Fashion Tips

Aussie Plus Size Model Returns from the Big Apple for Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

New York Based Model, Elizabeth Green, arrived in Sydney, Australia to star in the FIRST EVER plus size fashion parade at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival (RSFF).

Elizabeth Green - City Chic

Elizabeth was the celebrity model at the city chic parades to be held at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival event at Martin Place, on Thursday, August 20.

City Chic is a brand that designs high street fashion for young curvaceous sassy girls who are a full size 14 plus+!

Green was signed with premier modeling agency Ford Models New York in 2008 and has worked in the Big Apple for major clients including Macy’s, Kmart, Sears, JCPenny, Nordstrom, Lane Bryant and various magazines.

She says, “the Plus-Size market in the United States offers a different look and feel to Australia. With the Australian market strongly focusing on offering items that are young, sexy and on trend.  I’ve always wanted to buy garments I look and feel hot in that are similar to those my slimmer friends were purchasing and with city chic’s collection now I can!”

“For example a highlight of the city chic parade will be the launch of exclusive Ed Hardy designs for plus size girls!”

Her Australian Agent, Darrianne Donnelly owner of BGM model agency, says, “Elizabeth represents a coup for the ongoing debates surrounding the fashion industry.  Sizing up at a healthy size 14, she is breaking middle ground in an industry obsessed with measurables”.

Donnelly continues, “Having spent her formative years being told to ‘slim down’ she left the glamour of modeling to pursue her English studies at Macquarie University.  However, it wasn’t long before she was asked to return to the circuit.
The industry was changing and magazines began requesting curvier girls”

Elizabeth rebranded herself as a ‘plus size’ model and began appearing in local campaigns for Bonds, Lovable and three television campaigns for Kellogg’s Special K cereal.

Before going on the books of Ford New York, Elizabeth went to Milan.

“Sure I drew comparisons to Megan Gale, and hey who wouldn’t be flattered by that?  However, people would comment on how beautiful they though I was but also said they thought I was too big to be a model.”

“I found this confronting as the average size Australian woman is now 14 to 16. However, determined to model in Italy I became a ‘taglia piu forte’ – a plus size model and worked successfully in this market.

Green concluded, “I’m delighted to be back in Australia and to be the celebrity model for city chic at the inaugural plus size parades at RSFF.”

The Curvy Catwalk at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

Earlier this week we gave you an update on how plus size models in Australia made history when they appeared on the catwalk of the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival, wearing various stylish pieces from City Chic. Today I wanted to give you more of a glimpse of what actually hit the runway that day, by presenting you with some exclusive images from the actual show. Enjoy! (Remember, click on the images to view a full size version of the photo.)

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

6 Steps to Finding a Good Tailor

Black Pinstriped Short-Sleeved Bow JacketCertain types of service providers are worth their weight in gold. A good hairdresser, a competent doctor, a dependable electrician, and, yes, a good tailor. If you don’t have the time to make clothing repairs such as sewing on buttons, hemming a skirt, or redoing a zipper, a good tailor is a must. Plus, you never know when you’re going to need a custom outfit for a special occasion. Be forewarned. A good tailor really is hard to find. Here are some tips for finding one:

1. Word of Mouth
This is probably the most dependable way to find a good tailor, but the key is to start looking before you need one. If you need a suit altered or a dress custom made for a special occasion, you don’t want to desperately seek out the services of a tailor. Start looking now. Ask friends and the personnel working in fashion boutiques and department stores who they would recommend. Some department stores have their own tailors although you may need to buy something from the store to use their services. Also, contact the local dry cleaners in your area. Some cleaners have a tailor on staff or can recommend a good one.

2. Choose Someone Close to Your Home or Job
Don’t underestimate the importance of choosing a good tailor who lives close to your home or place of work. For a complicated job, you may need to go in several times to try the item on. If you tailor is located on the other side of town, this can be a real hassle.  Unless you work in the city, avoid using a tailor located in a busy downtown area with limited parking. Always keep convenience in mind.

3. Make Sure There’s Good Communication
When looking for a good tailor, you may find excellent ones who don’t have a firm grasp of the English language. Although they may be quite competent, you may not get the results you want if there’s poor communication. Choose someone who understands what you’re looking for.

4. Test Them With a Simple Job First
When you finally choose a tailor, give them a simple job such as hemming a skirt or a pair of pants first. Don’t be tempted to give them a stack of clothing to alter on the first visit. Make sure simple jobs are performed competently and with attention to detail before asking them to alter your best dress.

5. Ask to See Samples of Their Work
Most good tailors will have samples of their work on hand that you can use to judge the quality of their work. Inspect their work carefully to make sure it show attentions to detail.

6. Other Factors to Consider
There may be times when you need a clothing repair job done fast. Find out what the average turn around time is on alterations, repairs, and custom made clothing. A longer turn around time may be a sign you’re dealing with a good tailor since he or she has lots of clients, but if you need things done quickly a busy tailor may not be the best choice.

Of course, you’ll also want to keep costs in mind. Try to get a copy of their fee structure and compare it to the rates charged by other tailors in your area. You may pay a bit more for a good tailor, but the difference shouldn’t be enormous.

Once you find a good tailor, let them know you appreciate them. Treat them with the care and respect they deserve. They can make your life so much easier.

Plus Size Models Make Australian Fashion History

CityChic Sydney Plus Size Fashion Festival 2009Blitzing the runway at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival for city chic, on Thursday 20th August, in Sydney, Australia. The line up included Aussie plus size super model from New York, Elizabeth Green.

Eighteen size 14,16 & size 18 models blitzed their skinnier sisters out of the water with the first ever plus size fashion parade held at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival on Thursday 20th August 2009.

It was the first time such an event has been part of a major Australian fashion week.  The event  received an overwhelming response from both the crowd and the media, hailing the fact that it was about time to see gorgeous curvy women on the catwalk.

There was a definite vibe of excitement and fun in the air from the crowd and the models. The models owned the catwalk like they had been doing this for years, and there was of course city chic’s ’s closing model Laura who gave the crowd more then an eyeful when she tore off her skirt.

Phil Ryan, GM of city chic, says, ”It’s about time the fuller figured woman is represented on the catwalk.   We’re proud to stage these plus size parades as we’re actually showcasing the average sized Australian woman i.e. size 14!”

“Plus we’ll be showing all the hot items for Spring 09 – available in sizes 14 – 24. These are exactly the same as the hot items designed for size 8’s and 10’s because, at city chic, we believe every sized woman should be able to wear the latest fashion”.

“Our customers are sassy. They’re bold, they’re proud and they embrace their curves.”

“Our city chic ‘role models’ are Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah and our very own Ricki-Lee Coulter – all fuller figured women who are happy in their skin!”

Hot stories in the city chic collection include:

  • Garden Party florals for Racewear and special events
  • Rock Chick for Clubbing
  • Ed Hardy exclusive items for city chic.

Check out some exclusive images from the City Chic plus size fashion show below (click image for full size view)…

CityChic at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009

CityChic at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009

CityChic at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009

Stay tuned for more exclusive photos!

Update Your Wardrobe with Well Chosen Accessories – Part 2

Teal and Silver Foil Star ScarfIn the first part of this article, which was published last week, we looked at how you can select certain accessories and pair them up with existing items in your wardrobe to spruce up any outfit. Today we’re back with even more tips on this topic, which will help you stay stylish without spending too much.

The Versatile Scarf
A scarf can change the look of an outfit completely. Try wearing a scarf under a plain colored suit jacket instead of wearing a blouse. Fold the scarf around your neck and pin it carefully under the neckline of the suit jacket. You can achieve three different looks by sometimes wearing a bold patterned scarf, sometimes wearing a scarf with a tiny print, and sometimes wearing a soft pastel colored scarf.

A pretty scarf will dress up a plain straw hat. Choose a scarf that will complement the rest of your outfit. You can match the color of your scarf to your footwear, handbag, or clothing.

A large scarf can double as a sarong when you are at the beach. Tie your scarf at the waist and wear it at a long length to highlight your legs. Choose a floral patterned scarf to wear with a plain colored costume or bikini. A plain scarf will blend in well with a bold patterned costume or bikini top.

The Finishing Touches
Earrings, necklaces, pendants, and bangles will all complete an outfit. You can liven up neutral colored clothing with the addition of a brightly colored pendant, necklace, or bangle. Matching earrings will provide the final additions to your outfit. Women with curvy figures should avoid wearing small items of jewellery. A curvaceous figure will appear to advantage in large chunky items of jewellery. Petite woman can emphasize their delicate size by wearing tiny or fragile looking pieces of jewellery.

You will be pleasantly surprised at how easily you can alter the appearance of your clothing by the addition of new accessories. A few subtle changes can make a great deal of difference to any outfit. Shop carefully, so you can wear the same accessories with a variety of outfits. Save money this season by updating your wardrobe with beautiful accessories.

Make Way for the New Fashion Bug

If you have recently visited Fashion Bug’s online store, you might have noticed a change in design and look. Their logo and general brand has been given a fresh new look, which I must say I prefer than the older one.

Fashion Bug in fact are making some big changes to improve customer experience both online and in store. Besides a fresh new look, they have new lower prices, which is something I am sure will go down well with many customers. They have knocked down prices as much as $5, and even $10, compared to last year on the same or similar styles.

Fashion Bug are also updating their fashion collections, bringing in more of what we want for work, play, dressing up or just hanging out.

They’ve also updated their sizing. Now, you will find the look you want in sizes from 6 to 30! And best of all, Fashion Bug are introducing the ‘one price fits all’ concept to their store. So you will never have to pay more for larger sizes. Sounds lovely to me! What do you think? Check out the new and updated Fashion Bug today.

Curvy Jeans at Just $29.99

Fashion Bug are slashing the prices of their plus size denim jeans! So head on over there today to shop through the newest denim trends: from skinny to boyfriend styles, all available in sizes 6 to 30, and at only $29.99.

Check out these different styles:

  • 5-pocket skinny jeans
  • Boyfriend jeans
  • Boot cut jeans
  • Scroll embroidery jeans

Update Your Wardrobe with Well Chosen Accessories – Part 1

Grey Snakeskin Malia Bias HeelIn the current economic climate, it is important to be able to dress well without breaking the budget. Now is the time to re-organise your wardrobe. Put away, or throw out, items you no longer wear and re-vamp those items that you love. You can create a new-look outfit by purchasing new accessories.

Choose Shoes that Enhance Your Outfit
Every outfit you own will look wonderful with color matching shoes. Unless you always wear neutral colored clothing, color matching your shoes is a very expensive option. A less expensive method of matching your shoes with what you are wearing is to buy shoes in the same color tone as your hair.

When you are considering purchasing new shoes, hold them up to the level of your hair and match the shoes to your hair coloring. Shoes will co-ordinate perfectly with any color outfit if they are the same color as your hair. A person with dark brown hair can wear dark brown or black shoes to co-ordinate with almost any color, even navy. A blonde-haired person will look great in caramel colored shoes regardless of the color of her outfit. A red headed woman will look stunning in a rusty colored shoe.

The most flattering shoes are pumps with a medium to high heel. Open-toed sandals look wonderful especially when enhanced with well-manicured toenails. Pumps and sandals are suitable to wear with a variety of skirt lengths, which makes them a very versatile choice when you need to adhere to a budget.

Buying the Best Handbag
It is important to choose the right size handbag to suit your own shape and size. Small handbags look lovely when carried by petite women. Tall or more rounded shaped women look best when they carry a large handbag.

When choosing the color of your handbag, you can either co-ordinate the color of the bag with your shoes or with your clothing. Metallic colored handbags are a perfect choice for dressing up an evening outfit, provided the metallic color matches your jewellery. Do not carry a gold colored bag and wear silver jewellery. Avoid two-toned colors or patterns unless the two colors are a perfect match with the colors in your outfit.

Keep on watching this space, as next week the second and final part of this article is coming up, where we share you with even more stylish tips!

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Show Your Curvy Confidence: Wear Red

Flaunt Cocktail DressDoes anyone remember the 1980s teenage flick, “Weird Science”? The one scene everyone remembers about this movie is the woman in the sexy red dress coming to life. In the Matrix, a woman in red is the decoy to stop Neo seeing the Federal Agent in the training program. There are hundreds of examples women in red dresses stopping traffic, and catching the attention of men, and not just in the movies. Red is the colour of passion and confidence, so wear red to make your own “look at me” statement.

Wearing red attracts attention because it is the most energetic colour in the spectrum. In Feng Shui, red means luck, and even wearing red accessories should give you a confidence boost for the day.

Red is an invigorating, energising, stimulating, and compelling colour, and men see a confident woman wearing red as exciting and sensual. Red is a passionate and hot color and scientists have even linked the color red to people experiencing an increase in appetite and higher blood pressure.

Wearing red makes you feel powerful, confident, and desirable. Red can produce an illusion of fantasy. However, some people may find a person wearing red intimidating, so beware of wearing too much red to the office or a corporate environment where such power plays could be dangerous.

Although few women can get away with wearing fire engine red from head to toe, everyone can look fantastic with some red accessories or clothes. Accessorise a grey or black business suit with a pretty scarf with some red in the pattern, and red earrings, to give your spirits a lift for the important meeting. A red handbag and shoes will change any plain and dull outfit into an attention-grabbing fashion statement.

The trick to looking fantastic when you wear red is to choose the tones of red that most suit your features. If you have brown hair, you can wear the deep or crimson red tones, while those with dark hair and olive skin can wear the true reds like a fire engine red. Women with blonde hair tend to look best in the gentler reds, like warm raspberry red. Even if you have red hair, you can look stunning in red, especially if you stick to the russet reds or the gentle reds with orange overtones.

Wearing red gives you an instant confidence boost and is sure to attract attention. Matched red accessories give an instant lift to a dull outfit and you can make a fashion statement with a stunning red dress. Men tend to see women dressed in red as sensual, exciting, and passionate, so wearing red could lead to any kind of adventure.

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