’s fashion yet again since Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2008 – 2009 collections.

Like Mad Men, which gave us 60s style, Scorsese’s series “Boardwalk Empire” gives us mouth-watering costumes with fanatical attention to the 1920s period.

 

Within this brilliant Prohibition-era storyline is a sartorial phenomenon just waiting to explode.  1920s New York gangster digs is a look that designers are sure to take on this season, making it a trend to look out for.

Lisa Padovani and John Dunn’s made-in-the-USA wool suits and hand-beaded gowns are going to be distracting viewers for some time to come.

The 1920s brought fashion and style that was as unique as the events that unfolded during this war era. Flapper style of the Roaring Twenties, zoot suits and gangsters, The Dust Bowl and the Western cowboy are all influences evident in men’s fashion of the 1920s.

Fashion must haves in every man’s wardrobe entailed the top hat, tail coat, bow tie and patent leather shoes. Wing tip shoes were also very popular at the time (commonly in white/tan or white/black).   Gatsby was the prime example of a fashionable man in the 1920′s. It was more important that men wore the right color of shoes with their suit then what style they were.

Daytime events required less formal attire, such as the sack suit (which consisted of jacket and slacks in matching fabrics), worn with colored shirts and silk ties in small geometric patterns.

Informal men’s clothing of this time consisted of baggy pants (called Oxford pants), pullover sweaters and soft caps or fedora hats (which actually dates back from 1882, but only became popular in the 20′s).

Double breasted suits also became very popular during the 20′s, which was adopted by gangsters at that time. Gangsters often wore bold color shirts, wide stripesuits and bright plaids, making 20′s fashion their own.

Movies to draw inspiration from for this look includes The Untouchables, Public Enemy, Oscar with Sly Stallone, American Gangster, Once Upon a Time in America and The Last Man Standing.

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