Friday 23 August 2013

Teens talking FAT, anorexia, body image and photoshop

Teens talking fat, body image, anorexia and photoshop in the link below. 
Meanwhile Images like this don't help. 
One of the main characters in my book FINDING ARTEMISIA has anorexia.

A Blast from the Past  | THE FASHIONGLOBE Magazine

Friday 16 August 2013

Good girls need to speak up

It's time for good girls to speak up. Too many women don't say 'no' often enough and far too many say 'yes' when they mean 'no.' 

That's the good girl syndrome. But it's time for good girls to GROW UP, to be REAL women, to say what they mean and do what they love. 

Laurie Penny's article is insightful and timely.

In Swedish, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was not known as Some Men Who Hate W

"Most of us grew up learning that being a good girl was all about putting other people’s feelings ahead of our own. We aren’t supposed to say what we think if there’s a chance it might upset somebody else or, worse, make them angry. So we stifle our speech with apologies, caveats and soothing sounds..."  Laurie Penny. New statesman

Monday 12 August 2013

A picture says a thousand words...

A picture saves a thousand words... so here are many thousands of words describing the joys and wonders of my women's retreats in the centre of Australia. Next month, some wonderful women will be gathering out there in the image free zone, to explore their connection to the WILD WOMAN within. Can't wait.

Just double click on the link below and ENJOY....

Saturday 3 August 2013

What I had to say about Milan fashion is designed to help you launch your own business online or take it to the next level. Click here to learn more...
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A Blast from the Past  | THE FASHIONGLOBE Magazine
Retro Inspired One-Piece by Laura Urbinati
MILAN, Italy  —  Retro inspired swimsuits are unquestionably this year’s much sought after trend. From luxury fashion brands to the high-street, stores are embracing the elegance and poise that the 50‘s and 60‘s once offered. Designers leaned on vintage references such as high-waisted Bikinis, retro one pieces and all-white cutouts, to name a few. You might as well have observed that as the dependence on retro design elements and symbols started to become ubiquitous, influencing more and more aspects of the whole design industry, the demand for authentic versions that are true to the past is constantly on the rise.
A Blast from the Past  | THE FASHIONGLOBE Magazine
Retro Inspired One-Piece by Laura Urbinati
A Blast from the Past  | THE FASHIONGLOBE Magazine
Retro Inspired One-Piece by Laura Urbinati
It should be noted though that these current throw-backs in styles are raising many questions. The whole idea of “pin up” is that women at that time were happy to display their curves in a modest way. Accentuating your waist, and by default your hips, were considered symbols of beauty and projected the ideal body image of that era. Keeping that in mind, what is pushing today’s designers to revert to an earlier stage for inspiration? And most importantly, what is driving customers’ eagerness to embrace such trend?

One possibility is that designers are simply suffering from a “designer block” and they are finding their refuge in vintage retreats. However exhausted this argument could sound, it would be somewhat extreme to claim that the whole design industry is lacking creativity. After all, if you observe the way this trend is being rendered and curated, you could grasp, with little effort, that it is screaming creativity.
Consequently, this will shift the argument towards a change in consumer demand. It could be argued that it is the customer who is pushing towards this change. Many might claim that we are becoming, as a society, weary after years of pursuing a skeletal body image, and even more scared of the extreme consequences on women’s physical and mental well being that came along with this pursuance.
There are endless studies and data to justify this reasoning. For instance, research conducted with young Australian people in 2010 on behalf of theNEDCthe National Eating Disorders Collaborations, indicated that 62.8% of the interviewees know up to five individuals who may have an eating disorder. Another possible scenario is that the fashion industry has made people hopelessly ashamed of their bodies which could explain the increased customer demand for conservative styles that offer more coverage.
Retro Inspired One-Piece by Laura Urbinati
According to Denise Greenaway, an Australian psychologist specialising in image-disorders, the return to the more curvaceous, goddess like women, will certainly be welcomed by the majority of women.
As a psychologist working with girls and women with eating disorders, I can vouch for the effect fashion has. While fashion may not create eating disorders per say, it does have a negative impact on ‘recovery’. Many girls are asked if they are models. Receiving positive praise for thinness discourages them from gaining weight. And for obese patients, their depression is exacerbated by fashion which extols thinness as a virtue.
Besides Denise’s reflections on the probability that the retro fashion has resulted from consumer pressure, she emphasises that a lot has to change in the fashion psyche before women can be celebrated for what they are: diverse. A one size fits all approach does not serve them, especially when that one size suits only the smallest fraction of the minority.