Monday, January 11, 2010

real girl roundup

Just three months ago, designer Karl Lagerfeld was defending skinny models and claiming that "no one wants to see round women."

Hmmm, we wonder how he feels now after photographing the very voluptuous burlesque star Miss Dirty Martini for V magazine's "Size Issue," on newsstands Jan. 14.

For the lingerie-themed shoot, Lagerfeld invited Miss Martini to the hallowed Chanel atelier off of 31 rue Cambon in Paris, where a Coco Chanel look-alike posed alongside the busty and scantily clad performer.

Oddly enough, Martini doesn't don any garments by Chanel; instead she wears the brand's accessories including a chain belt, jewelry, purse, Chanel's new temporary fashion tattoos and brooches refashioned as pasties.

For the actual clothing -- of which there is little -- she wears her own lingerie (black bras and panties with flapper fringe) as well as seductive pieces by Chantal Thomas, Rigby & Peller, Comme des Garçons and Dolce & Gabbana.

reprint from the stylelist
last year in V magazine

Waif Jacquelyn Jablonski in a fashion face-off with womanly Crystal Renn. Photo courtesy of V Magazine

As we reported last week, the next issue of V magazine will celebrate women of all shapes and all sizes -- including plus-size.

And although the sure-to-be-controversial issue (#63) doesn't hit newsstands until Jan. 14, we got a sneak peek at one of the fashion stories.

Photographer Terry Richardson's story, dubbed 'One Size Fits All,' features plus-size model/author Crystal Renn -- a 5 ft, 9 in. beauty with 36-31-41 measurements -- opposite model-on-the-rise Jacquelyn Jablonski who stands at the same height as Renn, but with more waifish stats: 32-24-34.

Both women, shown in side-by-side images, strike similar poses and don identical and often vibrantly patterned ensembles by the likes of Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler and Dolce & Gabbana with bold accessories by Versace, Burberry and Alexis Bittar.

One spread (shown above) features both models wearing the ubiquitous bodysuit and innerwear as outerwear trend, here, in the form of a fully visible bra, both by Dolce & Gabbana.

The point of the spread is apparent -- to show that size doesn't matter and fashion can flatter a multitude of figures. Now, if only all the fashion designers would include plus-sizes in their collections, we'd be getting somewhere.

reprint from the stylelist

V Magazine Size Issue Crystal Renn Jacquelyn Jablonski

seventeen magazine uses real girls as models. they don't get paid but they have fun.

& the german magazine brigitte only uses real size models like size 14.
maybe the real b.b. would have been a perfect real girl model.

i hate those real woman dove commercials. like the women r naked because no clothes fit them. & skinny girls r real women 2. does real = not skinny?

well, do we like it real or not.

if anyone has the german magazine brigitte scan some pics & blog about it.

v magazine does an annual size issue.
here's v magazine


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