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HSG
16th January 2009, 11:35
<br> It's been a while since Lane Bryant contributed to size celebration. The company hasn't produced any opulent promotions in ages, and, except for Crystal Renn, has not featured any Judgment of Paris favourites in its campaigns.

Worse, LB has engaged in a deplorable policy of decapitating the models in its images, leaving plus-size aficionados with little reason to visit the company site.

Lane Bryant's new Valentine's campaign is an exception, though, and hopefully promises better results in the future. The landing page shows a very attractive picture of Crystal Renn. We generally avoid discussing the work of models under a size 14; however, Crystal's poses is very graceful here, and her tresses are beautifully arranged. Better yet, her expression is gentle and dreamy--much prettier than the looks that the "high fashion" industry coaxes out of her--and with the sheer drapery around her, the overall aesthetic is soft and pleasing. It makes one dearly wish that Ms. Renn would return to the size-14 glory days of her initial Lane Bryant campaigns, which were widely celebrated.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cr/lb17.jpg"></center></p>The Valentine's promotion also marks the LB debut of Lindsey Garbelman. Particularly effective is the following image--one of Lindsey's all-time best--which does everything that a plus-size lingerie image should. It shows off the model's round arms, suggests her curvy waist, and, most exciting of all, displays a feature that one rarely sees exhibited by well-fed girls: her sumptuous thighs. Too many women feel self-conscious about their abundant thighs, and for no good reason at all. As this image shows, the generous proportions of the model's thighs--which form the focal point of the image--are the very reason why the picture is so attractive.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb01b.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>A closer look reveals that her thighs display the undulations that full-figured women frequently possess. (Fortunately, that characteristic was not removed in Photoshop.) This is the most size-positive picture that Lane Bryant has created in years, and we earnestly hope that it encourages more goddesses to recognize the beauty of their legs.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb01c.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>The rest of Lindsey's images are notable as well. In this image, we see her full, rounded arms, and the womanly curve of her hips. A gust from the wind machine--an essential asset in plus-size photoshoots--gives her tresses life.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb02a.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>The infamous "peanut" pose is not one of our favourites, but Lindsey's expression in the next photo is quite attractive--a big, heartwarming smile, which goes well with the cozy sleepwear. The fullness of the model's arms is visible, and one notes a suggestion of her curvy waist.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb03.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb03a.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>Here she presents another approachable look. Lindsey's long hair offers a wealth of hairstyling opportunities, and it will be interesting to see if Lane Bryant does something more creative with her tresses in the future.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb07.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb07a.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>The only shortcoming about this campaign is the apparel itself. As we noted in <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?postid=1232#poststop" target="_blank">this</a> post, Lane Bryant used to sell the most beautiful lingerie in the fashion world--a wonderful blend of delicate floral prints and citrus hues. These Valentine's items aren't nearly as attractive, although the design around the bust in the next piece is quite pretty.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb05.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb05a.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>On the other hand, what distinguishes this new Cacique line is its "dorm chic" quality--the comfortable, non-threatening vibe seen in the Love Me top, above, and in the following item. While this may not be the most romantic lingerie, it is friendly and inviting.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb06.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb06a.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>This piece too has an attractive cut at the bust.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb04.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/lb04a.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>Lindsey invariably photographs smaller than she is, so fans hope that she will at least retain her current size-14/16 proportions for future shoots. Lindsey's other most attractive features are her reverse-view curves and her luscious waist, and while these attributes were not highlighted in the present promotion (alas, no bare midriff!), perhaps a future shoot will feature them as well.

All in all, this is a fine campaign for her--and a rare success for Lane Bryant. LB has taken a significant step forward in this promotion by unapologetically celebrating a model's visibly full thighs. In doing so, it has broken one of the last "taboos" in plus-size photography, and hopefully, other retailers will now follow suit.

You can view the accompanying product pages at Lane Bryant's Cacique site, linked below.

- <a href="http://www.cacique.com/" target="_blank">www.Cacique.com</a>

MelanieW
23rd January 2009, 11:32
Too many women feel self-conscious about their abundant thighs, and for no good reason at all. As this image shows, the generous proportions of the model's thighs--which form the focal point of the image--are the very reason why the picture is so attractive.

A closer look reveals that her thighs display the undulations that full-figured women frequently possess. (Fortunately, that characteristic was not removed in Photoshop.) This is the most size-positive picture that Lane Bryant has created in years
I absolutely agree. It has been forever since I visited Lane Bryant, but these pictures draw me back in - especially the first one of Lindsey.

And it is sadly true that there does still appear to be a weird stigma in the plussize industry about curvy thighs. But why? They are shapely, natural, feminine features. Lindsey in lingerie looks terrific. And I LOVE the fact that her legs have undulations. That is how women actually look! Not cylindrical, like plastic mannequins. Lindsey looks real, and soft, and human. There is far more beauty and appeal in a natural body shape than in something airbrushed or gym-manipulated (ugh).

Lindseys pictures on the LB site look FAR more beautiful than those of any of the other models there, because she is younger, prettier, AND fuller-figured than they are.

I am very much impressed by this, and I would have never expected it from Lane Bryant. What a pleasant surprise.

HSG
24th January 2009, 20:14
<br>Lindsey fans will also be delighted to see this new headshot of Miss Garbelman, from a recent New York test. This is one of the model's finest images yet. Lindsey often looks better when she smiles than when she adopts serious expressions, but this arresting gaze is highly effective. There is an appetitive aspect to her glance, a raw hunger that is compelling. Her tresses are arranged in a romantic manner, the earrings are elaborate but contemporary, and the dress reveals the model's sumptuous decolletage. The cosmetics artist created a look that is dramatic (note the eyeshadow), but not excessive. And Lindsey's sensual gesture, languidly running her fingers through her wavy tresses, completes the effect. The overall sensation is one of great opulence--a quality that is difficult to achieve in a mere headshot. Between this image and the first Cacique picture, above, Lindsey creates the impression of a true goddess.

<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/lindsey/dc01a.jpg"></center></p>Miss Garbelman's genuinely curvy figure (38d-<strong>37</strong>-45) and exotic appearance distinguish her from many of the industry's faux-plus models. Let us hope that she never diminishes herself, but retains her opulent beauty.

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