Jan 30

Every now and then I am blown away by something and just want to share it! Enjoy!

Jan 23

Weeeeeelllll.  What do ya’ know?  Turning out to be quite a year already for plus size.

Let me think.   Which one is it?

A. Good business?  B. Mea culpa (now THAT would be new) from Karl Lagerfeld after he mentioned that “These are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television, saying that thin models are ugly, (and, Wait it gets better) …and that the “fashion industry supports dreams and illusions, and no one wants to see round women.”   C.  A good p.r. stunt?  D. He remembered that “round women” buy Chanel perfume.  Lots of it. E. He was hungry and in a bad mood and finally got something to eat.

The January issue of V Magazine (gotta love that magazine!) features the voluptuous burlesque star Miss Dirty Martini in a lingerie-themed photo shoot by Karl Lagerfeld for V Magazine’s Size Issue.  Wearing accessories by Chanel and Lagerfeld–along with pasties, cut-out bras, garter belts and stockings–Miss Dirty Martini looks like Coco Chanel at home in Coco’s Rue Cambon apartment.  When asked why she posed for V Magazine, Miss Dirty Martini said: “Posing on the Double C’s, modeling like my life depended on it, I thought, ‘Why not? Why can’t designers make fashion that mimics the architecture of hips and busts and then choose models that wear it perfectly?’”

Hmmm.  Well said!  And Well done, Miss. Martini! A beautiful fashion piece that captures the imagination and yes, captures even dreams and illusions.

Wait, not done yet.  Can’t resist!

Yoo hoo! Mr. Lagerfeld….Just a reminder…Nevah say Nevah!

More as it happens…Jodell

Jan 21

Look!! Our plus size Simply Silk Jacket is worn by Shirley MacLaine in the upcoming movie, Valentines Day! This is a wonderful kimono style silk jacket in a light shade of pastel pink with butterflies in shades of pink, purple and yellow! A must-have item for – you got it-Valentines Day! Exclusively on line, at Black Cat Plus, the “Valentines Day Butterfly Kimono” comes in One Size Regular and One Size Plus, is hand-washable silk, and retails for $105.00.

From Director Garry Marshall,  this film debuts February 12, 2010, and boasts an all-star studded cast including Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Shirley MacLaine, Hector Elizondo, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx, Patrick Dempsey, and more! The movie is about intertwining couples that break up and make up due to the pressures that come with Valentine’s Day.

Want a chance to see the movie with your closest friends?  Our friends over at Pop Sugar just let us know about their upcoming promotion to win a private screening of Valentines Day on Valentines Day with your friends!  Go sign up and take a quiz and identify cast members in photos. We got 5 out of 5!

Here’s a preview!  And stay tuned for our Valentines Day promotions!

Jan 14

Interesting story on CNN by Breeanna Hare.

Could it be?

Is 2010 the year for plus size models to get more work and continue the trend of placing plus size models in editorial campaigns-or- is it the same old cycle that we have seen before with a burst of activity that slowly fades away to be resurrected at a later time for the cycle to start again?

I am encouraged that there has been a number of recent high fashion editorial campaigns from V Magazine, Glamour, and Germany’s Brigitte Magazines with plus size models featured along side high fashion, Size 0 models or with models who represent women of all shapes and sizes.

Will it be enough to keep the momentum moving forward?

We know that the plus size models like Crystal Renn can hold their own against their straight-sized counterparts? Now, will the fashion industry and the public allow it, no…demand that it happens?  Finally.

Hmmmn. Remains to be seen.

More as it happens. Jodell

Jan 13

In this month’s podcast scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, 2009 at 3:00-3:45 p.m. EST. Black Cat Plus Radio will feature Sarah Maria, body image expert and Author of “Love Your Body, Love Your Life.”

Listeners can log onto the show live at on Wedensday, January 13, at 3:00 p.m. EST.  Shows are also archived for easy access.

Sarah Maria, a reknown body-image expert who helps people love their bodies no matter how they look, shows people how to discover the beauty that is already inside of them, right now, in this moment. Once people lconnect with this beauty, they will discover that anything is possible – that they can create a body and a life that they truly love. Sarah Maria’s mission is to create a world where every person sees the beauty in themselves and in others. Sarah Maria has trained with well-known teachers and physicians, including Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon, Wayne Dyer, and Jack Canfield, among others. Her work has been endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon, and NY Times best-selling author Marci Shimoff, as well as many other notable physicians, psychologists, and educators. Before writing her first book, she received a law degree from Stanford and a Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

Jan 10

We Love Colors has a New Plus Size Modeling Contest!  The contest runs all month long! All you need to do is to submit a headshot and body shot and one paragraph that talks about why you would look good wearing a pair of We Love Colors tights.  The Winner will receive three pair of tights FREE!

We’ve got all the details below! Check it out!

We Love Colors is a hosiery company that offers a large selection of sizes, including plus size, and colors for women, men and children.  They carry dancewear, tights, leggings, fishnet hosiery, socks and much more.  And, the colors range from solids to wild prints and everything in between! Baby, it’s cold outside! and with temperatures in the single digits, this is a perfect time to wear tights with your favorite outfit! So stock up now with all of your faves from We Love Colors!

Photo: We Love Colors.

We Love Colors has been featured in such magazines as Italian Vogue, Teen Vogue, Sportswear International, and W.  They also carry custom tights by Caroline Geys.  Ordering is easy! You can order on-line or by phone at 800-770-3177.  They ship domestic and internationally.  For the U.S., Shipping is only $5. For more fashion info, visit their blog!

Jan 6

I really love the drama of fashion photography and its ability to tell a story, don’t you?

Velvet d’Amour’s rendition of plus size fashion as an art form is a perfect example of fashion photography at its best.

In this dramatic, black and white photo spread for Plus Model Magazine, we are immediately drawn into another place and time.  We are intrigued as we get to know Islington Girl and Chole Marshall and Velvet d’Amour’s interpretation of a sexy vixen.

Once again, I am excited and encouraged to see a plus size model as the central figure in a fashion spread that captures the imagination and tells a story of not only fashion, but style.

Style is a trait that one can aspire to and have sooo much fun along the way.  Along with the images, I was inspired by a quote in the fashion spread from Edna Woolman Chase, the former editor of Vogue.

“Fashion can be bought.  Style one must possess.”

Psychologists tell us that style can be learned.  It is not an age or a size.  It is a combination of self-confidence and self knowledge–the essence of “who” you were, are, and intend to be.  Through style, we have the ability to create who we are and the part of ourselves that we wish to show the world.   Through style, we can sift through all of the clutter and find our inner self and take pride in showing the world our evolution of who we are—the work, the masterpiece, in progress.

Fashion is clothing, and simply a tool to exhibit one’s style.   Style is our universal, shared language that links us-regardless of age or size.

Here’s to dedicating the year to telling your story and creating your own unique style.

Great Work, everyone! More as it happens. Jodell