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8th August 2008, 13:17
<br>As fans of Torrid will already know, the company recently revamped its Web site. It commendably kept the familiar pink theme, but revised the menus and layout. Opinions on the redesign are mixed--one always enjoyed seeing a prominent main image depicting the essence of plus-size beauty--but the good news is that Miss Olson does appear on the current cover page. The wardrobe is so-so, but it's a signature Kelsey picture, showing off her ethereally fair complexion. The off-the-shoulder design is a nice element in such a top, turning what would otherwise be a dull t-shirt into something more feminine:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid104.gif"></center><p>And as the little graphic beside Kelsey indicates, although Hallowe'en is almost three months away, Torrid has just released the first of its seasonal costumes--and oh, doesn't Kelsey do a splendid job showing them off.

Figure-wise, the most captivating of the outfits is this stewardess costume, which tightly embraces the model's curvy figure. Notice how it defines the hips, showing off the model's Classical proportions. Kelsey's come-hither glance completes the effect. The viewer's light-headedness upon seeing this picture is due not to the stratospheric altitude of air travel, but to Miss Olson's dizzing sensuality.<p><center><a href="http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302036331&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442181415" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid100a.jpg" border="0" alt="Click to view image source"></a></center><p>Turning from the friendly skies to the seven seas, here is Kelsey in an ever-so-cute sailor's outfit, which deserves to be seen in full. She looks absolutely adorable here--a Daddy's Little Princess dressed in her girlish best. The delicate pink hue of the costume plays off against the model's soft, fair skin tone. The crowning touches are the ribbon garters with the white socks, which draw attention to the wearer's shapely legs.<p><center><a href="http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302036331&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442181418" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid101a.jpg" border="0" alt="Click to view image source"></a></center><p>Miss Olson shows us a completely different side of her personality in this carnal Red Riding Hood costume. Her facial features have a sensually well-fed look. No meek victim, Kelsey displays the full measure of her passionate nature in her rapacious expression, suggesting an appetite greater than that of the ravening wolf in the fairy-tale. Her princess-like tresses and baby-blue eyes belie the alluring wickedness that she reveals here, the fiery red of the costume matching her hot-blooded disposition.<p><center><a href="http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302036331&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442182260" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid102.jpg" border="0" alt="Click to view image source"></a></center><p>Stunning work as always from Kelsey and Michael Anthony, whose seasonal costume series is always a winner--never more so than this year.

- <a href="http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302036331&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442182350" target="_blank">Click here to view another Torrid outfit</a>

14th August 2008, 21:34
Torrid appears to be exploring a fairy-tale theme with this years costumes, and the results are utterly delightful. I just found three more new outfits modelled by Kelsey, and I think every fan will be enchanted.

First, here is Kelsey looking perfect in pink, as "Little Bo Peep". This may be a costume, but there are numerous details (the hair bow, the ribbon garters, the sheer white stockings) that are absolutely lovely, and could be incorportated into actual everyday looks by vixens who enjoy being girlish:


Here she is in the "Snow Princess" costume (obviously a Snow White outfit, but Torrid probably couldnt call it that without a licensing agreement with Disney). This is the most costumey of the three, but still very pretty, and I absolutely adore the red bow in Kelseys hair. The copy reads, "Be the fairest of them all" - so it was definitely written with Kelsey in mind!


And here is an Alice in Wonderland costume. Zoom in close to see Kelseys sensual expression. She may look sweet and innocent, but there is a passionate, appetitive nature lurking behind those blue eyes:


Absolutely charming pictures, and by far my favourite of all of Torrids annual costume series.

18th August 2008, 12:57
<br>The new additions are even more charmnig than the first three. Torrid is definitely exploring a fairy-tale theme with these outfits, and no model could better capture the essence of a storybook princess than Kelsey, who, with her fair features and soft figure, is femininity incarnate.

The pink outfit is so lovely that it will make your heart ache. It presents Miss Olson as everyone's dream archetype of an adorable little girl. She seems so sweet, so innocent, so wholesome. One wants to protect her and take care of her, to keep he safe from the harsh realities of the world and to enable her to live a pampered, spoiled existence forever. Kelsey's manner of presenting the dress is highly flirtatious. This is a young girl who knows full well how pretty she is, and plays up that loveliness to get whatever she wants.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid107.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid107a.jpg" border="0" alt="Click to view larger"></a></center><p>The Snow White outfit is the furthest removed from wearable fashion, yet the image is effective, because it presents a different aspect of the young princess. One imagines this to be a picture of the same girl depicted in the pink photo, above, but after a year or two. Notice how the model's full waist presses against the fabric of the bodice, displaying visible roundness. Her youthful greed for "creams and ices" and other rich desserts (to use Charlotte Bronte's words) is becoming evident in her figure--and yet she knows that she can allow herself any pleasure, as her self-indulgent tendencies only make her more beautiful. She is spoiled beyond measure, and this is part of her irresistible appeal. The striking red of the ribbons in her hair, sleeves, and bodice suggest her secretly passionate nature. Note how soft and fair her limbs are. Like a true princess, she has never had to exert herself, but is waited on hand and foot--a cushy indolent existence, to which she knows that her beauty entitles her.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid106.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid106a.jpg" border="0" alt="Click to view larger"></a></center><p>And finally, the following most captivating image of all. Never has Kelsey appeared so angelic in her attire, yet so passionate in her gaze. She is outfitted as an angel from heaven, in a bodice of the gentlest blue to matches her azure eyes. And yet her glace is utterly wanton and hedonistic. She has dressed herself in the most innocent attire, expressly to make her attractions that much more irresistible. The steamy look in her eyes would melt any man's heart, and render him her slave for all eternity.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid105.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid105a.jpg" border="0" alt="Click to view larger"></a></center><p>Although the outfits in these images are meant to be sweet and adorable, viewers may be surprised at how attractive, even alluring they somehow are. Wittingly or not, Torrid has revealed a secret that is little known in the modern world: that cute, ultra-feminine outfits such as these are actually far more effective at capturing a man's heart than "racy" lingerie ever could be. A bow in the hair, an abbreviated pink dress, ribbon garters and white stockings--such girlish details are infinitely more seductive than overly-revealing modern sleepwear. A playful mix of modesty and invitation is far more compelling than a more overt presentation, and a gentle, yielding demeaour with a coy, flirtatious touch is more irresistible by far than an aggressive bearing.

(You may click on the images to view them at a larger size.)

18th August 2008, 14:50
Believe it or not, these costumes actually do reflect a genuine fashion trend in Japan, one that has become so popular that it has been introduced into the mainstream. The trend is called "Lolita Fashion" (an unfortunate term, but there you have it), which incorporates elements of Victorian and Rococo style.

There's a write-up here. Torrid's outfits would fall into the subcategory of "Sweet Lolita":


From the article:

Focusing on the child and fantasy aspects of Lolita, the Sweet Lolita style adopts the basic Lolita format and uses lighter colors and child fantasy themes in its design.

Makeup used in sweet Lolita is common throughout most Lolita styles. A natural look is emphasized, to help maintain the child like feel of Lolita. Light pastels, light pink, and natural colors make up the Lolita makeup color scheme.

Sweet Lolita fashion places its focus on the child-like aspects of Lolita design. Outfits consist of pastels, gingham or other colorful prints, lace, bows, and ribbons to emphasize the cuteness in the design. Popular themes in the sweet Lolita are references to “Alice in Wonderland”, fruits, and cake...

Jewelry often reflects this fantasy theme: Popular motifs include cherries, cakes, hearts, ribbons, and bows. Headdresses and bows are also a popular hair accessory to the sweet Lolita look. Bags and purses are often in the shape of stuffed animals or hearts.

Also included in Sweet Lolita are the sub-genres of ShiroLoli, which uses a strict white-on-white color scheme, and Country Lolita, which incorporates gingham prints and straw baskets.
Interesting, no? I think this fashion trend could easily spread to North America. The trick would be to have the pieces appear more authentic, more genuinely Victorian or Rococo, and to get away from the "costume" look. These Torrid outfits are a mixture of both -- some elements more genuine, some more theatrical.

At any rate, even if only certain elements of the look were to make their way into the mainstream (the re-introduction of ribbons and bows as accessories, for example), the fashion world would certainly become much prettier.

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This is probably the best site about the "Lolita fashion" trend, however it takes an eternity to load:


19th August 2008, 11:36
Believe it or not, these costumes actually do reflect a genuine fashion trend in Japan, one that has become so popular that it has been introduced into the mainstream. The trend is called "Lolita Fashion" (an unfortunate term, but there you have it), which incorporates elements of Victorian and Rococo style.
The Lolita styles (I agree that the name is more than a little infelicitous) are so frothy and fun. I love the unabashed, romantic girlishness of the outfits.

Another subculture whose influence is emerging into the mainstream is steampunk, which pairs Victorian sartorial sensibilities with fantastical technology and other outlandish elements. At its best, steampunk style is stunning, and because it espouses Victorian aesthetics, is very size-positive. I've seen women in many-ruffled skirts paired with curve-embracing leather vests over soft blouses, high-laced boots, and lacy gloves, topped with a fancy hat and parasol. Victorian and Edwardian balls are popping up around the USA. I find it exciting and I hope that the ideals of feminine beauty from those periods will also come into greater prominence.

23rd August 2008, 03:13
Torrid has added three more costumes modelled by Kelsey, and each of the pictures is well worth a view.

The prettiest of the three is their new fairy outfit, which comes complete with actual wings. I think this is charming:


There's also a pirate costume. I like the blouse portion especially, with its puff sleeves and off-the-shoulder cut:


There is also a police uniform, which isn't quite in keeping with the fantasy theme of the rest.


Each one is an attractive pictures of Kelsey.

26th August 2008, 03:00
Kelsey appears in a really beautiful new image on the Torrid cover page, wearing dark, blood-red lipstick and a sleeveless top. You should definitely see it.

And she was in two recent e-mail ads. This one:


And this one:


Gorgeous, as always. I also hope they bring in Christina Schmidt to model for them again.

M. Lopez
9th September 2008, 00:53
Torrid issued a terrific ad today featuring several of the costumes:


I'm still not keep on the police uniform, but the fairy-princess outfit is gorgeous, and it suits Kelsey so well.


30th September 2008, 09:40
<br>For the benefit of Kelsey's countless fans, we thought it worth highlighting the remaining images from Torrid's exciting Hallowe'en 2008 campaign.

First, though, here is Miss Olson's recent Torrid cover. Every element came together here to make this a stunning image. The top is feminine and sleeveless--and nothing is as becoming on a plus-size goddess as sleeveless apparel. Better still, the top fits closely enough around Kelsey's shapely waist--her most gorgeous figure feature--to display the rounded swell of her midriff. The model's ultra-confident stance indicates her justified pride in her own appearance, her complete comfort with her softly curvy figure. The dark-red lipgloss is a daring touch, adding an element of alluring wickedness to Kelsey's look. She may do "sweet and innocent" better than any other model, but when the occasion calls for it, Miss Olson can be darkly passionate as well.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid111c.jpg"></center></p>Kelsey's forte is gentle innocence, a quality that is very much on display in this stunning image of Miss Olson in a Dorothy costume. (Note the ruby slippers.) Our L. Frank Baum heroine looks utterly adorable in this outfit, particularly because of her full, shapely legs, presented so effectively by the girlish white socks with ribbon garters. Those legs have the lovely contours that come from natural fullness, and are attractively free of any trace of androgynous muscle "tone."<p><center><a href="http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302036331&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442186511" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid109.jpg" border="0" alt="Click to view image source"></a></center></p>A closer view shows that fascinating blend of heavenly angel and sinful seductress that Kelsey does so well. The thick tresses bespeak the golden beauty of a celestial being, yet their half-uncurled heaviness suggests an alluring indolence on the part of the model, and the smouldering look in her eyes intimates passionate desires, and an appetitive nature.<p><center><a href="http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302036331&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442186511" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid109a.jpg" border="0" alt="Click to view image source"></a></center></p>A medium view of Torrid's faerie costume is even more sensual. The sight of wide expanses of Kelsey's pink, porcelain skin is dizzying. She looks ethereally delicate and vulnerable. The costume adds to her beauty, with its ribbons, rosettes, and lacy trim heightening her femininity. The measured messiness of the updo is highly appealing. But most seductive of all is the way in which the costume accentuates her waist, fitting it but not compressing it, displaying its generous fullness.<p><center><a href="http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302036331&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442182349" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid110.jpg" border="0" alt="Click to view image source"></a></center></p>This entire campaign has been an extraordinary triumph for Torrid, one which capitalizes on Kelsey's unique gifts as a model, and, of course, her timeless beauty.

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8th October 2008, 12:12
You know, these may be dubbed Hallowe'en costumes, but really, they're more than that. Considering how gorgeous Kelsey looks in them, I'd have to say that they might better be termed "fantasy wear" - and would be even more appealing in a romantic context than lingerie.

At any rate, Torrid released another e-mail ad featuring Kelsey in these outfits the other day, which is worth posting:


No doubt about it - they couldn't have found a more ideal model to embody a fairy-tale princess.