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How much did you miss me? Was it a lot? It was probably a lot.

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My plane landed at Sydney Airport on Friday morning and it’s only now that I’ve fought through enough of the jetlag to type something longer than 140 characters

Six weeks doesn’t seem like such a long time, but a few exciting things have happened while I’ve been away: 

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Tara Lynn in Elle France, April 2010

In news more directly relating to me (= the best kind of news), I bought a pile of new clothes and new accessories in my travels that I can’t wait to show you - watch this space for more multicoloured OOTDs.

Preview: Day 4 of V Magazine’s Size Issue by Lagerfeld

I was so tickled when I heard that Karl “No one wants to see curvy women” Lagerfeld was shooting a spread for V Magazine’s Size Issue. “How laughable,” thought I, “that the White Goodman of fashion will be shooting a spread for a size issue. Ho ho. How droll.”

Well. The Kaiser completely and utterly shut me up by producing the best editorial in V Magazine so far.

Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director for Chanel, has titled his spread Day 4: Coco a Go-Go and (gasp!) appears to be having fun with his designer baby.

Miss Dirty Martini and Coco

Miss Dirty Martini, a burlesque star, is full of life and oozes sexuality in each picture. Her body is undeniably on show and yet I never lost sight of Jacob K‘s beautiful styling. Everything about this spread looks decadent. This editorial, much more than Day 1 and Day 2, has perfectly married showcasing the fat body with high fashion styling. Amazing.

However, as has been noted by Fashionologie, by using a burqesque star in his spread Lagerfeld has avoided the endorsement of plus size models. You are a sneaky bitch, Karl.

Miss Dirty Martini in V Magazine

If you look closely, you'll see Miss Dirty Martini's unretouched body in her reflections.

For the complete editorial and full size images, head to Models.com. All images are copyright V Magazine and respective photographers. The Size Issue is due out on 14 January 2010.

Preview: Day 2 of V Magazine’s Size Issue

Tara Lynn by Sølve Sundsbø*

Last week, I showed you the preview of Crystal Renn’s editorial of V Magazine’s upcoming Size Issue. V Magazine are obviously trying to generate a lot of buzz, as Models.com have released yet another preview from the issue: Day 2: Curves Ahead by Sølve Sundsbø. (For the complete editorial and full size images, head to Models.com. All images are copyright V Magazine and respective photographers. The Size Issue is due out on 14 January 2010.)

As the name of the editorial suggests, these pictures place much more emphasis on the curvy body. In my opinion, the fashion is secondary to the thighs, hips and rolls on display.**

Candice Huffine by Sølve Sundsbø

While I am completely in love with the Day 1 editorial, I have a lot less love for this shoot. When a magazine like V attempts to display larger bodies as artworks in and of themselves, it always appears as though they are fighting their fashion instincts.

We all know that fashion magazines digitally retouch. A lot. Freckles, cellulite, shadows, uneven skin tone – anything that is perceived to be a flaw is mercilessly eliminated. However, in this shoot fat rolls, normally an obvious flaw to be removed, must be kept as a feature of the editorial.

So how does a photography team accept the inclusion of fat rolls and present a flawless fashion spread? By doing a really bad job of retouching.

Candice Huffine and Tara Lynn by Sølve Sundsbø

I mean, look at that. That picture is ridiculous. Candice Huffine has a beautiful roll on her back, yet her back does not bulge in any way. Tara Lynn has some adorable belly chub, yet her stomach stops exactly at the waistband and there is no overhang. Fat doesn’t sit so conveniently in real life.

This editorial is trying so hard to present the ‘real’ body and yet the finished product looks disappointingly fake.

*As an aside, that first image of Tara Lynn looks an awful lot like a number of fat softcore pictures I’ve seen. For example, this picture of erotic model that I featured on Hey, Fat Chick. I don’t know if it was deliberate but it sure is interesting…
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Which bothers me, as it’s in a fashion magazine. “Look! Plus size models! We still don’t make sample sizes for them, but look how nice they are naked!”

Preview: Crystal Renn in V Magazine’s Size Issue

You may have heard that V Magazine is publishing a Size Issue, due out on 14 January 2010. There will be a number of spreads that will range from fully dressed to nude and will be shot by Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber and (lololol) Karl “No one wants to see curvy women” Lagerfeld. As editor-in-chief Stephen Gan put it, “Big, little, pint-size, plus-size — every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it.”

Now Models.com and V Magazine are whetting our appetites big time by putting out an exclusive preview of Terry Richardson‘s shoot - One Size Fits All.

It is a brilliant concept, with straight size model Jacquelyn Jablonski and Crystal Renn wearing the exact same outfits and striking very similar poses. It’s a seriously clever dig at all those in the industry who feel that high fashion can only be presented on a smaller body.

Not to mention Mel Ottenberg’s styling is absolutely amazing. These outfits are exactly what I love: colour! prints! accessories! It’s almost too much, which is why it appeals to me.

For full size images, click here. For full size images of Jacquelyn and Crystal’s individual pictures, click here. All images are copyright V Magazine and respective photographers.

All images sourced from VMagazine.com. Thanks to Pippa at Runway Revolution for the tip-off!

Editorial: Crystal Renn in Elle Canada, Jan 2010

The future Mrs Frances (humour me), Crystal Renn, is in an amazing new editorial for Elle Canada, January 2010. The people at Elle Canada must love her as much as I do, as this is the third editorial she’s done with them in the last 12 months (check out the other two on Runway Revolution here and here) and this one covers 18 pages.

I love this shoot. The pictures are absolutely stunning, as I’ve come to expect from Leda & St Jacques, and I adore the ultra glamourous New Years Eve styling.

Also, Crystal has the most fantastic hair in the business – hands down.

Editorial: Crystal Renn in Harper’s Bazaar Australia, May 2009

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Crystal Renn by Luis Sanchis

I know, I know; this is two months late. And I know these pictures are already all over the Interwebs. But I only set this blog up a couple of weeks ago and I am utterly in love with this set, so y’all will just have to deal with it.

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Crystal Renn by Luis Sanchis

Crystal Renn is an extremely successful plus size model who has been featured in a pile of high fashion editorials: Vogue US, Italy, Germany and Paris; Elle Canada and Italy; Vanity Fair Italy and so on and so forth.

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Crystal Renn by Luis Sanchis

The May 2009 of Harper’s Bazaar marked her first editorial in an Australian high fashion magazine.

What is truly spectacular about this editorial is that they have highlighted Crystal Renn’s curves. Not skimmed, not flattered, but HIGHLIGHTED. It’s freakin’ amazing.

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Crystal Renn by Luis Sanchis

She has been dressed in the shortest, tightest couture; couture that at times is even (quelle horreur!) TOO SMALL FOR HER.

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Crystal Renn by Luis Sanchis

Seriously. Look at that skirt. Her legs are being contorted by how tight that skirt is. But wait…

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Crystal Renn by Louis Sanchis

What’s that on her left hip… Why, I do believe that’s a chub bulge!
I was so floored when I first saw this set. I could not believe that stylists and photographers and the Powers That Be at a fancy magazine have taken a plus size model, emphasised her fat and labelled it High Fashion.
This disputes all arguments from designers that refuse to do plus size lines and debunks all the fashion rules for fatties. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that clothing “just looks better” when it hangs from a straight size model, or that fat girls should only wear clothing that draws attention away from their fat parts. This set shows that fabric clinging to an ample behind and chubby thighs looks stunning. CELEBRATION!

PS. This is for my own (and hopefully your) happiness. Here is an outtake from the Harper’s Bazaar shoot with absolutely no retouching. Hi, cellulite! This just makes me love Crystal Renn even more. Swoon.

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Crystal Renn by Luis Sanchis


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