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Melissa McCarthy Snubbed by Designers for Oscars

Melissa McCarthy at 2012's OscarsMelissa McCarthy has revealed designers refused to make a dress in her size for the Oscar awards in 2012.

The Bridesmaids star, who has just created a line of plus-size clothing for women, admits a number of high-profile designers snubbed her request for the glamorous event.

"Two Oscars ago, I couldn't find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers - very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people - and they all said no," the star said in the July issue of Redbook.

Despite being busy with her new fashion venture, the 43-year-old actress has also been juggling her family life, and admits her marriage with Ben Falcone couldn't be better: "We have a great marriage." The couple, who tied the knot in 2005, haven't let their high level of fame change their relationship because the most important thing to them is their two daughters Vivian, seven, and Georgette, four.

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Items Du Jour: Britney Goes Platinum, Tyra’s War on “Plus-Size” Term

Kim Kardashian+ The Kardashian trio unveiled their latest clothing collection, which they launched in collaboration with British retailer Lipsy. Unsurprisingly, Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe model off their floral, curve-hugging dresses in the adverts for the line (perhaps it's the only way they'd be able to sell it?). Major kudos that they're not of the typical sequined and glittery New Year's Eve dress fare, but at the same time, I can't imagine women flocking to the stores (or in Americans' cases, online store) for a summery frock when they're looking for something festive.

+ Britney Spears surprised fans with a Twitter photo showcasing her new hair color: platinum blonde. Love it or leave it?

+ Tyra Banks seems to have joined Jennifer Lawrence in the war against negative body image words, claiming that she refuses to utter "plus-size," instead opting for "fiercely real." Not sure how quickly the latter will catch on, but it's a start!

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Marc Jacobs Turns to Fetish Inspiration

Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2011For his Fall/Winter 2011 collection, Marc Jacobs wanted "severity and fetish."

The line look focuses on sexiness, and the designer says he was keen to take his new line to the limit: "I wanted severity and fetish. It was about rules and dress codes which are taken to different places and made a bit caricature."

However, fellow his fellow designer Phoebe Philo wanted her collection to be a little more reserved. "I like the idea of women not showing too much, of being quite reserved in a way, and quite covered," The Celine sartorialist said.

As well as his "fetish" collection, Marc recently revealed he is to create a plus-sized clothing line. The designer will become the first top fashion label to create clothes for women above a US Size 12, as he feels females with bigger body shapes should be able to have as much choice as those with slimmer frames. "We are in talks now. For plus sizes. Listen, we are in the very beginning stages of talking to a partner about plus sizes. I'm a big guy 6ft 4in, 210 lbs. It's not easy for me to find clothes. Of course I can have them made. I know how everyone feels. I try to diet but... I don't like the phrase plus-sizes. Any suggestions? We gotta do larger sizes. I'm with you. As soon as I get back to NY. I'm on it! It will take me about a year. But stay with us. (sic)" Robert Duffy - president of the Marc Jacobs label - told followers of his Twitter.

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Crystal Renn Opens Up About Weight Loss, Paris

Crystal Renn backstage at a recent fashion showPlus-size Model Crystal Renn recently sat down to give more of an explanation as to why her weight seems to be dropping so rapidly. The 24-year-old, who had been heralded over the past year for her size 12 dress size, appeared on the catwalk for the Chanel Resort collection looking much thinner than before.

When fans of the curvy model threw up their arms and angrily typed away at their keyboards, her agent made a statement assuring fans that she was still a "solid size 10," and there was nothing more to worry over.

Renn has since appeared in a coveted Chanel campaign, as well as having walked for Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Zac Posen this past season. The more publicity the model attracts, the more people notice that she's slowly starting to lose weight again. Her answer? Exercise!

"Well, I’m so active. In the past, I avoided exercise because it brought back terrible feelings. I wasn’t ready. And I was scared that maybe I was going to be addicted again. That’s a fear that goes through your mind, whenever you’re getting over an addiction or a disease like anorexia, yeah, I absolutely was worried. But then I guess you could say my life changed in a really drastic way," she explains.

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Christina Hendricks Carries a Heavy Load

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Christina HendricksMad Men star thinks that her sex symbol image is a “heavy load” to carry.The 35-year-old beauty admitted that while she loves being an inspiration to women around the world, it can be a burden.

“It was quite a compliment to be acknowledged like that, but it’s a heavy load. It is a wonderful thing that she said but I’m not going to feel responsible for anyone or anything. If I’ve made someone feel better about their curves then that would make me feel really proud.”

However, Christina - who is married to actor Geoffrey Arnaud - revealed she goes through phases of being unhappy with her body.

“I’ve always been pretty healthy about my figure. It’s just my body, you know. Every once in a while someone says something that’s a little inappropriate, but for the most part people are nice. Of course I’ve had moments when I’ve stressed about it but what woman doesn’t? Instead of dwelling on it unhealthily, I try to do something about it, like going to the gym with my husband, or I just try to work out why I’m feeling that way and shake it off.”


Crystal Renn Takes Plus Size to Paris

Crystal Renn at Chanel Spring/Summer 2011Plus size model has stormed the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week.

The curvaceous beauty flaunted her size 14 figure on the runways of legendary French fashion houses and Jean Paul Gaultier. After walking for the Zac Posen ZSpoke show at New York Fashion Week last month, the model has revealed being treated like “any other girl” in Paris has been an “amazing” experience.

“This has been one of the most amazing times of my life. I’ve done one show before, usually as a special guest, but to be working this much is incredible. Being treated as one of the pack, not the plus size model, is a real breakthrough. I’m here being treated like any other girl. It doesn’t matter my size. It doesn’t matter who I am. I’m going on castings like everybody else.”

Crystal admitted the fashion industry is becoming increasingly accepting of those who stray away from the model norm: “I’m still different from most of the girls at the castings but when I first started, the girls were all blonde, all emaciated and miserable looking. Now, there’s more ethnic diversity. The girls are not as skinny as before. You do see size 10s and a couple size 12s. There is change happening in the industry. There is more allowance for people to be different. I’m so impressed. I can’t wait for next season.”


Beth Ditto Walks for John Paul Gaultier

Beth Ditto for John Paul GaultierBeth Ditto walked the catwalk for Jean-Paul Gaultier at on Saturday.

The Gossip singer - a size 26 - opened the eccentric designer’s ready-to-wear show with an a cappella performance, and also returned to close the showcase of punk-inspired outfits in one of his flamboyant creations. To a rapturous reception, the designer himself then took to the runway to present the outspoken singer with a bouquet of pink roses and a glass of champagne.

Ditto is currently preparing for the launch of her second collection for UK plus-size retailer Evans. Speaking about the new line, an Evans spokesperson recently said, “It will be Victorian mixed with 80s punk, through to 40s vintage with a noughties modern edge.”

Beth has previously spoken about the importance of larger women being creative with clothes in order to flatter their body shape: “I don’t understand all these women who say they feel betrayed by fashion. A piece of clothing can’t talk - it can’t tell you that you can’t have it - so really, you’re just telling yourself that. You make yourself the victim, because if you want clothes that bad, then make them yourself. You have to get creative if you’re fat. I’m really good at turning a belt into a necklace, and I can always find a nice pair of earrings.”


Kim Kardashian Praises Victoria Beckham Designs

Kim Kardashian in Victoria BeckhamReality star loves Victoria Beckham’s clothes.

The E! actress often struggles to find outfits which flatter her curvaceous figure, but says that the pop star-turned-fashion designer’s dresses are ideal for her shapely behind and busty frame.

‘s totally my style icon. I wear her dresses constantly. There are some clothes out there I just can’t wear because of my body type. I definitely can’t wear short shorts! They’re not flattering! I also can’t wear anything too baggy, because being busty on top, looser fitting dresses almost make me look pregnant. I need to wear more fitted outfits. That’s why I love Victoria’s dresses so much - because they are so fitted and flattering for my body. I wear them all the time. I was so exited when Victoria Tweeted me. I’ve met her once. We have some friends in common, she’s very sweet.”

Kim’s struggle to find clothes to fit properly comes after years of needing to have her outfits altered: “I have to get a lot of my clothes customized.”

The 29-year-old beauty adores the British fashion industry, and is jealous of Kate Moss’ “effortlessly chic” sense of style. “I love British style icons. I went to see a show Alexa Chung put on out in New York. She totally has her own style and is so pretty. I also love . She’s just effortlessly chic,” she added.


Quote of the Day: Christina Hendricks on Designer Dresses

Christina Hendricks at the Emmys

“People have been saying some nice, wonderful things about me. Yet not one designer in town will loan me a dress… They only lend out a size 0 or 2. So I’m still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress.”

- Curvaceous actress Christina Hendricks talks about how hard it is to find a dress to wear on the red carpet for her body type.

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Marc Jacobs Goes Plus-Size

Robert Duffy and Marc Jacobs is to create a plus-sized clothing line.

The designer will become the first top fashion label to create clothes for women above a US size 12, as he feels females with bigger body shapes should be able to have as much choice as those with slimmer frames.

“We are in talks now. For plus sizes. Listen, we are in the very beginning stages of talking to a partner about plus sizes. I’m a big guy 6ft 4in, 210 lbs. It’s not easy for me to find clothes. Of course I can have them made. I know how everyone feels. I try to diet but… I don’t like the phrase plus-sizes. Any suggestions? “We gotta do larger sizes. I’m with you. As soon as I get back to NY. I’m on it! It will take me about a year. But stay with us. (sic)” Robert Duffy - president of the Marc Jacobs label - told followers of his page.

If Marc and Robert’s plans are successful, experts says they could cash in on a “huge and untapped” market.

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