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6th July 2011, 03:20
<br>The <a href="http://www.styleite.com/retail/clique-to-know/" target="_blank">coverage</a> of the recent launch of the Web domain <strong>Clique to Know</strong> has been as exclusive as the company's clever name might warrant. To wit:

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve probably heard of flash-sale sites like the Gilt Group and Rue La La.
For the benefit of the benighted rock-dwellers among us, the unfamiliar sites in question offer sales of high-end fashions. These sales have a markedly circumscribed duration, often two days or less--a policy that is meant to spur procrastinating customers to shop with alacrity.

What distinguishes Clique to Know from its predecessors is that it caters to the curvy community. As Clique's FAQ page explains, it is a

members-only website that organizes 36-48 hour "flash" sales on behalf of luxury brands selling sizes 10-18 to style-savvy members at discounted prices of 60-70% off retail.
The <i>Stylite</i> article linked above relates that Clique to Know's creators, the mother-daughter team of Patricia Duran and Melissa Ramo,

designed the site with the “high-spend consumer in mind.” That translates to editorial-like images with a “classy-but-discreet look.” Exactly how such a quality is achieved remains unclear, but it has something to do with artfully styled hair, elegant poses, and — of course — fabulous clothing.
Let's see: Hair (blonde), check. Poses (graceful), check. Clothing (IGIGI), check.

Ah. The article fails to mention what is by far the most significant means by which Clique to Know achieves <i>quality</i> in its classy, editorial-like images: the presence of size-16 goddess Kelsey Olson.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique01b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Special thanks to IGIGI owner Yuliya Zeltser for informing us that Kelsey currently showcases two of her company's attractive dresses at Clique to Know. Miss Olson looks utterly spectacular in the following item, a <a href="http://www.cliquetoknow.com/ProductDetails.aspx?Product_Inventory_ID=545&Event_ID=125" target="_blank">Jackie 2-in-1 Dress in Purple Magic</a>--its "magic" deriving from the fact that Kelsey is wearing it. A wrap design is perfect for a full-figured femme fatale, as its deep V neckline exhibits the abundant décolletage of a well-fed female body, while the wrap of the fabric holds her figure in a loving embrace. Kelsey's luscious legs prove to be the best fashion accessories of all, as the abbreviated cut of the dress tantalizingly reveals their gorgeously rounded shape.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique01a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The dress looks even more desirable from the opposite view, as the model's generous figure fills it out in a most attractive manner, giving it a sense of <i>rondeur</i> and fullness. This image is one of the most eye-catching presentations to date of the womanly contours of Kelsey's physique. Her opulent proportions recall the curves of the <i><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/pinacotheca/antiquity07.htm" target="_blank">Venus de Medici</a></i> and its Classical antecedents--sculptures that were primarily meant to be admired from the reverse.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique03.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique03a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Observe, in a closer view, the unimaginably sensual detail of the soft curves along the model's upper back. What makes Kelsey's figure so ideal is not just its sumptuous fullness, but also its untoned softness, which makes it ideally feminine. The IGIGI dress adoringly embraces the model's body, lingering over every alluring curve, enhancing her beauty.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique03.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique03b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p><i>Merveilleux!</I> The second IGIGI item that Kelsey models for Clique to know is called a <a href="http://www.cliquetoknow.com/ProductDetails.aspx?Product_Inventory_ID=583&Event_ID=125" target="_blank">Très Chic Dress</a>. No name could be more appropriate for this item, not only as a designation for the stylish garment, but as a description of the elegant model herself. She appears poised and sophisticated, her golden tresses carefully coiffed into undulating waves, her opulent body betokening the lavish life of ease and pleasure and sinful self-indulgence to which her regal status entitles her.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique02a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Indeed, in gazing upon Kelsey's beauty, one cannot help but enthuse over the name of the Web site, Clique to Know. In high school--and especially in the concept of high school that permeates American films and television--a "clique" designates the popular crowd, the elitist circle, at the head of which, reigning over it like a princess of the realm, stands the queen bee, the supremely desirable head cheerleader/prom princess, who is invariably vain, spoiled, and utterly irresistible. It is exciting to think of Kelsey inhabiting this role, except in her sumptuous size-16 self.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique02b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>She is the plus-size equivalent of Sara Paxton's character in <i>Sydney White,</I> or Alice Eve in <i>Starter for 10,</I> or Tris in <i>Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist,</I> or Alison in <i>Pretty Little Liars,</I> or the (uncommonly positively portrayed) Alicia Silvertone character in <i>Clueless</i>--the girls on a pedestal whom such films usually expect audiences to dislike, but whom in fact most male viewers desire most intensely and root for most enthusiastically. The idea of a <i>plus-size</I> goddess standing atop this paradigmatic podium is simply too exciting for words, for it conceives of an entitlement princess whose surrender to her self-indulgent tendencies has allowed her figure to blossom into goddesslike proportions. Kelsey's breathtaking Clique to Know images capitalize on the intense seductiveness of this universal archetype.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique04.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique04a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Although the Clique to Know web site requires registration, it is (unlike a traditional clique) open to all who apply. The exclusiveness of the site derives from one's awareness of it--and now Judgment of Paris readers are in the know. To give you a preview, this is what Kelsey's purple-magic page looks like,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique05.jpg"></center><p>while this is how the page devoted to the <i>très, très chic</i> dress appears.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique06.jpg"></center><p>Eagle-eyed viewers will notice one especially beneficial detail on each product page: a listing of the dimensions of the garment on display, and, excitingly, the measurements of the model wearing it. One might fondly dream of Kelsey inhabiting the 48-42-50 proportions of the item and imagine how attractive she would be with such curves, but her current stats, as the site identifies them, are nevertheless a truly goddesslike 40d-<strong>39</strong>-45. It is indeed a distinction for the site's members to be part of the clique that is privileged to know such subversively seductive information.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/clique07a.jpg"></center><p>Given that it has dressed Kelsey Olson in stunning IGIGI apparel and presented these images to the world, Clique to Know has already distinguished itself as one of the most admirable projects in plus-size fashion. Rather than resorting to mere faux-plus girls, the Clique has showcased its apparel on a size-16 model who is genuinely curvaceous and surpassingly beautiful. As a result, customers will be able to immediately discern how attractively their own shapely figures will be flattered by these feminine designs, yet they will also experience the aspirational fantasy that is engendered by Kelsey's timeless loveliness.

IGIGI's dresses look considerably more beautiful in their presentation on Clique to Know than they originally did on the company's web site, thanks to Miss Olson's "editorial-like images with a classy-but-discreet look," as the promotional material correctly describes them. We eagerly look forward to further gorgeous examples of Kelsey at Clique to Know, or in IGIGI designs, or both.

Oh, and if you wish to secure these attractive items for yourselves, don't dally. At the time of this writing, the sale for both dresses is set to expire in two days and eight hours. Tick, tock, tick, tock . . .

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- <a href="http://www.cliquetoknow.com/ProductDetails.aspx?Product_Inventory_ID=545&Event_ID=125" target="_blank">Kelsey in IGIGI, at Clique to Know</a>

6th July 2011, 14:31
in gazing upon Kelsey's beauty, one cannot help but enthuse over the name of the Web site, Clique to Know. In high school--and especially in the concept of high school that permeates American films and television--a "clique" designates the popular crowd, the elitist circle, at the head of which, reigning over it like a princess of the realm, stands the queen bee, the supremely desirable head cheerleader/prom princess, who is invariably vain, spoiled, and utterly irresistible. It is exciting to think of Kelsey inhabiting this role, except in her sumptuous size-16 self.
As a matter of fact, there is currently a popular young-adult novel series called The Clique, which revolves around an A-list group of high-school girls who call themselves the "Pretty Committee." I agree that it's exciting to think of recasting the queen bee of such a group as a plus-size beauty. That would be incredibly subversive. That's why I love the name of this Web site, "Clique to Know," and I enjoy thinking of Kelsey as the reigning alpha of the curvy beauty clique.

This theme also reminds me of the "Victorian Vixen Redeemed" post from last year:


The curvaceous blonde goddess clearly has a long-standing tradition in Western storytelling.

I think Kelsey looks stunning in these IGIGI dresses, especially the "purple magic" wrap style. She vividly demonstrates how well such a dress shows off womanly curves. I love the emotion that she puts into her images; so soft, yet vibrant and engaging. Vividly feminine.

7th July 2011, 14:34
I also find the name of the site clever because it puns on the word "clique," which is a homonym with "click." So "clique to know" can also be read as "click to know," as in, what one does with a computer and mouse. One clicks on a link to know what it's about. Click to know.

I find it wonderful to see Kelsey modelling for IGIGI once again. One of my favourie campaigns with Kelsey was her 2007 shoot for IGIGI, which is preserved in this gallery:


It was so stunning, not only because it featured Miss Olson, who looked especially fair-skinned in that shoot, but also because it was photographed in such an elegant location (a historicist, neoclassical former bank building in New York). The opulence of the setting was a perfect backdrop for Kelsey's timeless beauty and for the traditional femininity of the gowns. It was like stepping into the 19th century, which was so much more beautiful in every way than our own. The 1800s certainly would have appreciated Kelsey's loveliness.

But I think Kelsey is even more beautiful now than she was at the time, thanks to her curvier figure.

7th July 2011, 16:45
I think the Clique realizes who its queen bee should be, because Kelsey now appears in a flash sale for another line on the site, a brand called "Z from Zenobia":


She looks absolutely stunning in the outfit, giving it a femininity that greatly enhances its appeal. An item like this really needs a model with a gentle look to soften its presentation, and Kelsey does this better than anyone.


Another reason why I am growing to love Clique to Know is that usually, when high-end brands like Z from Zenobia have their products marketed to the public, it's on sites like Saks Salon Z, where they only use faux-plus models. But at Clique to Know, one sees these top-drawer fashions on Kelsey -- on a size 16 model (and one who exhibits timeless beauty).

Seeing how good Kelsey looks in these high-end fashions will hopefully persuade the New York plus-size retailers to display their wares on models size 16 and up as well, instead of their current faux-plus girls.

26th July 2011, 22:48
The IGIGI collection is back at Clique to Know, with the previous items joined by a new green cardigan modelled by Kelsey.


I especially love the reverse view. You can see the soft, sensual curves along her back, underneath the fabric. The sash is a wonderful, feminine touch.


Kelsey poses so gracefully, and she is beyond gorgeous. How wonderful to see this stunning, size-16 model achieving even greater career success.