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29 Aug 2016
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29 Aug 2016
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Torrid, a retailer of on-trend fashion apparel, lingerie and accessories

for young, voluptuous women who wear size 12 and up, is set to ignite

the women's specialty retail industry. The brand unveiled a

comprehensive rebrand that reflects its sexy, fashion-forward point of

view and includes new apparel collections, branding elements and

marketing campaigns.

"Over the last year we have developed a compelling and

well-differentiated position for the Torrid brand, in a niche market

that's underserved by the women's fashion retail industry," said Lisa

Harper, Chairman and CEO at Hot Topic, Inc. - the parent company to

Torrid. "We've tested styles, fits, silhouettes, colors and more, and

understand what our customers want to wear. Our revamped vertical

merchandising approach and new apparel collections are already receiving

rave reviews - and will help drive improved sales and margins."

Fashion Ignited

Torrid's fall collection - which started hitting stores on July 30 -

includes looks ranging from casual chic to sexy dresses, and is

characterized by lace details, pattern play and color impact. Also

important is that each item is designed and constructed specifically to

fit and flatter a voluptuous figure, rather than being a "sized up"

version of a fashion piece. Once developed, each piece is tried and

tested on various plus-size models, ensuring a fit that's unmatched in

the industry.

"Our new Stiletto fit jean, which we are introducing now, is an example

of our commitment to an exceptional fit," said Harper. "It's a

figure-hugging silhouette with extra stretch for our sexiest look. We

tested it with bloggers a few months ago and the feedback was very

positive." Torrid's new Stiletto jean joins the brand's other fits: the

Skinny, Curvy Skinny, Bootleg and Slim Bootleg - which are available in

a variety of fashionable washes, prints, colors and styles.

Sexy, Fearless, Beautiful

In addition to the new product roll-out, Torrid unveiled a completely

new brand look and message that's reflected in-store, as well as in a

new integrated marketing campaign that includes print placements in Cosmopolitan,

local billboards, social media marketing and more. The campaign tagline

- "I am Torrid" - serves as an aspirational message to voluptuous

women about their inherent beauty and descontos cupons sexuality. Campaign photography -

shot by renowned fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth - brings "I

am Torrid" alive with sultry, sexy fashion images.

"Over the last year, the fashion industry has evolved to portray a more

inspirational view of the plus sized woman - a move we applaud. Our new,

more aspirational brand image reflects this shift and is empowering to

our customers," said Lisa Stanley, Vice President of Marketing for

Torrid. "Our customers want real fashion that is flattering to their

figures, and they want to be portrayed as they are: sexy, fearless and

beautiful. The 'I am Torrid' campaign tells that story."

Launched in 2001, Torrid now has 176 stores across the country. The

chain began an expansion in 2012, signaling the company's fashion

collections resonate with customers and are well differentiated in the

marketplace. The company has opened more than 20 stores Sapatos Femininos Online in malls and

strip centers in 2012, and expects to open approximately 20 more by the

end of the year. The "I am Torrid" campaign is designed to

clearly articulate the brand's fashion positioning, and raise awareness

that will drive sales in-store and online.

About Torrid

Torrid retails on-trend fashion apparel, lingerie and accessories

inspired by and designed to fit the young, voluptuous woman who wears

size 12 and up. Torrid fashion collections stimulate self-confidence and

encourage a woman to feel sultry and downright irresistible. Torrid has

176 stores in malls and strip centers across the country, and an online

store at

You can also find us on Twitter

(, Facebook

( ), Pinterest

( and YouTube


Torrid is a division of Hot Topic, Inc., (NASDAQ: HOTT).

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28 Aug 2016

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28 Aug 2016
Gregory Peck

By Lourdes M. Font, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Masters Program in Costume Studies

New York University

As a form of cultural expression, fashion always reflects the

deepest concerns of society. But unlike literature, music or art,

fashion communicates indirectly -- employing a language and a

logic of its own. Fashion's power, to capture the present and

even to predict the future, is only revealed with the passage of


What does fashion reveal about the Cold War, now that it is

over? With the benefit of hindsight, it becomes clear that like

World War II, the Cold War was fought by men and women in

uniform: the grey flannel suit of corporate America, the blue

cotton suit of Maoist China, the trenchcoat of spies on both sides

of the conflict, and the blue jeans of the young people

everywhere who protested against it.

At the end of World War II, returning veterans traded in their

military uniforms for civilian clothes, but the flamboyance and

swagger of the wartime "Zoot Suit" gradually drained out of

men's fashion. By the mid-1950s, the fashion "look" sported by

Gregory Peck in "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" was Moda Feminina Online a perfect

example of the new civilian uniform -- a utilitarian tailored

envelope that guaranteed social respectability. But it is in

women's dress that the meaning of Cold War fashion is most


Theatre of Fashion

Theatre of Fashion

In the spring of 1945, the world of high fashion lay in ruins.

World War II had cut the Parisian haute couture off from Britain

and from the source of its most devoted clientele -- America.

During the early '40s, the American fashion press had turned its

attention to native designers, who perfected styles suited to

the American way of life -- from the sharply tailored suits of

Gilbert Adrian to the inventive and comfortable sportswear of

Claire McCardell.

The Theatre of Fashion exhibition, which opened in Paris in 1945

and toured Europe and America the following year, was

organized by the Parisian couturiers' association to benefit

French relief efforts, but it was also intended to revive the

fortunes of the couture.

Evening gowns

Against backdrops provided by French theatrical designers,

miniature mannequins displayed the work of couturiers who had

been unable to mount full-scale collections in the face of

wartime shortages. Heightened by the miniature scale, the

unrivalled workmanship of the couture and its contributing

crafts was undeniable. Visitors to the exhibition could also

witness the co-existence of two distinct silhouettes: the padded

shoulders and short straight skirts that had prevailed during the

war, and the softer, longer, fuller clothes that had already

surfaced on both sides of the Atlantic. It was this second

silhouette that would become the famous "New Look" of 1947.

Dior suit

'New,' but improved?

Indelibly associated with the debut collection of Christian Dior,

the New Look was enthusiastically promoted by the American

fashion press as signalling the return of luxury after the

privations of war. But some American women, who protested

against it during Dior's triumphal tour of American department

stores, sensed its true nature.

A look inside the New Look, provided by Harper's Bazaar in

1947, reveals layers of interfacing, horsehair, padding and

built-in corsetry -- a hidden, inner armor. The New Look was

actually an old look, recalling the corsets and crinolines of Victorian

women. Although it indulged a longing for luxurious fabrics, it

denied women comfort. But it also armed them to wage a new,

covert war -- one which would be waged with every weapon in

the arsenal of traditional femininity.

Sears girdles

Throughout the 1950s, the armor that was built into women's

clothing and the underwear beneath it transformed their bodies

into virtual weaponry. Girdles smoothed the hips and thighs into

the sleek shapes of rocket missiles; bras with pointed cups

aimed the breasts squarely at the world.

The hard curves of the fashionable ideal implied a sexuality that

was rigidly contained, but potentially explosive. In the persona

of the Blonde Bombshell, epitomized by the cultural icon of

sexuality -- Marilyn Monroe -- in such classic movies as "The

Seven Year Itch," it did explode.

Marilyn Monroe

Totalitarian fashion, tovarich

The launch of the New Look also created the orderly fashion

universe of the 1950s, in which the dictates of Paris were

reported in the press and translated at every level of the

industry, from ready-to-wear to the neighborhood dressmaker.

Paris fashion celebrated luxury for its own sake, as the natural

consequence of an idealist love of beauty. The mere existence of

such luxury seemed to certify the superiority of the capitalist


In the consumer economies of the West, women were

encouraged to aspire to high fashion. Implicitly, those behind the

Iron Curtain were deprived of it, but so strong was its power to

seduce, that in the popular imagination any red-blooded Russian

female would melt at the sight of a Paris dress, as in the

Hollywood film "Silk Stockings."

In this ironically totalitarian fashion state, the press played a

vital role. In the hands of legendary fashion editors Carmel

Snow and Diana Vreeland, it too could be dictatorial, and it

helped perpetuate public perception of the fashion industry as a

world of secrecy and intrigue, in which designers jealously

guarded their new collections from spies, saboteurs and

knock-off artists.

The real threat, however, would come from a different quarter.

There was another side to the fashions of the '50s, related to

the wartime development of American sportswear, the postwar

spread of the suburban lifestyle, and the beginning of the

Americanization of Europe.
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