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Plus Size or Real Size?

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Marc Jacobs have unofficially announced that they are planning to launch a range of “plus size” clothing. This would make them the first fashion house to offer such a collection. With plus-size they are actually referring to size 14 (Eu 42)  and above, not exactly huge is it? I think the UK average size is about a 14 anyway so perhaps they should think about calling it “normal” or “non-skinny” size clothing. I mean, isn’t it about time that fashion houses offer clothes for all body shapes and sizes? It’s like presuming that all the people who can afford to buy their clothes are going to be thin too! This isn’t to say that they should only make size 12 and up either. I understand that there are naturally thin people too and this isn’t a negative thing. But with regards to the modelling industry, are they representing these different groups of people? I mean, how many plus size models can you think of? The only one which springs to my mind is Sophie Dahl.

When I was looking into the so-called plus size models, I found this website called Plus-Size Models Unite. To be honest I was expecting larger women…. Looking through the site, most of the models are a size 12 so it still makes the rest of us feel ‘ plus-size’  compared. I don’t want to criticise them though, I do think the site is a great idea and there should be more things like this around.

A few years ago there was a lot of controversy at Fashion Weeks worldwide as they banned ‘overly thin models’. But what do they really mean by overly thin? Size 0, -2, -4, who really knows! Although this ban raised some strong opinions and some shocking pictures, like this one of Italian model, Oliviero Toscani, it doesn’t actually seem like that much has changed.  The majority of models, especially those on the catwalk, still look a few sizes smaller than the average girl on the street and eating disorders are still a very real problem.

This weekend I was actually at the beach and seeing so many bodies in their swimwear really made me realise that no 2 bodies are the same! So why are we constantly trying to look like people in the movies, magazines or on the catwalk?Who are we doing it for? For ourselves or because we want to fit in to what is considered as more attractive or better looking? If it’s for yourself to feel healthier and be fitter then that’s great but if it’s to look like the models on the catwalk or the people on TV then maybe it’s time to stop. Do you really want to end up like Oliviero Toscani? Or do you really want to restrict yourself to being in the gym all day or to not eating desert at a restaurant? Is it really worth it? I don’t think so anyway…. so go grab the spoon and get the ice cream out, it’s only natural!

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Some fashions never change

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I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that it seems to be getting harder and harder to keep up with ever-changing fashion trends nowadays. However, I’ve recently realised that there are some fashions which never change.

Think about a wedding or a funeral for example. It’s just expected that the bride wears white and at a funeral, everyone wears black. In fact, I remember once at a family funeral, one of my cousins wore a bright green coat and everyone acted as if there was an elephant in the room. The older generations just shook their heads while the younger family members stared in shock. Personally,  I just kept thinking “good on you! everyone’s sad enough already, we don’t need all this gloomy black on top of it!”  But I was still sitting there in my black dress and coat and will probably continue to do so at other funerals.

To be honest, I think I actually like it, the stability and tradition of it all, something that seems to be disappearing in so many other ways. I just find it surprising that the custom has stayed so strong. As I am writing this, I am thinking of one of my ‘readers’ who I know for a fact didn’t get married in white… dark red I think it was actually… but she’s a special case! ;)

I also know that this isn’t true for all religions or cultures so I am generalising slightly but it does seem that black funerals and white weddings are two things that have definitely stuck.  When you were young and you thought about your dream wedding, I doubt that you imagined yourself in a purple or a blue dress! And if you have a funeral to go to, I bet you’re not worrying about what colour dress to buy either.

I know that there is reason behind these things; white is meant to show purity and black is worn as a sign of respect but doesn’t anyone else think it’s strange that everything else seems to be continuously changing and evolving yet this stays the same? I certainly know that people aren’t as ‘pure’ at their weddings anymore yet most dresses are still white… Maybe it’s true what they say: people just don’t like change.

Just something to think about…  and in case you’re wondering, if I ever get married then you’ll definitely be seeing me in white!

When did the Sex meet the City?

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Like many women around the world, I cannot wait!!! Sex and the City 2

I don’t know if I’m more excited for the dresses, the shoes or the men! Sex and the City has quickly become a phenomenon over the last few years but did anyone actually watch it back in 1998 when it was first on TV, I mean when it was on actual TV, before Paramount Comedy got hold of all the repeats. I certainly know that I didn’t… although that could be because I still thought that a boy liked me if he was mean to me in the playground! Anyway, it still seems to me that this show has become more popular in the last few years then it ever was in the late 90s.

Is this because the story lines have got juicier? Or their acting capability has got better? Perhaps the male leads have just got hotter? Or could it be due to the increase in the ‘celebrity’? Everywhere you go, you hear about the hot new actress or model in her Louboutin’s and it makes me think about where it all began? When did names like Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik become something that the average woman knows about? I certainly know that my Mum didn’t know who were the hot designers in New York when she was my age.

It makes me wonder about what future generations of women will get excited about, will it all be about designer space suits and long distance relationships between planets in 100 years time? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…..

Either way, I’m still a Carrie: “Looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.”

Can we afford to be fashionable?

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Fashionable: “influenced by a current popular trend or style.” The thing is.. nowadays a current trend seems to last less time that it takes you to wash your hair! Does the average girl really have the time and money to be fashionable anymore? With the credit crunch in the back of everyone’s minds, can we really afford to hit the shops every time that a new style appears on the front cover of our favourite magazine?

Every time I open a magazine, there’s a new trend… candy colours, sailor rope belts, underwear as overwear… the problem is, I love them all! And I want them all!! Obviously, we all want designers to come up with new and exciting collections on the catwalk but please, please, please…. let it take them just a little bit longer to appear in magazines and in the shops, my purse needs a break!