Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Fashion Journalism week 7: The Curvy Approach

So it turns out that women today are embracing their curves, and are happy to showcase them with waist cinching belts and figure hugging bodices. The belt has turned into a key accessory this season, with fashionistas wearing them over chunky knitwear to help create a waist, over last season’s coats and jackets to update their look, and smock dresses; creating a unique look of their own. Not only are these chunky style belts being sold in nearly every high street store, but designers have well and truly picked up on this trend. Burberry has created a gorgeous adjustable black leather corset belt, with triple buckle detail, priced at £395; this belt is well worth every penny. While Alexander McQueen has designed a sleek contempory crocodile belt worth £3,200, and let’s not forget the unforgettable and adorable wide butterfly belt by Paul and Joe at £270. As I walk through Soho, I find myself standing outside Agent Provocateur. With their delicately defined raunchy window, showcasing gorgeous sexy underwear, I proceed inside. As I identify the body con/ curvy approach on the streets from the outside image, I start to think about the amount of pressure woman go through trying to create that sleek smooth curvy look on the inside; beyond the clothes you can say. Magic Knickers or the fitted body suits in Marks & Spencers are some great lingerie pieces to hold our wobbly bits in, but the Corset is also a cute and sexy way to do it to. Agent Provocateur have a selection of plain black corsets, in many sizes, with great stitch finishing’s. Also Coco De Mer in Convert Garden is great for reinventing the curvaceous look with there selection of corsets on sale. But let’s not forget the woman who is great for creating this look; the only women who creates such a sexy look in a sophisticated way; that is Dita Von Teese.