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M. Lopez
5th February 2007, 11:54
It's always worth praising a company that uses genuinely full-figured models (size 14 or better). Lord&Taylor, like Nordstrom, uses a mix of plus-size and straight-size models to promote its larger fashions, which is an odd approach, but at least for its plus-size model it chooses size-14 Melissa King.

Melissa lacks the rounded facial features of timeless beauty, but she does have a generous figure. She gives this Lord&Taylor dress an attractive, womanly shape - the rounded, hourglass-plus-pear figure of Classical sculpture.


Most of the Lord&Taylor items are basics, but even then, at least the images encourage full-figured customes to be comfortable with their body shapes. The fact that her slacks are so closely fitted makes them more flattering than if they hung loose.

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(The snug fit of the black slacks is better seen on high-contrast monitors.)


It's too bad L&T doesn't offer more feminine fashions for its plus-size customers. A legitimately full-figured model like Melissa could model them especially well.


18th February 2007, 04:16
Here's another nice image of Melissa at Lord&Taylor:


I don't know about the length of the dress, but I do appreciate the lacey, ribbon-decorated jacket. Above all, I can't see how any model with lesser curves could possibly make this outfit look good. Only the fullness of Melissa's figure gives the ensemble shape.


I keep thinking about what Miss England said, in her interview in favour of banning anorexic models: "Clothes aren't meant to hang, they're meant to fit." That's a fundamental design principle that the fashion industry really ought to embrace.