View Full Version : Barbara: Spring 2007 (at Reitmans)

M. Lopez
11th February 2007, 00:42
I always feel a rush of anticipation whenever the new Reitmans campaigns are set to debut, because they always feature gorgeous new images of Barbara Brickner - and this season is no exception

The clothes in this promotion are a little basic, but the pictures are as beautiful as ever. I especially like this dreamy headshot:


If only we lived in a world where the mass media produced images of rich beauty such as this, instead of the pitiful pictures of self-deprivation that we see all around us.

There are many more images at the Reitmans site. Here's the direct link to another lovely photo:


11th February 2007, 11:57
<br>Aficionados should also be sure to view the new Reitmans flyer, posted online at the company site, at the link provided below.

In these circulars, Reitmans frequently includes "lifestyle" images featuring Mrs. Brickner, and their latest offering is particularly entertaining. It shows an anxious Barbara, obviously pressed for time, imploring her mechanic to complete the repairs to her vehicle with all possible haste.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/bb/br39.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/bb/br39d.jpg" border="0" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>As ever, a skirt would have been prettier than slacks, but Barbara looks gorgeous in a fitted cotton blouse that accentuates her rich contours--even suggesting an attractively curvy midsection.

The model's luscious beauty adds an extra narrative component to this diverting image, suggesting two principal reasons why the mechanic in question is being tardy with his work:

(1) He is completely intoxicated by the presence of this plus-size goddesses--surely the most beautiful woman he has ever seen in his life--and his mind has completely blanked out every bit of automotive knowledge he ever possessed. With Barbara standing before him, with her soft, wavy tresses and shapely arms, he can no longer even distinguish a camshaft from a camcorder, much less repair the automobile before him.

(2) He knows that the moment he completes his task, this voluptuous vixen will depart from his life, and so, he is doing everything he possibly can to stretch out the minutes, to bask in the presence of such transcendent beauty for as long as possible. (Naturally, he will deliberately work some fault into the repair, to ensure that this angel will return to his garage once more--and who can blame him?)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/bb/br39b.jpg"></center><p>The flyer also features a winsome headshot of Barbara, in which the opulent beauty of her facial features simply radiates:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/bb/br40.jpg"></center><p>In the continued absence of a great plus-size magazine, the consistently gorgeous Encore imagery from Reitmans does much to fill the void. It shows the world the kind of passionate admiration that full-figured femmes fatales attract in real life (despite media myths to the contrary)--and Reitmans couldn't find a better representative to demonstrate these truths than the definitive living incarnation of timeless beauty.<p>- <a href="http://www.reitmans.com/en/e-flyer/" target="_blank">Click here to view the new Reitmans flyer</a>

19th February 2007, 05:37
That's a highly entertaining scenario between the mechanic and the goddess. It rings true to life. It reminds me how enjoyable Mode's narrative editorials were, which always featured little storylines --sometimes even with text captions, giving the models fictional identities and personalities -- so that the images told a tale.

The images are lovely, as Reitmans promotions always are. They pay close attention to details. In a picture like this one, it's remarkable how much the necklace adds to a very casual look. The effect is still very feminine (much due to Barbara's beauty and curves).


I also appreciate the joy in this image:


11th March 2007, 00:15
Reitmans has just released several new images of Barbara as part of their spring campaign.

Here's one that I rather like:


I think Barbara has looked fuller-figured in other recent campaigns, though. It would be so sad if she were ever to diminish her curves! I hope not! She has always been genuinely shapely, even as other models have conformed to the ridiculous faux-plus lie.

Barbara is also in rotation on the Reitmans cover page. And here's a photo in a cute setting. The flowers add so much...


13th March 2007, 20:44
<br>Barbara has stated in interviews that her size varies somewhat; but needless to say, aficionados are most ardent about her work when that variation trends <i>up</i>wards, making her most voluptuous, most visibly a goddess.

Reitmans always shoots Mrs. Brickner in an attractive way, and the spring campaign is as lovely as ever. Here is Barbara in rotation on the Reitmans cover, looking utterly delighted with herself--as well she should. One may be sure that the company site receives twice as many hits from the public whenever they prominently display the model's full-figure beauty right on their home page, in this manner.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/bb/br41a.jpg"></center><p>But fans should be sure to view the company's new e-flyer as well, at the link provided earlier in this thread, and <a href="http://www.reitmans.com/en/e-flyer/" target="_blank">here</a> again. The concept of having this Classically-inspired sculpture holding a bouquet of spring tulips, and seemingly bequeathing one to Barbara, is an inspired one. It suggests how the model, with her well-fed beauty, is a living link between Antiquity and the modern day.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/bb/br42.jpg"></center><p>Barbara's attire is contemporary, but this is virtually a disguise. In fact, the model possesses the generous proportions that were idealized in the Classical past--an ideal that is brought to life again, by her very existence. The passing of the flower from sculpture to living beauty is like the moment in legend, when a princess is discovered among the folk, dressed in common attire (having been hidden away at birth, during a time of troubles), and is given the token that identifies her true, regal nature.

Thus is the past revived in the present, just as the flower blooms into life, once again, with the coming of spring. So will timeless beauty return to cultural prominence, in our own day and age.

- <a href="http://www.reitmans.com/en/style/collection.cfm?modelShotID=1315&brandID=2" target="_blank">Barbara at Reitmans</a>