Several months ago, we posted
about an intriguing Spanish plus-size retailer called Carisal Fashion, and its Torrid-like Spring 2007 line. We were particularly pleased to see the company showcasing its wares on a model with visibly curvaceous legs--a rarity anywhere in the world, and in Europe, unheard of.
Style-wise, Carisal's Fall '07 line was rather less attractive, and its new Spring '08 designs are scarcely better. However, in order to combat the faux-plus trend, especially in Europe, we think it well worth sharing some Carisal images featuring their shapely lead model.
First, here are several selections from Carisal's Fall '07 line. As you can see, the prints on the dresses are not particularly appealing, but they are cut to an attractively abbreviated length, showing off the model's legs, which are as luscious as ever.
What makes this model's legs so attractive, and beautiful in a timeless rather than modern way, is that they are soft and full, and exhibit no trace of muscle tone whatsoever.
Not "toned" in the least, they exhibit the lovely natural contours that feminine limbs develop through a goddess's indolence and indulgence, rather than self-torture.
Note in this image how the straps of the shoes press sensually into the model's ankles. Her legs are not stick limbs (of the kind that underweight models exhibit), but taper from a point of great fullness above, retaining an ample circumference at the calves, sloping slowly down towards the ground.
An especially sensual touch in the following image is the way in which the model's generous calves are not quite contained by her snug boots, but escape over the rim.
Carisal's most attractive designs are, of course, its dresses, but the company's model makes a persuasive case for the allure of slacks as well. Observe how her pose in this image is strategically designed to exhibit the fullness of her abdomen, and other womanly curves.
What makes a pant attractive is if it is fitted as closely as possible to the wearer's figure, defining her shape, like a second skin. This is seen in the following image,
as well as in this one. The fullness of the model's thigh is unmistakable.
Loose tunics are generally not the most attractive items available to voluptuous vixens, but as long as they are not too
loose, they can have a certain appeal--as seen in the image below, in which the curve of the model's abdomen is visible.
Split-sleeve tops, on the other hand, are extremely
alluring items, as they display the upper arms, which are many a goddess's loveliest features. Note also, in this closer shot, the fullness of the model's face, with the "slight rise" of a "slope towards the throat."
And let's take note of the effective styling in this image. The decorative necklace and earrings perfectly compliment the elaborate design around the neckline, which plunges to reveal a heady glimpse of decolletage. Pity about the awful hairstyle, though.* * *
Now, before we proceed to the company's Spring line, we should also take note of several images of a second Carisal model, who appeared in the company's Fall '07 campaign.
She is quite attractive in her own right, but observe that the weight is distributed on her luscious figure in an entirely different way than that of the brunette model, above.
This blonde beauty carries her fullness in the upper part of her body, which creates a very different but equally attractive effect.
Note the sensual fullness of her figure in this image, showing her with an unconstricted, curvy waist.
Generally, only Torrid displays size-positive images such as this, so to find them at a European retailer is especially encouraging. (Notice the fullness of the models' face.)
Undeniably plus-looking, the model also appears to be delighted with herself, exhibiting no guilt whatsoever, nor a single thought of diminishing her curves.
Here, her blouse barely appears to be able to close around her waist--an effect that is not a "flaw," but a sensual trait.* * *
And finally, we come to the Carisal spring lineup, again starring our brunette beauty. Pity that the logo obscures her facial features in this close-up image, which does, however, show off her soft, shapely arms.
This new image demonstrates that she still possesses the most attractively full limbs of any model who currently shows off leg-baring designs. Not a trace of musculature, just natural softness. If anything, her legs may have become even shapelier.
This unique and very cute ensemble has something of the appeal of the Catholic schoolgirl uniform--and any young vixen with limbs like these should be proud to show them off.
Even when a goddess needs to adopt a more sober, career-minded outfit, a dress with an abbreviated length will still allow her to exhibit the feminine curves of her legs, enabling her to retain her alluring femininity, even in a soulless office environment.
Here is an ensemble worth highlighting, if only because the logo emblazoned on the top defines exactly how all plus-size girls should feel about themselves.
Another career piece--serious, but at least with a display of the wearer's buxom charms.
Cute, if a bit modern:
Note how the model is deliberately attempting to show off her arms in this image:
And finally, another outfit worth noticing for the styling. The berry-like necklace compliments the top and livens up the ensemble, giving it a dash of pink youthfulness. Don't forget the MUA's contribution, which is to endow the model with a cute, rosy flush.* * *
The Carisal model may not be the most attractive goddess of all, but she does have a "look," and undoubtedly possesses the best legs of any model whose limbs are currently being photographed. She demonstrates that the most attractive feminine shapes are neither acquired through diet-starvation (which simply withers the limbs) nor exercise-torture (which creates an ugly, masculinized, ropy-muscled look), but through a combination of indolence and indulgence--the defining characterstics of the Classical beauty goddess, Venus.
Kudos to Carisal fashion for creating rather progressive plus-size fashions (at least for Europe, which has not yet experienced the Mode/Torrid revolution), and for showing them off on visibly full-figured models.
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[NOTE: We subsequently discovered the model's name: Leticia Herrero, a gorgeous girl who, sadly, has recently diminished herself.--HSG]