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Old Navy Says It Charges More for Plus-Sized Women’s Clothes Because of Craftsmanship

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Image: Old Navy

A petition against Old Navy has forced the retailer to come clean about its pricing practices. Old Navy shopper Renee Posey noticed that the prices on the retailer’s jean offerings for plus-sized women were significantly higher than for straight sizes. “I was fine paying the extra money as a plus-sized woman, because, you know, more fabric equals higher cost of manufacture,” she wrote, noting the $12-$15 difference between the two pairs. But once she realized that the men’s options were not priced in this manner, she began to suspect something else was at play.

“Old Navy’s Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans cost $27 in a size 6. The same jeans in a size 26 cost $40. Alternatively, the men’s Slim-Fit Jean costs $25–no matter the size.” Posey also says that while men’s straight and plus sizes are lumped together on the Old Navy website, there is a separate category for plus-sized women’s clothing. “I don’t understand why myself and women like me are being singled out and forced to pay more by Old Navy, when our male counterparts are not,” Posey wrote. Luckily for her, and her 23,000 plus supporters, Old Navy’s finally come forward to explain why women’s plus-sized denim options are so much more expensive. 

The retailer says that due to the types of fabric it uses to make jeans for plus-sized women, it has no choice but to put a premium on those wares. “Old Navy is proud to offer styles and apparel designed specifically for the plus size customer,” the Gap-owned brand said in a statement. “For women, styles are not just larger sizes of other women’s items, they are created by a team of designers who are experts in creating the most flattering and on-trend plus styles, which includes curve-enhancing and curve-flattering elements such as four-way stretch materials and contoured waistbands, which most men’s garments do not include. This higher price point reflects the selection of unique fabrics and design elements.”

This may be true, but TIME points out that it only seems to be the denim that’s more expensive, not any of the other plus-sized options. Surely, “curve-enhancing and curve-flattering elements” should be added to blouses, sweaters and the like? After all, curves extend to your whole body — not just your bottom half. Sounds like there may be more to this story than Old Navy is letting on. Plus, it is quite curious that larger men — who have a different body shape than straight-sized men — would not have their own plus section on the website. The whole thing smells a little of sexism and a lot of sizeism, and the ghettoization of plus-sized women. 

[via TIME]

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We Are Absolutely Loving Kylie and Dannii Minogue on Harper’s Bazaar Australia (Forum Buzz)

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Harper’s Bazaar Australia, admiring each and every cover it has produced of late, and the December cover certainly doesn’t fail to impress. Kylie and Dannii Minogue were tapped by the magazine to pose together for the front cover along with some photos to accompany the fabulous issue. Simon Lekias shot the Aussie beauties surrounded by a mass of blooming flowers, while wearing custom creations by Australian brand Aje.

Harper's Bazaar Australia December 2014 Kylie & Dannii Minogue


Our forum members sure are impressed! “Quite charming! The shot is perfect for December. Of course if Dannii could face us it would be even better. It’s very rare to see the Minogue sisters together for a fashion shoot,” raved Benn98.

“Great choice. It’s very special,” added gazebo.

Also loving Bazaar‘s cover subjects this month was GIVENCHYlover, who simply posted the word “spectacular” inside the thread.

“Lovely cover and editorial. I specially like that they went overboard with the flowers,” voiced kokobombon, admiring the background.

“Really lovely cover,” noted GlamorousBoy, who echoed the positive attitude of the thread.

See a preview of the Minogue sisters’ cover story and share your own opinion here.

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Natalia Vodianova Does Ladylike Glamour on Vogue Russia’s December Cover (Forum Buzz)

Christmas is coming and Vogue Russia delivers a cover full of wintry vibes with its December issue. The magazine tapped Natalia Vodianova to grace its latest installment and enlisted Paolo Roversi to capture the Russian beauty wearing a dreamy design from Christian Dior’s Fall 2014 Haute Couture collection. The long-term face of Guerlain cosmetics currently fronts the November issue of American Vogue, nabbed the cover of Vogue Paris’ September edition and now satisfies a select few of our forum members on Vogue Russia.

Vogue Russia December 2014 Natalia Vodianova


Forum member la veronika couldn’t wait to express her excitement inside the thread: “Incredible!! She looks stunning, happy to see her grace another Vogue!”

“Gorgeous, she is bringing it,” echoed Miss Dalloway.

GlamorousBoy was also a fan and posted that he thought it’s a “beautiful festive cover.”

Although the rest of us dramatically disagree. “I love Natalia but she does look a bit creepy. They could have gone with a much fresher, edgier take on her,” proclaimed an unimpressed Nepenthes.

“She looks so creepy. It’s weird, but all of her recent work has been really lackluster. It’s like she’s not even trying,” wrote an underwhelmed orchidee.

“Her facial expression is odd and uncomfortable. I used to love seeing Natalia but her work has been pretty lackluster lately. At least the dress is nice,” added lamies022.

The word “creepy” came up a lot inside the thread. “I don’t like this! She looks creepy. Part Stepford wife and part scary doll who’ll kill you as you sleep!” posted Clipse in agreement.

Do you think Natalia looks eerie on Vogue Russia’s December cover? Add your comment inside the thread here.

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The RealReal and CFDA Team Up for One Epic Designer Sale


Online consignment e-store The RealReal is getting real, real close with the CFDA. The pair have teamed up to put on a flash sale featuring pieces from CFDA designers to benefit the governing fashion body. From now until November 13, The RealReal is offering vintage pieces from some of the CFDA’s most noted designers at a fraction of the cost. And these prices are good. A pair of mesh and suede Alexander Wang pumps are selling for $140. A Phillip Lim shoulder bag will set you back $295. A Proenza Schouler dress that originally retailed for $2,495 is going for $315.

The ready-to-wear sale has already kicked off, but on Thursday, The RealReal will unveil an additional accessories sale, which will feature items from names like David Yurman and Alexis Bittar. The accessories leg of the sale will run until November 16.

Of course, since there is limited quantity, most of the pieces are only available in one size. So, if you were thinking of making a purchase, you may want to hightail it right now to The RealReal and scoop up these pieces before they disappear.

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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Star in London Fog’s Latest Campaign

Iconix Brand Group Chief Marketing Officer Dari Marder says that for London Fog’s winter campaign, the brand wanted to feature “a modern iconic Hollywood couple.” And what could be more modern than a picture of a married couple that wouldn’t have existed as little as 15 years ago?

Image: London Fog

Image: London Fog

The British clothier has tapped Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka to front its latest campaign. The couple was shot in black and white with one photo featuring the pair standing firmly beside each other, while in another, we get a loving embrace, the couple’s wedding bands on full display.  (more…)

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The Forums Weigh In on Kim Kardashian’s Booty-Baring Paper Magazine Cover (Forum Buzz)

If you weren’t a fan of Kim Kardashian’s Vogue cover then we suggest you turn away now. The reality star has struck again, now landing the cover of Paper‘s Winter 2014 issue, as reported earlier this morning. Photographed in true Jean-Paul Goude style, Kim poses on not one, but two covers for the magazine’s new issue. On the first cover we see the 34-year-old social media star wearing a black sequined gown while popping a bottle of champagne which evidently lands in the glass placed firmly on her derrière (you have to see it to believe it!). For cover two, Kim stands before the legendary French photographer’s lens with her back turned, showing us her famous assets. Impressed?

Paper Winter 2014 Kim Kardashian


Leave it to our forum members to broadcast their brutally honest opinions. “For the love of God make it stop,” proclaims marsnoop2, who clearly isn’t a fan of the magazine’s offerings this time around.

“Trash. I still can’t get over how she cover Vogue,” disapproves an outraged alonsoJonathan.

KateTheGreatest also isn’t feeling it and writes, “There is just no escaping the Kardashian/Jenner family, is there? This is awful, don’t like anything about it.”

“What a way to start the morning! The second cover is absolutely vile, and I’m not getting the point here. Surely this wont be a newsstand cover?” questions a disgusted Benn98.

Yet not everyone disapproves. “Well this is literally breaking the internet and you know what? I like both covers,” shares TeeVanity.

“Is it wrong that I actually don’t hate these?” asks JesseDillon.

Lukechapman comes to Kim’s defense: “I actually quite like these covers; they are fun and Kim’s influence in the fashion world is clearly undeniable.”

Are you impressed with these covers? Join the discussion and add your own two cents inside the thread here.

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