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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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For the third consecutive season, Juergen Teller shot Daria Werbowy for Céline‘s Fall 2013 campaign. And if you know Juergen Teller, you pretty much know how the pictures will look like. No different here: Candid, raw glamour and an overexposed, bare face with minimal make-up for the model (except for a dark red lip in some of the shots). I still really like the campaign, though, it’s actually one of my favorite of the Autumn/Winter 2013 season. I particularly like the bright patterned walls, the plaid print of the coat and the stonework as stark contrasts to the minimal designs of the Fall collection. Check it out for yourself:

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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!

From the moment I first saw these shoes last September at the Givenchy Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear show, I knew that I had to have them – that is, until I saw the price tag. And believe me, I´m not one to get easily deterred by a high price tag. In fact, I´d rather survive on Ramen for a couple of weeks than do without a great pair of shoes. But alas, in this case, I´ll have to wait for a sale – or rather, a SALE!

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