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So here I am, distributing flyers with my dear friend Juan for the new business we are setting up. What business, you want to know? Oh, thank you for asking! Well, we are about to start Fashiondot, a shopping assistant and fashion advice company. Right now, we’re getting everything prepared and our website is still in the making (although you can already check out the “Coming soon” version here: fashiondot.de), so we are not quite ready yet. But there was a big street festival last weekend here in Frankfurt, and so we thought, oh, what the heck, let’s print some flyers to start spreading the word! And so we did. As you can see, the party took place in the city’s red light district. It was a lot of fun! And of course I’ll keep you posted about everything Fashiondot-related and let you know when we’ll be ready-ready!DSC_4376DSC_4464
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First, let’s just get it out of the way and state the obvious: These shoes aren’t the best choice for this outfit. I really don’t remember what I was thinking. Perhaps I just wanted to wear them no matter what – they are gorgeous, after all. The jacket, on the other hand, is a really old wardrobe staple of mine. I bought it at H&M’s men’s department many years ago; sometimes, I almost forget that I own it, until it suddenly comes back from the depths of my closet to be my daily companion again. I really like its military feel and how it gives a relaxed vibe to anything you wear. Last, but not least, the jumpsuit… Well, what is there to say about it! It’s a jumpsuit! I don’t think that there is a jumpsuit out there I wouldn’t love – and wouldn’t mind owning, for that matter. Oh, and nope, I don’t usually hang out in industrial areas, I just thought the blue metal thingy would make for a nice background for the blue jumpsuit!DSC_2450DSC_2504DSC_2454DSC_2516DSC_2584DSC_2569DSC_2493DSC_2591Shoes: Chloé, jumpsuit: Zara, jacket: vintage H&M, belt: Maison Martin Margiela for H&M, bracelets: Marni for H&M

Things I like about summer:

  • Wearing my summer clothes
  • Not wearing socks
  • Seeing my pedicure
  • Eating watermelon
  • Sleeping with the windows open
  • Lying in the shadow with loads of fashion magazines around me
  • Long days

Things I don’t like about summer:

  • The sun burning on my skin
  • Having to shave every day
  • Seeing my pedicure
  • Sweat staining my clothes
  • Having to eat ice-cream (cause if you don’t, apparently, you’re not a person)
  • Diet coke getting warm after 5 minutes
  • Cracked heels

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Dress, shoes: Zara, sunglasses: Evoke, necklaces: Topshop, rings: COS, Topshop, H&M

So, we all know by now what the next H&M collaboration will be. I’m not as excited yet as I was last Fall with Margiela, so we’ll see what French designer Isabel Marant will have to offer. In any case, I’m still very curious, I really just love me a designer-highstreet collaboration (I even like getting up at 5 in the morning to stand in line for hours with other fashion-crazed people). So, while we wait for the cheap edition of the coveted clothes, here is a look at the current Fall 2014 campaign for the fashion brand’s regular line. The Canadian model Daria Werbowy was shot by Karim Sadli and styled by Marie-Amelie Sauvé.
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A couple of days ago, I threw on some shirt and trousers without much thinking, really, to meet with a girlfriend. When she saw me, she got all excited and exclaimed: “Oh, so this is your Michael Jackson-inspired outfit!” Well, first of all, I don’t recall owning a Michael Jackson-inspired outfit. And second, when I think about Michael Jackson and his wardrobe, something in the line of these precious things comes to mind:

The iconic red Thriller jacket.michael_jackson_red_jacket_1
The black leather jacket worn on the cover of Bad.Michael+Jackson+BAD
Or even this thing – whatever this is – a gold foil leotard?Jacko_Gold
Well, this is what I was actually wearing:
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So I really don’t know what she was talking about. But of course I was, like: “Yep, sure, that’s totally my Jacko outfit!” When I got home, I went right to my laptop to find out what my friend had in mind; and look what I found:
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Trousers: Zara; shirt, shoes, necklace: H&M; rings: COS; watch: Casio

So, after all this fancy Haute Couture extravaganza, I thought it was about time for some outfit post. Really, just to remind me that, well, yeah, I don’t live in a world where I can run around in some bedazzled, embroidered and crystal-embellished silk and tulle confection all the time. *sad face*
About the outfit: The top I’m wearing is pretty old, it’s from the Swiss label Laboratoire. The shorts are basic H&M and the sandals are a Melissa rip-off I bought for, like, 3 dollars from a street vendor during my last holidays in Rio de Janeiro. But the best thing about this outfit is that it was warm enough to  wear it!
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Top: Laboratoire, shoes: from a street vendor in Rio de Janeiro, shorts: H&M, sunglasses: Evoke

Recently, I read something interesting. According to a survey conducted by ModCloth, more U.S. women report wearing a size 16 dress than a size 2 and 0 combined. But despite that fact, it is very difficult for larger women to find plus-sized items in-store. So if they want something to wear – and God forbid, something stylish – they have to shop online. Even very popular brands like H&M, American Apparel or Urban Outfitters do not carry sizes 12 or 14 in their stores. Some of them do make them – you just have to go online to buy them. But that creates a new problem: According to Kenyatta Jones, CEO of clothing line Bella Rene, “if you’re stuck shopping online, nine times out of 10 you’re going to get something that doesn’t fit … Fit is very important for us, but if you’re ordering it online as opposed to trying it on in-store, you’re just going to end up sending it back and then you have nothing.” Sally McGraw, a style and body image writer, confirms that thought: “To relegate plus-size lines to online only and never give those women the opportunity to try on the clothing in person, look at themselves in the mirror in a store, get feedback from a sales associate, look at other options — you know, the full shopping experience — means that they are definitely missing out.”

That got me thinking: Why could that probably be? I mean, normally, people will do just about everything to make big bucks. So why is this huge market being neglected? Do shops not want so-called “fat” people in their stores? Is it about brand image? Is it more difficult to make larger clothes? Jones thinks that retailers don’t think of plus-size women as trendy shoppers: “Oh, they don’t need clothes, all they do is… eat Twinkies.” She goes on to say that the fashion industry seems to think of “fat” people as lazy, uneducated and not in the market for style.

So, what do you think? What prevents designers to put plus-size clothing in their stores? Could it be that they assume that larger sizes won’t sell? Tell me in the comments!