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Taking A Partial Hiatus…

DAHLINGS –

After giving the matter much thought, your faithful correspondent shall be taking a partial hiatus from her blog-thing. There shall still be recapping television shows, perhaps reviewing some films, and as always, writing about plus-size issues.

Please do not worry that this means anything significant. Merely that if I can’t be as fabulous as necessary, I need to slow down.

I am not able to attend Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this year, so there will be no coverage. It is strongly suggested that you read one of the fine blogs listed on the right.

Ciao,

Elisa & Fletcher

Plus Sizes Were Already Fashion Forward! Who Knew?

DAHLINGS –
Several years ago, in one of its ritualistic orgasms, the fashion world discovered “Jeggings.” Leggings made out denim! Who had thought up this amazing blend of comfort and style?
Plus size designers, that’s who. For years “denim leggings” had been available to the larger lovely who did not want the discomfort of traditional blue jeans. Some were plain, others had stitching like regular jeans, and some even belt loops and mock fly fronts.

Manufacturers and designers have caught on to the fact that plus size clothing designs, are comfortable and cheap to manufacture. At Full Figured Fashion Week in 2010 among the swag was black rayon long vest that fell around my body in becoming folds. It was the first I had seen of this garment. Now, they are everywhere. Plus sized women have been wearing “flyaway” cardigans, tunics and babydoll tops for years. Now, so is everyone else. Who knew, rather than frumpy, we are in the fashion vanguard?

For one thing, the bonuses for those who actually manufacture the clothes are the lack of buttons and proliferation of economical materials. Calling fabrics “tissue cotton” and “whisper-light” are euphemisms for “flimsy, thin and cheap.”

For another, these drapey garments are universally flattering. Heavy women have been wearing capes, ponchos and cover-ups for as long as memory serves. Now women from size 0 to 12 are also swanning about town in flowing robes.

It is not necessarily because Americans are getting heavier. Strolling the streets of Manhattan, one observes a great many thin women wearing fluid rayon tops, swirling open-front hip-length “cardigans” with strategic folds and ruffles, and jeggings. Victoria’s Secret, that bastion of body-con, has fluttering “cardis” (a nauseating term).

Photograph courtesy of Victoria’s Secret

Going higher up the fashion food chain, one sees that designers are also not averse to billowing fabric, albeit higher quality. The models under them are also “whisper-thin.”

Martin Grant

Martin Grant

Photos courtesy of GoRunway.com

In another entry I shall bemoan the common trends that plague the plus size industry, but that is for later. For now, take satisfaction that even the gauntest fashion plate is covering up.

Ciao,

Elisa

Daily Venus Diva Launches Diva In Need Project

DAHLINGS –

This is a cause I can truly support for larger lovelies everywhere!

The number 1 plus-size lifestyle magazine, Daily Venus Diva.com (DVD) is pleased to announce the launch of the Diva in Need Project, which will begin on Thursday, August 18th, 2011.

This new outreach program has been created to encourage women across the plus-size market to find their own empowerment, while providing them with opportunities to better their lives that they may not currently have access to.

Stephanie Penn-Danforth, Editor-in-Chief of Daily Venus Diva Magazine says, “Every Diva deserves to have her dreams come true, her wishes granted. This contest not only allows DVD to become a deserving woman’s fairy god mother, but it gives us the opportunity to introduce readers and contestants to plus-size friendly companies.”

Every month, DVD will select one deserving entrant based upon their need, and work with plus-size business across the nation to contribute the necessary item. The first business to announce their intention of working with this program is Sealed With A Kiss Designs, a Los Angeles-based company offering trendy, affordable plus size fashion.

DVD is looking for women that need:

new attire

resume services

technology

or anything else that will help them land a new job, get that promotion, or succeed in a task that will better their lives and circumstances.

Program Director and Editor Janie Mackenzie-Cohen states, “I am incredibly excited to speak with these women, learn more about who they are and listen to their stories. It’s seems almost impossible for DVD to select just one deserving woman per month to provide these services to, but we are thrilled that we have the ability to help strong women make the absolute best out of the opportunities they are presented with and thrive in all areas of their life!”

To find out more about the program, please visit: www.DailyVenusDiva.com

To submit your story and need, please e-mail: Janie@DailyVenusDiva.com

Please link this blog entry to anyone you think may benefit!

Ciao,

Elisa

This Sunday in the NY Times: Plus-Size Wars

DAHLINGS –

New York Times reporter Ginia Bellafante will be publishing a provocative article on the rise of plus-size images in fashion and the media, titled “Plus Size Wars.”

Some morons insist that photographing women who are–gaspsize 16 is fetishizing fat. It mentions the plus-size model who posed nude for Glamour. At 5’11” and 180 pounds, she is hardly representative of most plus-size women, but whatever.

Overall, this article provides a relatively balanced look at the issues involved. And when you first see the picture, you’ll groan, “Great. Obesity represented by yet another faceless stomach.” But it is actually the photographer’s self-portrait!

If you don’t want to wait until Sunday to read the article, you can find it online here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/magazine/01plussize-t.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

Until later. After I’ve downed some coffee, I shall be penning my thoughts on the season premiere of Project Runway.

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

My Interview With Daily Venus Diva, Part Two

DAHLINGS –

The second part of my interview with Cassandra Jones of Daily Venus Diva is up! In this part we discuss fat advocate blogs, the economy, and how to bring black and white together (not to mention other portions of the population*).

As mentioned in the first entry, we met at the last night of Full Figured Fashion Week and fell into a discussion which led to this possibly ground-breaking interview.

http://dailyvenusdiva.com/2010/07/cultural-differences-in-the-plus-community-part-2/

Fabulous moi at the Full Figured Fashion Week finale!

Dress by Torrid; vintage pearls; shoes by Ros Hommerson

You can follow Ms. Jones on Twitter @CassyJ and @dailyvenusdiva!

Enjoy, and feel free to discuss this in the comments section.

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

* Except for the unfashionable ones!

Daily Venus Diva Interviews Moi on Plus Sizes & Racial Attitudes

DAHLINGS –

It is 101 degrees outside as I write this! This heat is downright insulting, if you ask moi. Naturally I am sending my assistant out to do all of my errands…he’s so much fun to watch when he’s suffering from heat stroke.

During Full Figured Fashion Week, it did not escape your faithful correspondent’s notice that there was a, how shall I say, racial imbalance in the attendees. For instance, I was the only Caucasian in the Curvy Collective, which, I was told, was one more than last year.

Throughout that wonderful, life-changing experience, I wondered where were all of the Caucasian fat bloggers, the plus-size activists? Most of the Caucasian women that I met were either buyers for large stores such as T.J. Maxx or designers (not counting the beauteous Emme, host of the finale).

I remarked as such to the lovely Cassandra Jones, a plus size advocate, organizer of The Fuller Woman Expo-Detroit Edition, and a contributor to http://www.dailyvenusdiva.com/, a website for all things big and beautiful. We decided to continue the conversation at a later date.

The divine Ms. Cassandra Jones, photo courtesy of www.fullfigureplus.com

And so it was, that through the miracle of Google Talk, we chatted for more than two hours. Ms. Jones is a wonderful interviewer, and the talk ranged from economics to self-esteem to the overwhelming whiteness of Jenny Craig commercials.

http://dailyvenusdiva.com/2010/07/cultural-differences-in-the-plus-community/_

I recommend it. It’s a marvelous read! Of course it is. It’s moi.

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Get The Curvy Fashionista To Vienna!

DAHLINGS –

One of my closest associates (even closer after Full Figured Fashion Week), the amazing Marie Denee aka The Curvy Fashionista, is one of the finalists on the Huffington Post to cover the Life Ball in Vienna!

Here is her blog information:
http://www.thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com/

Here is the contest information:

On Wednesday we announced a contest to send a reader on an all-expenses-paid trip to Vienna, Austria to cover the Life Ball on July 17th. The event is not only one of the world’s largest AIDS fundraisers, but it’s also a really good time.
The response was great–so great we decided to pick 11 finalists! We then asked each for a video or picture (if they don’t have video capabilities) explaining why he or she should be chosen to cover the event for the Huffington Post. Vote for your pick! Voting ends Wednesday July 7th at noon, and the winner will be announced that day at 2pm.
(http://huffingtonpost.com/)

The link to vote for the lovely Marie is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/02/life-ball-2010-which-read_n_633670.html#s109708

Please vote number 10! So that a beautiful, luxurious lady can cover the ball!

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog