It’s the third collection in the inspired collaboration between one of the world’s most popular plus-size supermodels (yes, that’s a thing now) and the fashionable Montreal-based store chain that promotes “fashion democracy” for full-figured women.
The fall range in the Ashley Graham Collection reaches Addition Elle‘s 100 retail locations today and, if past experience is a guide, should spark a run on the larger sizes in the collection.
The look is very old-world glamour and sizes go up to a 44DD for bras and 2X for panties and loungewear pieces. Ashley has also promised that the next collection, due in the spring, will see sizes expanded to include G and H cups.
Watch for these stylish pieces to reach the Addition Elle webshop any moment now and, for the budget-conscious, a few remaining items from the Spring 2014 collection are currently on sale at 50% off their original price.
Curvy fashion models have been enjoying a hard-won upsurge in attention this year, thanks in part to the tireless campaigning of many of the world’s best-known plus-size spokespeople.
Now, one of Britain’s leading agencies is shining a spotlight on its bigger beauties with a glamorous photo campaign called “Femme Fatale”.
Models1 brought together five models from its ‘Curve’ division for the lingerie photoshoot at London’s posh Blakes Hotel.
The women photographed by Michelle George represent a size range from 12-18, and were outfitted in luxurious pieces from Boux Avenue, Fleur of England, Freya and Elomi.
You’ll spot a lot of visual echoes in the images below, but the most obvious precedent was Steven Meisel‘s groundbreaking cover for Vogue Italia three years ago, which featured three curvy supermodels and helped trigger a worldwide discussion about the use — or lack thereof — of larger women in fashion modeling.
The Femme Fatale shoot doesn’t appear to have any commercial purpose, other than to draw attention to Models1‘s stable of talent.
Here’s the full series, featuring models Iskra Lawrence, Charlotte Quita Jones, Karmi Pinning, Lucinda Warby and Stephanie Van Den Bergh.
Most men will tell you there are two reasons why Kate Upton has become such a huge star on the modeling scene so quickly. Yes, that’s a crude sexist joke, but then the buxom Florida bunny has earned her share of them.
So it’s a mark of how far she’s come, and how much her career has evolved, that Kate will be honored tomorrow night as Model of the Year at the 2013 Style Awards in New York City. And rightly so.
Kate is probably best known for twice being the cover girl for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, the first time spilling out of an undersized bikini in an infamous image that positively screamed “Bimbo!” It was the kind of photo that can both make and destroy a young model’s career and Kate admitted to Elle that she “felt terrible about myself for a solid month” afterwards.
Only 19 at the time of that shoot, Kate could have become just another one of the disposable bikini bodies that show up in Maxim and similar magazines; or, if she was lucky, an American version of Kelly Brook, the UK model/actress who has built a long but dubious career on the strength of her ample bosom alone.
Kate faced a dilemma common among busty young models: whether to simply cash in on her anatomical assets or aspire toward the loftier (but more distant) goal of becoming an international style and beauty icon.
A lot of Kate’s early work smacked of exploitation by photographers and editorial directors (are you listening, Terry Richardson?) who treated her less like a fashion model than a teenager’s sex fantasy. Sure, it was well-paid exploitation, but it wasn’t hard to envision Kate headed down a career path leading to B-list irrelevance.
In the past year, though, the girl who was once trashed publicly by Victoria’s Secret has made a stunning turnaround.
Her secret? Smart interviews, carefully chosen modeling assignments (no more Carl’s Jr. burger commercials!), and some very, very important friends.
Anna Wintour steered her onto four Vogue covers, Mario Testino re-imagined her as a young Marilyn Monroe (above), and Annie Leibovitz gives her the full Veronica Lake treatment on the 100th anniversary issue of Vanity Fair (top photo) — arguably the year’s most coveted cover shoot.
More importantly, though, Kate achieved all this by (mostly) keeping her clothes on, showing the world she’s more than just a swimsuit model — or a dumb blonde sexpot.
“I’m not a toy, I’m a human,” she famously told Elle earlier this year. “I’m not here to be used. I am a grown woman.”
Commonly regarded as a role model for ‘real women’ because of her curvy frame, Kate Upton is becoming something much more than that: a role model for women who resist the sexist typecasting of the modeling world, the fashion industry and society at large.
She’ll be honored at the Lincoln Center tomorrow night as the 10th annual Style Awards kick off Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.
And lest we forget that Kate Upton is also an in-demand lingerie model, here she is in a recent editorial shot by Yu Tsai for Contributor magazine, featuring styles from Marciano by Guess.
Amid all the commotion about the Victoria’s Secret Angels in recent weeks, one name was curiously ignored: Chanel Iman.
The lingerie retailer’s baffling brinksmanship over Miranda Kerr‘s contract and its appointment of new Angel Karlie Kloss (the first in two years) grabbed a lot of headlines. But missing among all the noise was any discussion of the disappearance of Chanel from the VS Angels lineup.
The only African-American full-time Angel was dropped from the official roster in late March, without any announcement and just a day before the official announcement that willowy youngster Karlie was joining the team. So is Chanel in or out, and if it’s the latter, what does it mean … if anything?
(The VS Angels thing is mostly a media convenience these days anyway. Victoria’s Secret generally doesn’t like to differentiate between it principal brand ambassadors and the dozens of other models it hires for specific assignments. The company’s only public acknowledgement of its A-Team is found on its marketing site, VSAllAccess.com, which lists 10 ‘supermodels’.)
The likeliest answer is that Chanel’s premium Angels contract was not renewed for 2013 — which is a friendly way of getting fired. If that’s the case, many will say they saw it coming.
Only two years after ceremoniously getting her Angel ‘wings’ during the 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Chanel dropped out of the 2012 show in order to campaign for Barack Obama and the Democrats during the fall election season. Not long before that, she starred in an explicit Usher video that was waaaay outside Victoria’s Secret’s admittedly broad comfort zone.
The 22-year-old supermodel was also considered the most outspoken on the VS squad, involved in a variety of activist and charitable causes. Significantly, she complained about fashion industry bias against black models in a widely circulated interview with The Times in February. The fact that she was dropped from the VS Angels roster shortly thereafter is, at the very least, awkward.
One thing is certain, though: Chanel is not going away any time soon. She’s busy on the runway circuit and favored by numerous A-list designers from Tom Ford to Jason Wu and Alexander Wang.
And this month, she emphatically rebounds with a dramatic, symbolically rich photo spread in Galore magazine, shot by Ellen Von Unwerth.
There’s a whole lot going on in the series, called Love Hangover, but Chanel’s personality somehow rises above the noisy backgrounds and numerous props. She’s wearing a lot of different outfits, including swim and lingerie pieces from such brands as Guess, The Blondes and NYC vintage revivalist What Goes Around Comes Around.
It’s somewhat ironic that for the past couple of years Chanel Iman was the main rebuttal to critics who complained about the lack of racial diversity in Victoria’s Secret’s marketing. The company still uses other women of color such as Joan Smalls and Sharam Diniz, but its current Angels lineup is, excuse the pun, lily white.
We may never again see Chanel in those endless and repetitive VS catalog shots, but the Galore cover announces a welcome return from that rarest of creatures: a lingerie model with loads of personality and lots to say.
A wide variety of lingerie ensembles ranging from couture labels like Carine Gilson to mass-market brands like Guess get a wonderful showcase in this delicious photo spread from the current issue of Elle France.
Bathed in midday sunlight, waifish Irish model Laragh McCann wears mix-and-match groupings from Etam, Eres, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Aubade and other (mostly French) brands, with hosiery from Dim, Falke, Cervin and Wolford.
Photographer Gemma Booth gives the shoot a distinctly vintage feel with the use of antique furnishings in what appears to be a country manor house.
If this doesn’t get you dreaming about upgrading your summer lingerie wardrobe, nothing will!