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I don't know if City Chic (the "Australian Torrid") will ever quite match this brilliant promotion of a few seasons ago,
but they have a new campaign out with some very pretty pictures of their size-16 beauty Courtney Maxwell (BGM Models) in an ultra-feminine, elegant setting.
I love the hairstyle and how fitted the clothes are on her, emphasizing her curvy, generous proportions.
The clothing is not Victorian, but it's quite feminine, and the setting almost has a Lolita feel to it - an uncommon opulence and elegance, from the pink curtains to the white rug. The models are even sharing a cup of tea together (which is a practice that lolitas favour):
Very pretty ruffled item, abbreviated to show off her full, gorgeous legs, and a nice dreamy pose - as if she's contemplating what the enter into her diary.
Here's the link to the look book:
6th May 2010, 07:37
Really lovely images.
Interestingly, Courtney's agency, BGM Models, was involved in a protest at Australian Fashion Week decrying the Australian fashion industry's continued ban on plus-size models. The Australians are rightly incensed, since a smattering of plus-size models have appeared in other fashion weeks around the world. For Australia to exclude them is dismal.
Here's a photo from the event - a very appropriate protest for International No-Diet Day. Belinda Morgan and Kate Hislop are the two curviest girls, standing in the middle. Very pretty. I like the slogans on the shirts.
Here's the article about the event.
5th July 2010, 12:45
I don't know if this is part of a whole new lookbook, but I've found a single image from a new "Nautigal" [sic] campaign by City Chic that's quite interesting. That's Courtney Maxwell looking shipworthy with her scrumptious size-16 figure.
The City Chic site also features a terrific behind-the-scenes video of this shoot. It shows Courtney being delightfully coquettish for the camera, clearly infatuated with her own lusciousness. There's some clever interaction with the male model who is involved in the campaign, including a great shot that shows him doing pushups while she rests her feet on his back.
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I love that motif - the man working hard, the goddess relaxing at her luxurious ease, looking well-fed and self-satisfied. It's that Mars/Venus duality which plays up men and women's essential nature.
20th July 2010, 12:27
Intriguingly, City Chic has now released a second behind-the-scenes video for its Nautigal collection, which is a great idea, because the video footage shows off the apparel even better than the still images do. I especially love the dress at 1:13, with its flattering neckline. And watch how effectively Courtney models it. She does a bold, provocative pose at 1:17 that emphasizes her buxom curves and makes the dress look fantastic.
This is why you need plus-size models to be size 16 and up. A faux-plus model could never do that neckline justice.
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I also found the Nautigal lookbook, which seems to comprise two separate collections, the pretty nautical-themes pieces and some less appealing military looks. I like the first images, but the second group suffers from unfortunate background photoshopping. If a company wants to shoot a model in a location, it really needs to take her there. If it shoots in studio, then the pictures have to keep their studio backdrop, otherwise you get the visual that you see here - an obvious "cutout" effect.
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