Sunday, February 13

THE AGE OF THE FEMIMAN



The first time I saw a picture of model Andrej Pejic, a tingle of jealously ran down my spine and I simply thought 'Wow, this has to be one of the most stunning girls I have ever seen.' As it turned out, Anddrej is male model and an absurdly beautiful one at that. At only 19 years old, this Australian has been making major waves in the fashion industry since he was signed by Storm in February 2010. His feminine features reminisant of Cindy Crawford's bone structure and Kate Moss' body; boldly opposed the stereotypical burly, reliable, real guy type of model popularised by the global fashion market.
Pejic is part of fashion’s new 'femiman' trend, the latest in a new crop of gender bending models who have risen to prominence in the past few seasons. Fashion has embraced the gender-bending model but Pejic stands for something larger and is not just the face of a passing trend or a controversial ad campaign but the leader of a new gender fluidity in fashion. Pejic can be cast in editorials and ads as either a woman or a man, Marc Jacobs’ recent campaign featured him in men’s clothes, but Pejic usually appears in women’s apparel without any evidence that he’s really a man. 
The fashion industry is warming to gender neutrality and transsexual models and spreads are finding their way into the mainstream, probably the most famous currently being Lea T, an assistant to Riccardo Tisci the creative director of Givenchy who was starred in the Givenchy autumn/winter 2010 advertising campaign. I think this is one of the most exciting things to happen in the fashion industry for a long time and I personally can't wait to see new gorgeous androgynous models popping up in editorials and on the runways in the future. 

Monday, February 7

YCJSI LIFESTYLE

PI salute you: Beth Ditto of U.S. band Gossip presents a creation by French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier as part of his Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show in ParisAs a non-size zero, I look at the models that grace the pages of Vogue and Elle and just sigh. Kate Moss has always had the most impeccable taste and style, but that doesn’t mean that what works on her body will work on an average girl. It has been a debate within the fashion industry for decades. The designers and editors did not seem to notice the reoccurring images of waif-like shapes strutting down runways and posing for photographs in the high-end fashion magazines, when realistically hardly anyone in the world can relate to their sizes. Until now.
The past few seasons mark a monumental step in the world of fashion; the comeback of curves. At the Louis Vuitton runway, old-school glam in bustier, corset-like tops and full skirts with cinched waists to create that hourglass shape were all paraded. We are not just talking about the apparent curves of a size 12 /14, Beth Ditto a size 28 strutted down the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier during his spring-summer 2011 ready-to-wear show at Paris fashion Week. The magazines soon caught on and began to embrace fuller-figures. Model of the moment Lara Stone, a size 8  which we must note is curvy by industry standards have made their way onto the pages of Vogue. Plus-size model Crystal Renn, (plus size in the fashion world is anything over a 12) has appeared in editorials for the magazine Glamour and walked the runway for Chanel.
If you have curves, embrace them! Show off your hourglass figure by finding a few perfect waist-clinchers, it’s all about highlighting your smallest asset. An amazing pencil skirt will show off your figure or if you are blessed with a flat stomach a colourful bandage dress will be perfect, just make sure it lays just above the knee and is no’t too short.
If you don’t have curves, create them! Those who do have a model-like frame and want to rock this then it's no problem; curves are easy to create. Wear a T shirt that’ is oversize and tuck it in to a high-waisted skirt or pair of trousers, and to finish clinch it with a thick belt to highlight your waist.