Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's about damn time...

Terry Richardson has teamed up with V Magazine and models Jacquelen Jablonski and Crystal Renn, both of Ford NY to bring us his newest editorial, "One Size Fits All". At first glance readers may not even realize, but Crystal Renn, showed here on the right, is on the Ford + board. Plus sized for those of you slow on the uptake...

We all know that there has been a long standing debate regarding the unhealthy weights of models and the unrealistic body image issues they give the average women and girls. I like to stay on the fence with this one- on one hand, as a model, only once was I asked to shave inches from my already frail frame; I'll keep my own measurements to myself, but let's just say I fall almost 9 points below a healthy BMI score. (take it or leave it- it's all metabolism) Anyway... I believe the situation I had been in at the time to be an extreme case. Yes, agencies like models thin, and yes, there have been situations, I am sure, where girls have been asked to lose unhealthy amounts of weight, and I think this is wrong. However, working more recently as a stylist and fashion consultant, I will say that it is easier, hate me if you must, to dress a tall, thin girl. You can't go wrong with the body type- almost everything looks good on them.

Before you begin throwing bricks through my window, I must say, that in this editorial by the amazing Mr. Richardson, Renn, the plus sized model, looks hotter than Jablonski. I couldn't figure it out, and then realized- Renn looks like a woman, and Jablonski looks like a little girl. Which brings me to what I believe to be the bigger issue on self esteems throughout the fashion industry, which is ageism, but we'll get to that in another post.

According to Ford's website, Crystal Renn stands at 5'9" and is a 38" 30" 42", wearing a size 12, which is much closer to the average American woman in size, who wears a 14. Jaquelyn Jablonski stands at 5'9" and is a 32" 24.5" 34.5" wearing a size 4, which is actually LARGER than the average fashion model, who would wear a size 0/2, and have a waist measurement of no larger than 24".

In my opinion, Richardson is trying to show you that big or small, it really makes no difference when you have a good model. I think he's right, and I believe the heavier girl here to be the standout star. But is this a realistic portrayal for the average American public? Probably not. While Jablonski is clearly beautiful, and bigger than the typical fashion model, I'd hardly call her plus size.

See more of "One Size Fits All" on or in V Magazine's Size Issue on newsstands everywhere January 14, 2009.


Friday, December 4, 2009

As seen in Vogue, Harpers, Marie Claire, GQ, ect...

Thank you Paul Mitchell, for the awesome booking, funny stares, and countless, "Do I know you from somewhere?" s. :)

It's been a good season.

For your online shopping pleasure.... ModCloth

Stalking friends on Facebook today, I happened to notice an advertisement on the side
with a photo of a dress that made me take notice. After a warning about leaving Facebook blah blah I was redirected to ModCloth, a "Mod Retro Indie Clothing & Vintage Clothes" website.

The birth of ModCloth is a pretty impressive story in my opinion. Started by high school couple (now married) Eric and Susan in 2006, these kids managed to run this small business while attending college together from their dorm rooms. Now a full time job and booming business, ModCloth is a virtual boutique other retailers need to look out for.

At first glance at the site I was excited about many of the pieces. Not a fan of chain shopping, it was refreshing to see that while obviously some of the clothing is recognizable, as it should be to be commercial, the majority of it is unique, different, and I can't think off the top of my head where I could find a look alike in my local mall. Score one for ModCloth.

What makes this site different from other online retailers is that not only does much of their bulk merchandise look somewhat vintage, they actually have a category of one of a kind vintage pieces that they sell as well. But be quick to order if you find the handbag of your dreams- as these truly are one ofs, it's a first come first serve situation.

The one con of ModCloth? While I am admittedly a bit cheap, much of their clothing seems a tad pricey. Don't get me wrong, you can't truly judge a clothing's worth until you actually touch, feel, and wear it, but, I did stumble across a sweater in their sale section that is sold at Forever 21... on sale, for what it sells for at full price at Forever 21. Ouch.

But hey, ModCloth offers "Free Returns & Quick Exchanges" so when you get that Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket, give them a try. I probably will.

Tide is High Dress $52.99 available at ModCloth