Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Interview with make-up artist extraordinaire Holly Rose

Holly putting the finishing touches to Teer on the Fashion Journal shoot.

Holly Rose is a talented Melbourne based hair and make-up artist who has worked in film, fashion and music, creating make-up looks for the likes of Beth Ditto and The Cassette kids.
Holly's work in the Cassette Kids "Spin" music video.

Holly and Beth Ditto.

Why did you want to get involved in the plus size Fashion Journal editorial?

It was a pleasure to get on board to do the Makeup and Hair for this photoshoot.
Hayley is a pioneer and an inspiration to all women who feel insecure about the way they look. The fashion industry is slowly embracing plus sized models, and recognising them as the beautiful women they are. Fashion should be enjoyed by all shapes and sizes.

Any tips for our readers?

A new hair cut can make you feel like a million dollars. It should reflect your individuality, and most importantly-suit your face shape. Do you have a larger, rounder face? Keep hair slightly longer than your jawline, and try some long frontal layers that frame your face. Wearing it with a natural wave can be more flattering, and you don't have to worry about you newly straightened do getting ruined by the rain! A Bob cut is a perfect change for melbourne this winter, blunt, edgy styles will flatter most women, just be careful not to have it too short. A fringe is always a great option if you don't want to have a dramatic change.

Holly Rose's beauty editorial work.

Makeup is always fun to experiment with but the key is less is more! There are a few options for "slimming" down a face with makeup by using contour, and a highlighter.
A darker contour can be a cream, liquid or powder, and is usually 2-3 shades darker than you natural skin tone. Bronzer can be used as a contour, just make sure it is matte, and doesn't contain too much shimmer. Conturing gives the illusion of shape and draws back features you don't want to stand out. Apply it under the chin, the jaw, sides of the nose and the under the cheeks.

Then use a Highlighter (2 shades lighter than natural skin tone), to under the eyebrows, upper cheekbones and bridge of the nose. The highlighter can contain shimmer, and give the illusion of glowing, more vibrant skin. Just remember to always blend well, and look in a mirror with natural lighting before leaving the house!

Makeup shouldn't be a chore, 10 minutes for some mascara, blush and lipstick can transform your day. But most importantly, self confidence is key. Hold you head high and know that you can achieve anything, not matter what your body shape is.

Thanks so much for your expert tips Holly, It was fantastic to work with you.

You can also follow Holly's fabulous blog, My final checks.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Interview with plus size model Teer Wayde

Teer working it behind the scenes on the Fashion Journal shoot.

How did you get involved with plus size modelling?

I actually started in pinup, along the way through working with plus size designers I've broken into the industry and started making a name for myself. People find me online, through friends or folios and I have been really lucky. I've always been a fan of everything from couture to mainstream and I'm trying to make sure curvy plus girls can model such things too.

Teer in a pinup style shoot.

What is your fave part of the job?

Showing women with my shape just how fantastic they can look, plus getting to wear amazing garments and accessories.

Teer in an editorial for Scorch magazine, of which she was also on the cover.

Any tips for girls who want to break into the industry?

Work hard on a folio, if you struggle to find people who will take some basic images join model mayhem and look for TFP (time for print) shoots for folio building. Never limit yourself and always be a chameleon. Never give up, learn from critics and always be creative.

Teer brings out her creativity in a recent editorial.

What is your fave piece from the City Chic store right now?

Right now I'm so in love with the Diamond Stitch High Waist Skinny Jean. They are the perfect fit for my shape and I adore them! I actually wore them in the Fashion Journal shoot.

Teer in her new fave jeans.

Why did you want to be involved with the Fashion Journal shoot?

I wanted to see someone of a larger size in Fashion Journal, a plus size women fantastic, fashion forward and showing the world that curves are amazing. I've never seen anyone who is a size 16 in the publication and being a part of this editorial makes me proud. Plus working with the whole team, that was a something I could not pass by!

Thanks so much Teer, it was so fun to work with you.

You can also follow Teer's blog, Curves to Kill.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Behind the scenes of a plus size fashion editorial for Fashion Journal

What a stunning location.

When the editor of Fashion Journal magazine asked me to style a plus size fashion editorial for the next issue I jumped at the chance. It is something I have wanted to do for a very long time, because as a plus size gal myself I feel that I can do it better than most because I know first hand what will and wont work. In saying that though I was also incredibly nervous because I had wanted to do it for so long, what if it didn't work out? Well, I can happily tell you it was my most favourite shoot ever. I have seen some proofs from the day and they are probably my best work to date. The magazine is published in the first week of July and I can't wait to show you the images. For now though, take a look at the behind the scenes magic.

I had these hot City Chic suede bow heels.

loads of accessories (some are samples, some are available now)

some more killer shoes, these are from Minty Meets Munt, Funkis for Gorman and Melissa shoes.

Samples galore!

The talented Holly Rose was the make-up artist and hair stylist for the shoot.

Plus size model Teer Wayde brought the right amount of confidence to the shoot.

We read all about me in The Age...while Holly played with my hair.

My favourite photographer to work with, Mia Mcdonald, came on at my request because I knew she could take this shoot to a whole other level.

and it isn't a shoot without me dancing to some Kate Bush.

Throughout the week I will be bringing you interviews with the talented team so you can hear their thoughts on why they wanted to be involved with such a great shoot and also how they got into their respective fields.

Getting real about fashion: Interview in The Age

I was asked by journalist Annie Stevens to comment on the current focus in the media on plus size fashion and the issues involved within the fashion industry. It was published in The Age newspaper on Saturday 19th June, with a giant photo of me (wearing my much loved City Chic fringed skirt and City Chic rings and bangles of course).

I spoke about how I am semi reluctant to become a spokesperson for the plus size cause because I see myself as a fashion blogger and stylist and don't see my size as something that should be the focus. That being said I do appreciate that I am slowly becoming a public figure who can help girls see that, no they don't need to hide away, they should be proud of their curves and that working in the mainstream fashion industry isn't an impossible dream. As I have started blogging for City Chic I have come to know and to read a lot of great 'fatshion' blogs and am now involved in the Young Fat and Fabulous conference in New York next month. So you could say I am changing my mind because I think its fantastic that we are being given a voice and I do want things to change. Like I said in the recent The Vine article, "do we only exist once a year?" because right now only one issue per year of a magazine is devoted to plus size fashion. Where do we go the rest of the year? We want to be fashionable the whole year thank you very much.

Here are some quotes from the article.

"Even though I've always been fat, I feel new to this plus-size fashion thing. Two years ago I wrote (on my blog) how, yes, I'm fat and these are my secrets to how I dress. And then I didn't really mention it since, but it has become 'well that's who you are'"

My point is there is more to me than my size, and I wont ever let my size stop me from achieving my dreams.

"I just want it to be that everyone is OK"

I really do. I think size is one of the last frontiers. We have addressed sexism, racism, homophobia and now its time to address sizeism (or whatever you would like to call it). Every body type is beautiful and one day I want it to be a non issue. But for now, like Naomi Crafti from Eating Disorders Victoria suggests in The Age article, I am all for empowering myself by using the word 'fat'.

"It's about the use of 'fat' as an empowerment. In the same way that gay groups use the word 'queer'. the idea being that if you use a word often enough it loses its negativity. 'Fat' no longer becomes something you can hurl at people."

So next time someone says you are fat as an insult, why don't you turn around and say "Yes I am, and I'm proud"? Really, they wont be expecting that.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Parisian Chic

The much anticipated new Parisian Chic styles are currently in store and will be available online from today. My favourite is the Lil Bow Peep t-shirt and I've come up with a cute little outfit idea for it.

City Chic Lil bow peep top, City Chic black basic pants $79.95, Mac lipstick in Russian Red, Urban Outfitters Vintage Risky Reader specs, Urban Outfitters bow ankle socks, Dolce Vita mary-jane wedges from Nasty Gal.

Chloe Sevigny and Diane Kruger are style icons as they are always dressed in head to toe quirky yet lust worthy outfits. This look is inspired by their take on Parisian Chic in Lanvin tees. Keeping things to a simple palate of black and white keeps things oh so chic, as is the Parisian way. Adding some quirky details such as the bow on the ankle socks and the vintage specs brings some interest to the look. A tip would be to roll up the bottom of the pants so you can see the top of the ankle socks, ala Diane Kruger. Add a touch of red lippy, and VoilĂ  Parisian Chic at its finest.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hello from Gabi from Young, Fat and Fabulous

Hey City Chic Lovers! My name is Gabi, and I write the plus-size fashion blog Young, Fat and Fabulous. I am so excited to announce that I will be contributing to the City Chic blog! As an American fashion lover, it has been amazing to learn about the fabulous progress that is being made internationally when it comes to plus size fashion; I am so glad that I get to be a part of this worldwide phenomenon. That’s part of the reason why I can’t wait for this summer! This July, I will be hosting the very first plus-size fashion blogger conference. Eleven of the top bloggers from all over the globe will be meeting up in New York City for a weekend of fashion and fun. France, England, Australia, and Finland will all be represented! The girls and I are ecstatic and we can’t wait to share the entire experience with you via our individual blogs as well as our main blog: We have some amazing events lined up, including a Meet and Greet for our readers. If you don’t live close enough to make it, we’ll also be having a live video chat, so be sure to check out our site for details. City Chic is one of our main sponsors, and we couldn’t be more grateful! I can’t wait to meet all of the girls (including Hayley) and share our pictures, videos, and stories with the world.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Body Image and the Fashion Industry: Plus size issues in the media

I was quoted in a fantastic article about body image acceptance in the fashion industry by Annie Stevens over at The Vine (go and read the whole piece its well worth it).

Hayley Hughes, Melbourne stylist and blogger (and one of The Vine’s own!) is also part of the plus size blogging community. She hopes that the efforts of the fashion and magazine industry to embrace diverse shapes and sizes are part of a real shift towards promoting positive body image and acceptance.

“I think action is coming,” she says. “ I do hope that it’s not just a token issue that happens every year. Otherwise its pointless, do we only exist once a year?”

What do you think? Do you think the recent media and magazine issues dedicated to plus size fashion and issues are a token effort on their part or the beginning of real change towards acceptance in the industry?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sex and the City 2

Who isn't excited about Sex and the City 2? I've been waiting for it to come out since I walked out of the first movie. I'm such a big fan I even went on the Sex and the City tour in New York a few years back, the highlight of which is you get to stand on Carrie's stoop and have your photo taken.
However I have no idea why I chose to dress like an idiot on said tour? It was a few years ago though.

From the stills I have seen of the outfits in this film, stylist Patricia Field has truly outdone herself. The girls stay true to their characters but each of them really come out of their comfort zones donning more and more colour and intense accessories such as Samantha's studded shoulder piece. It really looks to be a fun fashion romp, a visual feast of fash-piration.

City Chic did a SATC inspired shoot with our models dressed as Samantha, Miranda, Carrie and Charlotte all looking hot in City Chic clothes. My favourite is Charlotte's look, the peplum on the dress is perfect, and Charlotte wears that style all throughout the film. The dress is currently on sale for $74.95

Diamonte bow strapless dress by City Chic on sale for $74.98, Rings: City Chic in store collection, Leather Shoulder harness: $140 Garbage Dress on Etsy, Earrings from Diva, Silver bag from Peeptoe shoes, Black studded heels from Peeptoe shoes.
Samantha is all about being bold with accessories. She always has giant earrings on and lots and lots of bling so the new City Chic range of rings is perfect for her. In SATC2 she dons some crazy studded shoulder pads and I have found this awesome young designer who makes leather shoulder harnesses customer order on etsy. Oh and as this is Samantha we are talking about the harness could double as some kind of sex toy, no?

Sparkly purple dress by City Chic currently on sale for $74.98, Diva necklace, Vintage belt, Jeffrey Campbel clogs, Hermes Kelly bag.
Miranda is a working mum and as such she has no time for nonsense fashion so she invests in classic pieces with her trademark of a little quirky vintage piece thrown in. In this film she comes out of her shell and gives up the suits for fun fashion forward looks favouring brown vintage leather pieces.

Blue ruffle tiered dress by City Chic currently on sale for $89.98, City Chic denim jacket available instore, name necklace, Prada turban, City Chic cocktail blue flower ring available instore$19.95, Vintage flower broach, Vintage chain bag, Peeptoe shoes black strappy heels.
Carrie often gets carried away with accessories, shoes and well, fashion. She will mix unusual pieces together like a denim jacket with a cocktail dress and it will look amazing. She isn't afraid to take fashion risks, hardly ever making mistakes. Her trademark name necklace will never go out of style and nor will flower broaches, classic Carrie at her best.

Strappy mesh spot lace dress currently on sale for $74.95, City Chic trench currently on sale for $89.98, Vintage bag, Vintage pearl necklace, Peeptoe shoes lace pumps.
Charlotte is a true girly girl. Her inspiration is a good 1950's housewife, but she never comes of as if she is in period dress. The is because she chooses modern cuts and accessories to create her look.

Now I'm really excited about seeing the film tonight. What about you? Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think? Have any of you been on the SATC tour too? Let me know.
Oh and City Chic is currently having an online and instore SALE where everything is up to 75% off!!! Happy Shopping.