- From right here at Fat Chic: Hanover Direct is either â€œrebrandingâ€ Silhouettes or â€œlooking for a buyer.â€ Whatever theyâ€™re doing, theyâ€™re doing their damnedest NOT to explain whatâ€™s going on to customers â€“ and it raises the even more disturbing question: are there people who go into management at apparel makers with the specialty of killing off plus-size clothing lines? Why would they NOT want a share in a $17 billion dollar market?
- The Kardashian sisters are looking for some new plus-size models for their jeans, and are even hosting a modeling contest. If youâ€™re up to a size 20 (where plus size apparently stops in the Kardashian world, since it starts at a disturbing size 6) then consider sending in your picture wearing K-Dash jeansâ€¦ if the costs of association with the Kardashian brand are worth the benefits to you.
Example of K-Dash jeans:
- New Zealand writer Clementine Ford takes on the problems inherent in the body-culture directed at women, especially via those memes swimming across Facebook and Pinterest. â€œDefending the rights of women not to be defined by their body shape by arguing that certain women aren’t real plays into an irony that even I can’t get behind.â€œ â€œAt its heart, it is an infantilizing, juvenile obsession that still pits women against each other and distracts us from participating in a life free of the pressure that comes from worrying about the stock market value of our looks.â€œ
- 30% of British women wonâ€™t share where they get fashion bargains. Granted, Iâ€™m a US-based blabbermouth, but Iâ€™d be out of business if I didnâ€™t share. So would the places I didnâ€™t blab about.
- Margaret Cho blogs her thoughts on fatkinis.
- From my hometown paper the Star Tribune, plus-size models are getting a lot more TV time.
- People from Vancouver, like people anywhere else in the world, can be jerks to fat people, too.Â â€œâ€œTo take the time out of their day to point out that they have a problem with you because of your weight â€¦ that is something Iâ€™ve only had happen (to me) in Vancouver.â€Â Not all Canadians fit their stereotype of â€œniceâ€ just as not all US-Americans fit the stereotype of â€œNASCAR fan,â€ â€œgluttonous,â€ â€œshallow,â€ or â€œborderline illiterate.â€
- In a story no diet industry company would ever want us to see, a woman comes forward and explains why in her case, weight loss did NOT make her happy or improve her lifeâ€¦at all.
- American Apparel disqualified Nancy Upton from their plus-size model contest for â€œmocking their good intentions.â€ Actually, she got banned for demonstrating exactly how appallingly bad the intentions of those who make decisions at American Apparel really are.
- Miami Mercedes-Benz fashion week actually included plus size models â€“ not something they seem to be able to bring themselves to do in New York. Which raises questions about why the regional difference, especially given Miamiâ€™s fame as a plastic surgery capitol?
- Jordin Sparks, former plus-size model, has lost weight â€“ and some people feel betrayed. This is what almost always happens, and thereâ€™s way too much other stuff with our perceptions of body image and weight to resolve before we can even begin to get to whether and if a public figureâ€™s body is really a public issue.
Business of Plus
- Australian lingerie maker Romance Shop is set to launch a plus-size lingerie line.
- The industry is losing another plus-size modeling division.
- Playtex has introduced shapewear that supposedly banishes cellulite. Queue skepticism. It is from the Daily Mail, after all.
- British brand Curvissa has introduced a shape-calculator tool â€“ so you can plunk in your measurements and from there shop by your figure type.
- Mannequin maker Alvanon has released its new brand of plus size model fit forms in the United States.
- Frederick, Maryland has opened consignment shop Nu-2-U, and YES! It does have plus size clothing available.
Around the World
- Brazil has yet another â€œReal Women Fashion Showâ€ tomorrow (Tuesday, 7-31.) No word on their plans for the fictional women running around.
- Fabiana Karla is to be Queen of Drums in a carnival (not Carnivale, I think) celebration.
- Marie Claire covers how one bridal shop humiliated a plus-size bride who just wanted a wedding dress that fit. Regular readers all know about my contention that the wedding industry is evil.
- German plus-size brand Navabi has caught attention with some viral advertising. You know how I keep telling people itâ€™s dress the plus-size or we start running around naked? Apparently someone at Navabi reads this blog.