|28th February 2007||#1|
Join Date: July 2005
Kelsey: Voluptuous angel (at Torrid)
For days, fans have been writing in to us in praise of Kelsey's new Spring 2007 pictures at Torrid, but we wanted to wait until a generous group of images had debuted to comment on what is perhaps Kelsey's most gorgeous work to date.
After seeing Kelsey presented so well in campaigns by Igigi and by Fashion Bug, Torrid undoubtedly felt the challenge of photographing its blonde muse just as well, if not better, and it more than rose to the occasion. These images are among the most size-positive and loveliest that the junior-plus retailer has ever produced. The clothing is pretty, the styling feminine, the hairstyles enchanting, and above all, Kelsey herself has never more fully embodied the timeless ideal of beauty.
Let's begin with three ever-so-cute lace-trimmed tops. The lace adds a much-desired feminine element to what otherwise would be simple pieces, but note also Torrid's brilliant touch of binding Kelsey's tresses with a hair scarf, which makes the ensemble even more girlish. The hairstyle is soft and romantic, and pink is definitely Kelsey's very best hue, as it playing up the delicate fairness of her complexion. Note the sensual hint of a curvy waist.
(You may click on each of these images to view the product pages.)
For the blue version of this top, Torrid unbinds Kelsey's hair, but note the addition of an absolutely original accessory--a pretty bow ribbon on her arm. It further endows a basic casual look with a desirable touch of femininity, and subconsciously emphasizes the fairy-tale quality of the model's beauty.
Another item showing Kelsey in pink also compliments her figure and her complexion especially well. Note the deftness of Torrid's cosmetics artist, who gave Kelsey a look that preserves the fresh lightness of her skin tone, yet also reveals a radiant glow, a flush of heath and vitality. This is one of Miss Olson's signature "helpless" expressions, which always send hearts around the world fluttering . . .
Pink and white are the dominant colours in this new spring collection, and this image showing Kelsey in a white top with pink shrug dispenses with any lingering appeal of a "tanorexic" look, in favour of the fair complexion, golden hair, and soft features of timeless beauty, which Kelsey embodies to perfection. Note the amulet that the model is wearing--a devil kissing an angel. Truly, Miss Olson's angelic features are so celestially gorgeous that they could tempt the Devil himself to renounce his rebellion against the Almighty, out of a longing for heavenly beauty such as this.
The otherworldly nature of Kelsey's beauty is even more apparent in this, perhaps the prettiest headshot that she has ever taken. Her features look enchantingly delicate here, like those of newborn, and the expression is correspondingly youthful. The headband itself is a captivating accessory, especially in such a girlish print.
For something a little bit different, Torrid is also offering several "edgier" styles. The following black dress may seem, at first, to be a tad shapeless, even as it shows off the beauty of the model's luscious arms and shoulders, framed by its ornate gold trim,
but, as a halter style, the true allure of the garment can only be appraised from the reverse view--and in this respect, on Kelsey, it becomes breathtakingly beautiful. Note how sensually it embraces the model's curves. The prominent gold-embroidered lettering indicates that the designer knew full well that this would be the view that would best showcase the appeal of his design.
While the following item is not necessarily a Judgment of Paris pick, Kelsey still manages to make it desirable. Above all, in these images, it is worth noting the artistry of Torrid's hair and make-up team. Observe how this hairstyle gives Kelsey's tresses a darker blonde look, in comparison to the ethereal fairness that they displayed in the above images. And yet, the style is still exquisitely voluptuous and romantic. It takes some of the hair off the body, allowing the top to show off the model's soft, bare shoulders. The red lipstick is passionate, and Kelsey's look is suitably rapacious. Above all, it is the fullness of the model's facial features that makes this image so captivating.
And think what one will of the top, the reverse view of the item shows that on a curvaceous goddess such as Kelsey, it is still an alluring choice.
And finally, we come to everyone's favourite items of vixen apparel--the dresses. Torrid is showcasing two new designs on Kelsey that merit mention. First is a floral tube dress that presents Miss Olson as the personification of summer itself. It fits gorgeously at the bust, and note the feminine details, such as the tie sash and the lace trim (viewable in the product page). The hair band is always a terrific styling touch--in the perfect shade for this dress, pristine white--and the hairstyle is full and romantic, as is most fitting for this style.
And finally, as if a colour inversion of the above item, here is a blue tube dress that similarly features attractive feminine touches, such as a white sash, and exquisite detail on the hem. Whether adapted to dresses or tops, the tube style is irresistible on a curvaceous goddess such as Kelsey.
In this case, it is also worth viewing the image close, to discover an especially gorgeous headshot of the model. Kelsey's facial features have never looked softer and more attractive than in this image, and her tresses seem more loosely curled than usual, contributing to the quality of languid ease suggested by the photo. Those two pink hearts in Miss Olson's hair are the crowning touch (Torrid's stylist has a knack for such things), playing off against the blue fabric, heightening her pink-and-fair complexion, and underscoring the girlish nature of Kelsey's beauty.
This fine work merits a standing ovation for Michael Anthony and his team--and above all, for Kelsey herself, who miraculously grows more beautiful with every campaign.
Last edited by HSG : 28th February 2007 at 15:30.
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