Dockers in the West End


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Posted by HSG on July 23, 2004 at 03:18:01:

In Reply to: Re: Olympia posted by Chad on July 22, 2004 at 17:27:08:


For obvious reasons, fall/winter clothing can never be as interesting as spring/summer fashions; however, as you say, a truly extraordinary model (with the help of a top-notch photographic team) can still achieve results of high artistry.

Dockers provides us with an interesting example of how timeless beauty can infiltrate a media establishment--if it is only given the chance to do so. First, Dockers took the all-important initial step of creating a full-figured line to compliment its boyish-sized offerings. Then, it made another advance and selected a genuinely full-figured model to represent the womanly line. However, Dockers initially still restricted the plus-size model's images to the "Woman" section of its Web domain, whereas all of the site's other promotional features exclusively featured a typical array of androgynous models.

But Dockers obviously received a very positive response to Ms. Lefkowitz's presence on its Web site, because this season, Valerie's images feature prominently in every part of Dockers.com--even in promotional items that have nothing to do with the plus line, and often ahead of the straight-size models' images.

And that's exactly how it should be.

Here is a "letterboxed" edition of that beautiful fall cover image (although the colours are better balanced in the other version):

And here we see Valerie being courted by an English gentleman who has discovered--to his utter astonishment--a world-famous plus-size supermodel travelling incognito in London's West End. We can forgive this bloke for finding that even his Oxbridge education cannot help him string together a coherent sentence, when confronted by the sight of such enthralling beauty.

Think about this scenario for a moment, if you will. What would you say if you had one chance--just one--just one fleeting opportunity in your entire lifetime--to introduce yourself to a living goddess?

You have correctly identified her, and have taken the liberty of approaching her and asking, "Aren't you . . . ?" The seconds are ticking by. Tick, tick, tick. By any reasonable standard of etiquette, you will soon be forced to offer her an exit by saying something like, "Well, I don't want to keep you," or "I realize you must be very busy." After all, you couldn't bear the thought of turning the chance meeting into an awkward situation. Therefore, you simply want to encapsulate all of your ideas in one, single poetic statement--something at least remotely suitable for such an exalted audience. So what would you say?

You're right. It is like a vignette from English cinema . . .

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