RACHEL ROY OFFERS NOW ALSO PLUS SIZE CLOTHES

The last thing I heard about Rachel Roy was that her fashion label had some trouble. But today’s news, that she will also offer a plus size collection in 2016, is great news to me. This is such a great decision of her to make. This way she can add more new consumers to her brand. The plus size collection will offer clothes from sizes 14 – 24. She choosed Candice Huffine as her model.

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When asked about why she wants to offer plus size clothes now by Refinder29, Rachel answered this:

“My customers have actually been asking me for years for plus-size, which we like to call ‘curvy.’ I think [the term] is just more modern and doesn’t sound as old-school. We wanted to do it for a long time and now just made sense.

“It’s not that it’s any different [than the regular line], it’s just that we got the fit right. And as soon as I could pull together the correct team to do that, we did it. I believe an in-house team has to work with it, hands on it, try it on, and ask questions until everyone’s comfortable. I mean, we have the designs, that’s not a problem. It’s just getting the correct fit, so it’s what people want to wear.”

Read the full article here.

Here are the first pictures of the collection:

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© Rachel Rachel Roy for all pictures

I told you already that this year will be even more amazing than the news of last year. And I must admit, that I see everyday some great new information to share with you. Now I am sure after all the stress she had with her ex-husband and former business partner, that this time it’s going to be a lasting success.

So never give up and always remember to love yourself and to love your body!

Lyz Lupo

 

WE WANT MORE PLUS SIZE BRANDS TO REPRESENT BIGGER SIZES!

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I am thrilled to see how the most wanted plus size brand of the US featured a size 28 model for their newest lookbook. The plus size brand Eloquii started to feature bigger models for their lookbooks. This time they show plus model and blogger Emmicia Bracey. Though it’s not the first time they featured bigger sizes, it is for me the first time I saw it. And I loved it!

Shop the look: http://www.eloquii.com/
Second Model/Blogger: Reah Norman

If you ask me plus size brands should present more plus size women who are above size 16 also. I don’t want to exclude the smaller plus sizes, I just want to include the queen size women.
Why is this still so difficult to do?
Eloquii found them by asking bloggers to do this. Is this such a bad thing?
Honestly, bloggers are called the new fashion superstars for a good reason. Bloggers like me and many others we know how to pose. We try new poses with every look and we grow through our blogs. Bloggers are not only already proffessional enough to work with, but we represent also the real consumer. Mainly because we also consume like all the others. 😉 But yes, I like the idea of fashion brands using bigger sizes for their lookbook.

Eloquii is not the only brand who already did this. See below pictures of Tess Holliday who became a model for Monif C and pictures of German bloggers who presented their own designs for the brand Studio Untold.

Monif C is without any doubt also very trendy and everyone wants their looks, even we in Germany. Monif C and Eloquii proved both to be a hit for the consumers, because of their tredy styles.

Shop the look: http://monifc.com/
Models: Tess Holliday, Jada Sezer & Kris Yeo

Studio Untold is a new German plus size brand which is also very trendy. Studio Untold asked several German bloggers to design outfits for them and the result are 5 great looks. Some of the bloggers like Theodora Flipper, Conquore · The Fatshion Café and Lisa Mosch are even some of my favorite bloggers from Germany. I can already predict that they will become Germany’s answer for Eloquii and I am very excited about it.

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Shop the look: http://www.studio-untold.com/

Dear owners of plus size brands, please don’t be afraid to present bigger sizes in your lookbook. Your consumers will not hate or criticize you so much for this. They will rather think: “WOW, I am so happy to see a woman in my size wearing the dress I always liked from this brand.” And then the consumer will think that the model still looks great even with her big tummy. And that is so much more important in gaining trust! This was just an example, but as a consumer I know how other women feel.

Style & Curve stands for plus size diversity, therefore we want to feature different sizes in the upcoming magazine issue. I hope many more brands will also change their way of thinking and start to understand that fashion is for all sizes, all ages, all nationalities, all religions… – ALL WOMEN LOVE FASHION!

Cheers from Lyz Lupo :*

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Ich war hellauf begeistert davon zu sehen das eines der angesagtesten Plus Size Marken der USA ein Model der Größe 60 (US Größe 28) für ihr neuestes Lookbook gewählt hat. Und sie sieht toll aus! Die Marke Eloquii hat schon zuvor ein größeres Model präsentiert, aber ich habe jetzt erst etwas davon mitbekommen. Ich muss wohl nicht extra darauf hinweisen, dass sowas in Deutschland unmöglich erscheint….Aber ich liebe es!

Wenn ihr mich fragt, dann sollten sich mehr Marken trauen Frauen zeigen die grö0er als sind. Ich will damit nicht die kleineren Größen ausschließen, sondern nur eher motivieren die richtig Großen Größen in die Mode einzuführen. Warum ist das heute immernoch so schwierig?
Eloquii hat es doch auch geschafft, indem sie Blogger gefragt haben. Ist das denn so eine schlechte Sache?

Ganz ehrlich, Blogger werden nicht umsonst als die neuen Mode Superstars benannt. Blooger wie ich und viele andere wissen wie wir uns präsentieren müssen. Wir probieren immer neuere Looks und Posen und wachsen durch unseren Blog. Blogger sind nicht nur proffessionell genug, sondern wir repräsentieren die Kunden. Hauptsächlich, weil wir ja auch Kunden sind. Und ja, ich mag die Idee das Plus Size Marken auch Größere Models zeigen.

Aber Eloquii ist nicht die einzige Marke die das erkannt hat. Siehe weiter unten Bilder von Tess Holliday welches ein Model für Monif C wurde und Bilder von Deutschen Blogger mit ihren selbst designten Stücken für die Marke Studio Untold.

Monif C ist ohne Zweifel auch eine sehr angesagte Marke und jeder will die Stücke haben, sogar wir hier in Deutschland. Monif C und Eloquii haben bereits bewiesen das sie ein Hit bei den Kunden sind, da sie so sehr gefragt sind.

Studio Untold ist eine neue Deutsche Plus Size Marke, aber genauso gefragt. Studio Untold fragte verschiedene Deutsche Blogger ob sie für sie designen wollen und das Ergebnis sind 5 richtig tolle Looks. Sie haben Blogger gewählt wie Theodora Flipper, Elisabeth von Conquore · The Fatshion Café und Lisa Mosch, welche ich auch selber gerne verfolge und mag. Ich kann der Marke jetzt schon voraussagen das es die Deutsche Antwort auf Eloquii wird.

Meine lieben Geschäftsführer der vielen Plus Size Marken, bitte habt keine Angst ein Model mit einer Übergröße zu wählen für euer Lookbook. Eure Kunden werden euch nicht zu sehr dafür angreifen. Sie werden eher denken: “WOW, Ich bin so froh eine Frau in meiner Größe zu sehen die mein Lieblingskleid dieser Marke trägt.” Und die Kunden werden auch eher denken das sie immernoch toll aussieht auch mit einem großen Bauch. Das ist in meinen Augen sehr wichtig um das Vertrauen der Kunden zu gewinnen. Das war natürlich nur ein Beispiel, aber da ich auch Konsument bin kann ich es eher verstehen was eine Frau so fühlt.

Style & Curve steht für eine Größenvielfalt, daher werden wir in unserem anstehenden Magazin verschiedene Größen präsentieren. Und ich hoffe das mehr Marke ihre Meinung ändern werden und Anfangen zu verstehen das Mode für alle Größen, für alle Alterklassen, für alle Nationen, für alle Religionen…. – ALLE FRAUEN LIEBEN MODE!!!!

Liebe Grüße Lyz Lupo :*

MODEL SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Nedra Philips from Arden’s Closet

We are having a new model spotlight feature for you. This time it is NEDRA PHILIPS from Atlanta, USA.

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1. How did you got into modeling?

A friends told me about this plus size contest that she insisted that I try out for. So I did and I found a whole new world and have been modeling since 09.

2. What do you habe to do with Arden’s Closet?

Arden’s Closet is actually my company. It is a pull closet for styling real size women for events, photo shoots or just everyday wear. I also offer personal shopping and Closet’s Cleanups. Every 3mths Arden’s Closet puts on a Sip n’ Swap where the FAB Plus Fashionistas of Atlanta get together and sip on Moscato and swap gently used or new clothing, shoes, hand bags and accessories. 

3. Do you also offer shipping? In which countries?

No Arden’s Closet doesn’t provide shipping but when I have the yearly closet cleanup I do put Items up for sale and will ship anywhere.

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4. What are your wishes for 2014?

In 2014 I want to push my self to the next level and work out side my box.

5. What was your best and worst experience in your life?

The worst thing that I have ever experienced in my life is losing my father at the age of 13. The best experience is when I realize that I have the best mother in the world and she is my best friend.

6. What do you like about yourself the most and what do you hate about yourself?

I love my determination the will to keep going even though people think I shouldn’t. I hate that I wear my emotions on my shelves.

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7. Do you think the plus size industry need some more inprovement? which ones?

I feel this industry is improving but I wish the industry was more open to petite plus models in high fashion and mainstream and would not be so quick to shut you down because of your height. 

8. What do you like about Style.& Curve?

I really enjoy Style & Curve because it celebrates women with curves in a positive way. It shows that women with curves have beauty & Style!!

LINKS

website: http://http://www.nedraphillips.com/

fanpage: http://https://www.facebook.com/ArdensCloset

modelmayhem: http://http://www.modelmayhem.com/2343446

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ALL PICS WERE TAKEN FOR ARDEN’S CLOSET.

Cheers Lyz Lupo for http://https://www.facebook.com/styleandcurve

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: ISABELLA FORGET

Last week sunday we had our first Model Spotlight feature. On one special day we only share the model work or other work of one certain model.

The first plus model was ISABELLA FORGET from Canada. Isabella is not only a model, but also a make-up artist.

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Modelpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabella-Forget-Plus-size-model/489715384427042

Make-up page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maquillage-BellaFor-Makeup/100409293355955

Here is her interview for  Style & Curve:

1. How did you became a plus model?
I started in the fashion industry as a make up artist, one day my friend told me about a contest to become the next plus size model in Montreal and said I should go try it out. So that’s what I did, I showed at the contest with no expectations and I was in the final 10…. And finaly win the contract with the model agency.
2. Was this also what you always wanted to do? Did you study? What?
I never really tought I will became a model one day. I was always behind the camera. I always been an artistic person but my parents always wanted me to study and go to university. So that’s what I did, I went to school to do a bachelor in fashion marketing. I hated it… that was not really my thing but I wanted to be proud of myself by accomplishing and finishing something. I’m now in the proccess of finishing my master in communication. My subject is actualy the identity of plus size and regular model in the fashion world.

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3.What would you respond to the current discussion about size 8 models presenting plus size fashion and to the people who say they are not even plus models?·
Plus size fashion is a relativly new trend and I think people don’t really understand it. There is different categories in the cast plus size. I think and it’s regarding the size zero of the «normal» model. So everything above that would be called plus size. I’m not a size 20 either and people sometime told me I was not a real plus size… I have real problems to find stores and places that would sell pants and jeans that will actually fit me. There is girls with bigger breast, belly or legs… every woman is beautiful in a special way and that is what we need to have in mind.

 4. Why do you regard yourself as a plus model?
I think I look at my self as a model, I’m proud to reprensent my curves. I want to show the world I have curves and I’m proud of them so everyone should embrace themself and be confident as they are.

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5. Did you ever got bullied for your curves?
I called myself a plus-size but it’s just for the industry. I consider my body curvyliscious and that’s it. But it was not always been that way. I’ve been victim of intimidation when I was in elementary school. I was then obligated to construct a shell around me and grow stronger… and that’s what I did. So in secondary school, I went to a private school…. I gain on courage and made a lot of friend but I know I was different; all my friends was wearing 3-4 and sometime 0 of pants and skirt size… but I was wearing a size 8-9… at that time I thought I was fat and I wanted to look just like them. I wasn’t comfortable with myself and never realize that I was just normal and that I was really taller then all of them. It took my years to realize that I was proud of my curves and how I look and that most of the time, it’s society that make people feel bad about themselves. I’m now a sexy size 14 and it took me 50 pounds heavier to realize it. I like my body «as is» because that is who I am. I don’t want to change it, I don’t want to do diet, I just want people to respect me as I am. I think that is what make me beautiful, it’s because I like myself as I am and that can be disturbing for other people to see someone just comfortable in their own skin. So it took me year to realize it but now I’m happy.

6. What would you say to young girls who got bollied for their curves?
Been bollied teach me one thing, to be stronger. I stopped to focus on what those bad people told me and said to myself that i needed to show them I was better then that. Beauty is not only from inside, but in you’re mind. I’ve met a lot of people that emanate charisma and that is what make them crazy beautiful.

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7. What do you like about Style & Curve?
The fact that you represent really confident women from around the world. Fashion is hard game, specially in the plus size section and Style & Curve do it differently and in a great way.

The pics in the interview are from a special editional she did.

BOLD & BEAUTIFUL:

http://institutemag.com/2013/05/07/bold-beautiful/
Models:
Isabella Forget Plus-size model
Joby Bach Official
Photographer: Anthony Turano
Source: Institute Magazine

Cheers Lyz Lupo for  Style & Curve